Series Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Paperback boxset
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sYNOPSIS FOR THE LIGHTNING THIEF

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 in 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.

MY THOUGHTS ON THE SERIES

45 stars

I still cannot believe that I haven’t read Percy Jackson and the Olympians until now. What was I doing with my life?! Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a middle-grade fantasy series that revolves around Greek mythology. I have a review of the first book, The Lightning Thief, if you’d like to read my in-depth thoughts about that first novel.

The series follows our hero, Percy Jackson, who is a half-blood. He is half-mortal and half-god, the son of Poseidon. He discovers his parentage at the beginning of The Lightning Thief and joins Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp and sanctuary for other demi-gods like Percy who are constantly being hunted by monsters. However, Percy’s life is about to get more and more hectic because big changes are going on in the world. There is a powerful force who is trying to overthrow the gods and take over Mount Olympus and Percy and the other half-bloods must try their hardest to stop them before his world collapses and disappears.

These books were so much fun to read! They were packed full of action and I just flew through each book in about a day. They were extremely well-paced and easy to read and I could have read 10 more of those books (and I probably will since I’ve already ordered The Heroes of Olympus series). I felt like I was a part of Percy’s crew, going along with him on his adventures, and that’s probably why these books were so enjoyable for me. I was completely immersed in the action and was so affected by everything that happened, and Rick Riordan definitely made me feel all the feels. I wasn’t expecting to cry for the enemy but I totally did. What I also really enjoyed and need to mention were the chapter titles! They were super funny to read and I think my looking forward to seeing what the next chapter title was really motivated me to keep reading.

This series also incorporates a lot of Greek mythology (I mean, it is a series about Greek gods and demi-gods). I learnt a lot about mythological creatures and gods in this series and it made me want to go out and discover more about these myths. This series featured not only the major gods, but also a lot of the minor gods, heroes and monsters too. I can definitely see why this series has been a hit not only with pre-teens but also adults too. Everything was accurate (as far as I can tell from my not-very-extensive Google searches) and I really liked the educational aspect of it, but I also appreciated the little twists that Rick Riordan put in as well.

I really, really loved Percy as a protagonist and I enjoyed reading from his point of view. He was such a funny and sassy character and I loved his voice. He never failed to make me laugh and his observations about the world were incredibly funny all the time. I wasn’t expecting to relate to him as much as I did, but Percy is like my best friend right now! I loved being able to see him grow and find different aspects to his abilities. But in addition to Percy, I also loved nearly all of the characters that we got to meet in this series! I really enjoyed Annabeth, Grover and Tyson as Percy’s sidekicks. They were so funny and adorable and I just wanted to hug all of them. I also really liked all of the gods and how Rick Riordan gave them personalities to match the myths surrounding them. But I think my favourite characters were Chiron’s party ponies. They made me laugh out loud so many times!! They were so unexpected and hilarious! I also discovered my new favourite war cry in this series, “PEANUT BUTTER”.

I did have a couple of small issues with the books though. I felt that The Titan’s Curse (Book 3) and The Battle of the Labyrinth (Book 4) took me a little while to get into. It took some time for the book to really get started. I felt like we weren’t really making any progress during the first 100 pages of The Titan’s Curse and it just lagged and made me want to put down the book. However, each book does come home strongly, so it pays off to persevere! Also, each book is so quick and easy to read that it’s worth just sticking with it.

My other small issue with the series was that each book is set during the summer and we don’t really get to see what happens to Percy and friends during the year. It felt kind of strange that this ongoing war ceased to exist during the school year and only recommenced at the beginning of summer. I know there are small developments that we don’t really get to see, but I thought it was a bit strange. It also broke the flow of the series for me a little bit, and because I marathoned these books in a week, it was quite noticeable to me.

Despite some small shortcomings, I thoroughly enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Olympians and I now have a newfound appreciation for Greek mythology. I can’t wait to dive into The Heroes of Olympus series soon! I’ve also ordered Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes so I’m going to learn a lot about Greek mythology in the next few weeks!

RATINGS FOR EACH BOOK

The Lightning Thief                  45 stars

The Sea of Monsters                 5 stars

The Titan’s Curse                       4 stars

The Battle of the Labyrinth    4 stars

The Last Olympian                    5 stars

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15 thoughts on “Series Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

  1. Sara @ freadomlibrary says:

    Yes!! I’m so happy you liked it and you’re reading Heroes of Olympus! That series brings so many new characters, I can’t wait to see who your favorite is. I’ve read Greek Gods and it was hilarious and educational. I can’t wait to read Greek Heroes because that’s the side of Greek mythology that I know the least

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed Greek Gods. I wasn’t sure about it because it seems like it could be a little bit dry and info-heavy but I figured that if it’s written from Percy’s point of view then it’d probably be funny and easy to get through! I can’t wait for my Heroes of Olympus books to arrive! I’m going to dive straight in as soon as they get here.

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  2. Olivia Ashryver says:

    I’m glad you love this series!! I do too. 😀 I was never bothered too much by the fact that the books mostly took place in summer. At the beginning of Titan’s Curse, Percy and co were going to a military academy’s holiday dance so it was close to Christmas. 😉 I hope you love Heroes of Olympus just as much! My only problem with it was that there were no funny chapter titles. 🙂

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  3. Jumana says:

    I’m currently reading this series and I’m on the third book. I’m so glad you liked them and gave them all 4 to 5 stars! I LOVE them so far♥ I also haven’t read them until now (I know, such a shame, WHAT WERE WE DOING BEFORE THIS?). I loved loved the Greek Mythology aspect as well! Great post♥
    I can’t wait to see your thoughts on the spin off series, they say it is even better than this one and when I thought it couldn’t get any better.. hahaha

    PS, I’m a new follower of yours, I mean I had to since we were the only two on the planet who haven’t grown up with Percy..
    Jumana @ Books by Jay

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Thanks for the follow, Jumana! I know! What were we doing this whole time?! I can’t believe I haven’t read it until now (I didn’t even know about the series until last year!). I’m super excited to see what The Heroes of Olympus brings. I noticed when I ordered them that they’re all around 500 pages long, which is awesome because I need more! CANNOT WAIT. I’m also really excited for The Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase, and learning about Egyptian and Norse mythology!

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  4. Lois says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the series. I find these books to be a perfect binge reading session. The action, humour and adventure can easily get anyone out of a reading slump. I agree with you that the beginning of Titan’s Curse and Battle of the Labyrinth were a bit slow but the characters and their personalities made up for that.
    The Greek mythology aspect was also a favourite of mine and I loved how Riordan didn’t over-complicate the myths so it never felt like he was info-dumping. It also made me seriously think about which Greek god I would like as a parent haha.
    I hope you enjoy The Heroes of Olympus. 😀

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Oh man I binged these ones so hard! They’re so quick and easy to read! I saw that The Heroes of Olympus books are a lot bigger so I’m excited to have more Percy (and others who I know nothing about yet… except that nobody likes Jason?) and Greek mythology! I have honestly learnt so much from reading PJO but I never felt overwhelmed by the amount of info either! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Hmm… I think I’d want Apollo to be my parent. I mean, he seems pretty cool and he also seems like he has lots of talents? He also sounds like he’s a pretty responsible parent haha. I mean, I don’t think I’d want Hermes or Dionysus. I also wouldn’t want the Big Three because they’d never have time for me. Athena would be awesome but she seems super strict and uptight. HAHA.

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      • Lois says:

        The Heroes of Olympus are definitely bigger and a bit darker. I kind of felt nothing for Jason; I didn’t love him but I didn’t hate him, he was just there haha.
        I’m a huge fan of mythology so to see it being woven into the series was just so amazing.
        I definitely would go for Apollo as well. He seems more relaxed than the other gods and would definitely be up for a good time haha. I would go for Artemis because I love the moon and her abilities but I couldn’t be one of her huntress’ haha.

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        • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

          Except Apollo would want to make up poems and rhyme all the time and that would just embarrass me HAHA. But I do want to be a skilled archer so yeah I choose Apollo. Artemis would be super cool as well but I don’t think I could be one of her huntresses either. Plus I wouldn’t technically be her child because she avoids men and has no children?

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