Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings

" How do I begin to explain the awesomeness that is this series...?Percy Jackson is flawless. It has two Celestial bronze daggers and a sliver chariot. I hear its pages are insured for $10,000.I hear it does Diet Coke commercials in Greece. Its favorite movie is Disney's Hercules. One time, it met JK Rowling on a plane and she told it it was the next Harry Potter. One time, it punched me in the feels... It was awesome! " said.

Buddyread with the demigod squad мαү, Jenn and Chara

Illustrations by: KAIAYAME

“Deadlines just aren't real to me until I'm staring one in the face.”

More like 3.5 stars to be honest.

I wish I had read this book when I was a kid. I feel like 12 year old Kimi would have absolutely adored it. That being said I still really enjoyed it as a 23 year old. It was a pretty awesome little adventure and I'm glad I read it.

➨Grover is definitely my favorite character of the series so far. He's basically my spirit animal. He loves food and he's funny. What else could you ask for in a character?

➨I love the connection that Annabeth and Percy have. I foresee the cutest OTP coming to life in the near future.
“You drool when you sleep.”

When that's the first thing a girl says to you, you know she's the one. (That was relationship advice with Kimi *ding*)

➨Mrs Dodds scares the crap out of me. We don't talk about Mrs Dodds.

The world building was actually one of my favorite aspects of this book. I have always been interested in Greek Mythology so I knew quite a bit about this field already. I love how Rick Riordan portrayed the Greek gods and I can't wait to read more books in this world.

The plot is the main reason why I took some stars off my rating. It's not bad or anything but as many other Middle Grade books, it was quite predictable.

Overall, I'm really glad to say that I'm finally part of the fandom. I'm planning to read one Percy Jackson book a month with my good friend мαү for the rest of this year so we can hopefully start catching up on this bandwagon. Let's see if we can stick to this commitment.

Thanks for reading, please share your thoughts in the comments. I would love to know how you feel about this series.
For all those of you who are like "Hey Kimi, where have you been for the last 10 years?" Well, let's blame it on my parents (as you do) for never buying me a Percy Jackson book when I was a kid. When I first heard about this series, the train had already left and I was already "too old" for this kind of books so I let it go but now Rick Riordan keeps coming out with these awesome new books every year that everyone i know absolutely loves and I'm just sitting there in the corner.

I feel so left behind.

I want to be part of the fandom.

I WILL be part of the fandom.

" said.

“It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.”

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
First of all: Now I see why so many people are angry at the movies. They’re so different.
I mean, they have some similarities, but in a big way they’re different.
And what can I say? Am I surprised that I liked the book more than the movie?
No, absolutely not.
I liked the movies, but after I saw what the real story should’ve been like, I think they could’ve made more of it.
Second: There is no question if this is a book for kids or not. It definitely is.
It’s for children or younger adults (I could say like me, but I’m 23 and that’s probably older than a normal young adult is - right? But who cares?)
That’s why I’m rating it as my thirteen year old self.
And my thirteen year old self loved this book. It was so different, so funny and so entertaining. It was so much fun!
Sadly, I had a slight idea what the ending is (thanks to the movies, duh) that’s why I wasn’t as surprised of it like others would be (but I was pretty surprised how much everything was changed in the movies?!).
But still.. it’s a great book and I can’t wait to continue the story of Percy and his friends.

Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Is my thirteen year old self in love with Percy? Probably.
Is she in love with Annabeth? Yep.
And does she wants to have a best friend like Grover ? Absolutely.
Sure, there could’ve been more depth and a bit more character development. But it’s a children’s book, guys. Not an adult high end fantasy.
So it was okay, it was good. It fitted the story perfectly and left a little bit open for the next few books.

World ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You know what? My first Rick Riordan book were the books about Greek gods and heroes.
And I literally devoured them.
One day and I was finished with these light and funny books that taught me a little bit about Greek mythology.
(I tried some adult books and I got to page 3 or 4 and I was like: Nope, sorry. So dry and slow and soooooo confusing.)
So if you ever want some funny background (that maybe isn’t really historical correct?) of the Greek mythology and Percy’s world, then you should definitely try out these books.
But back to the main book: if you know just a tiny bit of the Greek mythology you know that there Is an Olympus full of gods and on earth there are humans and some rare half gods. Even though these were the stories of a time really far away, Rick Riordan is putting them back into our reality and our timeline.
It’s hugely entertaining and funny and I loved it, even though there could’ve been more depth to the whole world building (but maybe that’s just a first book illness and it’s getting better with every book - who knows?)
All in all it was really good for the genre it’s in.

Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Oh, friendship is such a huge word in this book (it’s a children’s book, remember?) and it was so heartwarming and so so cute.
They were so loyal to each other and always protected and fought for each other.
It was just so adorable and so cool.
If I ever had the chance to meet these guys, I would totally join the group - even as an 98,12% human (who knows - right?
" said.

"person: your name is percy?? like percy jackson??
me: (internally: who tf is that) yea i guess.
person: is it short for perseus????
me: ...............yes?
me: uhhhhh.... ok but my surname isn't jackso-

after that above conversation occurring approximately 1000 times in the space of like a month with 1000 different people, i should probably read this book and find out what the big deal is. I GUESS.
" said.

Who knew middle school books could make me gush and squeal like a 12-year old. I loves!!!


Can we just appreciate how much FAN ART there is in this fandom???!!!??? ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

“If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.

This book is informative, interesting, funny, charming, it’s just all of the above and I’m already trash.

The Lightening Thief, is the tale of Perseus Jackson, a young boy who found out he’s a half-blood in a very hilarious manner. Due to his birthright, Percy is expected to embark on quests and save the world from impending war.

Now it’s not just Percy that’s a sweet darling child who’s sassy and brave and courageous, it’s also his comrades, Annabeth (GIMME MORE PERCABETH PELASE) and Grover, his peculiar little friend.
The trio of this group is so wonderfully entertaining to read about it. I didn’t think I would LOVE a middle school book as much as I loved this one but I was thoroughly entertained the entire way!


I’m so enthralled with the setting of Camp Half-Blood, like can we get an entire book just set there?? It’s so different from anything else I’ve read.

Fetus May really missed out on good reading material. Smh.

So, I’m sure everyone has already read this series and they’re rolling their eyes at my basicness but I’M SO EXCITED TO CONTINUE THIS SERIES!!!

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”

Okay, stay tuned cause I’m gonna be back for more of this Percy kid.

4.5 stars!!


Buddy read with these fabulous cupcakes, Kimiiiii ♡♡♡ and Jenny♡♡♡

Now you may be thinking, "May, how on earth did you manage to pass middle school without reading these books? You must have had a terrible childhood," and to which I would respond, "Yes, yes, in the book world, it sure seems that way." .-.

" said.

" Finally I have done it! I’ve read a book by Rick Riordan.I guess 2019 will be the year of reading books that have been on my bookshelf for thousands of years.3.5/5 stars ✨ " said.

"The only word I can think of that’s relevant to how I felt about this book is Fun, Fun, Fun . Why in the world haven’t I picked this book up when I was in middle school, I’ll never know. Lbr, what’s in the past is in the past and I’ll just have to get over the fact that I might have crawled out of my shy shell sooner if these books were in my life earlier. On a positive note, I have the whole series on hand ready for me to binge as well as 2763274 other series to look forward to. that’s #sorta #winning.

So, I’m one of those readers (if there are even such readers) that added this to my TBR solely for its fan art because ooooooo boooiiiii. !!! THE FAN ART !!! aaaaand at the time, it wasn’t even my intention to purchase the boxset but I came across it for a very cheap price so me being me, I couldn’t resist it. *imma also get outta my system about how time wasn’t on my side and that I waited a whole month for it to come in the mail but now I see that it’s totally worth it.*

With that said, I can finally jump into my semi-coherent feels that The Lightning Thief have bestowed upon me:

- #1 CHARACTERS. Percy, Grove and Annabeth = squad goals. I love how they’re all so different from each other and would literally go to the ends of the earth for each other.


- Just by reading the first line of the first page, I knew that this book would be packed with sarcasm. I didn’t care that it was a middle grade novel and that there may be some cliches here and there. I was all chill while my wonderful babies were out having the time of their lives, saving the world and of course trying not to get themselves killed in the meantime :’)

- I loved how the writing was simple in that I’m learning elements of mythology without all the crazy info dump that YA/NA fantasies usually have. Tbh, I don’t remember a time where mythology didn’t interest me yet I pretty much went into this knowing very little. I know, I know it’s weird.


- I love me some books that I can fly by, especially during a time in need aka I-found-the-cure-to-my-really-strange-reading-slump. The book is filled with hilarious banters, adventures and action and the pacing was just wonderful.

- Grover is me.
- I love how Annabeth loves to read.
- Percy is a cinnamon roll.

- Overall, I low-key want to ditch my current reads and just get to the sequel already :’)
" said.

" yeah I’ve read this five times and want to reread it again, what about it--I’m crying I love this book and series so much my parents taught me how to read just so I could read this book I can die happy now I have no other reason to exist than to read this book " said.

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