The first three novels of the Darren Shan Saga. Interesting, different from many other vampire series I've read. Unlike other vampire/supernatural ser...moreThe first three novels of the Darren Shan Saga. Interesting, different from many other vampire series I've read. Unlike other vampire/supernatural series this one is obviously geared towards boys.
The three stories are interesting, although the somewhat open endings and lack of explanation in the next novel is a bit annoying.
I found the style of storytelling annoying, although it does get better after the first novel. It makes the main character, Darren Shan, appear egoistical and self-centered. Although this is probably deliberate it is irritating.(less)
I liked this book, but it wasn't a page turner that I couldn't put down.
My main problem with the book is the ending. Most books which are part of a s...moreI liked this book, but it wasn't a page turner that I couldn't put down.
My main problem with the book is the ending. Most books which are part of a series have two storylines: one that ends at the end of the book and one that overspans the whole/part of the series. This isn't the case of The Alchemyst. It just ends and none of the problems that arose at the beginning of the novel are solved.
I don't like to be forced to buy the next part in the series (and, probably, all books in the series) to know how any of the storylines end so I doubt I'll be getting the second part any time soon.(less)
With all the wizards, vampires, werewolves and other paranormal entities being very popular in both YA books and adult books The Lightning Thief is a...moreWith all the wizards, vampires, werewolves and other paranormal entities being very popular in both YA books and adult books The Lightning Thief is a welcome change.
It is the first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and tells the story of how Percy Jackson discovers that he's the son of the Greek God Poseidon. Because not so nice other beings are after him he ends up in a "summer camp" where children of all Gods can come to either just enjoy summer (when their parent isn't a big god) or stay there year round (when their parent is a major god and the child is in danger).
In this first novel Percy is sent on a quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt, which has been stolen. Zeus suspects that Poseidon is the thief and the two major gods are on the brink of war. Of course nothing is straight forward and it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what is really happening.
I really liked this novel, it's fast, the characters are likeable (or not likeable when needed). The story is well written and although it's the first in a series, and there's an unfinished storyline, it can stand on it's own and has a good ending. I hate it when books in a series don't really have an ending, just a cliffhanger so you are forced to buy the next book in the series.
In the story names of many Greek gods are told, but this book focusses on the most important ones. I assume other gods will be introduced in other books in the series. Although I would have liked to know about all the gods I think by gradually introducing them, giving each their own personality Riordan has made it easier to remember who is who.
I would recommend this book not only to younger reader but also to adults, it's a fun introduction to Greek mythology.(less)