Spoiler-filled review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Friday post, I decided to write a review of one of the books Ellyn picked for me to read. At first, I was thinking about Let’s Get Textual but I decided to pick The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan as it’s the first book in the Percy Jackson series. Plus it’s the first time I’ve ever read it so let’s get into it.

This is my spoiler-filled review of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan!


Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

I’m going to be 100% honest here and say that I was nervous to read this book. It was published in 2006 when I was about to go into 7th grade so it was a bit out of my age range. However, I did hear others talk about it but never picked it up. Thanks to Ellyn’s suggestion, I picked it up and had somewhat mixed thoughts.

What I enjoyed about The Lightning Thief

  • The premise. Personally, I think this is a pretty genius premise. I’m not sure how Rick Riordan came up with it but it’s awesome. Who would think of creating an entire story centering around gods who have children with humans? Considering that it was published in 2006, I’d say that it’s still a unique premise.
  • The modern translation. I know this might sound odd, but I think it was really cool how Riordan related to the gods to modern things. I enjoyed that Medusa created statues and worked basically a gardener or that Hades’ lair was under a recording studio in Hollywood. I thought everything about those connections was brilliant.
  • Fast-paced story. Another thing I enjoyed was how fast-paced the story was. I will admit that it was a slow start. However, once the action happened, I didn’t want to put the book down. I read 25% in one day and finished the rest the following day. It was a surprisingly quick read.
  • The ending. Personally, I was pretty shocked at the end and finding out that Luke was the one who betrays Percy. I never saw that coming. I mean maybe I should have but that really blew me away. If anything, it really made me want to read the rest of the series.

What I didn’t enjoy about The Lightning Thief

  • Percy’s attitude. For some of the story, I really didn’t enjoy Percy’s attitude. I know he was dealing with a lot but he was a little bit irritating at times. Maybe it’s because I’m like double his age but he was kind of a little asshole. Am I a horrible person for saying that? Possibly but the book didn’t paint him in a very positive light for most of it.
  • The twist with Ares. I’m not sure why but I really didn’t like Percy going up against Ares and essentially making an enemy. I’m sure it’ll come to play later in the series, but I really didn’t understand that. It was clear that Annabeth and Grover knew it wasn’t a good idea so why didn’t Percy just listen to them?
  • All of the Greek references. Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t pick up on all the references. Since it’s a book for kids, I can’t imagine that they did either. Maybe I’m thinking too much into it but I genuinely had no idea who some of the characters were. It’s more of my problem than the book but oh well.

Overall, I have to say that I’m glad that I read The Lightning Thief. I don’t think I would have read it if Ellyn wouldn’t have made me lmao. I thought it was a pretty good read but I’m not sure how much I would’ve liked it when I was younger. Either way, I thought it was a good read.

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My Favorite…Book Series I Read in 2019

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s “My Favorite” prompt, we’re looking back at 2019. Personally, I read a handful of series in 2019 so I wanted to dedicate a post to them. I know that not everyone is a series reader but personally, I’ve come to really enjoy them so hopefully, you guys end up enjoying this prompt. 🙂

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post and visit others.”

At the end of each month, I’ll post the prompts for the following month so be sure to check back then!

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For me, this prompt was pretty easy. In 2019, my best blogging friend, Ellyn and I buddy-read The Lunar Chronicles and it was so much fun. She’s read them before and it was my first reading them so it was interesting. Personally, I think it’s really fun to do that as we could compare notes and talk about our theories. Of all the series I read, this one was an easy pick for my favorite.

However, I do want to give a special shout-out to a few others: The Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole, Hoops by Kennedy Ryan, Charlotte Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro and Wright Brothers by Christina C. Jones. I’m pretty sure that all of these are completed now but it’s my bad if they’re not!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Reasons I Rate a Book 5 Stars

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For the prompt this week, Shanah really had me stumped for a bit. I needed to do a little bit of thinking before I decided to tackle this topic. Thankfully, I had some time and now, I’m ready to get into the reason why I rate a book 5 stars. 😀

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.

Before I get started, I think I’m going to try to find a 5-star book that matches up with each of my reasons so hopefully, you find a new favorite among my list!


5. Well-developed characters

It’s no surprise that characters play a huge role in the enjoyment of a book. Personally, I enjoy character-driven stories rather than plot-driven. With that being said, one of the main reasons I give a book 5-stars is if the characters are well-developed. Does the character grow and change throughout the story? Do they learn from their mistakes and try to be better? If so, then I’m usually bound to give the book a high rating because of said character.

For my example, I chose If I’m Being Honest. Our main character, Cameron wants to change herself at first but realizes that she’s perfect the way she is. She goes through a lot and comes out better than when she started. This was an easy pick for me when it came to this prompt.

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4. A “meatier” romance book

It’s no secret that I love romance books and of course, I’m going to feature something about it later on this list. As much as I love just straight romance books, I also love romance with a little bit more. Whether it be a plotline with a side character, the main character dealing with something else or a timely subject, I really enjoy when a romance book isn’t just a romance.

The book I chose for this one was The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai. This book focuses on a lot of other things besides romance. It talked about sports, business, and abuse of power all while making me fall in love with these characters. Maybe it’s because football was at the core but this was one of my favorite romances of last year.

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3. Good writing

Once again, this is another no-brainer. As a reader, we all like it when a book has a writing style that we jive with. Everyone has a different style that they enjoy and personally, I think it can be tough to find. However, once you find a writing style that you love and enjoy, you’ll more than likely want to read from that author again.

I’m sure that most of us can agree that the writing in With The Fire on High is beautiful and some of the best in YA. Elizabeth Acevedo is such a talented writer and I’ll never get enough of her writing. She’s easily someone whose books I will always read as she’s so excellent at her craft.


2. How the book makes me feel

As readers, we really get invested in our books and it can impact our mood. Personally, I think that the feeling a book gives me helps with its ratings. Whether a book makes me happy, sad or emotional in any way, I take that into consideration while rating it. If a book makes me feel something, then there’s probably a chance that I’m going to give it a higher rating or more than likely, 5 stars.

No surprise that I picked Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills for this one. When I read this book, I was immediately happy and that continued on until the end. There’s just something about this book that’s magical to me. It will forever be in my heart because of that and I only wish that everyone finds a book that does that to them.

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1. It features a great romance

As I already mentioned, I will almost always love a book if it has a good romance. All of the romance books I rated 5-stars have a good romance. Usually, they are more on the meatier side but romance is what’s important. Since I’m a pretty big romance reader, it’s no surprise a book having a good romance is a reason why I’d give it 5 stars.

Of course, I had to go with my favorite book of last year which was Fumbled. This is a second-chance romance and it was so incredibly sweet to watch these two come back together. Everything about them gave me the warm fuzzies so there was no way this book wasn’t going to be a 5-star read for me.

Those are 5 reasons why I give a book 5-stars. In recent years, I’ve gotten a little pickier when it comes to giving out 5-stars so I’m proud of myself. However, this list was pretty easy as most of these are my favorite books lol.

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Smutathon Winter 2020 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Even though it’s a little bit late, I knew that I wanted to post a wrap-up of my Smutathon reads. This is easily one of my favorite read-a-thons that I’m taking part in so I’m excited to share the books I read and what I thought of them. Unlike my other read-a-thon wrap-ups, I’m not breaking this up into days because I’m writing this up a little bit later. Either way, let’s get into the books I read!


1. Birthday Girl 

The first book I finished was Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas and let me say that I was pleasantly surprised. This is a romance between a girl and her ex-boyfriend’s dad which sounds a bit awkward. However, I think that Penelope Douglas handled it respectfully without being too taboo. I really liked the development of Jordan and Pike’s relationship although the ending didn’t really work for me. 4/5 stars.

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2. Filthy Boss

This was by Penny Wylder and it follows a girl who gets caught writing things about her boss and the shenanigans that ensue because of that. This was pretty short and somewhat steamy but didn’t really do anything for me. Personally, I thought it was a little bit cheesy and cliche plus it had some typos. Overall, it had potential but just didn’t work for me. 2/5 stars.

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3. Anyone But You

I’ve heard really good things about Chelsea M. Cameron and this book was a freaking delight. It was an enemies-to-lovers story about two women, one who owns a yoga studio and the other who owns a Crossfit gym. Things start off rocky but the two eventually form a relationship and honestly, I thought it was SO good. The only complaint I had was that it felt a little bit rushed and at points, it felt like the author was just adding diversity for the sake of it. Maybe I was reading too much into it but that’s just what I thought. 4/5 stars.

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4. The Loner’s Lady 

The next book I read was The Loner’s Lady by Jessa Kane. This book was about a girl who poses as her best friend’s beard and ends up in a relationship with his dad. It’s a virgin story so I didn’t really enjoy it. Considering that it was only 60 pages, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting but it just wasn’t good. 2/5 stars.

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5. Let’s Get Textual

If you read my post about Ellyn picking my TBR, then you’ll know that this is a book she picked out for me. I’m SO excited that I decided to pick this book up as it ended up being super cute and fun. It follows a guy and a girl who think they’re texting someone else and how the misunderstanding brings them together. Unfortunately, the plot-twist at the end really irritated me so I docked it a star. It was still an enjoyable read, though. 4/5 stars.

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6. Ice Planet Barbarians

The next book I finished was Ice Planet Barbarians which is honestly probably the most out of my comfort zone book. This book follows a girl who gets abducted by aliens before getting dumped on a different planet and ends up being mated to an alien there. Yes, it is as weird as it sounds but also SUPER sexy. Personally, this book was a little bit darker than I thought and it didn’t end up being as great as I hoped. I do plan on continuing in the series, though. 3/5 stars.

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7. Whipped

As for the next book I finished, it was Whipped by Jenika Snow. It’s a romance between a girl who goes into a bakery and the guy who owns the bakery after the two are paired up when her company uses him as a caterer. It’s a typical smutty romance so it wasn’t anything new for me. Personally, I was getting to the end of my rope at this point lmao so this one was kind of meh. 3/5 stars.

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8. Desperate Measures

My next-to-last read was Desperate Measures by Katee Robert which is kind of like an Aladdin retelling in which Jasmine and Jafar are in a sexual relationship. I don’t really know how to describe it but honestly, this was just fun. It was super sexy and smutty but a little bit of romance and suspense. Overall, I thought it was good albeit not great so I didn’t really love it as much as I wanted to. 4/5 stars.


9. From Scratch

The last book I finished for Smuathon was an M/M/F romance between a firefighter, a cop and a baker. I thought this book was super sexy as it focused a lot on the smutty side of their relationship and the challenges they had. However, the story did have some grammatical mistakes which took me out of the story and I think that the story could have been a bit more fleshed out. I do think that I’m going to continue on in the series, though. 3.5/5 stars.

Before I wrap-up, I wanted to talk about which books fit which challenges so let’s get into it. 🙂

  • Enemies to Lovers: Anyone But You
  • 2019 Release: Whipped
  • LGBTQ+: From Scratch
  • New to You Author: Desperate Measures
  • Forbidden: Birthday Girl
  • Workplace: Filthy Boss
  • Recommended to You: Let’s Get Textual
  • Fake Relationship: The Loner’s Lady
  • Out of Comfort Zone: Ice Planet Barbarians

As for my favorite book, I’d have to say that Let’s Get Textual was my favorite and my least favorite was probably Filthy Boss. I’m sure I kind of expected that but I’m pretty sure that I read for all new-to-me authors this week. That’s pretty cool so I knew I had to mention that.

Overall, I had a successful Smutathon and I’m excited about the next round. Hopefully, I’ll get a 5-star read the next round. Either way, I still had fun so I consider it a win!

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My Favorite…Anticipated 2020 Book Release

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to the 2nd My Favorite prompt of January and this one is especially fun. I know that everyone has a list of books that they look forward to every year. For me, that list has gotten a lot shorter as I either can’t think of anything or nothing on Goodreads jumps out to me. Regardless, this is still a pretty universal prompt.

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post and visit others.”

At the end of each month, I’ll post the prompts for the following month so be sure to check back then!

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This time, I’m going with Take a Hint, Dani Brown. At the end of 2019, I read Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert and absolutely fell in love with it. The relationship between Chloe and Red, the relationship between the sisters and Chloe’s characters were just excellent. With that being said, I was SO excited to find out that we’re getting a book focused on one of Chloe’s sisters this year. As far as I know, this is a fake-dating story and that’s all I needed to know before I was completely invested.

This is probably no surprise as I’ve been on a Talia Hibbert kick since I read Chloe Brown and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. My library has a lot of her books so I already have holds on a lot of them 😛

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Need to Read in 2020

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I am SO happy that Top 5 Tuesday is back, I really missed writing up these posts. Once again, Shanah is killing it with this week’s topic to kick off the new year. To be totally honest, I was already planning on making a post similar but it saves me the trouble 😉

With that being said, I’m not going to repeat any of the books I featured on books I didn’t get to in 2019. I am linking it if you want to see it as there are a ton of good books there. Either way, let’s get into what Top 5 Tuesday is and my answers. If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.

Luckily, I have an entire spread in my bullet journal dedicated to this. My list has 20 on it but I’m only going to be including 5.

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5. His Royal Highness

The first book on my list is a pretty recent release. It was released in November so I have a bit of leeway. I’ve never read anything by R.S. Grey but I want to. I’ve heard this is one of her better books as it focuses on a guy and a girl who works at an amusement park that’s kind of like Disney. I’m pretty sure that they both play face characters and things progress from there?? Either way, I’m excited to get to it.

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4. Queen of Nothing

The next book on my list is another one that is a pretty recent release. As the concluding part of the Folk of the Air trilogy, I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this. Considering how The Wicked King ended, I’m super excited and nervous to see what’s going to happen. I know that this one isn’t everyone’s favorite but I hope that I at least find it enjoyable. I really want to finish this series before the year ends so this one is a pretty high priority.


3. Matilda

I feel like I’m super late to the party with this one?? Either way, I never read Matilda when I was younger so I want to read it now. I read The Witches last year and really enjoyed it. Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of Roald Dahl but I really do love the movie based on this. I’m not sure how similar it’ll be so this is going to be a fun one.


2. Lucky Caller

No list of mine would be complete without an Emma Mills book. Since I was a little bit disappointed in her 2019 release, I’m feeling a little skeptical going into this one. I haven’t ordered it yet but I plan to. I haven’t looked into it at all so I’m just hoping that it doesn’t end up disappointing me. Of course, I’m still going to own it regardless as she’s an auto-buy author for me.

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1. No Good Deed

Last year, I read Kill The Boy Band for the Contemporary-A-Thon and LOVED it. Since then, I’ve been eager to pick up another Goldy Moldavsky book. She only has these two out so I was kind of waiting for a while. However, I think 2020 is finally the time as I think she’s coming out with a new book in September. I know this book focuses on a guy who goes to a camp that focuses on activism and helping out a cause but it ends up becoming more of a competition. It sounds like such a unique premise that I feel like it’s going to be right up my alley.

Those are 5 books I know that I NEED to read in 2020. I’m hoping that I’m able to locate most of them and I’m crossing my fingers that I enjoy them too. Lol

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2020 Reading Goals

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Friday post this week, I decided to talk about my reading goals for 2020. I might end up doing a separate post for my blogging goals but I’m not sure yet. I’ve really been trying to be less laser-focused on blogging and have more fun with it. Anyways, this is not a post about blogging goals but rather about my reading goals for 2020.

Before I get started, I just wanted to say that 2019 was probably my favorite year of blogging and I’m hoping that continues into 2020. I had a bit of a rough start to 2019 and it was nice to see it slowly improve from there. Before I get too sappy, let’s get into my reading goals for 2020.

1. Read 160 books in 2020

Every year, I’ve been slowly but surely upping my Goodreads goal. This year, I had it set for 110 but ended up reading 157 books. In 2018, I read 150 books so every year, I’ve read a little bit more. For 2020, I wanted to up the ante a little bit more and try to read a bit more than the previous years. With that being said, I’m going to set my Goodreads goal to 160 books.  I have a lot of books I want to read this year including my “20 Books to Read in 2020” so I’m hoping I can accomplish that.

2. Successfully participate in at least 6 read-a-thons

If you didn’t know, I really love participating in read-a-thons. Most of the time, I’m successful but sometimes, not so much. However, in 2020, I really want to be laser-focused on my reading and try to get as much done as I can. I’m already checking off one read-a-thon with Smutathon and I already know of a few that I’d like to participate in and one that I might even be creating ;). Either way, I really want to branch out and try to take part in more things in the bookish community.

3. Finish at least 3 series this year

Another reading goal I have is to finish at least 3 series I’ve started. Looking back at my Goodreads shelf, there are a lot of book series that I’ve started but haven’t finished. In 2020, I’d like to finish at least 3 of them. I already have a few that I know I want to both start and finish so that’ll be some easy picks. Either way, I’d like to finish at least 3 but I’ll be happy if I end up finishing 5 lol.

4. Buddy-read at least 5 books with Ellyn

Last year, Ellyn and I had an incredible time, buddy-reading together. We buddy-read The Lunar Chronicles, the Twilight series and the Briar U series together. I’d like to carry that same energy into 2020 and have another successful year of reading together. For some reason, Ellyn and I read together pretty quickly so I’m excited to see what books we get into in 2020.

5. Read more indie romance books

For the most part, I read traditionally published romances so I’d really like to read more books that are published by either smaller publishing houses or independently. I have a ton of books on my 2020 reads list that I think fit that criteria. Since I’m currently subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, this should be pretty easy for me. 🙂

6. Only buy 20 books in 2020

When I was watching Chandler Ainsley’s video, she talked about how she only wanted to purchase 20 books in 2020 and I really loved that. This was all her idea but I’m going to use it as I think it’s really smart. Since being on a “book-buying” ban in 2019, I did pretty well but I also want to be more conscious about using my library, Kindle Unlimited and possibly Scribd. Overall, I’d only like to bring 20 books in and hopefully, sell back a lot of the ones at the used bookstore near my friend’s house.

With all that being said, those are all of my reading books for 2020 and one goal that’s somewhat related to reading. Personally, I’m really excited about 2020 and can say that I might be my best reading year yet. If you have any goals or would like to buddy-read something, be sure to let me know. 😀

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