The Premise: What if you growing up you had trouble in school, getting into fights, not able to pay attention, only to find out that it wasn’t your fault? That actually, you’re a “half-blood” — half human, half god. And what happens if you find this out at age 12 (a difficult age at the best of times) because monsters are attacking you since you are now a threat to them? Welcome to Percy Jones’ life. He’s about to be kicked out of yet another school, and this time it wasn’t his fault. Well, he did vaporize his Algebra tutor, but that’s because she was a Fury and attacking him. And that’s not even the worst of his worries. There’s about to be an all out war between the gods because Zeus thinks Poseidon behind the theft of his Lightning Bolt, but really it might have been Hades, and everyone’s blaming Percy because, since the gods can’t steal each other’s items, they have to use surrogates and Percy might be the actual thief. While he’s trying to get himself out of this mess and stay alive at the same time, Percy is also trying to figure out which god is his father, since none have claimed him so far. Will he be able to figure out the Oracle’s riddle in time to return the Lightning Bolt to Mount Olympus before the Summer Solstice, and clear his name at the same time?

My Take on the Book: Although this book is geared towards young adults, I really enjoyed it. There were parts where the story was simplified but it was fast paced and enjoyable throughout. Weighing in at 375 pages, this is not a book for children who are non-readers because the length may be daunting to them. I can see it making a great read-aloud for your kids. There’s lots of action and great characters and I know we would have loved listening to a chapter or two every night when we were young. It’s also a great way to introduce your kids to some of the Greek Gods and Goddesses.

This is the first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I will be looking for the others.

Reading challenges: Young Adult Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, 1sts Reading Challenge, 100 Book Challenge

Rating: five stars

My Rating system: five stars – couldn’t put it down and will read again
four stars – enjoyable read, but had some flaws
three stars – really didn’t affect me one way or the other
two stars – too many problems to make the story enjoyable
one star – didn’t even finish the book


3 Responses to “THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Rick Riordan”

  1. J. Kaye Says:

    My middle son is a Rick Riordan groupie! Reads all his books.

  2. Kay Says:

    OMG, your header kitty looks so much like mine (she loves that particular position too 🙂 )!!!!As for the book, I decided to give it a try because I loved the idea of the Greek gods still among us today. I have absolutely loved it and was glad to see that you loved it too. Unfortunately the next one, The Sea of Monsters, disappointed me a bit, not because it was bad (it wasn’t) but because it wasn’t as great as the first. Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t read it, of course 🙂

  3. Jodie Says:

    I’ve heard great things about this and it sounds really interesting.

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