The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan {Stephanie’s Review}

Posted September 25th, 2020 by in *Review / 2 comments

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan {Stephanie’s Review}The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Also by this author: Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Published by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 375
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: June 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

I had a middle grade prompt from my TBR Monopoly board roll. I’ve been meaning to get to the Percy Jackson books and this seemed like the perfect time. I haven’t read any of them yet so I started with The Lightning Thief.

Overall I really enjoyed The Lightning Thief. As a 35 year old woman this read on the younger side of middle grade in my opinion. This would be perfect for older children and tweens.

I liked that Percy didn’t have to complete his quest on his own and had a few guides to help him. There were enough clues along the way to figure out what was happening. The ending wasn’t a big shock.

All of the characters were pretty even in likability for me. I didn’t love any one particular character. They were all very middle of the road. That in and of itself is really why The Lightning Thief is a 4 star read instead of a 5 star for me.

I liked who I was supposed to like and knew who I wasn’t supposed to like. There weren’t any real surprises.

Overall I enjoyed the time I spent reading The Lightning Thief but it truly wasn’t all that memorable for me.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2020 GoodReads

2 Responses to “The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan {Stephanie’s Review}”

    • Stephanie

      It’s more of a middle grade read. It reads about the same as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I liked it but it didn’t make me want to immediately continue with the series.

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