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Percy Jackson pbk 5-book boxed set (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1-5)

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All five books in the blockbuster Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, in paperback, have been collected in a boxed set fit for demigods. This value-priced set includes the best-selling The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. Whether it is for readers who are experiencing Percy's thrilling adventur ...more
Paperback, 1824 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Disney-Hyperion (first published October 6th 2009)
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Janae
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forever-reread
I am as obsessed as a person can be with PJ. Annabeth is so cool, Grover is so hilarious and Percy (at least in the movie) is SUCH a hottie! I watched the movie only hours ago and yes, it's true: they practically ripped the book apart. Where's Clarisse? That's what I ask. Where's Dionysus and Annabeth's dream of being an architect and relationship with Luke and Grover's obsession with Pan and the REAL way Percy came across the pearls? They were never Persephone's. I mean, Grover is white! Annabe ...more
TL
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doing the review this way, rather than writing one for each book :)
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This series is right up there with Harry Potter and Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series as my top favorite series. Each re-visit is dropping in on some old friends and re-living their adventures/lives.

First time I saw this series, I was passing the book section at work and the movie cover caught my eye (I think the movie was out not long after I finished the book). The title and synopsis immediately intrigued me and on a
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Julia
Mar 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This set was recommended to me by a 9th grader, and I'm giving the hardcover set to my granddaughter on her 10th birthday. While the writing style is not up to my J.K.Rowling yardstick, the books offer good characters and an unusual premise. Percy and others are "demigods", meaning that one of their parents is a Greek god. Thus, Riordan also brings young readers into the world of mythology while providing an entertaining action storyline.


As with the Potter books, one of my favorite characteristi
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Katie
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
So many reviews of this series compare it to Harry Potter (and with good reason) but as a fan of both (and a beginning skeptic myself) I have to say that though they are similar series, Percy Jackson stands on its own. In the Lightening Thief, Percy is so Harry Potter, the camp is so Hogwarts, Chiron is so Dumbledore- I completely admit that. In fact when this series first came out I refused to read it and criticized it for being a rip-off. But for some reason, I gave it a try (at the request of ...more
Nina
Don't mind me, just getting used to sharing my thoughts with the world again.
Here goes.

This was pretty fucking awesome. Unexpectedly so, to be honest.
I never even considered reading this series until I saw the two movies back to back on TV on a random night, and I got so into them I just had to read the series. (You know you've written a lot of reviews when the GR html code comes naturally to your fingers even after an almost year-long hiatus. Huh.) Thank god I decided to start from the first bo
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John Papadopoulos
No words to describe how much I have loved this series and has become one of my fav series of all time!! Excellent, brilliant, funny, action packed, fast paced, no boring parts whatsoever!
I cried at the end like a little girl hehe i didn't want it to end..I know there is The Heroes of Olympus now but it will never be the same but so excited to be starting it!! *big sigh*.........
Sinead
I really wish I’d read this series when I was around twelve and feel a nostalgic connection towards it. Because if I can love it even at twenty three, I know I would’ve just adored it for the intended age. The same with Harry Potter.

However, I’m still so glad I read it now. I always hear so many amazing things about this series so I am so happy I get to join in on the fandom!

This series is so fantastical and great, and Percy’s voice is such a fantastic one to experience. He grows so much over
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Abla
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved these books, a little dissapointed by the movie for the lightning thief though. It shouldve been alot better since the books were amazing.
Kirstine
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is very much a case of "books that found me exactly when I needed them". I needed good old-fashioned adventure. And I got it.

Riordan manages to make these stories very believable. Despite my firm conviction that monsters don’t exist, and neither does gods, and the greek myths are in fact nothing but myths, despite all of that, I believe in this story. With every sentence I am deeper engulfed in the quests, in the adventure, with every word I let go of my convictions and let the story drag m
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Alienor
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so the Percy Jackson series is *readable. And yes, it gives an 'easy' way into Greek mythology to teenagers - although why teenagers can't read the actual thing since it is a rollicking great ball of fun, I don't understand.
But, hm. It's a bit glib. It is chockful of American private jokes, Dead'R Us and the like, which will not be funny to non-Americans. It also doesn't quite gel. If Percy knows he's going to have to fight monsters daily now and forever, why does he insist on going back to
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Molly G
Sep 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite: book IV - Battle of the Labyrinth

I majored in Greek mythology at college, so I can say happily, with some authority, that Riordan really knows his stuff and gets it right. No matter how brief the reference and how it's reused for the adventure, he gives snippets that kids, anyone, can latch onto and be consistent with more academic approaches. Also means, if you're already familiar with the mythology, he lets you feel very clever by letting you recognize a being a page in advance befor
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Isaac Judge
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Joya
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Books:
The Lightning Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan's Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian

The Characters:

Perseus 'Percy' Jackson-By far probably my favorite male fictional character and one of my overall favorite fictional characters of all time. Percy is such a sarcastic character and can be a bit clueless sometimes, but is still very smart and just an overall amazing character. He is also extremely loyal and was very well developed.

Annabeth Chase-Like Percy, Annabeth
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Anchit
Feb 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found it too kiddish - maybe it's because I'm almost 30. Don't get me wrong. Ive read the harry potter series and loved them so much that I saw all their movies and played their pc games too. But this one is too predictable on a lot of occasions:

1) bad guy comes, irritates/tortures hero, hero does a strike move, wins, praise, cheesy dialogues and lots of "how did i do that". it gets boring pretty fast.

2) hero asks qs, answered with riddles, more qs more riddles, someone else comes into the pic
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Bethany
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-s-series
I was really impressed and surprised by this series. I loved learning about myths and folklore in middle school, and these books were really refreshing as I got to remember all the Greek gods I'd heard of and learn about a lot more I'd never come across before.

Rick Riordan was clever to make a character from a broken one-parent home with learning disabilities and make him a demigod. His books appeal to his audience very directly, though I feel there's plenty of cross-over for people of varied a
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João Vaz
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
YOUTH! Wanna study for your Greek Mythology exam while having a blast in the process? Problem solved!

Meet Percy Jackson, a spirited teen who happens to have Poseidon as his daddy - go figure!, the fellow is a freakin' half-god! Oh well, granted that breathing underwater is not interesting enough on its own, there he goes - along with a daring troop of other misfits - on a quest to save the world from the god-eating Titan Kronos.

SO GOOD!

I sort of envy Percy for having the god of seas as a pare
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nightwing_shawshank
The third book was my absolute favourite. Addition of new characters and concepts was a real turning point of the feel of the series. Once you start you can't put it down as every page promises a new beginning better than the last.
Greyson Simon
Nov 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids below 10, people who haven't read Harry Potter, horse-loving children.
I tried. I tried really hard. I was really excited for this series but I just.. I made it through the first two books, but I could not get myself to want to keep going about 1/3 into the third book.

To start, the good:
- The concept is AWESOME. A secret world of demi-gods and bad guys that takes place in America, with a sweet secret base? Heck yes.
- The characters are generally likeable and mostly consistent.
- I can imagine that for younger kids, (not the 10-12 that it's aimed at, but the 7-9 c
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06AlyssaP
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: percy-jackson
Ladies and gentleman of the jury I find the book The Titans Curse by Rick Riordian to be excellent at teaching me about Greek history, giving me the thrill of action and at the same time making me laugh. However, there were areas in which the book was not quite as good at teaching people how to deal with problems without pulling out a sword, and fighting them. But I do know how to kill a monster if I ever need to.
The book Titans curse was made in the year 2007. It has 312 pages, and is popula
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Megan
Aug 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My sister is a third grade teacher. She lent me two young adult series, and she starts school this week. So I took a short break from my usual reading material and read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympians. They were exciting books, and although a little dark, I did enjoy them. There were great adventures and it was interesting to be reintroduced to the characters from Greek my ...more
Rahmaut
If you ever read Harry Potter series, you might be a half disappointed because the main character is quite represent Harry-Hermione-Ron in a form of Greek Mythology. Summer camp (instead of one-year-school), demigod people (half god people) vs pure & half-blood witch, monsters, Chiron (a wise Centaurus as adviser) vs Albus Dumbledore, a-quite-same-forecast-but-different-subject about someone has to die in order to save the world (Olympus vs Hogwarts = save the world), quite same love problem ...more
Cindy
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this series along with my 10 year old granddaughter. I was curious about the twist of putting mythology into the modern day in this children's series. I wasn't sure how well an author could successfully walk the tightrope appropriately between the scarey fantasy of mythology and the familiar reality of the modern day setting.

Riordan is remarkable in his skill. I noted that he had on his team 3 or 4 middle-schoolers who he had read his books as they developed and gave their opinions and cr
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Isabelle Jade
I don't actually have/never read this particular boxed set edition, but it was the only one I could find that included all the books. I read the Percy Jackson series quite a while ago, and then again last year, and both readings were enjoyable. I was a bit skeptical of the writing (I was not sure that I would like the first person narration of a teen aged boy) but was surprised that it caught me. I love the Mythology theme, and the characters, and I never was bored during any of the books. They ...more
Eugenides Hermes
The Percy Jackson books have hilarious chapter-titles that the actual stories have trouble living up to. It was an enjoyable read, through-out, but Riordan fell into the classic YA trap of assuming his readers aren't as intelligent as they probably are. The myths of the Greek gods were used to create plot devices that would have been far more interesting if the characters were treated as real people rather than only was to further the plot or get a cheap laugh. "Twists" in the plot were either b ...more
Madi R
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the series that got me hooked on reading. I never really liked to read and hated it when I was forced, but then my sister gave me the first book. I didn't plan on reading it, but one day I was bored and wanted to do something. Guess what I did, I went through my closet and found the book The Lighting Thief. I read the first page, then the next thing I knew was that I was half way through the book and wanting to read more.

I thank (and curse ;) this series and Rick Riordan because it got
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Laurie
This series is part of my all time favorites with Harry Potter and Ewilan by Pierre Bottero. I’ve recently reread this series because The Blood of Olympus, which is the last book from the Heroes of Olympus series, recently came out and I want to reread all the Percy Jackson from the begining. Even though I first read it when I was first in fourth or fift grade, I’ve read them at least five or six times since than and I never get tired of these books. I always go through Percy’s adventures as if ...more
Erin
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is another all-time favorite. I love the humor. Percy is so clueless in such a funny way. Even the chapter titles are funny in a literal, sarcastic kind of humor. There is definitely lots of excitement and adventure in this series, plus some neat twists and likeable characters. I learned a whole lot of the general Greek myths by reading these (note: they don't exactly follow the original stories, so I would use these to do research or anything- they just kind of laid the foundation o ...more
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Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone,best friends
Recommended to Category Is: Book Review Realness! by: myself
What got me in this book was the narration. The modern mythology and characterization was great as well,but I really loved to see things through Percy's POV. He's such an smart,ironic,amusing narrator. I don't think I would have loved this as much if it were narrated by anyone else.

While i like the world of Harry Potter more than any other fictional world,i need to say that Percy Jackson is my favorite character in any book I've ever read. Sorry,Harry.

Of course,the mythology got me too. I wasn'
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Marie
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These were good, these were good. I tore through them in only a couple of weeks, and it only took me that long because I had to acquire them one at a time. The characters are well fleshed out and believable. My one biggest problem with this series is, I think, the first person POV. With first person it's important that the reader always feel connected to the POV character, and really, at times I just felt frustrated with Percy more than anything else. But, that could be my being a few years olde ...more
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians (5 books)
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
  • The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
  • The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
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“Let us find the dam snack bar,’ Zoë said. ‘We should eat while we can.’ Grover cracked a smile. ‘The dam snack bar?’ Zoë blinked. ‘Yes. What is funny?’ ‘Nothing,’ Grover said, trying to keep a straight face. ‘I could use some dam French fries.” 2 likes
“Our friends kept waiting for us to come up, but hey – when you’re the son of Poseidon, you don’t have to hurry. And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.” 2 likes
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