Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Book Review

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‘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.’

So, to begin with I want to start off by saying that I was very apprehensive going into this book as to whether or not I would like it; I watched the film when I was younger and I really enjoyed it. But oh wow did this book exceed my expectations. I absolutely loved it. It was action packed, fast paced, it had great funny characters in it who I can see will continue to develop throughout the rest of the series. I just don’t know what to say, as I feel I won’t be able to convey the level of amazing this book really is. The book is so much better than the film – it has so much for detail in it and has many different scenes in it which are never even shown in the film. Rick Riordan describes the setting so well – by not describing it too much that you feel like the author is droning on, but then again not describing it too little so you are left with no idea of what the setting is like. I read the audiobook of this book, and the narrator of the audiobook was so so good. He did sound effects, he changed his voice for each different beast, God and an animal; as well as reading the role of Percy in such a realistic way. Percy may be just twelve years old, but he is so witty, so clear and so funny throughout the book. I hope that – like in the Harry Potter series – we get to see Percy grow up and develop as not just a character but also as a person in the rest of the series; as I can see potential for that to be able to happen. So that is all I am going to say in the non – spoiler section as I don’t want to give you any more details as I feel it will spoil it for you, as I feel this book is best to go into not knowing much about it. So go and read this book, and you can read the spoiler bits then. I want to just thank Kay Wisteria @ Hammock of Books for recommending that I read this book because I would enjoy it – you were so right and for that I thank you. And I also want to thank Chloe@ Bookdragons, who first suggested I read it as one of the 2018 Popsuger Challenges; as I wouldn’t have even considered reading it if you hadn’t suggested it 9however it now means you have to read it too).

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Mr Brunner reminds me of a happier and kinder version of Alastor Moody from Harry Potter but without the glass fake eye; however I am not referring to how Mr Brunner is portrayed in the film, as I didn’t picture him to look anything like that.img_0162-1

I then thought that Grover Underwood was like Donkey in his characteristics as he is all over the place, like Grover, and is so funny and vulnerable like him too. They both also are meant to be looking after two strong lead characters when they aren’t very strong and powerful themselves.


I thought this was quite funny – as I could picture Grover joking about the fact that he doesn’t have with Percy near to the time when Percy finds out his best friend is a goat.

I loved Percy’s mother – I thought that there relationship was like the one that Clary ,from The Mortal Instruments, has with her mother. When Percy’s mother was taken at the start by one of the monsters – I knew that she wouldn’t be dead as there was so much more she can bring to the rest of the series.

Then you have the arch scene, where Percy says to Grover and Annabeth, “I will be fine on my own for a second. Don’t worry!’, and your like Percy you probably won’t be and guess what we are right. There’s that massive attack from the monster on Percy – and he has to jump off the arch. I was like if that’s your “I will be fine. Don’t worry” what is your “I am so not fine. HELP ME!!!!” I love it when Percy, Annabeth and Grover set free the animals; and the fact that Grover can talk to animals too.

I thought the scene where Percy talks with his father – God of the Sea – to be really sweet but then sad too, as his dad knows that he has missed so much of Percy’s life but is still proud of him. However on the other hand – I love the way his farther joked about how Percy got his temper from him. It’s also sad, because Percy’s farther loves Percy but realises that Percy shouldn’t be alive as his life is only going to be difficult for him.


So that’s my thoughts and opinions on Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, don’t forget to like and comment this post if you have any questions. If you haven’t read this book already go and find a copy and read. If you have read this book or watched the film – please comment your thoughts and opinions in the comments telling me your favourite moments in the book or your thoughts on the film. Thank you for reading my book review – and I will see you again in the next wonderful world I visit. Until then I would appreciate it if you went checked out my other posts and followed my blog. I hope you are having a great day!


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