{Bieke Reviews} The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Posted November 26, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 20 Comments

{Bieke Reviews} The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief


by Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Published on May 5th 2009
by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: The Sword of Summer

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
This first installment of Rick Riordan's best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.

3.5 Stars

So after reading The Sword of Summer, I knew I had to read Percy Jackson too. And now I did, finally! And what’s the verdict? Well… I really enjoyed it. Did I love it to bits and feel like hating myself for waiting this long? Not quite. But keep in mind that I am quite hard to please these days and mythology is still a really tough genre for me to enjoy.

You know these books and what they’re about, right? Good. So I don’t need to summarize it for you.

This is one of those books where I saw the movie first, and from that point of view I have to say I enjoyed the movie a tiny, teensy bit more because, much like The Sword of Summer, this book seemed to drag a bit at times. There are certain chapters that I feel were not really necessary to further the plot, but then again, I might be wrong. Yeah, the movie changed a lot and while some changes weren’t good and the movie overall wasn’t the best, I did enjoy it and it didn’t feel too long. I wouldn’t have minded to see Mr. D in the first movie too though. Stanley Tucci really is perfect casting for that role.

Sometimes it wasn’t really believable either. I know it’s a sort of fantasy book with mythology and all that, but still. Percy is 12 years old! The things he does in this book are just… Not what 12 year olds do. XD But hey, it’s a MG fantasy book, so I guess that’s fine. I did love the characters, though. Don’t get me wrong! Percy, Annabeth and Grover were awesome, though I’m not shipping Percabeth just yet. I LOVED Mr. D. I loved the humor in this book and I get why this is such a beloved series.

Overall I quite enjoyed this one. Is it the best book ever to me? Not really, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. You most definitely should. I will continue reading the series, hopefully soon.

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Bee

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20 responses to “{Bieke Reviews} The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

    • Of course, haha. XD Though I do like it when characters in fantasy books are realistic to a certain degree. I get that the powers & stuff are fantasy, but the rest about them should be realistic to me. Relatable. πŸ™‚

  1. I wasn’t a big fan of the movies at all, but maybe it’s because I did them the other way around? Actually, the first time I read Percy Jackson I DNFed it and refused to read it for a couple of years despite recommendations. I don’t know why I picked it up again but I am so glad I did because I loved it and binge read the entire series πŸ˜€ I really love the characters, the way the Greek Mythology becomes modernly updated and also the humor. The humor is the best bit <3 I am glad you were able to like it somewhat and I hope you keep reading them!

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  2. I actually watched the first two movies and then started reading from the third book on. I didn’t have any problems following the story at all, the movies are pretty true to the books imo. It’s nice to hear this one’s a good read though, I’ll probably pick it up eventually after I finish the series! Great review and perfect length!

  3. I’m glad to see that you’ll be going on with the series Bieke! I totally know what you mean though: I had fun with this book but I didn’t LOVE it like other people did. I did find that the books got better as the series moved forward. My favorite was the fourth one but number five was intense/epic/crazy good too! I’m happy that you had fun with this one! GREAT review^^ πŸ™‚

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  4. Only 3.5?!?! *GASPS* AND YOU DEMANDED I READ THIS REVIEW?!?! *stomps foot*
    hehe, I’m kidding actually totally. XD I basically agree! Although I read this before I saw the movie and I thought it was really cute and I enjoyed it! But I won’t deny it took me 12 months to read the rest of the books. 0_0 A bit of that was just squishing the time in, and some of it was I just wasn’t hooked? NOW I’M HOOKED THO. I’ve read nearly all the Riordan books. xD Percy is adorkable. <3

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    • I’M SORRY! I will read the rest of his books. Maybe one each month like I’m doing with the Seven Realms books from Cinda Williams Chima, which you’re familiar with. πŸ˜›

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