Recently Read by Rachel: Review 1
Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
This week I’m going to give you a book review each day about YA books and books for younger readers that I’ve read recently. That way we can all talk about the market and trends. I really enjoy reading all types of books, but I’m going to focus this week on books for young readers (including some for twentysomethings).
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I realize I’m a bit behind with this one. It’s been popular for awhile now! I don’t typically read middle grade books, but thought I’d give this one a try since I have heard so much about it. It was the very first book I purchased with my Christmas Kindle.
The first thing I noticed about the book were the chapter titles. They bothered me! I thought the titles made the chapters sound silly. When I actually started reading, I was impressed with Percy’s voice and enjoyed the first few chapters once I realized the chapter titles weren’t too literal. I can see how a middle-grade boy would like the chapter titles, but I’m long past middle school, and I’ve never been a boy. The further I got into the book, the more I felt that it really was a great book for middle-grade readers. While I read it all the way through, I am not interested in reading further in the series because the plot just wasn’t gripping enough for me.
If you have a middle-schooler who has not yet read this series, I think he or she would be interested. Please preview the books first just in case they contain something you aren’t comfortable with your child reading. The series is fictional and about Greek gods and goddesses.
I don’t regret purchasing The Lightning Thief, but overall I didn’t really like it.
Now, my opinion is only one opinion, and I expect I’m the minority on this book. Have your read it or has your child? What did you think?
As a writer, did it bother you that the chapter titles didn’t match the chapters that well?
What middle-grade book have you or your child read lately that was particularly enjoyable?