Gabby’s Guest Blog Post: The Lightning Thief


January 16, 2013 by Alice in Readerland

Please welcome Gabby as she talks about a book in her favorite series, The Lightning Thief:

The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Title: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books

ISBN: 0786838655

Percy Jackson is 12 years old, and is now about to be booted from his school… again. And now Percy has bigger problems than that. All of the Greek myths are coming to life- and into Percy’s. Soon, Percy learns that’s Zues’s lightning bolt has been stolen, and he blames Percy. He is soon whisked onto an adventure with new friends, perilous monsters, angry gods, and a looming prophecy. How’s newfound demigod Percy going to survive this?

When I saw my sister reading this, I was a bit hesitant to read it myself because of the odd chapter titles. But don’t let title fool you! This is absolutely one of the most entertaining stories I’ve ever read. Mind you, I’m kind of a picky reader. It’s difficult to find books I fall in love with. This book passed my test. It has constant action, there’s hardly ever a dull moment. The story keeps moving, it’s not slow-paced at all. And with all the mythology incorporated into the story, I actually learned a lot of stuff! I really enjoyed Rick Riordan’s writing. He did a very good job delving into a 12-year-olds brain and asking, what would I do in this situation? There are twists and turns, and it keeps you on your toes the entire time! And it really gets you thinking. And there are so many surprises. You never see anything coming! It’s a fresh, fast-paced story that really captures one’s attention. And the characters- they are amazing! A great use of pre-teen sarcasm, humor, feelings, and hilarity! The characters interact with each other in such a way that makes me smile a lot when I’m reading it. As new friends Annabeth and Grover join Percy on his adventure, it’s sure to be a laugh. They travel around to places we know of or have been to, such as the EmpireStateBuilding, Santa Monica, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. It’s very exciting to see something you know about connect and mix with a story. You see a very different perspective on this world that we know and that we live in. With witty protagonist Percy Jackson, this story is a definite must read!

Some of Gabby’s Favorite Quotes

“Because you’re my friend, Seaweed Brain. Any more stupid questions?”


“What horrible things would you have to do in your life to get woven into Hades’ underwear?”


“Where’s the glory in repeating what other’s have done?”


“She’d also called me brave… unless she was talking to the catfish.”


“Great, I thought. We just blowtorched a national monument.”

 5 Teacups

5 out of 5 teacups

Thanks so much for writing this guest blog post, Gabby! You can find Gabby on Twitter and Goodreads

Happy reading! 

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13 thoughts on “Gabby’s Guest Blog Post: The Lightning Thief

  1. Sunny says:

    My older sister just read this and loved it too. I, however, was still very unconvinced on whether I should read it or not. But this was a really good review, so I think Gabby just convinced me a bit :)

  2. This is an adventure that I have put off for entirely to long. Great review!

  3. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews says:

    I can’t wait to start reading this series, it’s one of my targets for the year so I can’t wait to get around to it. This review has definitely encouraged me to do so. Great review.

  4. aimee says:

    I’ll confess that I haven’t read the Percy Jackson books yet (though I’ve heard amazing things about them). I saw the film, however, and I keep forgetting to finally check the series out. The quotes make it sound like it’ll be a fun read.

  5. Merin says:

    I ADORE Percy! I’ve read all the books and seriously think he might just be my favorite fictional character of all time. Percy is so funny and snarky; he will literally make you LOL. You definitely need to read them! The Heroes of Olympus series is more mature, definitely more YA than MG (PJ&tO is definitely MG), and a fabulous continuation of the storyline, although that one’s still a work in progress. Book four is being released in October.

    • I am glad you said you adored Percy & that he has snark! Characters really determine how much I like a book! :) Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

    • Gabby says:

      Hi there! I totally agree with you about Percy- he’s hilarious! And it was very tempting to write a review on the Heroes of Olympus, considering that it is more YA and that’s what Alice mostly reviews. But you have to read PJatO for it to make any sense. Thanks for reading!

  6. I need to finally read this! :)

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