I wish I read this book sooner.

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

A story for middle school kids so adventurous that it can be compared to Harry Potter. That's right, I said Harry Potter. I couldn't help but be reminded of that amazing series while reading this book. There were three kids on a quest to save the world, two guys and a girl. The girl was highly logical, the main character a hero and his male friend. Sound familiar? Now, don't get me wrong, in no way am I implying that this book lacks an original storyline. I mean it is based off of Greek mythology, but it isn't what I would classify as a retelling. Oh yes, you heard me right, it incorporates Greek mythology, I LOVE GREEK MYTHOLOGY!

Rick Riordan is really excellent at world building, he has incorporated Greek mythology into the modern day world, which I didn't think was possible. He also doesn't assume that you know all of the Greek myths and fills you in whenever he mentions one. He keeps the pace fast and the story light. I can tell that this is another series I will love.

I just wish that I read it when I was a little younger. WHY AM I JUST HEARING ABOUT THIS BOOK NOW? Seriously though, it's like 9 years old, where have I been?

My only fear continuing on is that the following books will not be as good. That is typically the rule with a series, the only exception is, of course, Harry Potter.