Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Published: April 1, 2006

Kindle Version: January 29, 2010

Book Review by Cindy Phelps Thomas

About The Author 
Rick Riordan is an American author best known for his "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and their two sons Patrick and Haley, who inspired his Percy Jackson series.

Percy and the Yancy Academy
Percy Jackson is a 12 year-old boy who has been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. He has always had a hard time in school. His mother has had to transfer him to many different schools because he always gets in trouble. His latest school, Yancy Academy, is on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art when suddenly his teacher turns into a monster and attacks Percy. He is unsure if anyone else sees this happen. He discovers that his teacher is one of the furies and is trying to kill him. His mother grows concerned and takes him away for the weekend.  His best friend, Grover who turns out to be a Satyr that has been watching over him, appears and tells him he’s in danger. Percy’s mother takes them both to Camp Half-Blood, a camp for demigods. Demigods are the children of Gods/Goddesses and mortals. This is the only place he will be safe. Before they get to the camp a Minotaur begins chasing them. His mother is not able to cross the gates into the camp, so the Minotaur grabs her and she disintegrates into gold dust. Percy is devastated and unsure whether he will ever see her again.
Percy does not know which god his father is so he is placed in the cabin of Hermes until his father reveals his symbol to Percy. During a training game, Poseidon reveals his symbol to Percy. He is the only child of Poseidon’s at the camp. There is fighting in Olympus over a stolen lightning bolt that belongs to Zeus. Zeus believes that Poseidon has stolen the bolt through Percy. Percy sets off on an adventure with Grover and Annabeth to find the bolt, which his mentor Chiron believes is in the Underworld. The three of them encounter many things. They fight Medusa, the Furies, and Ares while making their way to Hades. But will they get there in time? They only have 10 days to complete this journey and return the bolt to Zeus.
Favorite Quotes from "The Lightning Thief"
“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.” 
“Deadlines just aren't real to me until I'm staring one in the face.” 
“Go on with what your heart tells you, or you will lose all.” 
“It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.” 
“Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.” 
“Where's the glory in repeating what others have done?” 
“The real world is where the monsters are.” 
“Suspecting and knowing are not the same.”
My Thoughts
This is a fun book filled with action, adventure, and Greek Mythology. I enjoyed every page. These are similar to Harry Potter, but Greek Mythology versus wizards. I personally prefer these to the Potter series. The author initially started the story of Percy Jackson for his son, who was also diagnosed with ADHA and dyslexia. The stories were his bedtime stories. I think it is touching that this was developed between a father and son. I can imagine the two tweaking the story each night. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series takes me!
My Rating: 5 Stars Out Of 5
I want to welcome Cindy Phleps Thomas to the book review team on JanetteFuller.Com. Cindy is a U.S. Navy Veteran (2001-2005). She earned her BS in Psychology/Criminal Justice from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. She received an elementary teaching certification and is a former kindergarten teacher in the La Porte, TX School District. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and is working on her MBA degree at the University of Houston.
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