Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan | Why Girls Are Weird

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of yet another boarding school. And that is the least of his worries. While on a field trip he is attacked by a monster that seems to have leapt from the pages of his Greek mythology book. Soon he finds out that truth, that his is, in reality, the son of a Greek god, making him a half-blood.

Percy is sent to Camp Half-Blood to learn about who he really is. And when he is accused of stealing Zeus' lightening bolt, he is sent on a quest to find out where the bolt really is before the Greek gods start World War III. Along with his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy sets off to figure out who the real thief is while trying to come to terms with being abandoned by a father who is really a Greek god.

This is one of the few times where I saw the movie before I read the book. I really enjoyed the movie but reading the book was something else entirely. The movie is VERY different from the book and I got SO MUCH MORE from reading than watching.

I think my favorite part of this book was all the Greek characters coming to life. I've always had a little thing for Greek mythology and it was fun to have the characters come to life in this novel.

I'd say if you like the Harry Potter books then you'll probably enjoy the Percy Jackson novels. There were a few similarities between the two but I think that comes with both novels being about teenage boy heroes.

Definitely a good read, though, and I can't wait to get into the 2nd book!


25 wonderful thoughts:


This sounds like a great book! I also really like Greek mythology, so I'll have to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing the review!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely

sounds fun! Im reading ehem.... the vampire diaries (dont screaaaam!)

Helena - A Diary of Lovely

Krysten, I totally agree with you, I prefer the tv series too, it's kind of more real (if that's even possible!) BTW, id love to have you on the My stuff, if you want to :) I was actually going to email you, let me know :) xoxo

Wacky Jacky & Silly Willy

Thank you for your review. The movie kind of turned me off to the whole idea. It was interesting, but not on film. The books always turn out better :p


I've been dying for a new good book! Thanks so much! Sounds great!


I'm a closet Potter fan. I'll have to check these out!

Anna Liesemeyer

I have acutally been wanting to read this! you have convinced me:D
I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Seasoned with Words

I might need to check this book out. Sounds like something I'd like. Just need to find the time to read!


I haven't read Harry Potter. I was avoiding it because I don't like the movies. But then I heard that the books were SOOOOO much better, so I'm thinking maybe I should give them a try. Then maybe this one will be next.

My brother saw the Percy Jackson movie and really enjoyed it.

Aunt LoLo

Hi! I popped over from Suburb Sanity...because I adored the Percy Jackson series. Maybe there should be a support group...Hi, I'm Aunt LoLo. I'm 28 years old, and I read all of the Percy Jackson books in three months. I adored them. Help? LOL

The movie was good...but didn't capture the feeling of the books. The humor in the books was so dry..I was laughing out loud while reading. During the movie...not so much. But it was a good movie, regardless. LOL


my cousins are obsessed with the books! I liked Harry Potter so I'll have to check it out!


I just realized you live in River Falls, WI! Oh my goodness. :) We're basically neighbors.
I have not read this book.. Looks interesting. I'll probably watch the movie before the book, haha.

Glam Girl

I didn't read this book, but it seems like a great one!


I've heard this book is utterly FANTASTIC. I think I'm gonna have to check it out .... as soon as I finish the other 12 books I have on my shelf. Ha!


It's on my "to read" list!


ooo... my clients (who are 4th graders) talk about this book all. the. time! I actually had no idea what it was until I read this post. So thanks!!! :)


Sorry, but I couldn't stand that movie!! The plot holes were just too much for me.

At least in this case the book seems to be better :) I do love Harry Potter!


I love book reviews and this looks great. Thanks.


I love book reviews and this looks great. Thanks.

Ruth loves

Hiya, thanks for the lovely comment!
How are you?
My younger brother wanted to see this, but i originally like "no.." and took the piss calling it "percy pig and his farmyard friends", but then was slighly hypocritical when i went to the cinema and LOVED it! Percy is quite hot too.. i ran out of the cinema slushing around in the show and splashing my boyfriend with it claiming to be a lightening theif..
I'd love to read the books though!

Have a great week!
Love, Ruth


I've never heard of this! I loved the HP books. I could never put them down! I might have to try this series for some light summer reading!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

Sounds very HP-esque... I am reading Ted Kennedy's memoir still...sadly haven't had time lately to read much though!


Ah, I die for mythology too. I used to read up on it as a kid :)

chelsea rebecca

oh wow sounds good! gonna have to give it a try!

The Gourmet Traveller

Hi there :) I teach boys and they just looove this book and the series for that matter. I'll have to get into it myself.