A 17-year old book lover from the Philippines just living a sedentary lifestyle reading books and writing reviews about them that no one reads.
I'm not really a fan of Greek literature and that makes me completely ignorant of anything Greek-related. Having no background in it made me hesitate in reading this book. The book's movie adaptation was also another factor of why I wouldn't read it. I knew many fans of the series were disappointed with how the movie turned out but I also know that one should not judge a book based on its movie adaptation. So after a long contemplation, I finally gave in to the hype.
I found The Lightning Thief's concept of the Greek Gods still being alive these days, associating themselves with mortals, unique and original. I really liked the idea of them falling in love and eventually spawning Half-Bloods with humans. The blending of ancient greek mythology and the modern world made the book more relatable and exciting to read. I really found myself curious and really invested with the book. I became more interested in understanding all the other greek terminologies that I was confused and unaware of before.
All-in-all it was an engaging read. It was only moderately action-packed and I was really expecting for the adventures to be more thrilling but I could settle with the mediocre. Besides, the book's humour and sarcasm were enough compensation for the average thrills.
Some lines that really made me laugh:
Grover didn't say anything for awhile. Then, when I thought he was going to give me some deep philosophical comment to make me feel better, he said, "Can I have your apple?”
He was slumped over, blood trickling from the side of his mouth. I shook his furry hip, thinking, "No! Even if you are half barnyard animal, you're my best friend and I don't want you to die!”
Hmm.. I'm now sensing a budding attraction between me and more of Rick Riordan's books. I'm excited for The Sea of Monsters!