Category: Middle grade
Series: Standalone, but part of the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus universe
Goodreads rating: 4.53
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, “Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again.” But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.
So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic—and sarcastic asides—to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. “If you like lots of lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.”
Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume—a must for home, library, and classroom shelves—as stunning as it is entertaining.
When Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods came out last Tuesday I immediately went out to buy it, but unfortunately I couldn’t find the version I wanted and got stuck with the UK version. Of course I could’ve waited, or ordered it, but I just couldn’t wait. I mean, it’s Percy Jackson, Rick Riordan, Greek myths… How could I wait?
If you’re a fan of Rick Riordan, I’m pretty sure you will love this book. It’s an introduction to the Olympians, but told by Percy. This means that it’s sarcastic, funny and there are a lot of references to modern day things like American Idol, Doctor Who etc. If you’re looking for a new Percy Jackson story, this is not the book for you. It’s like a schoolbook about the Greek myths, but only so much better.
I gave this book five stars, but there were flaws. I’m pretty sure that Percy ‘wrote’ the book after the Heroes of Olympus series (which would mean Percy survives Blood of Olympus!), since he mentions ‘my friend Piper’ and I doubt he has time writing the book during Heroes of Olympus, but when he wrote about the horse Arion, he doesn’t mention Hazel. Which is really weird, since he was there when she freed him from the Amazons. Not to mention no mention of Thalia and Jason in Zeus’ chapter (especially the fact that Thalia wasn’t mentioned at all annoyed me), no Nico in Hades’ chapter or any of his other friends. Obviously he mentions Annabeth and Grover, but why does he mention Piper and not Thalia, who is a closer friend? I just found that a bit odd.
Another thing that I thought strange, was that Percy claimed that the story about Hestia giving up her throne for Dionysus was false, when Hestia clearly told him in The Last Olympian that she did just that.
But apart from these little things mentioned above, I loved this book with all my heart and devoured it. I really do recommend it. I laughed out loud so many times. I mean: ‘Hey, girl, you must be the riptide, ’cause you sweep me of my feet.’ Smooth, Poseidon, smooth. And there are so many more jokes and pick-up lines and references that are just pure gold.