Book Reviews: Percy Jackson Series
Monday, October 18, 2010Posted by Melissa (Avid Reader)
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)
by Rick Riordan
This is the second book in the series and to be honest I liked it a bit better than the first. Percy learns that Camp Half-Blood is under attack. Thalia, Zeu's daughter, who was turned into a tree, has been poisoned and because of this the protective borders of the camp are being destroyed. At the same time he realizes his best friend, Grover, is being held captive by a cyclopes in the Bermuda Triangle. He decides to go on a quest to save both Grover and the camp. Unfortunately for him the quest is assigned to another demigod, Clarisse, and he's left feeling helpless. Percy and Annabeth decide to take on the quest anyway and head out on their own.
The book maintains the fast-paced momentum of the first, while adding depth to the characters. The book's newest addition is the sweet and loyal Tyson, a friend of Percy's. I love how this book ends and it left me eager to pick up the next one.
So I did…
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)
by Rick Riordan
Once again, the books begins bang as Percy and his try to help to new demigods reach Camp Half Blood. In the midst of the chaos they meet Artemis and her band of hunters. In additional to Artemis, this book introduces a slew of familiar Greek faces in clever ways. Annabeth is not in this book as much as the first two and it made me realize how much I like her. I missed her character, but enjoyed getting to learn a bit more about her back story.
This one, like the first two, is a quick read. There is constant action and before you know it, the book is done. I’ve heard some people refer to these books as “Harry Potter Lite” and I think that’s a great description. I never find myself quite as attached to the characters or involved in the story as I do with HP, but I enjoy reading them.
Again, one of my favorite parts of both books is the Greek mythology that’s woven into the story. Reading about mythology that's been around for centuries in a modern setting makes the books endlessly entertaining. There are five books in the series and I'll definitely be reading the final two.
One a side note, here's a fun website for the series.