Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief // A Book Review

Reading has always been a part of my life. As long as I can remember, I've always had a book in my hand. My mom and I both subscribe to the theory that you shouldn't have genres/boundaries in writing. You should read whatever you want to read, whether it technically be YA, Middle Grade, or Adult novels. Read what you like, and like what you read. There are so many amazing book series out there that you should give every one of them a try. 

I've heard about the Percy Jackson books time and time again, and finally I decided to pick them up. Why not? They sounded fun, like an interesting read, and like something I could get through relatively quickly. Now, I generally read really quickly to begin with but I felt like with this series I flew through it. I'm not going to review the series as a whole (yet), rather I'm going to do it book by book first. 

I bought the Percy Jackson and the Olympians box set through Amazon for about $20 total. For five books total, that didn't really seem like a bad deal to me. This series was absolutely amazing and I couldn't be happier that I picked it up. This book is about a young boy named Percy Jackson, who is destined to be a hero. The book starts out with Percy narrating, and telling you his story. He is perceived as a troubled young boy who can't pay attention in school and is continuously kicked out of school after school. He finds out why this tends to happen to him, and much, much more. He goes to Camp Half-Blood, where young heroes train for the summer, and meets his future best friend.Percy and his best friends Annabeth and Grover head out on a quest to retrieve Zeus' lightening bolt which was stolen during the winter solstice. Along the way, you meet a slew of characters who you get to know, some bad and some good. It takes you all through out Manhattan, and onto a journey to the Gods.  

One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that it is actually written to children with learning disabilities. I have really bad dyslexia (more so with numbers than reading/words, but still), so it was cool to see a book that has a main character with ADHD and dyslexia. Another amazing aspect of the book was just how much Greek history you got with the book. I studied Greek Mythology (and a lot of other mythologies) in college, and it was cool to recall myths to try and guess who a character was before they told you. However, the myths were very similar but there is some updating done to the stories as well, especially in later books. 

This is a book that I would give 5/5 stars to, and that I would recommend to almost anyone. If you enjoy reading books with a backstory to the story, and with a lot of adventure I would definitely pick this book up. Its a very quick read and it's a very entertaining read as well. If you have someone who is just getting started reading, I would give them these books as a present because they easily suck you into the world of Percy Jackson and leave you wanting more.
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