Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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Goodreads Description: 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.


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My Thoughts:

Okay guys I did it! I READ THE LIGHTNING THIEF! I gotta say I’m really proud of myself. Now when someone talks to me about Percy Jackson at least I’ll have some sense and I won’t be disowned by all my little bookworm cousins that think I’m crazy for not picking it up sooner. I always wanted to read this book and book series but little traitorous thoughts in the bad of my mind made me believe I wouldn’t enjoy it. I was definitely worried that I might not enjoy it as much because it’s a middle grade and I feared I would be a little disconnected but I’m happy I enjoyed this book as much as I did, which was a lot.

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Riordan’s writing style is on point. I am always hearing such great things about his writing and its totally warranted. He very much made me believe that there might be Demigods running around the country going on quests and trying to prevent WW3. The fact that Riordan took this idea, ran with it and made it work so well is beyond me. This has all the elements of a good starter to a series. The writing is genius, it grab a hold of you and you’re instantly thrown into this world of Greek Gods and monsters and it’s so funny. The characters are fun, witty, and oddly relatable. The Greek Gods personalities fit so well individually, like I can totally see Ares being a biker. I enjoyed details like Mount Olympus being on the top of the Empire State building, Medusa having a garden gnome emporium (which was really funny because of course she would)and the Underworld being in a recording studio in Los Angeles. Details like that made the story for me. I was constantly impressed with how well thought out this book was.

Percy is a gem. You can’t help but root for him throughout the book. Trouble seems to follow this kid everywhere. I mean he’s getting kicked out left and right from every school he’s been in, to then be thrusted into this unknown world and I think he does well with the little information that he has. One thing that I had a little bit of a problem with was how the majority of the characters just assume that Percy should know everything. I mean his mother disappears out of thin air right in front of him, give this kid a break. Is that a middle grade thing? Are characters just dumped into these worlds without anything being explained? I don’t know.

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I love the relationship between Percy and his mom. She would do anything for Percy even marry a horrible guy to keep Percy’s scent hidden from monsters( I mean that’s love y’all). Their reunion was very touching and I’m so happy that it didn’t take the whole series for Percy to have her back. I’m so proud of his mom too for believing in herself in the end and wanting to resolve her problems on her own and not let Percy do it for her.

I’m very excited to continue with this series. Like I mentioned before this book is a great start to what I hope is a wonderful series full of adventure.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

So guys, have you read The Lightning Thief? Of course you have I’m probably the last person on earth to read it. What did you think of it? Also I know everyone says the movie is HORRIBLE but is it really true? I haven’t seen it yet for fear of what everyone says. Let me know! Thanks for reading!



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