Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning Thief
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Author: Rick Riordan
Category:  Adventure/ Fantasy/ Mythology
Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: 4 stars out of 5  
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.

My Review: 

The Lightning Thief was a fun and light read, definitely perfect for the younger crowd, but also nice for older readers who enjoy a change of pace from more intense books. I found it to be humorous and the characters to be quite enjoyable!
“I'd love to tell you I had some deep revelation on my way down, that I came to terms with my own mortality, laughed in the face of death, et cetera.

The truth? My only thought was: Aaaaggghhhhh!” 
The book is filled with some unique and interesting characters! Each one had their own distinct personality and definitely shone in their own way. I really enjoyed Percy! Even though he is just a twelve year old, I found him to be relatable in many aspects. I also loved his humor and spunky nature and how he really never gave up despite being in a crazy world filled with Gods, Goddesses, and creatures of myth.

There are quite a few side characters in this one and, like I mentioned, each one was enjoyable! Even the bad guys! I really loved Annabeth and Grover. Each one held their own depth and had personalities I enjoyed. I also loved the mythological creatures that appeared, good and bad alike!

I’m a big Greek myth fan and I have encountered quite a few authors who have produced their own versions of the myths. Some did quite a good job, others not so much. But I felt that Riordan did an amazing job with his own interpretation of Greek mythology! I loved the distinct personalities he gave to each God/Goddess that Percy and his friends encountered! I also loved the bits of modern society he threw in to explain how the Gods could exist in this world. He also threw in a few twists with the Gods, which I enjoyed!
“I didn't understand how. But the toilets had responded to me. I had become one with the plumbing.” 
The book definitely had the middle grader feel to it; however, that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story. I felt it built quite nicely, introduced all the characters and mythological creatures well, and the pacing was to my liking along with the action. I also loved the adventure that Percy had to go one and though the detail is simple, I got lost in the world Riordan created.

All in all, I'm glad I took the chance and picked The Lightning Thief up and I know I will continue the series! I also know this book isn’t for everyone, it is a middle grader book, but I definitely recommend it to those who like to read such genres or are looking for a book to read with their son or daughter!


  1. So glad you enjoyed Percy! I absolutely love this series and they just get better and better! It is a lot of fun to watch Percy and the gang grow up. They get into all sorts of trouble. And Riordan really does an amazing job with the mythology. Love this review! *muggle huggles*

  2. Yay for reading Percy Jackson! Such good books. I totally agree with you, they really are middle grade books, but it didn't turn me away at all (and I don't really read MG), because Percy Jackson and his friends are just too much fun! I also love Greek mythology. Oh and I guarantee that as you keep reading the series you will enjoy it more and more and fall in love with the Percy Jackson world. And his second series that Heroes of Olympus that still features Percy Jackson...is more young adult because they are older. :)

  3. I am not a mg or much of a mythology reader, but I know that others have adored this. So glad to hear the distinct gods all had their personalities.

  4. Great Review Magen! I love Greek Mythology! I can tell you had fun with this fast paced, humorous, and adventurous read full of great characters. I agree that it's nece to escape from the really heavy reads every once in a while.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  5. Ms. Magen!! I totally took the laptop away from my mom because THIS IS MY BOOK!! I have so much major love for Percy Jackson, and I agree whole-heartedly with every aspect of your review. I absolutely adored Annabeth and Grover; and I'm a huge Greek mythology fan too, and I love what Rick Riordan did with it. He's amazing. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the rest of the series! Fantastic review!! *hugs*

    *takes back my laptop* Well... what she said. LOL But yes, this review is wonderful; and I ADORED the quotes! *smoosh*


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