Published August 3, 2015
5 Stars , Fantasy , Young-adult
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: March 6, 2008 by Disney Hyperion
Series: #4 (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Length: 368 pages
“Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.
In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.”
Wow. This is by far my favorite book out of the series. There were so many mysteries and plot twists in this book that it made my fly through the book in one day. I just love the different mythological stories especially Calypso’s story. Also, I think this is the MOST action packed book so far which made it a fast read. Not only was it filled with battles and adventures, but it also has fantastic humor that’ll leave you laughing out loud… literally.
I love love love the characters. Some characters might seem irrelevant at first, like a by-passer, but trust me, all the characters in this book has a purpose and I LOVE THAT. I love how they are not just some random characters thrown into the book. Although Percy and Annabeth are in their early teens, I think they’re beginning to mature. Also, I see a romance sprouting ;). I’m really glad the author isn’t rushing the romance or else that’ll be a big turnoff in my opinion. I also love Tyson and Grover. They were so funny in this book that I couldn’t help but giggle. At first, I really hated Dionysus, but I grew to love him in this installment because I finally understand his character. That’s just how he is, and no matter how snarky he seems, he’s awesome and hilarious.
I also loved how this book takes place in the Labyrinth. There were so many secrets and creepy passages in there that it left me intrigued and wanting to read more. Overall this is a must read if you love fantasy or if you’re looking for a fast paced read. I think everyone should read the Percy Jackson series no matter what your age is because it’ll appeal to all readers.
Published July 20, 2015
4.5 , Fantasy , Young-adult
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: April 8, 2008 by Disney Hyperion
Series: #3 (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Length: 320 pages
“When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he’ll need his powerful demigod allies at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and . . . a ride from his mom.
The demigods race to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two new powerful half-bloods, whose parentage is unknown. But that’s not all that awaits them. The Titan lord, Kronos, has set up a devious trap, and the young heroes have just fallen prey.
Hilarious and action-packed, this third adventure in the series finds Percy faced with his most dangerous challenge yet—the chilling prophecy of the Titan’s curse.”
I’m amazed and blown away again by Rick Riordan’s writing and story. What I love the most about this book is how I can easily connect with the characters. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the protagonist or side characters; I can relate to ALL OF THEM (even the antagonists). I am so glad we got to know more of the gods! Those pesky gods seems useless to me to be honest because they just leave all the problems up to Percy & friends. Like, HELLO!? You call yourselves gods yet you guys are just sitting on top of New York!? So I’m really glad that they finally decide to show up and offer a bit of help to Percy.
I enjoy following Percy’s adventures with Grover and the other side characters because not only are they action packed, but these characters are totally hilarious! I think this book has more action scenes and plot twists compared to the first two books. Unfortunately, I found some of the action scenes and revelations a little bit confusing which is why I only gave it a 4.5 stars. Nonetheless, it does not disappoint and I’m even more intrigued on how this book is going to end. Overall I highly recommend you to read this series. My reading slump has finally dwindled away, and I can’t wait to read The Battle of the Labyrinth next!
Published July 6, 2015
5 Stars , Fantasy , Young-adult
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: April 1, 2006 by Disney Hyperion Books
Series: #2 (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Length: 288 pages
“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.”
The Sea of Monsters is a fantasy sequel to the first book! It was so action packed that I flew through this book within a day. I have NEVER binged read a series before, and this book just makes me want to finish the whole series asap because I want to know what happens to Percy and the gang. In this book, something bad happens to Camp Half Blood and it’s up to Percy and Annabeth to save the day again.
I just love Rick Riordan’s writing. It really does feel like Percy is narrating the story. It’s amazing how he can bring each of his characters to life through written words. Even though Percy Jackson is still a child in this book, I can see that he’s becoming more mature and responsible. Although we don’t get to see much of Grover in this book, he’s still hilarious as ever! Annabeth still has that I- know-it-all attitude, but I still like her character. She’s brave, wise, and kick-ass and I can’t wait to see more of her adventures with Percy.
I also love how we are introduced to other mythical creatures like Hermes, the Siren, etc. I haven’t brushed up on my Greek God 411 since my freshman year of high school (5 years ago) so I’m interested in to reading more about these Greek creatures. This is the type of series that will get you out of that reading slump so I suggest you read it asap! Overall this book was all I could hope for. It’s definitely worth the time and money.