Go on with what your heart tells you, or you will lose all.The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
When it comes to Percy Jackson I would always hear very similar comments to the Harry Potter series, and since Harry Potter and the wizarding world became such a huge part of my life that I love with all my heart I had to pick it up.
In “The Lightning Thief”, Percy Jackson, dyslexic and hotheaded, has been kicked out of yet another school. But stranger things are happening around him, and soon he finds himself at Camp Half-Blood, a refuge and training ground for children of the Greek gods. He discovers that his dyslexia is caused by his brain being hardwired for Greek, and his hotheadedness is because, well, he’s a hero.
All too soon Percy discovers which god is his father, and that he’s a pawn in a titanic battle between the gods that may ignite World War III. Accompanied by a daughter of Athena and a young satyr, Percy is sent to retrieve Zeus’ lightning bolt from Hades, who supposedly stole it. But things are even more complicated than he and the gods imagined, and there are dangerous plots afoot.
This book is simply amazing! It gave me a very similar feeling to when I first read the Harry Potter series, even though both are so different and special on their own. It sent me right back to my childhood and I had so much fun reading it that I ended up reading the entire series in two weeks. I could not stop thinking about it and talking about it to anyone who dared ask me about this story.
Riordan is hilarious, he had me laughing through the entire book. I also absolutely loved the way he used Greek mythology because it just makes the story that much more interesting and gripping. I could not put this book down, I was always wondering what would happen next – some parts were filled with fear and emotion and some filled with action. Wherever I went this book came with me.
The characters are so lovable and authentic, I ended up falling in love with pretty much all of them. Overall I was really pleasantly surprised with this series, and I am so glad I picked it up. It’s definitely worth giving It a shot.