Review: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief


Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
By Rick Riordan
Book #1 (of 5) of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publish Date: 2013
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book #1, Camp Half-Blood Chronicles Book #1
Young Adult Fantasy 
Purchase Location: 
Book Depository  Amazon

Look I didn’t want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. 
I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing baseball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporised my maths teacher. Now I spend my time battling monsters and generally trying to stay alive. 
This is the one where Zeus, god of the sky, thinks I’ve stolen his lightning bolt – and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.  

My Thoughts: 

The way the story is told though Percy (our protagonist) perspective, is one of my favourite ways to read a story. We get to follow along as Percy discovers himself and where he really belongs. I thoroughly enjoyed reading along as Percy discovers his half-blood status and learns how Greek mythology is woven seamlessly into western civilisation.

Throughout the story we meet characters who become an integral part of Percy’s story and his survival. We meet Chiron early on who becomes a mentor to Percy as well as Grover, Percy’s best friend and Annabeth Chase a camper who begins the book disliking Percy based solely on his parentage.

The story quickly picks up pace as Percy is attacked by a monster in his day to day life, leading his mother to take him to the only place he will be safe, a special camp for half bloods.

From this point the story snowballs and events are discovered along with different gods of the Greek mythos.

As a huge fan of Greek mythology, I loved this book, I genuinely could not put it down!

I was so interested in the plot and what was going to happen next in the story that i managed to finish the book in 4 days – during the end of term- which is an incredible feat for me!

Rick Riordan’s writing is amazing and showcases his passion for mythology as well as the thorough research that obviously went into the story. I’m already onto the next one and excited for the rest of the series to come.

My Rating: 



So I know this is kind of the purpose of which I do use. (link If you’d like to check it out) You have a digital bookshelf of all the books you want to read, all the books you’ve read and all the books you are currently reading. I do like to keep it updated with what i want to read and currently reading etc.

But… I kind of wanted a place to list the books that are on my To Be Read (TBR) but only the books I own so I can update it and all that.

So these books are all books that I own and I want to read.

The list is in alphabetic order by Author.




Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo
Wonder Woman: War Bringer, By Leigh Bardugo
The Girl Who Drank the Moon By Kelly Barnhill
Frost Blood By Elly Blake
Fire Blood By Elly Blake


The Selection, By Kiera Cass
A Shadow Bright and Burning By Jessica Cluese
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins
Wizards of Once By Cressida Cowell



The Circle, By Dave Eggers


The Gender Game, By Bella Forrest
The Girl Who Dared to Think, By Bella Forrest
The Secrets Spellshadow Manor, By Bella Forrest
The rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster


Writing Radar, By Jack Gantos
Big Magic, By Elizabeth Gilbert
A Thousand Pieces of You, By Claudia Gray


Always and Forever Lara Jean, By Jenny Han
The Odyssey: Graphic Novel By Gareth Hinds
The Law of Attraction, By Esther and Jerry Hicks




Adventures for your Soul, By Shannon Kaiser
The Library of Fates By Aditi Khorana
The Diabloic By S.J. Kincaid


The Young Elites, By Marie Lu
Warcross By Marie Lu


Furthermore, By Tahereh Mafi
The Last Magician, By Lisa Maxwell
The Thousandth Floor, By Katherine McGee
Before She Ignites By Jodi Meadows
Renegades By Marissa Myer


Akarnae, By Lynette Noni



50 Ways to Yay!, By Alex Panos
Confessions of a Murder Suspect By James Patterson
Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever, By James Patterson
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, By James Patterson
More Moaning, By Karl Pilkington
His Dark Materials Series, By Philip Pullman



Nyxia By Scott Reintgen
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian, By Rick Riordan
Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero By Rick Riordan
York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby


Extraordinary Means, By Robyn Schneider
A Darker Shade of Magic By V. E Schwab
Otherworld By Jason Segel and Kristen Miller
Firstlife By Gena Showalter
Hunted By Meagan Spooner
This Mortal Coil, By Emily Suvada


Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers X Marks the Spot By Kate and Jol Temple




Artemis By Andy Weir
Horizon By Scott Westerfeld
The Young World, By Chris Weitz





This list is up to date.

I am currently reading ‘Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters’, let me know what you think I should read next!

2018 A to Z Reading Challenge

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Its official!!

After getting back into reading during 2017, I have decided to challenge myself even further. For 2018 I am going to undertake my FIRST EVER reading challenge.

The A to Z reading challenge is being hosted by GingerMomReads. If Anyone is interested in joining in the challenge head over to their page for more information.

Throughout the year I will be coming back to this post to update My Reading Alphabet with the books i have completed, each of which will have a review post if you would like any more information about the books i have read.

This is definitely a huge undertaking for myself, but 2018 is going to be the year of #gettingmyshittogether which includes challenging myself.

So the point of this challenge is to read a book with a title that begins with each letter of the alphabet throughout 2018 (important note: ‘The’ doesn’t count – thank goodness)

My Reading Alphabet

A. ‘Artemis’ By Andy Weir

B. ‘Beneath the Sugar Sky’ By Seanan McGuire

C. ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ By Sarah J. Mass

D. ‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones’ By Seanan McGuire

E. ‘Every Heart a Doorway’ By Seanan McGuire


G. ‘Genesis’ By Bernard Beckett

H. ‘House of Hades’ By Rick Riordan

I.‘The Isle of the Lost’ by Melissa De La Cruz


K. ‘A Kingdom of Exiles’ By S.B. Nova

L. ‘The Lost Hero’ By Rick Riordan

M. ‘Marabel and the Book of Fate’ By Tracy Barrett


O. ‘Obsidio’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

P. ‘Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian’ By Rick Riordan


R. ‘Renegades’ By Marissa Meyer

S. ‘The Serpent’s Secret’ By sayantani Dasgupta

T. ‘Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle’ By Rick Riordan

U. ‘Unearthed’ By Amie Kaufman and Magan Spooner


W. ‘The Wizards of Once’ by Cressida Cowell


Y. ‘Yes Please’ By Amy Poehler


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