Saturday, October 4, 2014

Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
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Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1
Version Reviewed: Finished, Paperback.
*I bought this book with my own money.

GoodReads Summary:
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.
I first heard about this book when I was watching the special features on the movie version of The Lightning Thief. I absolutely loved the movie (and still intend on purchasing it) but didn't realize until afterwards that it was actually based on a book. Of course, after viewing the movie, I instantly wished I had read the book first. Since the movie came out, I've been dying to get my hands on a copy. So of course, when I saw it at Goodwill for only $.50 I had to snatch it up before someone else did.

This book is absolutely amazing. Even better than the movie (as most are). Admittedly, it's the first book I've ever read that deals with the Greek gods. Not that the books aren't out there, I just have yet to manage to get my hands on them. Now that I've read this one, I'm even more interested in reading books of the nature. I absolutely loved it. As soon as I began reading I fell in love with the character of Percy Jackson. The things he goes through, magical and non-magical, on a daily basis are amazing and I loved following along as he grew and learned with the rest of us.

I found myself getting lost in his world and I really cannot wait to read the rest of the series. (Now if they would only make the rest of the books into movies, I would be a happy (Half-Blood) camper...)

4 Stars
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