April 25, 2014

Book Reviews: The Sea of Monsters and The Titan's Curse

The Sea of Monsters and The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan


But when you're the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh and guess what. The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive...

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.
I'm going to keep this quick and combine my thoughts on both book. I'm afraid to give too much away if I do it any other way.  Really enjoyed them both.  My daughter has decided I need to read all of the books in this series - including The Lost Hero series BEFORE the next book comes out in the fall! She has read and loved them all.  So now I'm three books in.  I love the Percy Jackson books.  They've got action, great characters, tension and some humor.  As a teacher I also recommend them to my reluctant readers because of all of that.  What I also like is that, for me at least, they are quick reads.  The stories keep moving along with little down time, so I find I can zip right through them.  I also like that each story has definite action and a problem that needs to be solved, but it's not dragged on and on.  I'm the type of person that likes the action of solving the problem but when they keep getting close to solving it, then don't, then close, then don't - etc - I get super annoyed.  These books do NOT do that, and I appreciate it!

As the series is going along I can see how it's building to a big conclusion.  Each book is adding to the pieces that will fall in place during the last book in the Percy Jackson series.  This is making me excited to see how it will all play out!

In short - love the series.  Everything is solid about it from the characters to the Greek stories to the way the plot unfolds!


  1. love these books too. I actually like the lost hero series better. So yeah, you should read them.

  2. Love the series, I've tried to listen to a few on audiobook but they are much easier to follow for me by reading them. Maybe it's the pace or changing POV's. I'm looking forward to see what his plans are with Norse mythology, once things are all wrapped up with these series.

  3. GREAT series guys. Actually, no. Great is not a strong enough word. Here is the proper word used to describe this series.
    I am a lot like Annabeth, the main girl in the series. So you know that leads...kinda fell in love with Percy. Dot dot dot.
    Anyway, in the Sea of Monsters, Percy and the gang set out on another journey to restore the broken camp's barrier. And a quite crazy journey at that. They have to slay monsters, collaborate with enemies, and conquer the powerful. But, in all honesty, that isn't even the worst of it.
    In the Titans Curse, Percy has to embark on a rescue mission, with his new friend Thalia. And I mean THE Thalia. They find they wanted demigod, also losing Percy' s best girl friend. Now Percy has to juggle two missions. Save a goddess in chains, and somehow along the way saving his friend...with some snobby girls and a heart sick saytr in tow.

    So that's what I have to say guys!