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The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment.

In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

279 pages, Hardcover

First published April 1, 2006

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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson series. You can follow him on Twitter and via his official website.

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Profile Image for Jesse (JesseTheReader).
468 reviews168k followers
May 30, 2016
I enjoyed this so much! Though I will admit that I didn't enjoy it as much as book one. Percy is such a fun narrator and I'm excited to continue following his journey.
Profile Image for Federico DN.
350 reviews617 followers
April 23, 2023
Tyson 4Ever.

Some time after the events of The Lighting Thief, Camp Half Blood protection spells starts waning to the point of almost breaking apart completely, leaving its borders wide open and unprotected from monster attacks. Upon the impending destruction of the only haven left for demigods, Percy, Annabeth, Tyson and Clarisse embark on a desperate quest to find the Golden Fleece, the only sacred relic capable of healing Thalia’s Tree and restore its defensive powers. On a separate plane, Grover missing and possibly subject of a fatal destiny. His time running short, or maybe already too late.

This was a fantastic sequel. Percy and Annabeth great as always, Clarisse still hateful but scoring some redeeming points, but of all the characters the ever innocent and selfless Tyson was the one that truly captured my heart. Amazing character development. A bit slowly paced compared to the first installment, but still fully action packed. Some epic memorable moments and incredible battles against mythological figures like giants, Hydra, Scylla, Charybdis, Circe and Polyphemus, among others. Luke was also there. And you gotta love the Hippocampi! The ending was spectacular, hilarious, crazy, and terrible. And an absolutely mind blowing cliffhanger to seal the deal.

*** The movie (2013) was a somewhat better adaptation, at least compared to the disappointing first. Fairly faithful to the book, and averagely entertaining. Thank god Head replaced Brosnan as Chiron! Lerman and Daddario a bit more seasoned and convincing this time. Ambience, pacing and ending good enough, I guess. Nevertheless, despite some things done right, the sequel was yet again overall not convincing and failed to hit all the right spots, and by far. Acceptable enough to be watched, yet not enjoyable enough to be worth it. I love the series, but regarding the movies, I can live without, and I’m not surprised this was the last one to be filmed.

[2006] [279p] [Fantasy] [YA] [Highly Recommendable]

★★★★☆ 1. The Lightning Thief
★★★★☆ 2. The Sea of Monsters


Tyson x100Pre.

Algún tiempo después de los eventos de El Ladron del Rayo, las protecciones mágicas del Campamento Mestizo empiezan a menguar hasta el punto de casi romperse completamente, dejando abierta sus fronteras y totalmente desprotegida para ataques de monstruos. Ante la inminente destrucción del único refugio para los semidioses, Percy, Annabeth, Tyson y Clarisse se embarcan en una desesperada misión para hallar Vellocino de Oro, la única reliquia sagrada capaz de curar el Arbol de Thalia y restaurar sus poderes defensivos. En otro plano separado, Grover ausente y posiblemente sujeto a un fatal destino. Su tiempo acabándose rápidamente, o tal vez ya es demasiado tarde.

Esta fue una secuela fantástica. Percy y Annabeth geniales como siempre, Clarisse todavía odiosa pero anotando algunos puntos de redención, pero de todos los personajes el siempre inocente y gentil Tyson fue el que verdaderamente capturó mi corazón. Asombroso desarrollo de personajes. Un poco más lenta comparada con la primera entrega, pero aun así completamente cargada de acción. Algunos memorables y épicos momentos y sorprendentes batallas contra figuras mitológicas como gigantes, Hidra, Escila, Caribdis, Circe y Polifemo, entre otros. Luke también estuvo ahí. ¡Y hay que amar esos Hipocampos! El final espectacular, hilarante, loco, y terrible. Y un gancho final que absolutamente vuela la mente para cerrar el trato.

*** La película (2013) es una algo mejor adaptación, al menos comparada con la decepcionante primera. Decentemente fiel al libro, y entretenidamente promedio. ¡Gracias a dios que Head reemplazó a Brosnan como Quirón! Lerman y Daddario un poco más experimentados y convincentes esta vez. Ambiente, ritmo y final suficientemente buenos, supongo. Sin embargo, a pesar de algunas cosas hechas bien, la secuela otra vez en conjunto no convence y falla en pegar en todos los puntos importantes, y por lejos. Suficientemente aceptable para ser vista, pero no lo suficientemente disfrutable para que valga la pena. Amo la serie, pero con respecto a las películas podría vivir sin ellas, y no me sorprende que esta fuera la última en ser filmada.

[2006] [279p] [Fantasía] [Joven Adulto] [Altamente Recomendable]
Profile Image for Cara.
279 reviews704 followers
July 27, 2016
A guy in Greek armor drew his sword and charged, but slipped in a puddle of pina colada.

Really, who can not love a book with lines like that? I actually had the urge take this book in my hand with a strong grip and whirl it towards my head for waiting so long to read this series. I just kept putting it off for some reason or other. Luckily I came to my senses.

For the most part things have been pretty quiet this school year and Percy even makes a new friend named Tyson, a giant of a kid. Well, this is the Percy Jackson series and things don't stay quiet for long. Monsters come in and attack the gym during a game of dodgeball and chaos ensues, and Percy learns that something terribly wrong has happened. The tree that signifies Thalia's sacrifice has been poisoned and Camp Half-Blood is no longer safe.

Riordan has made quite a world here, but that's not the only thing you need to get a good story. Characters are SO important and he doesn't forget that. All of them are typically well drawn out. After finishing this one I feel like I know Percy and Annabeth a little better than I did before. We get to see some new characters, Tyson being my favorite and new powers and awesome mythological information. What really impresses me is that it can be funny, witty, informational, believable, smart, suspenseful at the same time without the reader losing the sense of adventure and how much heart all the characters have. What's so cool is that the action never seems to slow down, the action star in me is thoroughly satisfied. The ending is setup well for the next book, and just shows how tricky our villain is. I actually wish I could write a longer very concise and intelligent review about this book (maybe I couldn't accomplish that) but I don't want to give anything away, and really the book can stand on it's own without my help.

Most people have read them all by now so this message is for you stragglers who waited so long like myself: GO AND READ IT! I doubt you'll regret it.

Added later: Guess what? They decided to go ahead and make a movie based off the second book. The trailer looks promising guys!
Profile Image for Mark Lawrence.
Author 72 books51k followers
November 16, 2022
Another 5* from Celyn.

I read this book to her out of order, having read book 1 then book 3 before it. I hate it when people do that, but the books are pretty stand-alone and we picked the wrong one when leaving the house in a hurry.

Actually I can now better appreciate the cross-book story and it's quite clever, so that's good.

This volume continues the mix of Greek myth, modern America, and teenagers. Percy battles through various monsters in bloodless battles where the beasties turn to mist on their deaths and reform years later. We're introduced to his half-brother, a cyclops, and a quest is launched to thwart the dastardly plan to destroy Camp Half-Blood. Various famed nasties are encountered including (& here I'm not going to google the correct spelling) Lastrigonian giants, Stymphalian birds, Charybdis and Scylla, Circe, and Polyphemus. Hermes pops up too.

It's all rowdy and fairly random fun raiding not only Greek myth but other periods of history to give us a Civil War gunboat and some famous pirates to boot.

The twist is actually a clever one, neatly mirroring the villan's supposed victory with the heroes'.

Solid YA entertainment.

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Profile Image for Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥.
531 reviews34.5k followers
June 2, 2021
”We did all the standard numbers: ‘Down by the Aegean´, ´I Am My Own Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandpa´, ´This Land is Mino’s Land´. The bonfire was enchanted, so the louder you sang, the higher it rose, changing colour and heat with the mood of the crowd.”

Sounds like a really nice night at Camp Halfblood, right? I mean who wouldn’t want to sing “This Land is Mino’s Land”? (On a side-note: Uncle Rick if you read this, can I please have the lyrics for those songs? *lol* I’d love to read them!!!) Unfortunately not everything is as it seems, and Percy isn’t only plagued by strange dreams of his best friend wearing a bridal gown (Hey there Grover, you’re looking good! ;-P) but also by a few ancient monsters that apparently feel a need to attack his home.

But worry not! We all know that for every problem there is a solution and of course Annabeth already figured it out. I guess to have a daughter of Athena at your side really comes in handy sometimes. ;-) Especially if you’re a very practical and down-to-earth person like Percy.

”I’ll give you a hint. What do you get when you skin a ram?”

See, very practical indeed. *lol* Otherwise he probably would have never figured out that you don’t only get messy but also get a “Golden Fleece” as well. (Of course only if your sheep actually happens to be a golden sheep, but that’s another story for another day. ;-P) Anyway, moving on. Camp Halfblood is in trouble and the only thing that’s able to help them to restore their protective barrier is the Golden Fleece. So our favourite demi-gods do what they do best: They go on a dangerous quest! XD

”I thought about it. It did seem a little weird, but, I mean, doughnut shops weren’t really high on my list of sinister forces.”

I totally agree with you Percy, but what about the dangers of the sea? Sirens, hydras, a sinister sorceress, a woman with six dog heads or a sea monster that swallows entire ships? What about guinea pigs? Guess they all count as sinister forces. (Yes, even the guinea pigs! *lol*) Well, I’m pretty sure by now you all realized that Percy’s quest is rather adventurous and I admit it, even perilous. Our favourite hero wouldn’t be our favourite hero if he wouldn’t be able to circumnavigate all those lethal dangers though, (pun, totally intended! XD) and in the end …

Well, what did you expect? Did you really think I’d spoil you? *lol*
Nope, I won’t. You’ll have to find out for yourself. ;-P
I’ll only tell you as much: It was a fun ride once again and after that mean cliff-hanger I can’t wait to get a hold of the next book! =)

”Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related, for better or worse … and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”
Profile Image for Tharindu Dissanayake.
282 reviews504 followers
May 19, 2021
"Oy! Goaties! Sheepies!"
"Medea's Sunscreen SPF 50,000."

Percy Jackson is all geared up to take us through the second adventure, with the help of a new set of characters. And the Bermuda Triangle - did not see that one coming. The plot is great, and keeps the overall tone set in first book intact, while moving along a little more complicated journey. And the character interactions are more believable compared to the first, where we had the 12-year-old Percy killing off monsters from the very beginning. And this is a lot more hilarious, of which I'm no longer going to complaining, unlike I did with the first. Though it reduces the suspense somewhat, it's so much fun to read. As for the ending, which is kind of a dramatic cliffhanger, will certainly keeps things well connected to the next book.

"I started a marble bust of Poseidon, but it started looking like Sylvester Stallone, so I ditched it."

There is one thing that keeps nagging at me ever since I started this series. Had I begun Percy Jackson and the Olympians before Harry Potter, I might've given both books I read so far 5-stars. But our perspectives change with each finished book, while affecting the way we enjoy them. And on a completely unrelated subject, I - who had no knowledge whatsoever in Greek Mythology - am now becoming kind of an expert of Greek gods: can remember almost all 12 major ones as I'm finishing the second book of the series.

"If there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it."
Profile Image for Mary Books and Cookies.
551 reviews406 followers
June 3, 2015
I need to take Tyson, wrap a blanket around him, give him a stuffed Rainbow and protect him from everything.
Profile Image for may ➹.
480 reviews1,940 followers
August 15, 2020
if you see me lowering my 5 star rating to 4, look away

(this has always been my least favorite of the series but I still love it of course)


Annabeth: she fell off and died along the way but that’s not important

Percy: well it was probably important to her

...don’t mind me crying over this for no reason...


it’s Percy Jackson’s birthday and I’m going through a reading slump, so tell me right now, to my face, one good reason I shouldn’t start rereading the rest of this series
Profile Image for jessica.
2,533 reviews32.4k followers
August 5, 2019
its been a minute, but im finally back in the world of percy jackson and all the greek mythology goodness!

just like when i read ‘the lightning thief,’ i really wish i had read this when i was middle grade aged. it definitely would have kickstarted my obsession with greek mythology much earlier. that is for sure the strength of this series, especially when reading as an adult. the fun little cameo of circe in this was such a highlight for me. its so entertaining to see these myths play a part in such an excitingly wholesome story.

even though this installment is a little short and a bit of a filler sequel, im still very much interested to see how the series plays out. these books are just so lighthearted and fast paced, they make for the perfect pleasure read!

3.5 stars
Profile Image for The Burning Rose (Jess).
161 reviews350 followers
December 27, 2020
5/5 stars. It’s insane how fast I can read this series.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, I’m ready for the second masterpiece.
Profile Image for Ahmad Sharabiani.
9,566 reviews56.6k followers
March 5, 2022
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2), Rick Riordan

After a year spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds 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 which 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 by the Cyclops Polyphemus 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.

Now Percy and his friends--Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson--must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer 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.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هجدهم ماه سپتامبر سال2012میلادی

عنوان: دریای هیولاها؛ نویسنده: ریک ریوردن؛ مترجم: مریم حیدری؛ تهران، نشر بهنام، سال1390، در296ص، مصور، شابک9789645668707؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده21م

مترجم: پریا آریا؛ تهران، هرمس، سال1391، در352ص، شابک9789643638320؛ ‬

مترجم: میثم فرجی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، سال1393، در323ص، شابک9786002293244؛ ‬

مترجم: عباس زارعی؛ قزوین، سایه گستر، سال1393، در357ص، شابک9789645029959؛ ‬

جلد دوم از سری «پرسی جکسون و خدایان یونان» اثری از «ریک ریوردن» است؛ و نخستین بار در روز اول ماه آوریل سال2006میلادی انتشار یافته‌ است؛ از روی این کتاب فیلمی با نام «پرسی جکسون و المپ‌ نشینان: دریای هیولاها» نیز ساخته شده است؛

داستان: «گروار» که به دنبال «پان است» در خطر میافتد، و در خواب از «پرسی» یاری می‌خواهد؛ «درخت تالیا» با زهر مسموم شده؛ «پرسی» و «آنابث» به همراه هم، به دنبال «پشم زرین» برای درمان «درخت تالیا» هستند؛ و چون «گروار» نیز در جزیره ای به دستان «پولیفموس» اسیر است، میروند و در دریای هیولاها، به ماجراجویی میپردازند و ...؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 04/03/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ 13/12/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
Profile Image for Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️.
1,827 reviews29k followers
March 19, 2018
Loving this series.

Between working my way through this series, the Harry Potter series, and Miss Peregrine’s series this year, I am enjoying myself immensely. I am apparently newly obsessed with middle grade fantasy and comic books.

Who would have thunk it.

And to know Riordan has three other series in addition to this one just makes me childishly joyful.
Profile Image for Tina ➹ Woman, Life, Freedom.
394 reviews402 followers
March 10, 2022
4.5 Golden stars

PJO series is getting better book by book. (& all of them are great.)
the Demigods world is expanding...
Awwww Tyson.
& Grover.
Tantalus is Umbridge.
& everything in the Sea of Monsters... the parts I love
sums it up:

p.s. I can relate to Percy so much! I haven't notice that before! I'm so unreasonably happy now! XD
World building: ★★★★★/5
Characters: ★★★★★/5
Written style: ★★★★★/5 (HUMOR!: ★★★★★/5)
plot: ★★★★/5
General idea: ★★★★★/5
Profile Image for Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin.
3,461 reviews9,617 followers
June 15, 2017
What is it with me and not knowing how I feel about rating a book lately!

I would like to give all the stars to Tyson! I am in love with Tyson and what he is =) I'm really hoping to get more of him in the other books.

I thought the rest of the book was good and I love reading about all of the creatures. Of course, Percy and them are usually getting in trouble with all of said creatures. Well, not the sweet ones.

I look forward to finishing the box set =)
Profile Image for Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★.
123 reviews937 followers
September 14, 2017



Tomorrow, I'd be be on my way to my favorite place in the world-Camp Half-Blood.

This is the last day in Percy's 7th grade. For the first time in his life, he almost makes it an entire year without getting expelled. No attacks or anything that can make him expelled and tomorrow he'll be going to camp Half-Blood but then Percy's mother tells him that Chiron sent her a message last night saying that it might not be safe for Percy to come to Camp half-blood and Percy also gets this nightmare that is involving Grover.

what happens at Camp Half-Blood? Why does Chiron say that it might not be safe for Percy to come to Camp Half-Blood because Camp Half-Blood is like the safest place on earth for half bloods and will something bad happen on this last day? and what kind of nightmare Percy gets that is involving Grover?

you need to read the book to know the answers ;p

🌊 My Opinion 🌊

Actually, I'm supposed to post this review yesterday but I didn't because I went to the cinema yesterday with my mom and big brother and we came home very late, it's midnight. Okay, now let's talk about the book!


to be honest, I expected much from this book since I really really enjoyed the first book. I'm not saying this book wasn't good. I'm just saying that the first book was better than this sequel. the first book was funnier than this sequel and I just felt I was missing someone and that ' Someone ' was Grover. he didn't get many scenes in this book because ... well, I can't tell you that because it would be a spoiler. Grover is one of my favorite characters in this series, so for me a book without many scenes of him would kind of feel ... I don't know, lack of something. lack of his humor. But I still enjoyed it even though I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed reading the first book.

But the plot of this book was exciting and I didn't get bored at all. I always found myself feeling excited and curious about what would happen next, But I still felt like something was missing when I didn't see Grover much.

now let's talk about Clarisse, I didn't like her in the first book for what she did or about to do to Percy and she was really mean towards Percy.


but in this book, I realized she isn't that mean. I still don't like how she acted to Percy in the first book but in this book, she's ... pretty nice to him and that means she's not completely mean. just read the book (if you haven't read it ) and you'll know what I mean and I feel disappointed to Luke. I didn't expect him to be this evil. and HOW DARE HE DID THAT TO PERCY!! I hope he gets hurt in the next book. UGH, I hate him.


I already ordered the fourth and the fifth book and I have a copy of the third book but I can't read it now! Because if I read the third book now, then when I finish it and the fourth book still hasn't came, then I will be very very impatient. So I decided to read something else and when the fourth and the fifth book arrive at my home then I will read the third book. I SHOULD'VE ORDERED THEM SOONER. *sighs*

thank you for reading and liking this review, guys. I appreciate it so much and I hope you all have a great weekend!❤ ❤


P.S. : TYSON! I LIKE HIM SO MUCH! I hope I'll see him again in the next books.

Profile Image for Ahmed  Ejaz.
549 reviews325 followers
July 21, 2017
Wowowowo!! What an amazing adventure it was!! I loved it! Percy's narration was still amazing!

Now Camp Half-Blood's magical boundary has been weakened as someone has poisoned the Pine Tree which strengthen it. There is only cure to reverse the effect of poison. For this cure, Percy has to go on a quest to find it. A fatal quest!

I loved everything in this book!!
Action scenes were amazing.
Chariot Races were also amazing.
Every single character in this book is enjoyable and interesting. Especially Tyson is an amazing addition. I really wish to see him in the next book.
Ending was shocking. I didn't see that coming. Titan Lord, again, fooled Percy.


July 20, 2017
Profile Image for Melanie (MelReads).
107 reviews11k followers
July 28, 2021
1st Reread

Tyson has my WHOLE HEART!

This book was honestly so funny! Tyson, Mr. D and Percy all had me laughing throughout the entire book. The hummus dialogue?! The "What's that?!" questioning?! Peter Johnson?! This book had the comedy down.

I also loved Percy's journey with embracing Tyson after so much uncertainty, slight jealousy, prejudice, and embarrassment. It was truly beautiful to see Percy accept him at the end!

And the plot twist?! Wheeeew, I know I've read this book before but I was still on the edge of my seat.
Profile Image for ♛ may.
806 reviews3,793 followers
March 7, 2017

Ugh, I’m sooooo late with this review (not that anyone has been holding their breath since – let’s be real – I’m probably that 0.01% who hasn’t read Percy Jackson in their life) but hey better late than never, right?

Soooo, this book. This book was epic. For a middle school series, Rick Riordan truly went all out. The characters, the plot, the battles, the adventures; the pre-wedding it was all spectacular.

(Notice all the vague adjectives I’m using bc I’m a loser who went ahead and read the next book before writing this review so like don’t blame me if I end up monologue about scenes from book 3)

Percy and Annabeth will completely be the death of me, I mean they aren’t even a ship yet and I’ve become such dedicated trash, it’s wonderful
I actually spend hours on a daily basis sighing over fanart

So in this book, we continue from where book one left off. Percy is back in a mortal school and so far he’s year has been shockingly average. But the fun is yet to start when Percy successfully though unintentionally destroys yet another school (and getting expelled in the process).

He lands himself back in Camp Half-blood, which is slowly wasting away due to a curse and it’s up to him and the others to set everything right again by retrieving the Golden Fleece.

To sum up, more action, more characters, more fun.


Although this series is meant for middle schoolers, my very-adult-self (hush, I’m allowed to say that now) was continuously engaged in the plot. Let’s all acknowledge that events are totally unrealistic but I think that just adds more fun to the story.

And let’s not forget the hilarity of this series, like the CHAPTER NAMES ARE #GOALS and the characters are so sassy omg how come I wasn’t this sassy back in middle school?

“You weren't able to talk sense into him?"
Well, we kind of tried to kill each other in a duel to the death."
I see. You tried the diplomatic approach.”

Anyways, we all know that I already finished the next book and I’m trying to rectify my terrible laziness for writing reviews by pretending I’m doing the responsible thing but like, the next book is waiting for me so byeeeeeeeeeeeeee

“That's what makes heroes so special. You carry the hopes of humanity into the realm of the eternal.”

4 stars!!!


gotta catch up with the rest of the world !!! ᕕ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )ᕗ
Profile Image for peachygirl.
267 reviews645 followers
November 6, 2020
Is it weird for a 23 year old woman to find a 12 year old fictional half-blood so freaking relatable?
Profile Image for  Teodora .
303 reviews1,630 followers
April 24, 2023
4.25/5 ⭐

All I have to say about this is that Grover and Tyson are the sweetest. And that's it.
And somehow, everything seems to go good and bad at the same time, but that simply can mean that the action is building nicely and it just gets more and more exciting.
Profile Image for Ikram.
211 reviews1,279 followers
April 25, 2017
I think the humor is definitely my favorite thing about these books. I wish I had read them a few years ago but I'm still really enjoying them as an adult too. I can't wait to read the next one!

Also, can we just talk about those Goodreads emails "You've finished the book!" I know, Goodreads. I just told you that myself.
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2,443 reviews133 followers
April 25, 2008
I don't get it. I just don't really like this series. My two kids would argue to the death with me about them, and I don't know why I don't like them, I just...don't.

Maybe I don't like ancient Greeks mixing with 21st-century Americans. Maybe it's Annabeth's recurring refrain of "oh my gods" that drives me insane, or maybe it's the fact that you can't turn 3 pages without Percy being in mortal peril. (Too much adventure is bad for the heart.) Maybe I can't buy into so many perfectly-timed rescues-from-nowhere when Percy is just about to bite the big one, or the way Percy goes into every new situation thinking, "maybe I shouldn't do this," but does it anyway and it's ALWAYS a trap by some monster. ALWAYS. A-L-W-A-Y-S. I know he's just an 8th grader, but golly gee Perce, wake up and smell the Cyclops Spit. Anytime you meet a new person, trust me, you should just turn and run. But you never do.

I'm just not interested. I don't care how he gets out of the next life-threatening situation. Just get out of it and let's move on to the next life-threatening situation, already.

With The Lightning Thief I thought maybe it was the audiobook's narrator that made me not enjoy it much, but I read this one myself, and I still just wasn't into it. I just wanted it to be over.

That's not to say that I don't like Rick Riordan, because I like him fine. Total contradiction, I know, but it's true. And because not every book is every person's cup o' tea, I'll keep recommending this series to kids, because they think it's awesome. And that's good with me.
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July 21, 2020
Lately I've been avoiding overuse of 4 starred reviews, because they are the most common ratings generally speaking. And thus, by proxy, they are the most misleading ones. But if any book deserves high plaudits it's The Sea of Monsters.

I could tell that snippets of this book were derivative. Some of the borrowing of ideas led the trail straight to Greek myths. Others faintly reminded me of Harry Potter. There's no denying that Rick Riordan was the biggest winner among writers. He was smart and quick to build a fanbase.

I'm not sorry I read Percy Jackson. His are eternal stories. They are fun stories. Memorable ones. Inspiring ones. The ending too... loved it. This book is a step up from The Lightning Thief. The Titan's Curse is just round the corner. The end? Thought not.
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May 28, 2017
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Percy Jackson Series Review:
The Lightning Thief ★★★★★
The Sea of Monsters: See below!
The Titan's Curse: RTC
The Battle of the Labyrinth: RTC
The Last Olympian: RTC

I always get a bit nervous going into the second book in a series. There's a lot of pressure on the author to prove that the first wasn't just a fluke, and that they can keep the story compelling over the course of a number of middle-books in the series before reaching the grand finale. I had faith in Rick Riordan though - considering the legacy of popular series he's written - and I'm happy to say that he didn't let me down.

Percy remains one of my new favorite narrative voices I've encountered over the course of this year. He's so sarcastic and full of good humor that I find myself chuckling over the things he thinks or says. Knowing that this series is written for children, I appreciate his character even more. Percy is easy for boys relate to which is great. There is a distinct dearth of strong male figures in reading geared towards kids in my opinion, so I'm definitely glad Rick Riordan's characters and stories somewhat fill that void.

The story is slightly less compelling than the first book, only because we've already been immersed in this world where the Gods exist. There's less to learn about now, so in some ways it feels a bit less mysterious and more familiar. I wasn't as invested in the sideplot with Grover or the cyclops either, but I definitely think it's silly and lighthearted enough that children are sure to enjoy it.

Truth be told,, I'd love this story just for introducing the Hippocampi: the mythological seahorses that Percy and his friends use to traverse through their journey on the Sea of Monsters. They were beautiful and the perfect addition to the world and its magic. Then again, I'm a total sucker for magical creatures in general, which is a big reason why this series appeals to me so.

My only real complaint about this entry to the PJ series is that the stakes felt a little bit low. I know that we're moving towards an epic conclusion, so things will ramp up gradually here, but the main plot was resolved at about the 85% point and the remainder before the final 3 pages felt like pointless page-filler.

All in all though, this was a worthy continuance to Percy's story, and I'm so excited to see where it goes next!

★★★★✯ = 4.5 out of 5 stars!
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660 reviews3,882 followers
August 22, 2018
“Don't you ever feel that way? Like you could do a better job if you ran the world?'
'Um... no. Me running the world would be kind of a nightmare.”

this and the final book were tied as my favourite I enjoyed Sea of Monsters SO much. After reading The Lightning Thief, I wasn't sure if I would ever continue this series. It didn't grab me as I would have wanted and I didn't feel very connected to the characters. But Sea of Monsters FINALLY got me on board. Something about it was just so, so much more appealing and fun then the first one. Suddenly I loved the characters and the plot and the world so much and I just had to finish this book as soon as possible.

“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

my favourite part of this book, and this series overall, is the characters
I love everyone so much. I think this book was so much stronger than the first because it really solidified the relationships between the characters Annabeth and Percy have so much time together and their relationship gets a lot of development which I loved. I also really liked Grover in this and the scenes in which they were all together at the end were my favourite. We also get so much relationships between the Camp Half Blood kids and Percy. I adore Clarisse, she may be a bit annoying and rude, but she's also kinda cool as fuck and I love her.

The worldbuilding and the camp also made me fall so in love with this. It kinda reminded me of Harry Potter in that it feels like it's fantasy that COULD be real. I want to go to Camp Half Blood! And have chariot races!! and eat marshmallows at the campfire. The teachers and camp felt so fun and I liked how there was this dynamic with the camp being both fun and a home for them, whilst also being hard work and a little bit terrifying for them considering their destinies.

The worldbuilding in general just had so much development. The introduction of the Oracle about Percy, the fate of Thalia, and more history around Luke/Annabeth and Thalia really developed the plot and created intrigue for the rest of the series. I love the set up for the long series wide arc and tropes like the chosen one are my FAVOURITE.

This was really fun and I enjoyed it a lot. If it hadn't been for The Last Olympian this would have been my favourite in the series.
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68 reviews34.1k followers
November 11, 2017
Look mom! It’s a book! It’s a movie! No, it’s a book that is better than the movie!!!

Now, I know that is the case in 90% of the cases, but here it is so painfully obvious. The movies butchered Kronos’ arc and that is one of the best arcs in any book I’ve ever read.

Seriously, Kronos and that main minion of him (I won’t name him because I don’t want to spoil things) are such amazing villains.

And then you have Riordan’s jokes. Bring ‘em on Rick!!
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687 reviews320 followers
April 16, 2017
“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

This might be my least favorite book of the series. Reading this book in one night, I kind of felt like I was being left out by some of the characters that I was attached to from The Lightning Thief. Percy Jackson still slays as always. His attitude, wit, and sense of humor fascinated me. But the problem is ... those supporting characters were playing with my mind all the time, I couldn't focus on what happened during that time or see the whole picture clearly as I did in book one. This book is on and off enjoyable for me.

“I told Tantalus to go chase a doughnut. ”

That being said, I liked the adventure where Percy and his fellows sail to the sea this time. It is new and fresh, at least for me at that time, and the last part of it lift my mood up from the cliché of the first half. To be honest, Annabeth annoyed me sometimes. She acts like a child, especially towards Percy. I felt she pulls the story back halfway while it's supposed to move forward. For example, when Percy decided to do something, Annabeth comes to his way and makes him reconsider his choice even though that's the right one he should do.

Other than being Miss Know It All, Annabeth also reminds me of Hermione. Their characteristics are nearly the same, but the way Rick delivers the story makes them different. I appreciate that. I appreciate the feelings I got from this series, it's like being a child and hold a HP book in my hands again. Rick is undeniably a talented author.

“Before I could figure out how to apologize for being such an idiot, she tackled me with a hug, then pulled away just as quickly. "I'm glad you're not a guinea pig."
"Me, too." I hoped my face wasn't as red as it felt.”

Although this is not as good as book one in my opinion, it's still full of adventues, betrayals, and unbelivable facts. Gods and Demigods are becoming the whole clear picture, and I'd like to see them working together in the last book. Keep your fingers crossed !

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