So, I delved into another YA fantasy series last week. Why? Because I needed something to help fill the Harry Potter sized hole in my heart and I already read The Hunger Games. I have a dear friend who is a YA author and she recommended the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. She has never failed me. 🙂
I’ve read the first 3 of the 5 books in the last week and I’m well hooked on the series. I guess it should come as no surprise because I absolutely love Greek mythology and these books are based on it. I actually saw the movie based on the first book Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief, and really enjoyed it (and had inappropriate Mrs. Robinson-esque feelings toward the 19 year old actor who plays Percy Jackson). Reading the book was a whole new experience though, it was so different from the movie! The first book is an excellent introduction to the characters and story and once I finished it, I absolutely had to start the second book immediately. In fact, I felt the same way when I finished the second book, The Sea of Monsters, and the third book, The Titan’s Curse. Happily for me, there are still two more books for me to read.
The mythology in the books is accurate- of course, a few liberaties are taken with the personality of the gods but that’s as it has to be and I thought Riordan made all the right choices. I also love the demi-god and other mortal characters in these books. The are so perfectly human and handle these extraordinary circumstances in very real and understandable ways. Besides all that, the story is very thrilling. I love reading books that you can’t wait to finish reading but don’t want them to end at the same time- the Percy Jackson books are like that.
Also, and this is just the nerd in me, I would like to say how completely awesome I think it is that there are YA books that kids could actually learn more from than how to get a vampire to love you. You can’t help but learn Greek mythology when reading these books so, the kids are getting a thrilling story but also getting a little education stuffed in their skulls. I dig it.
Next week, I’ll have finished the series, and I’ll let you know how happy I am with the conclusion. What are you guys reading this week?