Today’s review will be by a guest blogger named Monica. The book she will be reviewing is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
Thank you Monica for this review!
I read the blurb and it was promising. It was a breather
It was a summer vacation of my third year in university. Feeling bored, I searched over the Internet for some titles which sound interesting to be read. For those who know me, they will not be surprised to see me in a corner reading a novel. It’s something akin to breathing; reading is a necessity for my existence.
I am a bookworm and I read almost all genres. Others comment that I have an eclectic taste for books, and I don’t disagree with them. So that time, I was browsing over newly released books when I found a genre I am very fond of – Young Adult fiction. YA puts me at ease, comfortable even. It doesn’t make me afraid of getting a coronary or nightmare. It doesn’t make me cry like an idiot over a tragedy of a century. This is not to say that YA is boring – I cannot imagine it could be. It’s just the right genre for me at the time, I guess, being 18 and all.
In my search, I stumbled upon a novel titled Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I read the blurb and it was promising. It was a breather, actually. With the popularity of vampires and werewolves stories no thanks to The Twilight Saga, it was refreshing to find something of a different nature. A very far nature, I daresay.
The Lightning Thief is the first book of a series, which I wasn’t familiar at the time. I got my copy and couldn’t help myself from leafing through its first pages. I was that interested. It attracted me to read because of promises of – gods, demigods, and all those exciting adventures that accompanied the first two mentioned.
I remember when I was in grade school that I am fascinated in mythology. It is something that is universal, yet not too many people my age were very knowledgeable about it. And that made me curious.
The novel was actually classified as a middle-grade book. So what? I didn’t mind. I love reading and as long as the book is sensible and interesting enough, I wouldn’t care less even if it was made for toddlers. It started by introducing the characters, which as much as I expected, young, and most of the personalities that go with the age. The writing was light and easy – it made me feel like the author was an old friend and he was leisurely describing me the scenes as we were sitting and sipping our tea. The descriptions aren’t that grand; I’m not fond of overly described setting, plus it makes my head aches when writers use highfaluting words to create a picture of something as mundane as a flower.
As for the characters, they are loveable. There’s no other way to describe it. They are believable – any one can be like you and me. The attitude that they have are also age-appropriate. I liked it. Others tend to fit their characters into a personality which is not tailored for someone their age, and it made the novel less real. Good thing Rick Riordan had none of that.
What I like best about the characters is their humor. It is ever present. I always find myself laughing at their jibe or witty remark. I also got used to their sarcasm and ironic comments that I sometimes anticipated what they would say. It only got better because the novel was narrated by the hero, Percy Jackson. His inner thoughts and somewhat comical character made him loveable.
An of course, the mythology part. Allow me to use this word, but it was awesome. No exaggeration. I couldn’t find a more appropriate word to express what I feel about it. Rick smartly described concepts, items, and entities in his book in such a way that made me guessing as to what or who he was pertaining to. It was very gripping. I rejoiced when I predicted correctly, and grew frustrated when I got it wrong. It was maddening, too. I have a fair share of mythology lessons and it made me feel like visiting my former teachers whenever I matched a character based on a description.
Now, why exactly do I like this book? It is a YA fiction, but it helps readers be more aware of the lost glory of mythology. The targeted readers are those middle-graders, and I commend the author’s technique of introducing lessons in a book which is too enjoyable to ignore. It is one of the best ways of studying Greek mythology. It is fun- and adventure-filled story and it will surely capture a reader’s interest.
But did it only stop from the young ones? No, it didn’t. Like me, others have been hooked and addicted. Aside from the fact that it was refreshing as mentioned in earlier paragraph, the story is also timeless. People of all ages can actually relate to Greek gods and goddesses, the origins and nomenclature of things. Even though the heroes and heroines may be young, we all have our own inner-child, and we can enjoy a good laugh with a good book.
As of now, I have finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which consists of five novels. The Greeks are interesting, but it seems the readers don’t want the fun to end. So the author continued his story adding the Roman side in his Heroes of Olympus series, and the third installment has been released this fall.
I have read the latest novel in the series, and I am waiting for more. The next is due somewhere around October 2013, and it seems so far from now. But I can wait. And the rumor about the second book in the first installment making it to the silver screen made the wait bearable. But not much.
Thanks again to Monica for this review, click here to visit her blog. If you guys have any questions for Monica feel free to leave them in the comment box. Thank you for stopping by!