Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (new covers w/poster) (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) Paperback – June 3, 2014
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"Perfectly paced, with electrifying moments chasing each other like heartbeats."―The New York Times Book Review
PRAISE FOR THE SEA OF MONSTERS
* "In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his compelling debut."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
PRAISE FOR THE TITAN'S CURSE
"All in all, a winner of Olympic proportions."―School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH
PRAISE FOR THE LAST OLYMPIAN
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However, my second son was not a big fan of Harry Potter but he was attracted to Greek mythology so he loved the Percy Jackson series. So we bought this set and he ended up reading the series twice!
I highly recommend this for any children who enjoyed reading Harry Potter books or even if they were not fan of Harry Potter like my 2nd son.
Please note that these are paper back books. It's kind of misleading by the label "Hardcover Boxed Set" since only thing that's hard is the box itself, which we ended up throwing away but the books are paperbacks.
But still, this is 5 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend these books to any children!
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If you like greek mythology and adventure books, you will likely love these, and I encourage you to take a chance and read the first one. You'll fall in love. By the end of the series, you'll be so attached to the characters, you'll want there to be more stories about them (check out Heroes of Olympus, because there are). It really doesn't matter what age you are, if you like adventure and greek mythology, you'll enjoy these books.
Five stars for the book series itself, and 2.5 stars for the paper back set. I'm extremely careful with my books, and the first book had the front cover get bent into a crease the first day of reading it. Being a perfectionist, I was not happy how easily these books get damaged. I can't imagine how bad they might bent up if a kid handled the book roughly. The artwork is pretty, the books should just be more durable.
The books are also so snuggly packed into the display box, that I worry I'll bend the pages or they'll be damaged trying to slide them back in. I highly recommend spending the extra money and getting the hardcover version instead.
Overall excellent, just get the hardcovers or buy more durable papercover of each book.
This book felt like a real drag, and I am trying to figure out how to tell my kid I don’t want to read the rest of the series to her, as I constantly find my mind drifting away while reading because it feels like reading (surprise surprise) children’s literature.
To the author’s credit, my kid does seem to enjoy the book much more than I do. But today she told me, “Percy Jackson doesn’t hook the reader, and it felt like it took forever for anything to actually happen in the plot line besides monster attacks.”
So maybe if you’re 9, this is a five-star book. If you’re a parent, be careful before committing to reading the whole series to your kid, as it may be a big fat drag. And please stop saying this series is as good as Harry Potter, because it is far far farrrrr from being on the same level.
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The books arrived in near-perfect condition (the box was slightly dented, in transit I presume, but the books themselves are relatively untouched), and I thought the price was quite reasonable, too. Thanks for this!
Would buy again from the seller and the excellent packing, plus the super books
The finale was my favourite book. From the opening page it was action packed. And the ending was brilliant.
I'd recommend this series from the age of 10 and upwards. Adults will also enjoy the series.
If you have the money spare, I'd recommend purchasing the series on hard-cover. The paperback copies are okay for a single read, but since I enjoyed it so much, I intend to purchase this series on hard-cover. The PB books tend to get a bit 'tatty' after one or two reads.
They have some very dark quests but they do their best at every turn