Hello and welcome to The Book Enigma! This is my first post on this blog so, in honor of this first post, I will do a review on the book that really started me off reading! The Lightning Thief from the Percy Jackson!
Now, before I start this review I will give you a quick history of my reading "career". I've read all my life starting young but I only really read the books from my elementary school library. I did read Harry Potter(several times actually) but I eventually ran out of books to read. Fast forward two years to the middle of my first year in middle school. I had met a friend(Varya co-owner of this blog) and we talked about various things like cats and etc. We talked about books sometimes, but not as much as now. Then, one day she started telling me about this random book series about greek mythology. I was interested so later that day I researched it and bought the first book online. Soon I finished the series, eating up each new book with determination. When I finished reading the Percy Jackson books I quickly started the Heros of Olympus(the spin off series) then I found more and more books until I was completely obsessed with novels and in general, reading. And now, 4 years later, here I am.
So, now for my review of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan:
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is the outstanding start to a amazing young-adult fiction(it seems a little like a children's book like Harry Potter to me though) series. It teaches kids and teenagers greek mythology while providing a great story line. The book was actually a story that he made up for his son who has ADHD and dyslexia so all of the demigods(the sons and daughters of a human and a god exp: Hercules, Perseus, etc.) in the series have those two disabilities.
The book starts out as Percy Jackson going to a school field trip, visiting a museum. Everything starts out normal until he gets attacked by one of his teachers who was actually a herpy. Then throughout the day he learns the his best friend Grover is actually a satyr whose told to protect Percy, and that a minotaur is after him. As he flees the city with Grover and his mom the reach Half-Blood hill and is almost alright until the minotaur catches up to him at kidnaps his mom. As him and Grover enter through the mysterious gate on the hill, he find out that he is actually in a greek camp for demigods.
In the camp he meets other campers and even some mythical figures like Chiron(who was actually his history teacher Mr. Burner) and the greek god Dionysus.
He trains there with them to get stronger and to find out who his godly parent is, so that he can save his mom from Hades who thinks that Percy has Zeus's lightning bolt. And throughout his stay there he meets many new friend and even gets a love interest.
This book is an amazing start to this series. You get hooked right away and always crave for more. It is written amazingly and set in modern-day Rhode Island. I personally learned a lot about greek mythology in these books and recommended for everyone interested in the subject and even if your not, you can still get hooked on the fast-paced story line.
This book is great for young readers, because it has kid friendly language and has an amazing storyline and great use of mythology.
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Aspiring author who, along with reading YA and with other genres, also fosters kittens, and play the piano and cello!
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