Monday, December 15, 2014

Percy Jackson and the Olympians # 1: The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief is the first book in the middlegrade contemporary twist on Greek mythology series Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

Considered a troublemaker, twelve-year-old Percy has been thrown out of more schools than he can count – with his dyslexia and penchant for a temper he finds it difficult to fit in. Even at a school for misfits.

Before being kicked out of his latest school, though, he notices some rather odd occurrences. He knows weird things have happened around him before – but having a teacher turn evil, attempt to kill him, dissolve into tiny bits when defeated and then no one remember her being a teacher at his school in the first place is only the latest.

And, admittedly, the strangest.

Before long, Percy realizes that the mythological monsters and gods of Mount Olympus are not just something to be studied in his textbook – but are real and walking around.

Or trying to kill him.

Pulled into this stunning revelation, Percy is brought to a place where others are aware of this alarming truth – and advise him that the gods believe Percy has stolen from them.

Go figure.

So now he needs to find the stolen item – Zeus’s master lightning bolt – before it’s too late.

Wow – what a FUN book!!!

Obviously I’ve heard of The Lightning Thief as it’s a pretty popular series, so I finally read the first one here and I am pretty tickled!

The Lightning Thief is a thoroughly entertaining and satisfying adventure! It has many laugh-out-loud moments due to excellent, clever writing and a witty hero in Percy. It’s also at times quite creepy and suspenseful – but always oh-so-fun!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians first entry introduces a new, fresh way to mash up Greek mythology and modern times – being imaginative, well written and very engaging. Truly a book for ALL AGES, it’s a delight as we become invested in these characters and situations!

As The Lightning Thief continued it seemed to get better and better. I absolutely loved the essence, the setting, the vibe, the characters and plot! Essentially everything about it.

It’s a hilarious book with a surprising edge – and I am very, very, very ready for the rest of the books in the series.

Awesome news is not only are there four more books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series but there’s a spinoff series that I may jump into as well called the Heroes of Olympus!

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