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The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Two)

by Rick Riordan

Rated: None

There is nothing like a good series. Really, how often is the second book truly as good as the first? In the case of The Sea of Monsters, I was so pleased. We follow Percy Jackson and his trusty sidekicks (including one new and very… monstrous … 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 seven-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 nine-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 not so much that it is 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.

Rated: None; there is, however, one use of “damn,” in the phrase “damn the gods!”

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

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  • The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Two)
  • by Rick Riordan
  • Rated: None
  • Genre: Young adult
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