January 16, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
Please welcome Gabby as she talks about a book in her favorite series, 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
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 out of 5 teacups