Review: The Lightning Thief

October 22, 2017

The Lightning Thief Review

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I'd love to tell you I had some deep revelation on my way down, that I came to terms with my own mortality, laughed in the face of death, etcetera. The truth? My only thought was: Aaaaggghhhhh!”

 I literally don't know where to start, you know how there are some books that just bring a smile to your face whenever you pick them up? Well these Percy Jackson and The Olympians' books are the biggest smile conjurers in my bookshelves. I hold them specially close to my heart.

 Almost everyone knows the story, whether it's because you've watched the movies (which are terrible, I recommend you drop them right now and pick up the books) or you've heard about these books, or like me, you've already read them. But in case you don't, this is basically it: Percy Jackson doesn't do well at school, he has a hard time concentrating and his dyslexia makes reading for him very hard, on top of that his mother is married to a douchebag and they don't have much money. What he doesn't know is that he is really a Half-Blood, as in half greek god, half human. His real father is Poseidon and a lot of things are about to change for him.

“He was slumped over, blood trickling from the side of his mouth. I shook his furry hip, thinking, No! Even if you are half barnyard animal, you're my best friend and I don't want you to die!”

 I can't point a single thing and name it what I love the most about these books, sometimes it's the characters or the writing style, sometimes it's the hilarious way in which Riodan merges greek mythology with pop culture and sometimes it's the aesthetic. It has some clichés, and I'll admit the first time I read the summary I thought it looked suspiciously similar to Harry Potter. But it's a diferent experience entirely, even though they deal with similar themes.

 I don't want to spoil anything, I can only say, that I loved these books as when I was little and I love them now, I just can't recommend them enough, if you have kids, if you're a kid, if you were a kid you should read them, you won't regret it.

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  1. I completely get what you mentioned about greek mythology and pop culture, it's the best part of the book according to me, way too funny. I'm glad you like these books as well, they're my favorite. Great review.

  2. Kelly | Creme de la Chic13 November 2017 at 21:05

    I haven't read these books since I was a kid, I honestly don't know if I would enjoy them now, but I'm glad you were in a similar situation and enjoyed them anyway. Lovely review.