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Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Previously: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

In a sentence or so: Percy tries to save Camp Half-Blood from being poisoned into oblivion and saving his best friend Grover from marrying a Cyclops. He is a total badass while doing so.

Percy is at YET ANOTHER new school after all the drama that went down last summer. He's not the best at making friends, but he's totally honey badger about it because he has other things going on. Like being a son of Poseidon and such. He does manage to make a surprising connection with a charity case named Tyson that all the other kids pick on. Percy is more than a little surprised when Tyson defends him like a champ when monsters get all up in the school trying to take him out. Clearly, there's more to this kid than meets the eye.

Percy is soon reunited with Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and discovers that things at Camp Half-Blood are seriously amiss. Luke is still trying to destroy the camp because he's all bitter his dad Hermes ditched him. He's even going so far as to try to bring Kronus back together. Listen, if the olympians destroyed this titan because they were scared of what he would do - it is NOT a good idea to put humpty dumpty back together again. I wish Luke were reading this.

Percy has more amazing Greek mythology adventures in The Sea of Monsters. We get many nods to the Greek myths we know and love while seeing Percy grow and develop as a character. He is strong, smart, sensitive, caring, all wrapped up in a surprisingly snarky and badass package. I kind of love Percy Jackson a whole helluva lot. Annabeth, Tyson, Grover, and the rest are certainly fun to read about too and add depth and drama to the story.

Here's the deal. I am firmly Team Percy. I love middle grade books and I love Greek mythology and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan marries them perfectly. He gives me a hero I can root for and a story I don't want to put down. I loved that this went a bit darker with the whole Doom Of The Whole World thing lurking on the horizon. I place my trust for survival into Percy's capable 13 year old hands.

Fave Quotes: "But you, Percy - you are part god, part human. You live in both worlds. You can be harmed by both, and you can affect both. That's what makes heroes so special." (252) - TEAM PERCY, YO.

"His sandy hair, which used to be so unruly, was now clipped short. He looked like an evil male model, showing off what the fasionalbe college-age villain was wearing to Harvard this year." (125) - YEAH SNARK.

"I could smell the thing - a sickening combination of wet sheep wool and rotten meat and that weird sour body odor that only monsters have, like a skunk that's been living off Mexican food." (3) - MIDDLE GRADE FOREVER.

Fix er up: There were quite a few deus ex machina moments in this, but really, I am so enamored I was willing to let just about anything slide.

Title: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and The Olympians #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Pub Info: Disney Hyperion, 2006
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

[FTC Notice: I borrowed this book from my library. I was not compensated in any way for this review. THANKS LIBRARY!]

I read this as part of the Support Your Local Library Challenge, the 2012 YA Mythology Challenge, and Rewind and Review.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Ahhh it is amazing to see people currently reading this series. It's so damn MAGICAL. I really wish they could bring the movies up to speed with the awesomeness of this series. *sigh*

    ISN'T PERCY AMAZING? God I love that boy. Your love for him grows and grows throughout the series. He makes up for the lack of male MCs in the young adult genre.

    Did you adore Tyson? I adored him. I just want to squish him. <3 Despite his size....

    Can't wait for you to read The Titan's Curse and see how you find that! :D Hope you can get to it sooooon!

  2. Yay!! I'm so glad you liked it as much as the first. I love Percy, of course, but I really liked Tyson too. He was a great addition to the story.


    "Here's the deal. I am firmly Team Percy. I love middle grade books and I love Greek mythology..."

    When I am treading the waters of my life, I KNOW that you are somewhere west of me loving Percy, and somehow everything is better. xoxo


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