Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan

First Book: The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Original book title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year of publication: 2010
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 10 h 0 min
Language: English

I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I’ve seen the movie and I liked it though the book is better, surprise surprise 😉
The book is about the young boy Percy Jackson who finds out that he is a Half-Blood which means that his father is one of the Greek mythology’s Gods. He learns this in a very dramatic way and just when he finds out the truth about himself he gets accused of stealing Zeus master lightning bolt and he has to go on a quest to prove his innocence. Along the way he meets other characters from the Greek mythology and he has to overcome obstacles and villains.

Rick Riordan plays with different characters from the Greek mythology and applies them to modern era in an amusing way. If you already know the background of some mythological characters and their stories it becomes even more entertaining.
The similarities between this book and Harry Potter are striking, in a good way! If you like Harry Potter you will enjoy Percy Jackson.

As a writer Riordan is simple and clean, he has a great imagination that takes him far. The characters are likable and interesting but the book is not a masterpiece. Although this book is clearly written for young adults I still want to read the next novel in the series soon.

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Second Book: The Sea of Monsters

The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan

Original book title: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year of publication: 2010
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 7 h 54 min
Language: English

This is the sequel to The Lightning Thief and I must say it is surprisingly good, not as good as the first one but still really good. This book takes us deeper into the world of the half-bloods and the Greek mythology.
This time our hero, Percy Jackson has to save his best friend and camp half-blood. Someone has poisoned the tree that holds up the magical protection around the camp. To save that special tree, Percy needs to go on another quest to the sea of monsters, currently at Bermuda triangle, to recover the Golden Fleece. Only the Golden Fleece is able to save the tree.
 
The story is full of actions and adventures but sometimes it is too much. The action takes too much pages to get to know the characters better.

Riorden’s writing is still simple and a bit childish but he has a way of infusing natural humor into the story that makes this book pure fun! I said it before and I say it again, the similarities to Harry Potter are striking, in a good way.
This book is a good addition to the series and still entertaining enough to make me eager to continue the series.
 
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Third Book: The Titan’s Curse

The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan

Original book title: Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year of publication: 2010
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 8 h 47 min
Language: English

So this is the third book in the Percy Jackson series and this time Percy must find a goddess kidnapped from Mount Olympus. It’s the goddess Artemis that gone missing but not only her, Annabeth, Percy’s good friend, is also missing. Percy and his friends have to go and find them and of course the road to finding her is full of enemies and traps.
 
This is a typical Rick Riordan book. It’s funny, it’s full of adventure and new twits of the Greek mythology. Although this book is all this I had a hard time getting suck into the story. Some new characters were introduced and I didn’t like them. I think it’s because the books are so similar.
This book reminded me of the first and second book, which made me not drawn into it. Saying that doesn’t mean I didn’t like The Titan’s Curse, it’s just the same theme all over again.
I still like the series and I’m still going to finish it but will probably wait with the fourth book, I need a break.
 
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Fourth Book: The Battle of the Labyrinth

Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan

Original book title: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year of publication: 2010
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 10 h 33 min
Language: English

This is the fourth book in the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I must admit for every book I read in this series, I become less eager to continue the series.
The book starts out just like the other books, Percy starts a new school and gets kicked out because of all of the monsters that are after him.
When he heads back to the camp he realize that danger is closer than he thinks and it’s time for another quest. This book starts out good and exciting but gets too messy. Percy gets in and out of the labyrinth and never really gets to the point. In the middle of this quest his best friend Grover has his own mission and goes off. It’s just too messy.
The reason why I still want to continue read this series is because I do want to know how this will end up and for its humor. Riordan’s writing is good and funny. I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times and that’s kind of unique.
I will read the fifth and final book in this series but I can’t say I’m too eager for it.
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Fifth Book: The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan

Original book title: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year of publication: 2010
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 11 h 0 min
Language: English

This is the last book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. I know that a lot of people like this series, but for me it always have been a bit, meh! I don’t know why and I can’t say what it is that makes me not love this series.

In this last book Percy Jackson is prepared for battle against the Titans and the prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. This book is full of action, adventure and an epic fight. However, I found it to be messy. The fight is too long and uninteresting.

I honestly don’t have much to say about this book or the ending of this series. Riordan is still a good writer and this book is full of funny quotes just like the other books. The loose ends are tied up and there is a worthy ending.

I’m glad I read this series, but for me it was only good and never really great.

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