I finally caved in and read the Percy Jackson series... And it was the best decision of my life.
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☺ +++++
Do I recommend it : Uhm, HELL. YEAH. If you haven't read it, what are you doing with your life???
Would I reread it : Totally!
The Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan, are a fantasy series based mostly on Greek mythology. The Greek Gods exist, and have had children with humans, therefore creating some Demigods (like Percy), who are found everywhere in the world, along with other creatures (Cyclops, etc.). We embark on Percy's journey, as he finds out about who he is and who his father is, his powers and his encounters with mythical creatures. Rick Riordan created an amazing world, reinvented these old Greek myths and incorporated them into our contemporary world in the most beautiful and creative way.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
It would be hard to review this series as a whole, so I will focus on small aspects of the overall story. First of all, some characters were definitely despicable. I was very annoyed at points by the characters, but like I say in most of my blog posts, a bad character doesn't make the book bad. They are there for a reason, and if you really despise a character (cough Umbridge), it means that the author actually did a great job. However, the characters did make the story slow and boring at times, which I didn't enjoy at all.
I gave all the books 5/5 on Goodreads, except the third book, The Titan's Curse. The main reason I didn't give it more than 3/5 was because of how slow and uneventful that book was, and also because of the absence of my favourite character.
Lastly, like in most books, I found the characters really dumb at times. You know when you watch a horror movie and the protagonist goes "I know I'm gonna die if I do this, but I'll still do it"? Percy did that A LOT and it made me laugh but roll my eyes as well.
↗ What I liked about the book :
Honestly? I liked everything.
This book had a great cast of characters, who completed each other so well. Some were stubborn yet smart, others were prideful but caring, etc. They were great friends to each other, always had each other's backs and worked well as a team. Friendship was such an important theme throughout the series, and it was obvious that Riordan wanted to put an emphasis on relationships not only between friends but also with their parents (who are Gods, by the way).
The creativity and thought that went behind this story blew me away. Greek mythology is incredibly complicated and detailed, and I just couldn't get myself to understand that Riordan researched everything and still added his own twist on everything. It was very entertaining to read about those Gods and creatures I had learned about in history class, but another version of their lives, in our modern world. Rick Riordan was able to rebuild a whole new story based on ancient myths, yet keep their heritage.
Lastly, although there were so many other great things about this book, it was so light and funny, yet very dark and mysterious. You must be wondering... How? Again, Riordan is blessed with words. Always finding a way to incorporate humour and modern day jokes/places/objects in a story that is very deep and action-packed is hard, but he does it perfectly.
I am more than excited to start the Heroes Of Olympus series and see more of Percy and his friends. Also, I'm super pumped and intrigued to dive into the world of Roman Gods (I believe) this time!
If you are skeptical about reading Percy Jackson at an older age, don't be! Read my blog post here about reading Percy at 17, and pick up that book and READ!
Thanks for reading!
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend