Its A Greek God Pissing Match!

LitethiefWhen I was in the 3rd grade I discovered my love for reading. I was forced (as in pushed down the hall by my teacher) to go to the library and pick out a book. I thought (at that time) that it was the cruelest kind of punishment for a child that routinely finished her class work early, but what I learned in the end was infinitely better than what any additional worksheets, or gossiping with my friends could have taught me. What I learned was that inside a book was a whole new world. A world where dragons and princesses actually existed, where bullies got due justice and frogs could talk. What I learned was that the imagination is a beautiful and splendid thing.

I can still remember the book I picked out that day, I can remember the characters names, and every detail of their plot for childhood survival. That book will always be the best book ever. That book is what helped me form into the person I am today, and after reading “The Lightning Thief” I realized that this is that same book only 20 years later. A book that will capture the attention of adults due to its interesting plot, but will transform a child with its ability to make them feel alive.

Percy Jackson is the son of a Greek God, only he doesn’t know it. What he knows is that he has been shuffled from school to school for the past 6 years only to be asked at the end of each year.. “Not to return.” After discovering his fate he enters a summer camp for Demi-gods… what better way to discover your powers than to surround yourself with other Greek God offspring right? But things aren’t quite that simple for Percy…he has an entirely different destiny to fulfil, he has to find Zeus’s missing lightning bolt before he goes all WWE on Poseidon for snatching it. With the help of his only 2 friends (The daughter of Athena, and a Satyr) he treks across the US to confront Hades and bring Mount Olympus back to working order.

The book, although obviously written for a younger audience, was refreshing, and I am happy that I read it.

There were creepy teachers that sprouted wings and turned into bats, a best friend that just happened to be half goat and loved to each Diet Coke cans, a 7 foot tall car chucking bull, dogs the size of rhinos, very picky water-beds, a game of capture the flag…weapons welcome, and 1 shocking moment of treachery involving flying shoes.

This book is what every great novel should be…it was an adventure, and one I am sure to repeat in its follow up books.

Spend the money, buy the book, and then spend some quality time reading it to your kid. Let THEM discover a whole new world.

Happy reading my fellow Half-Bloods and remember…if you run across a garden gnome that looks like your Uncle Frank, cover your eyes and run like you have a fire in your pants.

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(4/5)

P.S. In case you are interested they are making a movie out of this book… here is the trailer to help entice you to read the book first.

About Misty

Your friendly neighborhood narcissist. I'm sarcastic, cynical and a bit cranky. I own a soap box so big that sometimes I have difficulty stepping down off of it, and I'm about 94% certain I have multiple personalities. I don't sleep enough, and I read more than any person should ever consider normal. I have anger management issues, especially when I'm stuck in traffic and I have an unhealthy obsession with my Kindle. I am a vampire lovin', zombie obsessed, book-in-hand, iPod freak. You either love me or hate me. You be the judge.

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