For me, there will never be another series like Harry Potter. I think that is a good thing, because I will never expect another book to measure up andFor me, there will never be another series like Harry Potter. I think that is a good thing, because I will never expect another book to measure up and I won't feel any disappointment when it doesn't. I'm allowed to enjoy a book for what it is with this point of view and just relax while on another author's journey.
Anyway, I heard this series was suppose to be like Harry Potter. I agree it had it's similarities in the smaller details, I wasn't bothered by that. There was the three unexpected characters who become friends through trails and tribulations. We have the hero, Percy, the goofy-sidekick Grover, and the brainy chic Annabeth, very much like the main protagonist in Harry Potter. It also seems Percy's fate is entwined in a prophecy, like Harry.
Over all, I really liked this first book of the Percy Jackson series. I look forward to the next four books. I'm really interested in seeing where this goes and how it ends. However, on a slightly negative side, I did feel at times the story was rushed. I'm half liking all the mythological creatures, but on the other hand, feeling like I got hammered with too many, like they could have been spaced out within in the story or series in general.
I love the main characters enough and the mythological gods, that I will continue on and see what happens... ...more
I'm really starting to fall in love with Percy, Annabeth, and Grover and all the other lovable characters in this series. The addition of Tyson and thI'm really starting to fall in love with Percy, Annabeth, and Grover and all the other lovable characters in this series. The addition of Tyson and the unexpected twist at the end, pushed this book into the five star category for me. I still see a lot of similarities to Harry Potter, but they're starting to fade for me now as I dive more into Percy's story.
Now that I'm gearing up to start reading book three, I can't help being a little anxious for the last book. There seems to be some mixed signals throughout the first two books, obviously to through the reader off course, but still. So, I've been thinking about the prophecy and about heroes. Percy and Annabeth keep talking about how heroes never have a happy ending, expect the god Perseus. I can't help wondering will Percy have a happy ending or will he be turned into a tree...hummm...
I'm really enjoying Percy's story so, for him to die at the end would be just wrong. : ( I guess I will just have to read and fine out, or read the last page of book five. HA! Possibly kidding......more
All in all, I thought this was a great children series. I feel bad comparing these books to that of Harry Potter, but I need a reference point. The HPAll in all, I thought this was a great children series. I feel bad comparing these books to that of Harry Potter, but I need a reference point. The HP's series spanned generations and gender lines, the Percy Jackson books I felt didn't have the wide reader range.
Plus, I felt that Percy's character kind of flat lined. He didn't grow to me, quite like Harry did, he stayed too young regardless of his age. This series will appeal mostly to younger boys than girls, I think.
I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the extension of the series. ...more
I thought this book was a great introduction into the world of Fablehaven and it's characters.
I also thought this book had some really hilarious momeI thought this book was a great introduction into the world of Fablehaven and it's characters.
I also thought this book had some really hilarious moments; for instance, I can't stop visualizing Seth and Kendra milking the giant cow Viola. Just the thought of those huge utters with Seth and Kendra sliding down them, sends me into fits of laughter. HA!
There was some really cleaver and simple writing. I don't mean "simple" in a negative light, I mean it in the way, where a word can mean so much and details used in a way that gets the picture across without using too many words. It takes a lot of skill to pull that off.
I loved the main characters, mischievous Seth and level-headed Kendra. They make an excellent brother-sister team. I have two brothers so I could relate to a lot of their fights and bickering. Plus, I really felt like Brandon Mull channeled his inner eleven year old self in Seth; he was the perfect pre-teen boy, always getting into trouble.
I look forward to reading more of the series, because it's off to a great start so far... ...more
Oh man, this series is getting better and better. I love it and I can't wait to get started on book three. The new characters spiced things up and addOh man, this series is getting better and better. I love it and I can't wait to get started on book three. The new characters spiced things up and added to the over all story. I love Seth and Kendra's brother/sister relationship. They're hilarious, funny, and brave. I'm happy that Warren was brought back, I can't wait to get a little more of him. I like how we are getting more and more closer to unraveling things in Fablehaven, and we don't have to wait for the very last book for mysteries to unfold.
Well, off I go to get started on book three. Can't wait! ...more