Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Hey my lovelies, today's book review is Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. If you haven't checked out last weeks review, it was the first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. I rate this 4.5 stars only because I didn't enjoy it as much as the first. But you know what they say, the sequel is never as good as the original.
Title: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Pub. Date: January 19th 2016
Date Read: Wednesday 6th April 2016
Pages: 144
Rating:4.7/5 stars
Goodreads Summary: 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

As I said before I didn't enjoy the book as much as the first, but it was still a great read and I finished this one in about two and a half hours. If you haven't read the first book yet, then I suggest reading my review of it here and then reading the book yourself. And if you've read the first book, but not the second then I definitely recommend the sequel.

The book had most of the same characters as the first with three noticeable additions, the first is Tyson, Percy's half-brother who is a cyclopes. We also meet Luke's father Hermes and  Tantalus, who takes Chiron's place as activities organiser, he was also the king that was sentenced to living in the underworld for attempting to serve his son to eat for the Gods and Goddesses. We also have various mentions of Kronos, the titan father of Poseidon, Zeus and Hades (Also Percy's paternal granddad). As well as Thalia in the last two or three pages.

Book two starts as Percy is at a new school and has made a new friend called Tyson, when his school is attacked by a group of monsters. Percy, Annabeth and Tyson head straight for Camp Half Blood, in hopes for safety, but what they see leaves them shocked. The camp is unprotected due to the fact that someone has poisoned Thalia's tree (Remember the demigod daughter of Zeus, who sacrificed herself for Annabeth, Luke and Grover, so to save her life Zeus turned her into a tree). Percy quickly discovers that Tyson is in fact his half brother and keeps having dreams that Grover is sending to him telling him about how he is in danger. Annabeth, Tyson and Percy go on a quest to not only save Grover, but to also find a magical fleece that will help heal Thalia.

Luke resurfaces in this novel, as they are on the way to find the fleece. He is also at the end for around 7 pages, and then he skulks off (doesn't he seem to do that a lot in the novels). We also meet quite a few famous gods,immortals and monsters (oh my!) along the way.

Probably one of my favorite moments in the book is when Percy believes that Tyson is dead. It was really great when Percy realised his own feelings about his brother and the regret he felt, due to him never really being nice to Tyson, when Tyson loved not only the idea of him, but Percy himself.

The ending I personally could see coming from a mile off, if there is some big powerful blanket that can heal people from the dead, then why couldn't it bring Thalia back from that state of limbo that she was in? But then obviously it is only Kronos, who can conduct and form these complicated plans (not!), seriously how didn't the Gods find that out? Except from like the day before.

That's the end of today's review folks, sorry if I seem to be going off in tangents for this one, I am trying to keep my mind of my exams. Thanks for reading and remember to check me out on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram for more up to date info on what I am reading and up too.

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