BOOK REVIEW: The Sea of Monsters and The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and The Olympians, #2 and #3), by Rick Riordan

RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2006
SERIES: Percy Jackson and The Olympians, #2
PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson is finding his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any normal friends. But things don’t stay quiet for long. 

Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders that protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia. Only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name: The Bermuda Triangle. 

Together with his friends, Percy must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family, one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.


When I started reading The Lightening Thief, I loved it. It was a fun adventure for people who love the Harry Potter series, but were looking for something different. Enter the Greek version.

After finishing the first novel, I immediately purchased the fifth novel, The Last Olympian, thinking I would get through the books in no time. The Sea of Monsters did not disappoint. I loved it from beginning to end, even though Tyson *kind of* got on my nerves throughout the book.

The action was nonstop and even though things seem to come just a little too easy for Percy Jackson  (I just don’t think that after one year where Riordin doesn’t give us any idea of the training he’s gone through, he would be able to pull off as much as he does) it’s a great addition to the series.

The concept for The Sea of Monsters was imaginative and, as we all knew, Percy Jackson prevails as hero (well, kind of – it was nice to see him and Clarisse be friends for a bit!).

RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2007
SERIES: Percy Jackson and The Olympians, #3
PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased

It charts the adventures of the fourteen-year-old demigod Percy Jackson as he and his friends go on a dangerous quest to rescue his friend Annabeth Chase and the Greek goddess Artemis, who have both been kidnapped. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the Titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared — a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.


After I finished reading, I immediately started reading The Titan’s Curse. This book seemed a lot slower to me. It wasn’t as exciting as the first two, but I still read it. I wasn’t impressed at how Thalia just seemed to fit in at the beginning of the book with no explanation. I also didn’t like how Annabeth disappeared, since she was the glue that held the group together.

I am curious about the girl Percy met at the Hoover Dam – I wonder if she’ll appear in other books in the series?

At every turn, Percy is in danger. Another thing I didn’t like about the book. Someone is ALWAYS out to get Percy in the book. I wish that Riordan would focus more on his training at Camp Half Blood than have him show off skills he apparently acquired out of thin air.

Another aggravating thing was that there was times during The Titan’s Curse where Percy just seems way too young than he is. He’s apparently 14 in this novel, but there are times where he acts like he’s 6-years-old. Of course, there are also times where he seems like he’s 40-years-old.

On that same note, I don’t understand why the gods are annoying to me throughout these novels. It’s not ALL the gods, but some of them seem to be childish, spoiled brats. The haikus that Apollo kept sprouting seemed out of place and unnecessary and I don’t understand why Poseidon always has to appear wearing khakis and a beach shirt. Maybe it’s because I took Greek Mythology in university, but I just expected the gods to come across as a little more dignified – not so dumbed down.

I was very happy in the end that Thalia decided to join the hunters – I liked Annabeth way better as the female lead – and the same thing with Bianca. I’m interested to see how Nico fits in with everything in the end. I was very happy with the characters of Artemis and Apollo in the novel and the storyline for Zoe was very intriguing.

Riordan’s writing leaves a bit to be desired. As I mentioned in my review for The Lightening Thief, it’s hard to not compare it to Harry Potter (seeing as there are many books that follow this same layout), but it is easy to notice that Harry Potter was written for a wide range of people. My 8-year-old nephew could enjoy it and I could enjoy it, being 20 years old than him. Riordan seems to be writing for a specific age group and it’s starting to show as the books progress. While that’s the case, a personal favourite of mine in all of these books is the titles for each chapter – they crack me up!


3 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: The Sea of Monsters and The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and The Olympians, #2 and #3), by Rick Riordan

  1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a very intriguing and enjoyable series. There definitly were annoying moments that seemed pointless,but the well-written moments seem to out weigh the rest.I think Rick Riordin captured Greek Mythology in a wonderful commetic light.

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