Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review: The Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan

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.

Genre:  Middle Grade Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Traditional
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
I always try to read the book before seeing a movie.  I find movies ruin the reading experience but I didn't do that in this case, just didn't get around to it.  But I love the movie and knew immediately I wanted to read the book.  It turns out I love the book more!!!  Love it! Love it!  Love it!!!  It's totally different than the movie, even the who-dun-it is somewhat different ... so I can totally love each independently of the other!  Yay! ...the best of both worlds!

I appreciated the "voice" of Percy Jackson, who narrates his own story.  I enjoyed experiencing his self-discoveries along with him.  I did hate that I knew his heritage from the movie before discovering it the book.  

The mystery is age appropriate and well written with no plot holes that I noticed.  Each character has a good back story making them very real to me; it was so easy to identify with Percy, Annabeth and Grover.  I liked them, cared what happened with them and cheered for them throughout their quest.  This was just such a fun adventure with lots of Greek mythology and plenty of modern creativity!!!  I am totally stoked to continue on with this series!

 I did listen listen to this as an audio book and enjoyed it immensely!  The narrator, Jesse Bernstein, does a fabulous job :)

Cover Art:
This is a book with a LOT of different covers.  The cover I have in my post is my favorite.  I enjoy the coloring and the visual strength of the lightning bolt within the title.

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