Book Review: The Lightning Thief by: Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief   [LIGHTNING THIEF] [Paperback]Publisher: Hyperion
Publish Date: 31 March 2006
Origins: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olypians: The Lightning Thief (1), The Sea of Monsters (2), The Titan's Curse (3), The Battle of the Labyrinth (4), The Last Olympian (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's 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's 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


I think the only books I have read specifically targeted for Middle Grade was Harry Potter before this book. I am sad to say that this book has been hanging out in my bathroom for MONTHS and I have been reading it a tiny bit at a time, and I finished it tonight. (Sorry if that is TMI, but you know you do it too.) I was expecting an older feel for some reason (prob because of the whole not reading MG) but it was still pretty good. I also have yet to see the movie.

The story is interesting and unique. I love the way the Olypians are all set up in the modern world, and no one knows about it. The story has a very cool and seamless way of integrating mythology with modern day twists. I love the rivalries between the 'Heroes' and I enjoyed the tangible tension between the characters.

I probably won't read more of this series, just because it felt a tad but juvenile for my liking, but the story was excellent, as was the writing, and the characters. I recommend this book for anyone who loves children's and MG books.

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  1. I purchased this book after watching the movie. I've yet to read the first page, but my daughter (13 yo) gave it a try. She said it was pretty good. But like you, she expected the protagonist to be a bit older considering the movie Percy was in his late teens.

    She's in the process of reading the rest of the series.

  2. I read the whole series avidly because I liked the take on Greek mythology.

    At the same time, I'd save my money on the movie since you aren't a hard core fan. The adaptation was so-so, mostly because they squeezed the book to tight to fit into the time frame.

  3. I read this only because my 11 year old son likes to me to read along with him so we can discuss books. I really liked it. I thought Riordan did a good job keeping the readers interested. The important thing is that my son loved it. He has read the entire series. I found it a great book to get boys reading. Girls will like it too. But I have 2 boys and finding things that keep them reading is sometimes a challenge.

  4. I absolutely loved this series! I highly recommend you continue on. It gets better :)

  5. I really enjoyed this book, and intend to read on in the series but just haven't got there yet, so many books so little time..... I was so disappointed with the film, a terrible adaption IMO

  6. I feel the same about this series - it is entertaining and different but a bit too juvenile. That said, I've continued to read it with Kiddo and on the whole have enjoyed the experience. We're on book 5 now. Kiddo LOVES them, and I just enjoy his excitement. :)

  7. I have not read the books but did watch the movie with my family. I will probably get the books for the kids, and am not shocked it was youth based. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  8. im hosting my first giveaway on my new blog, if youre interested im giving away 6 booooks.
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  9. I read this one and enjoyed it. I'll probably eventually read the rest, especially since Riordan is my daughter's favorite author. She's 10.

  10. I loved this series. I totally agree - the way the myths and the modern were blended were the best! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it enough to read more =( I refuse to see the movie - I heard it was terrible compared to the book (what a shocker).


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