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The lightning thief by Rick Riordan

book: The lightning thief
written by: Rick Riordan
series: Percy Jackson #1
genre: Middle Grade, mythology
pages: 377
publication date: June 1st, 2005
publisher: Miramax Books

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.

first thoughts:
I wish I had counted the massive number of people who have recommended this book to me, because it is immensely huge! And they all were right. I haven't seen the movie, mainly because people said it disappointed them after reading the book. Have you read it and have you seen the movie? Should I watch it? Put it in the comments, please :)

full review:
Oh my, why haven't I read this book earlier?! I absolutely love this book with all my heart, and never want to return it to the library. I need my own copy of this book!
Even though this book is oficially a middle grade book, and I usually don't like MG books, this book will be one of my forever-favourites! The humorous way Riordan writes made me smile all the time, and I thoroughly enjoyed it from the first word till the end.
Riordan's way of mixing mythology and contemporary life is amazing. I love Greek mythology, and it was so amazing to first see normal-day situations and then recognise some myth in it, the characters, that were actually gods, and of course, the whole plot.
Percy's character is amazing, and he uses hilarious oneliners. He somehow reminded me of a stereotype best friends' little brother. He is full of anger, but can also be sweet. He makes friends as easy and quick as enemies. Then he figures out that he is a demi-god *which most readers of this book already know before opening it, the ones that look at the cover...* and that he is the most powerful demi-god of all. His normal life just continues. He doesn't get evil and he didn't brag about his powers, but still he kicks ass, like a boss :D
When Percy has to go on an amazing but super dangerous quest to save the world from WWIII, he encounters lots of monsters, gods and other mythical creatures, even some of my favourites *including Medusa* and it gets more epic by the page.
Riordans writing style seemed pretty easy to me, but I don't really care, since this book is classified as a Middle Grade book. It would actually bother me more if the book was super difficult to read... :S

A must read for everyone that can reads, no matter which age, gender, or preferences, you will love this!

5 stars <3

xo Mar


Anonymous said...

Great review! I also loved it and.all the other novels in the series
great blog I'm a new follower :)

MissKimberlyStardust said...

Great review! I read this one about 2 years ago and I lvoed it but haven't picked up the other ones yet. There are so many books and so little time!

Old follower :)
-Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

P.S. You should check out my giveaway on my blog :)

Mar said...

@Alex - thanks for following :) I hope I enjoy the other installments in this series as much as this one

@Kimberly - So many books, so little time. That's one way to describe my life :D