genre: young adult
Book 2 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
There is nothing like a good series. Really, how often is the second book truly as good as the first? In this case, I was so pleased. We follow Percy and his trusty side-kicks (including one new and very...monsterous relative) as he tries to put a stop to whatever is weakening Camp-Half Blood. I love love love how much of Greek mythology is woven into this story. I am currently also reading a retelling of The Odyssey to my 7 year old son and I am absolutely amazed at how much of the plot of The Odyssey Riordan has managed to include in this book without ever making it seem forced. The 9 year olds of today will someday encounter Homer in an ancient studies college course and so much will seem familiar :)
The writing is swift, the plot has moments of predictability but no so much that it was bothersome (this IS an age-old story in many ways, after all) and good against evil is always a good fight to watch. I appreciated the zinger of an ending (despite the fact that my DARLING daughter had already spilled the beans, curse her!) I'm looking forward to book three.