Middle Grade Monday: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
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! 5 books longer

Percy Jackson the lightning thief
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 377
Pacing: Normal
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Published: June 1st, 2005




Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. – synopsis from Goodreads


“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.” 

How have I not read this until now? Someone should’ve slapped me and put this book in my hand and held me hostage until I read this series!

I wish this book came out when I was younger because I would’ve been obsessed with this. It’s like Potter, I didn’t experience either as a kid but still thoroughly love them as an adult. I gave this four stars to start out because I usually give first in series four stars – they are usually the starting grounds for the series. I think this one warrants a five star rating though – it completely drew me in and I had a blast. I’m a BIG middle-grade fan and have been all my life. I think a lot of readers miss out on this category because they thing it’s too “childish.” The middle-grade category has been putting out solid work for a very long time now and it just keeps getting better. I also love that middle-grade focuses on different things than YA such as adventure, family and friendship. This book possessed all the markings of a great MG book.

Percy is so freaking cute, I just love him to death! I can’t think of anyone I really hated in this – even the villains had likable and fun qualities. Ares cracked me up a ton and I hope he comes back in later books. Percy’s sidekicks, Annabeth and Grover are also amazing. Only thing was that every time I heard the name Grover, I pictured the blue monster from Sesame Street. Am I the only one who did that? Yes? Ok cool! They were the perfect sidekicks – intelligent, great friends and completely flawed – just how I like it!

I was surprised at how much Greek mythology is really talked about in these books. Rick does a great job of fitting in the various stories and traits or the gods/titans without feeling like you are being schooled. It’s very accessible for anyone I believe – young children would have no issues with understanding what is going on.

I also loved me some Hades – I need a lot more of Hades! I was actually excited that Percy is a son of Poseidon and not Zeus (which seemed like the more obvious choice). I won’t go into too many details on this book because you should go into this knowing as little as possible and just go along for the ride with this insanely fun characters and the humor is great for children and adults alike.

Highly recommend this! Don’t be an idiot like me and let this sit on your shelf for years, read it!