My Rating: 4 out of 5
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
My Summary: Percy Jackson has been kicked out of 5 schools in 5 years, and it's about to be 6. Percy, struggling with ADHD and dyslexia, has always been labelled as 'the trouble-maker' ... but really, it's not like he tries to get into trouble; with Percy, things just tend to happen. And lately, things have been getting worse - Percy's been having these weird dreams that don't make any sense. Add to that the fact that his best friend's been acting super-protective since he was attacked at the museum, and you've got a recipe for disaster.
On his first night home from boarding school, Percy and his mom decide to get out of town for a week. Just as they're beginning to unpack, they're attacked again, and Percy's mom is sent to the Underworld. Badly hurt, Percy drags his friend through the forest and into Camp Half-Blood: the place his mom told him they'd always be safe.
Accepted into the camp, Percy discovers he is the prime suspect in the theft of Zeus' master lightning bolt. Now, Percy must find a way to clear his name... and hopefully save his mom.
My Thoughts: I'm not gunna rave about this series like I want to... I gotta say, though - it was really great, and you should DEFINITELY check it out if you're into mythology and anything paranormal. It was more of a middle grade novel, but the next book picks up after a year, and the series grows into YA as the story progresses.
I know most people tend to shy away from MG books because they feel 'young' to them, but Rick Riordan's writing doesn't 'talk down' to the reader, which I really appreciated. Also, there's enough plot and character development that you never lose interest, which is good in a series (have you ever tried to read a series where the last 5 or 6 books stink compared to the first couple? I hate that!).
Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this series to reluctant MG or YA readers - especially if they're boys - I got my brother to read them, and after the second book, he asked me to buy him the whole series. I also recommend them to anyone looking for a light paranormal read, and a big plus? They're almost always available at the library. An even bigger plus? Logan Lerman plays Percy in the movie... anyone else think he's adorable? ;)