My goal was to read the Percy Jackson series before my baby arrived, and I did it! With that said, this will probably be my last blog for a while as I try to figure this whole new mommy thing 🙂
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
by Rick Riordan (new read)
This series was a great fantasy anthology, which had lots of parallels to Harry Potter (which was not a bad thing!).
Percy Jackson is a twelve year old boy who discovers that he is a demigod/half blood— one parent is mortal and one parent is a Greek god. After a harrowing trip with his mom, he is sent off to Camp Half Blood, where there are lots of other demigods like himself. He soon learns who his father is (which is half the fun of the first book, so I won’t spoil it by telling you), as well as necessary skills to survive in the world.
It contains five books:
The Lightning Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan’s Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian
Unlike some other series, I didn’t feel that this one overstayed its welcome. The pacing was excellent. There was lots of action, but also suspense that kept the stories moving forward. The background information and occasional flashbacks never took me out of what was happening at the moment. I was never a big fan of learning about Greek myths in school, but Riordan does an awesome job of integrating those characters and stories into modern day. There’s lots of humor and sarcasm, which is appealing to most of the young adult demographic.
VERDICT: I loved this series and I think it has a wide appeal to readers of all ages and genders. There’s a little something for everyone! Even if you are not a huge fantasy fan, the modern setting and vernacular can help you suspend some of your disbelief. Absolutely deserves its spot on the list!
**Ashley reviewed the first book of this series HERE**
**They made movies of the first two books, which I watched over spring break. I was pretty disappointed. Some of the characters were in complete contradiction to their description in the book, not to mention they made them all significantly older. They also left out a TON of backstory, and had events happen that weren’t related to one another, as well as leaving out a significant subplot from the first book. I’m glad they decided not to continue on with the series.