This review contains information that would spoil the second book.
Percy Jackson, Son of Poseidon, is on yet another mission. However, it is cut short by an ill-fated fight with a monster; the monster stealing Annabeth; the Camp gaining two half-bloods and then losing one of them to the goddess Artemis and her crew of Hunters; Artemis being kidnapped by a monster; a crazy oracle that predicts two deaths out of five questers... It's madness, and Percy can't help but wonder if he is one of the two who will die. But he has to save Annabeth, find out what this monster is and who is responsible, and all the while try to stay alive during the next quest that the Oracle has made known. And then there's Thalia, who has been called to go on this quest with him. She's mysterious, and he doesn't know what she wants. With all this, Percy Jackson has his hands full once more in Rick Riordan's third book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.
Good heavens. Does it ever slow down? Not in Percy's world. Not when the gods are fighting and their half-blood children are trying to save the gods. This book is one wild ride, adding even more information and stories from the fascinating and sometimes hilarious Greek and Roman myths. More monsters are tackled, the reader meets even more gods, and more stories unfold. Percy hasn't lost his witty charm, the gods haven't lost their ability to fight about petty things, and the monsters haven't ceased to grow.
I liked this book, but not as much as the last one. While it had some spark, there wasn't as much as the last two books. It moved the story along nicely, however, and the end was excellent. It added a half star to my 3 star rating. I guess I just didn't enjoy the story line as much. It wasn't bad...it just wasn't great. A solid good.
Two more books to go! I plan on finishing them this month. Number four should be waiting for me at the library soon...
Favorite character: hasn't changed. Percy. And Grover makes me laugh. (Oh, and I don't like Thalia's character. She just doesn't click for me...)
Favorite aspect/scene: For a while I didn't have one... But my favorite chapter was near the end, called something like "I gain a million extra pounds" or something like that. REALLY cool!
Summing it up with one word: Honestly, because I didn't enjoy it as much as the other two, I can only say it was interesting. Worth reading, definitely, if you liked the first two, and I'm sure the other books will be good as well!