Monday, June 25, 2012

Teaser Tuesday 134: The Lightning Thief

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

I have been reading Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series this past week, a YA fantasy series based on Greek mythology. This is a fun series, one that easily appeals to adults as much as it does kids. This teaser comes from the middle of the first book, The Lightning Thief.

In a way, it's nice to know there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong. For instance, when you're walking away from a bus that's just been attacked by monster hags and blown up by lightning, and it's raining on top of everything else, most people might think that's just really bad luck; when you're a half-blood, you understand that some divine force really is trying to mess up your day.

(Chapter 11, first paragraph)

Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians -- Like the Harry Potter series, it is best to read these books in order. Trust me, you'll miss a lot if you don't.

1. The Lightning Thief
2. The Sea of Monsters
3. The Titan's Curse
4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
5. The Last Olympian

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


Shelley Munro said...

Now I know why some of my days turn to custard!
Good teaser, Heather.

Heather said...

Shelley: Yes, the gods can be fickle beings, and easily offended.

Sandy Nachlinger said...

I keep hearing about this series, but I haven't read it. Your teaser makes me think I should! Thanks for the post.
My teaser is from Never Trust a Pretty Wolf.

Heather said...

Sandy: It is a fun series, and they are fast reads, too. I'm almost done with book four, and am intrigued to see how both it and the last book end.

Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

I love the Percy Jackson series! I love all things Greek mythology.

Karen and Gerard said...


Here's ours, a YA science fiction and a thriller:

Juli Rahel said...

I wonder how it is better to know that someone is out to get you. But I would absolutely love it if the Greek gods actually existed!!
My Teaser 
Juli @ Universe in Words

Claire said...

Yay! I loved this one. Totally need to catch up with the rest of the series. Percy Jackson has a great take on the Greek myths.

My teaser is here if you'd like a look!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Sounds like a fun read.

Heather said...

Jennifer: The series definitely makes me wish I remembered more about Greek mythology, and has me wanting to learn more.

Karen and Gerard: Thank you. :D

Heather said...

Juli: I think it comes down to thinking you are paranoid, and knowing you aren't. ;-)

Claire: Definitely an interesting take on the Greek myths. *g*

Tribute: It is indeed a fun book and series. These books have kept me up way too late at night, and wanting to do nothing more than see how the adventures continue.

Book Loving Mommy said...

My son and I just finished reading this book. We both loved it! Great teaser choice :)
My TT is here:

Heather said...

Hi Book Loving Mommy! I'm glad you and your son enjoyed the book together, and hope you continue the series. I am just starting book five, The Last Olympian, myself. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier - love the Percy Jackson series - well the first two anyway - LOL!!!

Janet Ruth said...

Great teaser, this series sounds like something my granddaughter would enjoy. Thanks for visiting my TT earlier today.

Heather said...

Sally: What? You haven't fiished reading the series? Well, what are you waiting for? ;-)

Janet Ruth: I'm sure she would--the characters and adventures in this series really come to life.

Alice Audrey said...

Didn't they make a movie out of this? I want to see the movie.

Heather said...

Yes, they did, in 2010. I have not yet seen it myself. They are also in the process of filming book two, The Sea of Monsters. Am especially keen to see that as Nathen Fillion (TV's Richard Castle) has been cast as the god Hermes.