The Sea of Monsters Review

  • Author: Rick Riordan
  • Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2
  • No. of pages: 279
  • Dates read: 23.02.20 – 29.02.20
  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Reading Challenge: 2020 Sequels, ONTD Reading Challenge (Read a book where fatherhood is the main theme or there is a prominent father figure)

Plot: When Thalia’s tree is mysteriously poisoned, the magical borders of Camp Half-Blood begin to fail. Now Percy and his friends have just days to find the only magic item powerful to save the camp before it is overrun by monsters. The catch: they must sail into the Sea of Monsters to find it. Along the way, Percy must stage a daring rescue operation to save his old friend Grover, and he learns a terrible secret about his own family, which makes him question whether being the son of Poseidon is an honor or a curse.

I love this series. I am so happy to be re-reading it. I was super worried that I wasn’t going to love it as much as I did when I was younger but thankfully I love it just the same.

The biggest highlight for me is Percy. I love him, his narrative voice is so funny. I really enjoy reading the book from his perspective, with his little quips and commentary. His POV really helps with the packing of the story, reading this time just flew by. He is just such a great guy and I want to see him succeed.

The main overarching story for the series really gets amped up in this book which really excited me. The main theme and over-arching plot gets introduced in the first book but here we really get to see it the repercussions of what happened in the first book.

I really enjoyed Tyson’s character. He is an amazing addition to the series, I remember when I was younger not being his biggest fan but he really grew on me with this re-read. I just want to give him a massive hug.

I really enjoyed watching the mist do its work. We find out the real reason behind chain restaurants and to not always trust an island spa resort! I just love seeing how the mythological entities blend in with our reality. Riordan always nails it.

This book was very fast-paced, the ball was constantly rolling. My only “criticism”, and this is really minor, is I felt we didn’t spend enough time in one place. Suddenly, our heroes are out of trouble really quickly and they move onto the next plot point and it felt rushed at times but considering this is a middle-grade series, you really have to keep the pace quick to maintain the young reader’s attention so it’s not a major critique just something I noticed.

The next book I plan to review is Rules for Perfect Murder by Peter Swanson. This is an ARC is received from Netgalley.

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