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So, I’ll be honest, I felt like I had to read Percy Jackson in secret. Why? Well, honestly, I felt like everyone had already read it before me and I had already missed the train. But, this year I started reading more of the books I feel like I missed out on, and let me tell you, it’s not too late to read Percy Jackson and enjoy it because I absolutely adored it!
First of all, this series is incredibly easy to read since it is geared toward early YA/middle grade. The books are not very large and you can get through them rather quickly. Personally, I ended up listening to the audiobook because I was reading another book at the time. While I didn’t really love the audiobook itself, I thought the books were amazing I was able to get past the voice actor.
Second, I am a huge sucker for mythology and gods/goddesses stories and I have been feeling like I have not gotten nearly enough of them recently (also, if you have any recommendations, put them in the comments please). I think that the first series so far definitely made the gods more kid-friendly, but it does an amazing job of bringing a lot of well-known myths and incorporating them into the story.
Overall, I highly suggest reading this amazing series, no matter what age you are. I think that it fits everyone and I can’t wait to check out the sequel series. If you have the Libby app, I think most libraries have this series because it is so incredibly popular. Also, Rick Riordan is creating the tv series for it on Disney Plus, so now is the perfect time to read these books before the show comes out.
Summary of The Lightning Thief (Book 1)
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.The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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