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Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: YA fantasy

Summary: After finding out that he is the son of Poseidon, this series follows the adventures of Percy Jackson and his demigod friends.

Thoughts: My first experience with Percy Jackson was the movie. My husband and I decided to head over to the cheap seats and watch something fun. I knew that it was based off of a book, but I never bothered to pick it up. While spending Thanksgiving with my brother, he sent me home with the whole five book series. They sat on my shelf for awhile while I read other books. For some reason, I just kept avoiding them. However, last week, I finally started reading them. I couldn't put the series down!

After finding out that he is the son of Poseidon, Percy is taken to Camp Half-Blood where he meets and befriends several demigods -- the children of a union between a god and a human. However, Percy is different. He finds out that he is a child of the big 3 -- Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. For various reasons, this is a very big deal. Without giving anything away, the series follows Percy and his friends on many adventures that lead them from places like Hades to the 600th floor of the Empire State's Building.

Riordan did an excellent job with this series. Using the Greek mythology as a basis for the series, I was a little apprehensive about his interpretation of the myths. However, he does an amazing job. I had to keep my BlackBerry next to me in order to look things up while I read. Not only does he have rather obscure figures from Greek mythology (i.e., Kampe and the Hundred-Handed Ones), he was able to imagine the gods' role in modern day culture. For example, Hermes created the internet. The world he creates is colourful, rich, and fun.

The author also spent a lot of time fleshing his characters out. I felt that, even though they may not have been the main characters, everyone in the books were given a lot thought. Furthermore, the characters matured over the course of the series. They start out with Percy being found at 12 and end when he is 16. Riordan was able to show this maturity in a believable way.

The only thing I can liken these books to is the Harry Potter series. However, unlike Harry, I felt that Percy was a likable character. While he was the main character, he did not dominate the books the way Harry did. During the off-season of Camp Half-Blood, each character was shaped by their own experiences and not by Percy. To put it another way, they all had a life outside of Percy. In addition, Percy accepted his fate and position as Poseidon's son.

Not only were these books and quick and entertaining read, I feel that young adults would be introduced to the rich history of Greek mythology in a very accessible and fun way. Putting the myths into modern day society, children would be able to relate at a different level.

Overall, the Percy Jackson series has become one of my favorites. I look forward to picking up The Heroes of Olympus.

Rating: 4/5


January
1. Lock & Key vol 2: Head Games - Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (145)
2. Night Rising - Chris Marie Green (341)
3. Batman: Harley Quinn - Paul Dini, Yvel Guichet, and Aaron Sowd (48)
4. Unwind - Neal Shusterman (352)
5. Frankenstein: City of Night - Dean Koontz (455)
6. Frankenstein: Dead and Alive - Dean Koontz (352)
7. Howling at the Moon: Talwa of and Urban Werewolf - Karn McInerney (360)

February
8. Bone Crossed - Patricia Briggs (287)
9. Whip It - Shauna Cross (234)
10. Three Days to Dead - Kelly Meding (405)
11. The Time Travelor's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (536)
12. The Gatekeeper - Michelle Gagnon - 405

13. Undead Kama Sutra - Mario Acevedo
14. Jailbait Zombie - Mario Acevedo
15. Something from the Nightside - Simon Green
16. Shift - Rachel Vincent
17. Darkness Calls - Marjorie M. Liu
18. Living with the Dead - Kelley Armstrong
19. Roadkill - Rob Thurman
20. The Harlequin - Laurell K. Hamilton
21. Deadtown - Nancy Holder
22. Night Rising - Chris Marie Green
23. Dark Time: Mortal Path - Dakota Banks
24. Hot Blooded - Lisa Jackson
25. No Time for Goodbye - Linwood Barclay
26. Urban Shaman - C.E. Murphy
27. How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With
28. Good Owners, Great Dogs
29. Thunderbird Falls - C.E. Murphy
30. Coyote Dreams - C.E. Murphy
31. Kitty and the Midnight Hour - Carrie Vaughn
32. Unholy Ghost - Stacia Kane
33-35. Hack/Slash 1, 2, and 3
36-38. Dark Ivory 1, 2, and 3
39-41. Birds of Prey 1, 2, and 3
42. Unholy Magic - Stacia Kane
43 Kitty Goes to Washington - carrie Vaughn
44. Midnight Alley - Rachel Caine
45. City of Ghosts - Stacie Kane
46. Kitty Takes a Holiday - Carrie Vaughn
47. Alpha - Rachel Vincent
48. The Hellbound Heart - Cliver Barker
49-52. Birds of Prey: Brightest Day - 1, 2, 3, and 4
53. Vnished - Kat Richardson
54. The Scent of Shadows - Vicki Pettersson
55. The BoneMan's Daughters - Ted Dekker
56. Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock-Knock Jokes - Karl Kesel, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
57. The Batman Strikes - Bill Matheny, J. Torres, Christopher Terry Beatty
58. Walking Dead - C.E. Murphy
59. Midnight Meat Train - Clive Barker
60. The Book of Blood - Clive Barker
61. The Yattering amd Jack - Clive Barker
62. Blood Cross - Faith Hunter
63. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
64. Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
65. Curse of the Titans' - Rick Riordan
66. Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
67. The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan


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