5 Months. 5. Months. I cannot believe that it took this long to read the FIRST Percy Jackson book. This Review is going to be a little different compared to my normal review layout.
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
My reading experience:
When I first started reading this book I was SO into it. I was reading loads, but around half way I put it down, and every time that I tried to pick it up afterwards my interest wasn’t hard for more than a few moments at a time. And I really wanted to enjoy this book, which is even sadder.
Over the summer I completely forgot about this book. Bad Lu, I know. I felt so bad for neglecting this book. However, I think that I needed to.
I promised myself that I would finish this book before December, and I have, so I’m happy. I think putting this book down is exactly what I needed to do to actually ENJOY the ending. I think that if I’d tried to finish it back in July, forcing myself to read, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it.
It wasn’t slow pace, or boring – on the contrary – I just found that the comedy was forced, and that Percy annoyed me a little as he was thrown into this crazy new world and seemed to be coping time with it? And was leading the trio when he really had no experience in the world of the Gods? It all seemed a little strange to me. . .
I think what also set this in a worse light for me than it should have been is that I loved the films, and they are so different from the books. Usually, when I see a book as a film, I will make sure to read the book first, but I didn’t even know that they were books when the first film came out! Obviously there are huge changes in the film, and it made the book seem… off? When really that roe should have been reversed. I don’t think I realised just how different the film was from the book before.
I’m annoyed that it took me so long to read this book, but I will be continuing with the series as I actually really enjoyed the last 200 pages that I read. My mum bought me the rest of the series after I purchased the first book, so I am determined to read them.
Overall, I would give this book 3.5 stars. I wish that I could explain exactly how I’m feeling about this book. Am I explaining it in an understandable way?
What do you think of this book? Have you had any books that took you forever to read?