Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teen Reviewer: Percy Jackson and The Olympian Series, Books 1, 2, and 3

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and The Olympians, #1)
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and The Olympians, #2)
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and The Olympians, #3)
By: Rick Riordan
Reviewer: Emily Reeves

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and The Olympians, #1)

“My name is Percy Jackson.
I'm twelve years old. Until a few months ago, I was a boarding student at Yancy Academy, a private school for troubled kids in upstate New York.
Am I a troubled kid?
Yeah. You could say that.” 

Description from Goodreads:
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.

Emily's Review (minor spoilers ahead):
In the first book of the Percy Jackson series, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on his first dangerous quest. With the help of Grover and Annabeth, Percy must catch a thief who has stolen Zeus’ lightning bolt. He must come to terms with a father he has never known and betrayal by a friend. I would recommend this book. My favorite part of the book is when Percy finds out who is father is. My least favorite part of this book is when Percy’s mother gets abducted by a monster. I would freak out if I found out that I was a half-blood. I mean could you imagine never knowing one of your parents? Most times the mortal parent does not even know that the other parent is a god. I would be having nightmares of all of the monsters that would be attacking me.

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and The Olympians, #2)

“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.” 
Description from Goodreads:
After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson is finding his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any normal friends. But things don't stay quiet for long.

Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders that protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia. Only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name: The Bermuda Triangle.

Together with his friends, Percy must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family, one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

Emily's Review (major spoilers ahead - read the review with caution if you haven't read the book yet!):
In the second book of the Percy Jackson series, the magical borders of Camp Half-Blood begin to fail. Now Percy and his friends have just days to find the only magic item powerful enough to save the camp before it is overrun by monsters. Percy must stage a rescue operation to save his friend Grover. He learns that he has a half brother that is a Cyclops. I would totally recommend this book. My least favorite part of this book is when Percy denies that Tyson is his brother. My favorite part of the book is when Thalia comes out of the tree that her father turned her into years ago to prevent her from dying. Another one of my favorite parts of the book is when Percy saves Annabeth from the sirens that are showing her what she wants to see about the future to lure her to her death.

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympian's, #3)

“In a way, it's nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong. For instance, when you're walking away from a bus that's just been attacked by monster hags and blown up by lightning, and it's raining on top of everything else, most people might think that's just really bad luck; when you're a half-blood, you understand that some devine force is really trying to mess up your day.”
Description from Goodreads:
When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared—a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

Emily's Review (minor spoilers ahead):

In the third book of the Percy Jackson series, Percy gets an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, and he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he will need his powerful demigod friends at his side and his trusty bronze sword Riptide. The demigods rush to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery. The titan lord Kronos has devised another plot to get his revenge on the gods. An ancient monster has arisen. One rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus. Artemis, the only goddess who might know how to track it, is missing. Now Percy and his friends have only a week to find the kidnapped goddess. I would definitely recommend this book. My least favorite part of the book is when Annabeth falls of the cliff during the rescue mission of the two new half-bloods. My favorite part of this book is when Percy meets with Aphrodite because she is suggesting that Percy like Annabeth, but he gets so flustered.

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