Review: Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson--a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends. But things don't stay quiet for long…

A fun story, that once again, differs in many good ways from the film adaptation starring Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario, that’ll hopefully be rectified by Netflix. I am really enjoying Percy and Annabeth‘s adventures so far and hopefully they keep getting better. I will say that you could actually read this without reading the first book in the series, because it does somewhat do a retelling of sorts in chapter 1. Riordan has done a very good job of his historical knowledge and research of Greek stories and Greek mythology.

“Hermes shrugged “Families
are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.””

The introduction of Percy’s half-brother, Tyson the cyclops, helps give Percy more depth as a character as his relationship develops with him, as well as with Annabeth and Grover. There is so much going on in this story, having to face some monsters from Greek mythology, like Charybdis, Scylla, Circe, Polyphemus, plus infamous pirates and an old foe. As much as I did enjoy this, I do think The Lightning Thief was better, but it is still great in its own right.

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