Friday, December 31, 2010

Top Ten of 2010: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Over the next 5 days (the last 5 of 2010) I'll be posting my Top Ten favorite reads of the year. They're not necessarily books released in 2010 -- just books that I've read in the past year. I'll be giving the synopsis and linking to my review (if it's been posted) and telling why I love these books so much. These books are not in a particular order, they are simply my top ten favorite reads of the year.

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 on 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.

First Line:
Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.

Why I Loved It: I love this whole series. It is so much fun! Trouble follows Percy Jackson wherever he goes. The entire series is one near-disastrous adventure after another. Plus, on top of the hilarious shenanigans, you learn all about Greek mythology in the process. This series is a light read, but it's fun for kids and adults alike. I devoured this series in about a week -- I couldn't wait to see what kind of mischief Percy and his demigod friends got into next. Plus, the chapter titles are hysterical. Good, wholesome, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants fun.

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Aylee said...

I seriously can't believe I haven't read this yet. I think I was turned off a bit because I saw the movie first and didn't really like it.

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

The book is ALWAYS better than the movie ;-)

I actually never saw the movie because some friends who had read the series said that it was awful. I recommend the books -- I think you'd like them! Especially since you're such a HP fan =)

Small Review said...

I really want to read this series. Hopefully soon.

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