Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Published by Hyperion, Disney Hyperion on August 19, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Retellings
Source: Barnes and Noble
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Reading Challenges: 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge
Who could tell the origin stories of the gods of Olympus better than a modern-day demigod? Percy Jackson provides an insider's view with plenty of 'tude in this illustrated collection.
So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. "If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that."
Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume--a must for home, library, and classroom shelves--as stunning as it is entertaining.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Why I Read It: I love all the Percy Jackson books, and I couldn’t pass up getting this one in paperback!
It feels right that the first book I review on here would be a Percy Jackson book. When I picked up a copy of The Lightning Thief at my seventh grade book fair, I couldn’t have known how much of an impact it would have on my life.
I realize that’s how most people talk about Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or even Twilight, but by the time I was twelve, Harry Potter hadn’t changed my life, it was my life. I had grown up with Hogwarts, but Camp Half-Blood was something new and exciting. The way the book interacted with the audience reminded me of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, a childhood favorite, and the sarcasm and humor in the book still make me laugh. I mean really, the first chapter is titled ‘I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-Algebra Teacher’, and they only get funnier from there. From the moment I started reading, I was hooked.
Flash forward eleven years to just last week, when I spent my birthday in a Barnes and Noble, trying to find that one book that I just had to have. I picked books up and put them down. I read cover blurbs and gently stroked each book to see if it was the right one. After finally making my decision, I strolled over to the cafe section and saw it– Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, and in paperback no less!!! Now, there’s nothing wrong with hardcover books, but I always go for paperback when I can; I just like the way it feels in my hands better. I knew without a doubt that this was the perfect birthday book, and when I started reading it later that night I knew I had been right.
I loved this book for the same reasons I loved all of the other Percy Jackson books: the new take on Greek mythology, the sarcastic and humorous tone of the books, and the wonderful characterization. Reading this book made the Greek Gods and Goddesses feel alive to me, and it made me want to learn more about them. From family drama to romance and beyond, this book has something for everyone. I was also extremely pleased to see the hilarious chapter titles had returned. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys laughing while they learn, anyone who enjoys Rick Riordan’s other books, and anyone who needs a quick read to get themselves out of a reading slump.
Well Wishes & Candy Fishes,