Series Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Written by: Rick Riordan
Release Date: From 2010 to 2014
Pages: 2,777 Total
Series: #1 – The Lost Hero. #2 – The Son of Neptune. #3 – The Mark of Athena. #4 – The House of Hades. #5 – The Blood of Olympus.
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Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts? (From The Lost Hero)

LetsTalk

First off I’m gonna say that all of you are the worst. Because I’ve been told for years to read Percy Jackson, and I’ve been perfectly fine not reading it. I’ve left the books on my shelf and I’ve been happy with knowing they’re there should I ever get the urge to read them. Well thank you so much Firewitches, because I broke down this year and now I’ve read them all and now my heart is broken, and now I don’t know what to do with myself.

Okay, now that THAT is out of the way… We can talk actual books. Once again I’m gonna write this review for the whole series rather than each book.

Heroes of Olympus pretty much picks up where Percy Jackson’s series left off. We’re introduced to a lot of new characters in the first book especially, and it’s something that can be a little disconcerting honestly. In The Lost Hero we are in the same world, we see some of the same characters but so much is new and as a reader you feel a little jumbled up.

Luckily it doesn’t take long to get into the swing of things, the series takes off before long and allows the reader to go onto this crazy insane journey that’s wonderful and lets you fall in love with all of the characters. Sometimes even more than you were previously.

Didn'tWork

I think the biggest problem I had with this series is that I’m not as familiar with the Roman side of the gods rather than the Greek side. This book uses knowledge of both as a pretty strong standing point to get things rolling. I was often sent scrambling to remember “Wait who was that by their Greek name? And what was it they’re the god of again?” Riordan tried to explain it as often as he could, but sometimes I was still left grappling with who was who.

I’m not sure how I feel about the fact that basically everyone got a love interest… Like it makes me happy! I want to see everyone happy with themselves and with others, but at the same time, I’m not sure how realistic it is that pretty much everyone winds up coupled up. There was one character who didn’t, and the reason literally fell into a prophecy, so I’m just a little, hmmm, about the whole thing.

DidWork

This series is far more YA than MG unlike the original Percy Jackson series. It was something I really loved to read, the characters grew more, and the characters we already knew were able to change and evolve in their relationships and their lives. I loved being able to see them deal with more hard hitting problems than some of the Percy Jackson books did.

This review wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t talk about Percy and Annabeth. I shipped them from the start but holy wow in this series did they just grow to OTP status like nothing before. Their relationship changed and grew so much, it went from a childhood boyfriend/girlfriend romance to something that is real and long lasting. Something that is really bright and beautiful for them. They both need some relaxation time now, and I’m hoping they’ll get it……Yes I’m ignoring Trials of Apollo that’s coming out soon.

New characters ahoy! I LOVED the Romans. I loved them to death. They were all fantastic and they added so much to the series. Jason, Leo, Hazel, Piper, Frank, just all of these amazing kids. They’re so wonderful and they added so much to this story that I just really adore. All across the board I adore their arcs and their hearts.

Pickup

If you haven’t read Percy Jackson I highly suggest starting there, yes it’s a lot of books, I understand that, but they all fly by really fast. These books are wonderful and they go from being light hearted to serious, they teach so much and they bring characters you will never forget.

Sondra 

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