Monday, January 20, 2014

Percy Jackson wasn't all he was cracked up to be

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1)

Rating: 3 out of 5 hearts
375 pages
Released: January 2010
Buy it @ Book Depository

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.


There was so much adventure to be had in this book, maybe too much. To me it felt like it was one huge quest to conquer after another for Percy and his friends. There wasn't the normal excitement an action book has, there weren't any of those thrilling cliff hanger moments at the end of each chapter.

I hate to say this about a much loved series and characters, but it just wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. I did learn a lot about mytholgy which I guess is one good thing. I felt that Percy, being twelve, didn't seem old enough to be making the decsions he was making. I didn't think that much of any of the other characters either.

I watched the movie when it was first released and loved it! I couldn't really remember much from the movie so once I finished the book I decided I should probably watch it again. Again, i liked it and I liked it better than the book.

I will continue with the rest of the series because I've heard it gets better and I really think the books have a lot of potential. I'm also not sure if i'll keep listening to them on audiobook because the narrator wasn't all that good. Maybe this is the reason I didn't enjoy the book as much, I will find out when I read the second.

On the cover 

The above cover is the movie cover which I actually like as it's very similar to the first book cover. Both covers have Percy with the stolen lightning bolt in hand while standing in water facing towards the city. So much blue on this cover, which is probably why I like it so much because blue is my favourite colour.

What I'm listening to next: This is not a test by Courtney Summers

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