Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
So, recently my daughter’s youth group was getting together to go see the newly released Percy Jackson movie. Problem was, we haven’t read the books! (Problem for me, anyway… I hate watching a new “based on book” movie without having read the book. So, in the past few weeks, we checked out the 5 Percy Jackson books from the library:
- The Lightening Thief
- The Sea of Monsters
- The Titan’s Curse
- The Battle of the Labyrinth
- The Last Olympians
My 12 year old loved these books. Ate them up, in fact. I thought they were an enjoyable children’s series. I liked the way they combined Greek Mythology into the modern day setting. To compare these books to the Harry Potter series seems unfair. I know there are a few similarities – the “magic”, the “trio” of heroes/heroine, etc. but they are a completely different style of books in my opinion. They are not nearly as detailed as the HP series, but let’s be honest… there are not many series that are. So, would I say it’s the best series ever? No, but it is definitely a fun read if you like the fairy-tales genre.
Oh, and if you do like this genre, be sure to check out the Nicolas Flammel series (by Michael Scott), which is a better comparison to these books than the Harry Potter books are. Plus, I liked them better.