Hi all my fabulous ladies and gentle-worms!
Are you having a goo weekend so far?
My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.
Today the book that I have chosen to review is Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan.
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Published by: 1st April 2006
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Mythology
I mentioned a lot of this in my review of the the first book of the Percy Jackson series, but this is a re-read. I read the entirety of the series during one week in 2010 just after the film came out. I loved them! This was before the world building that Rick Riordan has since done, though the Kane Chronicles were to be release within a few months. I had no idea what i was getting myself into when I started reading them. It was love at first sentence.
Recently I have decided to re-read them … or rather listen to their audiobook version for the first time. The first book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief came out in the middle of August and since then I have pretty much been on an on-and-off hiatus. Though that particular post was featured on Review of the Day by The Write Reads on Twitter a couple of months back.
But down to the review itself. (Please tell me off when I’m rambling!)
To begin with I was surprised by how much I didn’t remember of what happened in the book. I went into it thinking, I know what happens, this will be a breeze. But nothing I remembered happening, happened when I remembered it did. Their were extra events that I had completely forgotten about that were squeezed in. And they weren’t little things I’d forgotten. They were pretty big things. Like Percy and Annabeth visit to Circe and Tyson’s … (how do I put this without giving away too many spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read this?) role in the story.
Like always I loved the comedic aspects that Riordan put into his work. Tantalus was hilarious. The guinea pigs were laugh out loud. My brother wold stick his head into my bedroom and say ‘what you laughing at?’ And all I would say in reply was funny book. Funny, funny book.
I like a book that is funny not matter how serious it gets and this book/ series gets pretty serious. It’s easy to forget what the main character, or any of the characters, are going through at such a young age. At this point Annabeth and Percy are just 12 years old, there are a few characters that are slightly older, but their kids and they have the wait of the entire world and a few ancient gods of their shoulders. Despite all that the story is still light. You don’t read it and think the world is doomed. You come away feeling hopeful that there is a better tomorrow.
Time for my favourite character. In this book it would have to be Tyson. It’s the first book that you see him in and despite all the adventures he gets up to in the later books I love how he is a true brother to Percy. Loving him even when Percy doesn’t, they fight a little, they support each other. Tyson provides for Percy certain things that had been missing in his life.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone; young, old, it doesn’t matter, you will love this story and the adventures/trouble that the characters get up to.