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I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Published: April 1st, 2006
The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment.
In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come. – Synopsis from Goodreads.
“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy”
I’m really loving this series. I wish it hadn’t taken me this long to finally read a Rick Riordan book but I’m glad I finally picked it up.
Percy Jackson is just such a great adventure book. I’ve heard it compared to Potter, but I suppose it’s in the way that so many kids grew up loving this world and I can completely see why. I’m growing more and more attached to all these characters. Percy is a lot of fun and doesn’t suffer from bland hero syndrome, so his sidekicks don’t outshine him constantly like a lot of other books. Annabeth kicks ass – adore her. Love that she is not only intelligent but that she is resourceful and strong as well. I imagine a lot of little girls look up to her. I’m 36 and I am still in awe of this girl. Grover is a trip and seeing him prance around in a little wedding dress is the best image ever. I still can’t get the image of Sesame Street’s Grover out of my head though. I guess he’ll always be a blue fuzzy satyr to me.
Now I have to talk about the LOVE I have for a new character we are introduced to in this book – Yep, Tyson. He is so precious and I wanted to protect him from the mean and cold world that he was facing. I actually liked that Percy struggled with not being embarrassed by Tyson, I thought it was extremely realistic and probably helped a lot of young people think a little differently about someone who might not be like you. I am not sure if Rick was trying to draw parallels to Tyson and disability but I certainly got that vibe. As someone who is disabled, I related to his basic want to fit in. What I did love about his character was even though he was different from everyone else, the story showed that he was not only able to help but actually VITAL in the story. They needed his skillset – Tyson is really the hero of this book and that felt very inspired to me.
The plot in this one moved fast and liked all the monsters that showed up – that is something I still love, even as an adult. I didn’t feel anything really dragged in this one and it really moved the plot forward. I won’t say a word about the end but I didn’t see it coming and I’m really excited to see where it is going.
I would highly recommend this book and it’s a wonderful family story if you have children.