The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #5)

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The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan

“Climactic battles rage on New York streets in the final book of Rick Riordan’s large-scale Olympian series. As Kronos’ massive offensive moves towards its ultimate goal, Percy Jackson struggles to comprehend the full meaning of a long-awaited prophecy. A momentous fantasy cycle rumbles to its ominous conclusion.”

A wonderful conclusion to one of the best young adult series I’ve ever read! In five books I came to care about the characters and I wanted to know that they were all going to be okay when their story was done.

Riordan has an amazing talent for creating characters that you like, that you want to know more about, and that you are rooting for all the way ’til the end!

It’s definitely a series that I will read over and over and I’ll certainly continue to read Riordan in the future! The whole series is highly recommended to kids and adults alike!

381 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Disney Hyperion Books for Children
ISBN13: 9781423101475
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Favorite Book & Young Adult Series (2009)

5 stars

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #4)

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The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

“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 diabolical.

In this latest 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 them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.”

Once again, seriously, read this series. A fast read, even at over three hundred pages. It’s one of those un-put-down-able books. You just want to know what happens next. Even though I’ve read it four times, I always read it like I don’t know what happens next. Riordan just makes his stories that exciting. Riordan is a great author and his characters are likeable kids (the good guys are anyway). I love the way he uses his books to teach kids about mythology, whether that was ever his intention or not, his books are educational as well as entertaining.

361 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Hyperion Book CH (first published May 6th 2008)
ISBN13: 9781423101499

5 stars

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #3)

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The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan

“When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the Titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared — a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.”

Possibly my favorite book in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series. Though really, I would probably describe them all that way. They are well written, fun and exciting, young adult adventure novels. Plus they are all about Greek mythology which I’ve been interested in since I was seven or eight years old. Percy is a likeable character; more likeable than Harry Potter to me if you want to know the truth.

Don’t get me wrong, I love love love the HP books but Harry whines too much for my taste.

But back to the subject at hand… This is a great series. If you haven’t read it yet you should rectify that as soon as possible. I think I’ve said this before (and I’m sure I’ll say it again)… great for kids and adults!

312 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Hyperion (first published May 1st 2007)
ISBN13: 9781423101482
British Fantasy Award (2007), Barnes & Noble Best Children’s Book (2006), CCBC Choice Award (2007)

5 stars

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #2)

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The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

“Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly.

And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family — one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.”

Each book in this series is as good as the last. After reading The Lightning Thief in less than 4 hours, I had to wait two whole days before I could get to the bookstore to pick up The Sea of Monsters. So, I read LT again. Finally I got to the store to buy SoM and once again, read it in just a few hours. Luckily I had also purchased the third book in the series so I could move straight onto it without having to wait. Riordan has quickly become one of my favorite young adult authors.

279 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Miramax (first published April 1st 2006)
ISBN13: 9781423103349
Best Book of Child Magazine (2006)

5 stars

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1)

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

“Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.”

I bought this book on a whim because I’ve always been interested in mythology and the cover intrigued me. Then I read it in a day. I didn’t want to put it down until I was done. I loaned it to my 13 year old godson and he loved it as well. As did his mom who read it next. I’ve read it 4 times since I first bought it and I enjoy it just as much every time. A great series for people of all ages.

I’ve been interested in mythology since I was a kid and this book more than lived up to my expectations. The characters are well written (I actually like them, even some of the ones you aren’t supposed to like) and the use of the myths in the story makes it both more interesting to the reader and educational (isn’t it nifty when authors can stick some education into a story and the kids don’t really even know they’re learning?). Reading this book made me think of my sixth grade English teacher, Miss Hamilton, who taught us mythology. I had been interested in it before then but her passion for it created an even greater love for it for me. I imagine that she has read The Lightning Thief and probably loved it as well.

392 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Hyperion/Miramax Kid (first published June 28th 2005)
ISBN13: 9781615534302
British Fantasy Award (2005), American Library Assocation (ALA) Notable Book (2005), A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2005), SLJ Starred Review, Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award (2009), Askews Torchlight Award (UK) Winner, South Carolina Book Award for Junior Book Award (2008), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Tween Book (2008), Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (2008), Sunshine State Young Readers Award Winners (2007), Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award for Intermediate (2008), Sunshine State Young Readers Grade 6-8 (2007), Iowa Teen Award (2009)

5 stars