I'm here to review an ENTIRE SERIES. How adventurous am I?
So there contains within spoilers. Spoilers of your darkest fears, your quiet hopes and dreams...
It is guided by one Mr. Cumberbatch, so be warned...if you have not read the books, then you will be spoiled worse than a ignored cucumber in the fridge.
But if you want to know, and don't see yourself reading these books, then proceed forward!
Having transformed into one of the three furies (Notibly known in Greek Mythology, where this novel is heavily based on), Percy is only saved by his Latin Teacher, Mr. Brunner, in time when he throws him a pen that changes into a sword named, 'Riptide!'
Then he founds out that Grover is actually a Satyr, and Mr. Brunner's real name is Chiron and he is a Centaur.
Did I get slipped crack? I bet Percy Jackson is thinking...
Percy suffers with dyslexia and ADHD, which I thought was very interesting for a protagonist! I'm always very delighted when the main protagonist isn't a perfect specimen with no flaws, no ailments, and is pretty much imaginary. Percy is a very stubborn, thick-headed, and spontaneous character which at times I truly love and I root for when he sasses his enemies right before battling them (Yes...I know...super cheesy, but come on! It's what I grew up on when watching TV shows. Danny Phantom being one of my favourite and a prime example of this sassy attitude), but then it's a major reason as to why if Percy Jackson were a real person and standing in front of me, it'd take a lot for me to not knock him out. Some of his choices in the books just, ugh, honestly...the only justification for it is that your brain is under-developed at 12 years old.
The writing is very impressive in the terms that I could vividly imagine every action scene that was happening, all the battles and capture-the-flags were described in such a way that I wasn't fumbling in my mind for details or trying to fill in the voids, and most importantly, it wasn't jumping all over the place. It takes a true amazing writer to be able to write a scene where I'm not like..
'Oooh! he just swung his swor-wait...wait..now they are back at the camp, talking around the camp fir-wait no...they are fighting a Minotaur...wait...no. Not right again...they are going on a quest to find the- OH DARN IT AGAIN THEY ARE NOT ANYWHERE...I DON'T EVEN KNOW!'
I feel like Percy Jackson is the one of the series that actually contain a really strong, brave, and beautifully flawed female side-protagonist in the form of Annabeth Chase. She reminds me a lot of Hermione, with the whole being smart and always saving the main male protagonist's butt in the nick of time because he didn't bother to study or learn anything which could have actually saved him but instead he goes and fights heaps and swings a sword around because it's cool...
I'm just saying...*CoughGirlsRule*
Besides that, what I mainly love about The Lightning Thief is that EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER IS IMPORTANT. I can't stress that enough. I despise when books only have characters to move along the plot, or are a plot-device, then you never hear from them again. Luke, Grover, Chiron, even Sally, Percy's mother, has a place in this book and is living her own life. It's perfection, and I love it so!
Luke is one of those characters that you try to justify so much of what they do because you love them and adore them, but secretly deep down inside...you get that gut feeling that something isn't right. He could be killing of thousands of people, kicking puppies, and flirting with the other half of your OTP...and yet you still squeak out, 'But he is just doing it because he has such a flaaaawed background and is such a hurt and injured soouuuul!' until...one day, one too many murders or one too many puppies are kicked...or perhaps it's because he finally touches or kisses the other half of your OTP...AND IT JUST GOES TOO FAR AND YOUR HEART IS BROKEN BECAUSE in the end you knew it all along...
That's how I felt about Luke. I loved him, I adored him, I was pretty much Annabeth Chase level of crush on Luke. But my intuition...I knew deep down that he was trouble. When it revealed that Luke was the actual Lightning Thief, and not Percy...I just kind of crinkled the pages against my face and felt like someone sucker punched me in the ovaries. Whyyy...why must all the cute, adorable characters end up being mass murderer-pyschopaths?
Annabeth Chase is absolutely adorable. I love her so, and like I wrote earlier, it's because of her flaws and the fact that if you took out Percy, or Grover, or Luke...she'd still be such a bad ass regardless of them. She would still be kicking butt, and being a friend, and doing her own thing of becoming an architect. Though she may be twelve, what I truly appreciated was the fact that she wasn't some strippy, overly provocative female character that is only used for the main male protagonist's story of a love interest. She is on my list of amazing female characters :)
Grover Underwood is incredible. Being the humorously relief to the story, he does a great job and, again with what I wrote earlier, he has his own story besides Percy Jackson's. He is Percy's guardian, but also his friend. He wants to find Pan, and he has his own flaws. I absolutely adore him and the fact that he is a fairly flirty character :P Satyr's got game!
Though it has been a while since I've read Lightning Thief, I still remember the giddy feelings of sass that I loved from this book.
I'd rate it a 7.5 out of 10 (Individually)
Tyson, a cyclops and also Percy's half-brother, saves him and they arrive to find Camp Half-blood under attack!
CUE ANGST AND DRAMA!
Thalia's Tree, a tree which protects the Camp from outside attacks, is poisoned and the shields come down, allowing anyone to attack the camp now.
After being introduced to Kronos, the big bad enemy for pretty much the entire series, Chiron is suspicious that the attack was by Kronos, his father. (Dramaaa bomb)
Grover, on the other hand, went on his own quest and Percy has not heard from him for some time. Worried about him and his safety, Percy starts having nightmares about Grover. Eery messages that Grover is being held captive by Polyphemus, a cyclops, in the Sea of Monsters.
Percy, of course, goes to Annabeth and explains his dreams to her...'cos let's me honest, Annabeth is the only one who can save their butts because we all know that Percy ain't going to study or think about the messages he has been receiving. Annabeth uses his Sherlock-Holmes-Like deductive skills to guess that Grover has found the Golden Fleece, which can cure Thalia's poisoned tree and protect the camp once more.
Being 13, stubborn, and told that someone else will go and find the Golden Fleece, Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson run away to find it themselves. *Are you serious? When I was 13, I was pretty much only reading books and still drawing with crayons* Hermes, Luke's Father, helps them out on their journey by gifting them, and letting them call upon a Hippocampi, which carries them to the Princess Andromeda, a ship belonging to Luke and the Titan Army of Krono's. After escaping, 'cos let's be honest here, who wants to be stuck on the enemy's ship surrounded by water when your dad, Poseidon, and you has control over the waters?
After a whole escapade of being turned a guinea pig, escaping and stealing Blackbeard's ship, they finally rescue Grover, and return to Camp Half-blood with the Golden Fleece. While Percy and his company are captured by Luke, Clarisse gives the Golden Fleece to Chiron and restored Thalia's tree...
only to have Thalia Grace herself ejected from the tree and revived, years later.
I feel, personally, that this is the weakest out of all the books. It's not to say that it's bad! But I just didn't really feel that interested or shocked by this one. Maybe it's because after having read The Lightning Thief, it was kind of just...lacking in that intense, 'Oh no! What's going to happen!?' type of suspense.
I particularly LOVE Thalia Grace and the Thalia's Tree story. I thought that it was such a cool, but also tragic story. She is even more bad ass than Annabeth Chase, and it just..ugh...Thalia Grace is awesome.
Percy Jackson, once again...you make dumb decisions that just happen to have blind luck and you manage to survive. I don't think that's something to cheer about and try to impress Annabeth with :|
I rate this one 7 out of 10!
*Shudders* my sweet poor baby Nico! I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU DO. YOU'LL ALWAYS BE SO CUTE AND ADORABLE AND THE SON OF HADES.
This book is so full of WHAT'S and HUH'S and oH DARN IT NOOOO that I just can't help but adore it. There's death, and betrayal, and just utter chaos. I'm not going to spoil it, or share what happens in it, but I'm just saying...
Nico...please, stop hurting all my feels and just generally making me want to bite off my own face.
Let me just say...my shipping alarms went off violently during this entire book. Just ships there and ships here and the large majesty Ship that is Percabeth...*tears. so many tears*
I rate this one probably 8 out of 10 :)
This is probably the book that throws Percabeth under the bus. Besides Annabeth's lingering feelings for Luke, and Percy's weird thing with Calypso (I STILL DONT' ACKNOWLEDGE IT FULLY), this whole book just kind of sunk it, blew cannons at it, and slapped it in the face.
While this book was interesting, I don't know why but I just didn't really connect to it as much as I did with Lightning Thief and Titan's Curse. I find that usually with this series, it goes up and then down and then back up and then down again...
I will not spoil this one either, because there are a few plot twists that are like, 'WOOOAOHHHAOAH! That's pretty heeectic!!' so it's best that I leave that up to you if you're going to read it..
Do it. It's a good book! Mainly, I love anything with Mazes or Labyrinths 'cos they are hella cool.
While yes, it is pretty darn chaotic and there are times where I honestly thought, "Wow...this could be the end. Oh wait a second, there's another series!"
But for me this one was just...I'm not too sure how to explain it. It was good, but not like the others. It was chaotic, and what you'd expect in the last of a series, but I still just did not connect to it.
I'd rate it a 6.5 out of 10.