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

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-31 
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.

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“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?
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" 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.

"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." .-.

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" 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.

"I've read all (I think) of this series to my daughter, Celyn, but somehow this one escaped being reviewed until now.

I half-watched the film a year or two before we read this. Actually it was Rick reading (and being kind enough to review) my own trilogy that steered me toward picking up these books for Celyn (she's very disabled and can't read books for herself).

Anyway, it was a very good read. Celyn enjoyed the action and humour, and I enjoyed seeing the Greek legends I loved reading about as a kid given a new lease of life, offered up to the most recent generation.

It starts off with that irresistible device beloved of fantasy books that you (vicariously the hero) were meant for more than this regular old world and that all those odd things you don't understand about everyday life ... really are odd and full of special meaning. In fact ... your dad's a god, and not just any old god but Poseidon himself. And that means you're part god yourself! Hoorah!

So Percy gets inducted into hero school, makes friends with good monsters, fights and kills bad ones, and dives into adventure.

The hero school (Camp Halfblood) has demi-gods descended from all the Greek mythos, which makes for fun conflicts. Meanwhile in the wider world there are rumblings that the titans (from whom the gods wrested control of the world at the dawn of time) are about to stage a comeback. Zeus has lost his lightning bolt and the thief must be found before the gods fall to blows and Olympus topples.

The genius is in the mix of modern day America with all its kitsch, landmarks, cities etc with mythical Greece. It shouldn't really work, but does. And to cap it all, your kid is getting a classical education on the sly!

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