Goodreads Description: After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson is finding his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any normal friends. But things don’t stay quiet for long.
Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders that protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia. Only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name: The Bermuda Triangle.
Together with his friends, Percy must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family, one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.
My (Spoilery) Thoughts:
Okay so if I liked The Lightning Thief, I LOVED The Sea of monsters! I was sort of shocked that I would like it more than the first installment in the series only because from what I’ve heard not many like The Sea of Monsters and say its their least favorite in the series. But if I had any reservations on this series( which frankly I didn’t cause I really did like The Lightning Thief) they were blown out of the water( ha see what I did there?) with The Sea of Monsters.
Riordan continues to amaze me with the world he’s building around the Greek myths. I enjoy the way Riordan weaves mythology into the story making it relevant to modern times. His writing is descriptive and imaginative making it so enjoyable to read. We get mentions of The Gray Sisters: Tempest, Wasp and Fury. He also includes Tantalus and makes the sea of monsters location The Bermuda Triangle( score one for the Caribbean! Also they go to Florida!). We also get introduced to the God, Hermes. I love Hermes he’s definitely a cool guy. I found it refreshing for Hermes to want Percy to try and save Luke. I like that he hasn’t given up on him.
“My dear cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on family, no matter how tempting they make it. It doesn’t matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don’t appreciate your genius for inventing the internet-“
I think George and Martha’s banter was hilarious because of course two snakes entwined would bicker and fight all the time.
“She’s touching me,” George complained as he and Martha slithered around the pole.
“She’s always touching you,” Hermes said. “You’re intertwined. And if you don’t stop that, you’ll get knotted again!”
We also get to see more of Percy’s powers in this book which was very cool. He knows how fast he travels in the sea and what position he’s in while he’s at sea. He can also communicate with sea creatures, create air bubbles as well as control sea vessels. He’s more confident and has more of an idea of what’s going on. It was nice to see him in his element.
My favorite aspect of this story is definitely the relationship between Percy and Tyson. I’m such a sucker for sibling relationships. I really like that it was the main focus in the story. I loved the growth in their relationship and individual growth. Percy learns to accept this amazingly adorable one eyed cinnamon roll as a brother and I just love them both. Especially Tyson. He goes from being this scared boy in the beginning of the story to this brave and selfless kid that saves the day and I was just so proud of him. There’s this part towards the end of the book where Tyson tells Percy that he had asked Poseidon for a friend, that Percy is a blessing and that Poseidon send him brother. I swear I was crying. How can you not love him?
This book was just so amazing! Action packed and fun to read.I’m really looking forward to the next installment!
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Okay guys, what are your thoughts on The Sea of Monster? Did you love Tyson as much as I did? I swear I would protect him with my life! Also are there any books you like that features fantastic sibling relationships? I’d love to know! Till next time!