I can't believe I'm only just reading this series. I've always loved Greek mythology and the modern twist is great in t...more**spoiler alert** 4 - 4.5 stars
I can't believe I'm only just reading this series. I've always loved Greek mythology and the modern twist is great in these.
Percy Jackson is a young boy who has ADHD, dyslexia and a history of getting into trouble in school. So much so, in fact, that he's in the 6th grade at a boarding school and working on being kicked out of his 6th school. His mother lives with her new husband, who hates Percy - a mutual dislike. He doesn't like his teachers either, except one, and he only likes one class but he's not very good at it.
Percy's whole world is about to change though. He's about to find out that he's a demigod - the son of Sea God, Poseidon. The cause of his dyslexia is that he's hardwired to read Ancient Greek, making modern English difficult for his brain to decipher. His ADHD is caused by his hero blood... He'd rather be in the field than in the classroom. And for the summer, he's traveling to Camp Half-Blood, to meet a lot of other kids, just like him... Or at least, the kids of the gods are as similar as the gods themselves.
We meet a couple of the Gods (Dionysus, Ares, Poseidon and Zeus himself) in this first book, along with centaurs, satyrs, Medusa and a slew of other monsters, plus some wonderful heroes.
I've read a number of reviews that stated these books have ripped off the Harry Potter books. I can certainly understand why people feel that way. There are certainly a lot of similarities in the plot, the concepts and the characters ... BUT it's different, too. I never thought about Harry Potter while reading the books (I'm writing this review after finishing the 2nd book), only when I finish the do have I really thought about the similarities. And really, if anyone is going to copy the HP series, what better way to do it than with the Greek Gods?
These are easy reads and I strongly encourage everyone to read them. I've fallen in love with the mythology all over again!(less)
This futuristic trilogy take place in Panem, a place formerly known as North America. There are 12 districts, all strictly ruled by the Capitol. 75 ye...moreThis futuristic trilogy take place in Panem, a place formerly known as North America. There are 12 districts, all strictly ruled by the Capitol. 75 years ago, a 13th district attempted to rebel against the Capitol and were destroyed. As a reminder to the citizens of the other 12 districts, every year two children from each district (a male and a female) are forced to take part in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death amongst the children.
I've been hearing about these books for a long time now and without knowing what they were really about, I decided I wasn't interested. Then I started hearing about them again because of the new movie and I started wondering what the fuss was all about. So finally, I picked up the first one. And now I'm halfway through the third. I love these books. Yes, they're dark and there's a lot of anger and sadism in them. But the characters are wonderful and I love hearing about their histories and reading about their strength. The plotline is creative and yet, scarily believable.
I'd recommend it to anyone, although maybe read it first yourself before letting your children read it to determine if you think they can handle it. I hear a lot of people complaining that it's too violent for their children. I know I could have handled it when I was a younger, avid reader but it's not for everyone and would probably not have had the same effect on me then as it does now.(less)
This one was okay and good enough that I'll read the next in the trilogy. The storyline was pretty original, at least compared to things that I've rea...moreThis one was okay and good enough that I'll read the next in the trilogy. The storyline was pretty original, at least compared to things that I've read. It's very YA but that's not a bad thing. The only thing that bugged me where a few of the changes that were made to some of the 'regular' paranormal lore (vampires can go out in daylight but don't because you can sort of see through their glamours, etc.) but overall, it was fine. An entertaining, quick read. I'm interested to see what path the story takes in the next one. (less)
I really love the Brotherhood and I will likely read the next one about Phury but I'm starting to get a little tired of them. Always sad when I lose i...moreI really love the Brotherhood and I will likely read the next one about Phury but I'm starting to get a little tired of them. Always sad when I lose interest in a series but I'm not completely finished yet. (less)