Monday, February 7, 2011

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

This review is devoid of spoilers, and it holds many many good things about the Percy Jackson books...  But if you haven't read the first one, you can also read my review for  
  1. The Lightning Thief (book 1)

Percy has been through everything a kid can imagine - and much more.  For a while he was fatherless, but after an accident, a big move, and a revelation, Percy discovers that he's the son of the sea god, Poseidon.  Now, after a summer of adventures and his first school year to stay in one school all year, his mom, and those at Half-Blood Camp, want him to stay put (although some may want it just because they want the glory for themselves).  But when his best friend sends Percy messages in dreams about the trouble he, Grover, is in, Percy must defy camp orders to save his friend - or die.

I honestly don't know why I waited a whole six months to read this second book to the Percy Jackson series!

Seriously, the first thing I want to do when I think about this book is laugh.  I laughed soooo hard reading this book, not kidding.  It was full of sarcasm, wit, and unexpected humor in unexpected places.  The first book was funny, but this one made me laugh out loud (really hard) - within the first thirty pages I was getting strange glances from my family because I was laughing so loud.  One of my favorite scenes (I had two) was one of the most hilarious scenes I've read in a long time.  It's the scene in Chapter 3, We Hail the Taxi of Eternal Torment.  (PLUS, if you don't know this, the chapter names are histerical!)  You'll have to read the book to know what I'm talking about.  (Oh, and I have another favorite scene, but this one's more serious...  Chapter 13, Annabeth Tries to Swim Home.  A powerful scene, not something you would normally expect from these books, so it was a really neat.  It created a bond between Annabeth and Percy that wasn't there before, that I hadn't been expecting, and that I loved.)

I'm really glad I read this book.  It's funny (see, I just have to say it again), satisfying, and just fun.  It's written well and has fun new characters, and the usual, wonderful old ones.  This book promises a lot more for the future with a VERY surprising ending and more talk of the "secret" prophecy that involves I think it'll be less than six months before I read the third one.

Favorite character: Percy.  I think he's fantastic.

Favorite aspect: Grover wearing a wedding dress.  Don't ask, just read.

One word to describe this book:  hilarious...because I just want to establish this one last time before I go. :)

Here is just one (one of the many) paragraph that I really enjoyed:
My fingers trembled.  Even before I opened it, I could tell it was from my father.  I could sense his power in the cool blue paper, as if the envelope itself had been folded out of an ocean wave.


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