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


My Rating: ★★★★★

Date Started: 7/14/17 — Date Finished: 7/16/17

Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Recommended for People Who Like: adventure, mythological creatures, Gods, humor, series where characters evolve from confused preteens to badass teenagers

Percy Jackson Series: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian


Hey y’all. As you know, I like to get my reviews out almost immediately after I read a book. Which is why I am coming to you with my The Lightning Thief review today, which I just finished. 9 years ago!


Yeah so this review may be a little late. I reread this book about a year ago, while I was strolling down memory lane, and just recently reread The Titan’s Curse, which is the third book in the series.

And let me tell you, if you think I enjoyed this Middle Grade book any less than when I read it at 10-years-old, then you’d be wrong, sir.

Time for my extremely unbiased review:

This book is about Perseus Jackson, the biggest G in all of middle grade literature. This the boy your man wishes he could be. 16-years-old and he single handedly– oh, I’m 4 books ahead of myself.

Oh right, so, the plot.

Percy is your normal 12-year-old boy. He struggles academically, has a bad temper, bounces around from school to school, and, oh yeah, almost got killed by his demonic pre-algebra teacher today.

Maybe he would have been more well prepared for this event if his dunce of a mother had told him sooner that he was a demigod. Meaning, half human, half god. Meaning, his mom slept with a God. Oooo get it Sally!

Unfortunately for Percy, 12-years-old seems like the ideal age for all demons in the tristate area to come and try to kill him. The only place 100% safe from demons is Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp where other demigod kids go to live and train.

Here he meets his two unlikely friends and sidekicks: Grover the satyr who has a penchant for eating anything that strictly cannot be classified as ‘food’; and Annabeth, the demigod daughter of Athena who is stuck between wanting to beat Percy’s ass and smooch his little cheeks for the next 4 years.

Percy’s introduction to this world is cut short when, after probably 4 minutes of training, the Oracle presents a prophecy that sends Percy, Grover, and Annabeth on a dangerous mission to retrieve Zeus’s missing lightning bolt, in hopes of preventing a catastrophic war between the gods.

What do you mean, isn’t there anyone else that’s not 12-years-old that can do this? No, of course not! Don’t say such stupid things!


Percy Jackson is just one of those series that instantly makes you yearn to be part of the world and befriend all the characters. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to call up your friend that lives on Long Island and ask her to go find Camp Half-Blood because it has to be real don’t ask questions Valerie just do it.

Within the first 100 pages, I already wanted to be at Camp Half-Blood and go on a quest with Percy, Annabeth, and Grover. I didn’t need anymore introduction to the characters, I already knew I loved them feverishly. This book is just so fun. I love mythology already as it is, and this novel actually goes into details of myths and gods and creatures in such a fascinating and whimsical way.

It’s hard to write an actual review for this book because, like,….it’s Percy Jackson. Percy Jackson. For me, this series is the same how Harry Potter is to others. I just have so much love for it and I want everyone around me to read it and enjoy it as much as me.

Also, this book is…375 pages? It feels like 100 pages. Rick Riordan writes so effortlessly the pages truly fly by. I decided to start rereading this before bed and suddenly I was half ways done! Rick Riordan is really a great author. He describes these unique, fantastical scenes in such simple clarity, accompanied with this light-hearted, humorous mood. His writing can be enjoyed by people of all ages as it is easy to read while still having a great storyline, lovable and well-developed characters, and interesting tidbits about mythology.

Although some people say this book is Young Adult, I would lean more towards Middle Grade. If Middle Grade isn’t your thing and you’re not too keen on reading 5 books, I would recommend at least just reading The Lightning Thief. It’s the iconic first of the series, and some may even argue it is the best! (However, my heart lies with The Last Olympian)

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