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.
The sequel was even better than the first book, and I believe that The Titan’s Curse is going to be even better than the first two. I love the world and all the characters, but my favourite aspect of this book (and the entire series) are all those myths and stories from Greek mythology which are wrapped up in the story and the plotline so nicely and on such a fun way that I couldn’t stop smiling while reading this book. Percy Jackson has a special place in my heart and it’s on a good way to become my favourite middle-grade series of all time (yeah, it’s a great competition to Harry Potter).
The plot was even more exciting than in the first book, there were a lot more monsters and different myths which I loved so much. I loved the action and how Percy kept getting in trouble before he even got rid of the previous one. There were a lot of unexpected plot twists from the beginning so when I once started reading, I just couldn’t put the book down (which also made my mum crazy because I was supposed to help her with the housework, but whatever). In The Sea of Monsters the real problems start to show and this book sets foundation for problems in next books. Also, the huge cliffhanger this book ends on is just so exciting that it makes me want to pick up the third book, The Titan’s Curse, right away.
Characters are still amazing and I still love them all. Percy is still sassy and awesome, Grover is still fun and cool, Annabeth is still smart and kick-ass, Luke is still a jerk. But we also meet some new characters, who are super-interesting. Tyson was an amazing character and I really love him a lot. Also, his relationship with Percy is great, it almost made me teary-eyed at times. Tantalus was such an annoying character, I just wanted to punch him every time he spoke. Gods, that guy frustrated me so much. Clarisse went through huge character development in this book and I actually started to like her, and I hope this would continue in the next book as well. As I said, all the characters are fantastic and so well done, I just want to hug them all and never let go. They definitely have a special place in my heart.
Rick Riordan managed to make a fun, interesting world full of possibilities and he knows it so he definitely uses all those possibilities. I absolutely love his writing style, it fun and easy to read, but also intense and action-packed. And, of course, very emotional at times. If I ever need a pick-me-up book, I know that I’ll be picking up Percy Jackson because these books can always make me smile and that’s what makes a good book, right? Another thing that made me smile were these extra pages at the end of the book where is a short description of all important Gods and monsters that appeared in this book. So cool, I laughed so hard at that.
If you haven’t read these books yet, I definitley recommend them to you because these are just awesome, if you didn’t get that from my review by now. It doesn’t matter how old you are, I assure you that anyone can enjoy these books.
There is also a movie based on this book and even though it’s so different from the book, I really enjoyed it. In my opinion, it was very well done and just so much fun. Definitely recommend that one, too