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Book Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 279 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 1st 2006 by Hyperion Books
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I read the Finnish version, “Hirviöiden Meri”.

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.

“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 unpopular opinion but I actually enjoyed Sea of Monsters more than the first book. Most people love this series because of the friendship between Percy, Annabeth and Grover but I’m all here for Percy’s relationship with Tyson. They are my two favorite characters in this series and I love all the growth the went in this book alone.

I somehow understand Percy’s reaction to Tyson more now than when I was younger for some reason. Tyson deserved better of course but Percy is still a kid and I understood where he was coming from. I’m glad we got to see both selfish and selfless parts of Percy in this book. He just wanted to keep Tyson safe despite being embarrassed.

“But you, Percy – you are part god, part human. You live in both worlds. You can be harmed by both, and you can affect both. That’s what makes heroes so special. You carry the hopes of humanity into the realm of the eternal.”

Tyson is such a cinnamon roll and I just loved seeing him getting exited about small things like animals and how he just wanted his friends to be safe.

All in all I found the second book to be even better than the first one. I loved seeing Percy doing everything to keep his friends safe and have I mentioned how much I love his relationship with Tyson yet? I found The Sea of Monsters funnier than the last one, especially certain character wearing a wedding dress and snakes Martha and George always pickering.

4 stars

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