So i started it yesterday and finished it today. It's very cute and I loved it immensely. If you are a fan of Greek mythology or ancient history I suggest you RUN not walk to your nearest bookstore or library and begin reading them. Yes they are written for young adults. Percy (real name Perseus *squee*) is 12 years old and just exiting 6th grade when we meet him. But much like Harry Potter (whom we meet at 11) it transcends age really. The writing is less complex than novels written for older crowds, but that doesn't even matter.
As a Greek mythology fangirl I am in LOVE with the idea behind the novels as well as the execution of them. I adore that I can pick out which immortal is which before they tell me who or what they are straightforward. Mr. D for instance, or Auntie Em or even the strange ladies knitting giant socks on the side of the road.
I cannot stress how much I adored this book! I can't wait to read the 2nd one AND I'm super geeked to see the movie now! Hubby is gonna read the book now that I'm done, then I'm loaning it to another friend of ours who I *think* has the same book tastes as I do. (she likes Harry Potter anyway). Hopefully she'll enjoy it as much as I did.
one final thought:
SPOILER BELOW!!!! HIGHLIGHT TO READ!!!!!
My favorite part of the book - actually 1 tiny paragraph - was when Percy, Grover and Annabeth were travelling through Hades and came across the "Garden of Persephone"
I understood why she wanted to move on: The tart smell of those pomegranates was almost overwhelming. I had a sudden desire to eat them, but then i remembered the story of Persephone. One bite of Underworld food, and we would never be able to leave. I pulled Grover away to keep him from picking a big juicy one.
I LOVED IT!!!! Having to steer clear of those ebil poms!! BRILLIANT!!!! WTG Rick Riordan!