The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


This book was fun! I loved the premise and idea for this book—having to go to a camp for Half-Bloods if you’re the son/daughter of a Greek God?! COUNT ME IN! :D

“‘Braccas meas vescimini!

I wasn’t sure where the Latin came from. I think it meant ‘Eat my pants!’”

Percy was just such a fun and sassy character to read about. He uses sarcasm in a way that makes it funny, and it doesn’t make the situation sound whiny! Also, I know I shouldn’t be doing this, but Annabeth is 1 000 TIMES BETTER in this book! She’s smart, and she’s also sassy! She always comes up with stuff to get Percy and Grover out of the worst situations, and she works the best under pressure from the group.

“‘What if it lines up like it did in the Trojan War ... Athena versus Poseidon?’


‘I don't know. But I just know that I'll be fighting next to you.’




‘Because you're my friend, Seaweed Brain. Any more stupid questions?’


“‘Why can't you place a blessing like that on us?’ I asked.


‘It only works on wild animals.’


‘So it would only affect Percy,’ Annabeth reasoned.


‘Hey!’ I protested.”   

Percy was probably the best thing in this book. Period.

“All I could think of was that the teachers must've found the illegal stash of candy I'd been selling out of my dorms room. Or maybe they'd realized I got my Essay on Tom Sawyer from the Internet without ever reading the book and now they were going to take away my grade. Or worse, they were going to make me read the book.”   

Obviously, when I’d first heard of the quest to find this lightning bolt, I was kind of rolling my eyes because I’d assumed it was going to be typical, but, I had a lot of fun! I feel like another thing was that I knew about Greek mythology and heard about the stories of all these heroes that we hear from the myth, this was just the best retake on Greek mythology. I don’t understand why we don’t read this and leave the textbook somewhere else . . .


Overall, The Lightning Thief was a lot of fun! I’m hoping to read the next book, The Sea of Monsters soon! I have like eight books on hold right now, and for four of them I’m next in line. So, I just want to finish my pile of books before I read anything more! I would recommend this to anyone that loves Greek mythology!


Thanks for reading my review everyone, and hope you have a great day! :D