Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan:
As has been the trend of a lot of my Forgotten Friday posts, this is another which I read and reviewed last summer, but never got round to posting. And, seeing as I am still only halfway through my current read (Girl of Nightmare by Kendrae Blake), but still wanting to post, I figured that it was time for this one to finally go up. So here is my review of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters:
After reading the first of the series (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) earlier this year, I wasn’t amazingly keen to read this one. I so badly wanted to like the first one, after hearing so many good things about the series, but unfortunately it failed to really draw me in and I found myself not too attached to the characters or the story; although I do blame myself for not reading them earlier, as my view may just be because they are aimed at 9 and 10 year olds!
Despite this though, I found myself picking up the 2nd one recently, deciding to give the series another go – and I'm glad I did! I found that I enjoyed this one alot more than the first, with the
characters growing more on me and the overall story being one I was eager to read about. Due to this, instead of finding that I was having to force myself through chapters (as was sometimes the case with the Lightning Thief), I was actually wanting to continue on and read further and further into the story, resulting in me finished the book in a mere two days. I think it may have been the absence of unrelated events, something I found a lot of in the lightning thief, which hooked me this time, as I was able to see reasons for most of their actions.
As for the characters, I was happy to see an addition to the usual trio (Percy, Annabeth and Grover) in Tyson and actually found myself really warming to him - I think he might even be my favourite character so far! I just loved his childish nature and the irony of his character, as well as the humorous love/ hate relationship which existed between him and Percy. As well as this, I also liked seeing more of Clarise and, dare I say, less of Grover. I don’t have a problem with Grover at all, I just preferred the trio in this book. Sorry!
Finally, I think that, as usual, my favourite part of this book was the ending. Without spoiling anything, it left me shocked and wanting to quickly grab the next one. I never expected the turn of events and I honestly loved it! It gives the story somewhere to go, and has me really excited to read the Titan's Curse!