Saturday Spotlight is a weekly feature in which I honor a book, character, or author that has consumed my mind and may be the cause of future therapy sessions.
Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know that I recently started
reading the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. This was after at least three months of nagging from my sister and best friends, who’d finished the series years ago and were incensed that I couldn’t fangirl about Camp Half-Blood and Percabeth with them.
Well congrats, guys. I’m officially addicted to this series. Mind, body and soul. In fact, for the past week all I’ve been able to think about is whether I’ll be able to sneak away from my responsibilities and crawl into bed with the next book.
I don’t know why I was so hesitant to delve into Riordan’s stories, because this series is just MARVELOUS. Everything about it makes me dizzy with happiness, from the sassy characters to the fabulous plot twists to the frankly awesome modernizations of ancient Greek mythology. Not to mention the major Percabeth feels. I turn into a puddle of mush every time one of them looks at the other. Seriously, it’s that bad.
I’m almost done with The Battle of the Labyrinth, which means I’ve reached that stage where I don’t want it to end. Ever. So I’m taking periodic breaks and reading really slowly. That in itself is a massive challenge, because one moment I’ll be on page fifteen, and then suddenly there are only ten pages left and it’s 2 a.m. and whoops I forgot about living my own life for several hours there.
This series is just incredible. I mean, there’s a reason that so many people are in love with Percy and his adventures. It’s perfect, and all teenagers need to read it. Even if you’re worried that you’re a little too old for it, like I was. Believe me, it’s not like that. You’re never too old for Percy Jackson. Just read it. You can thank me later, and then we can cry together.
I’m just crossing my fingers that I don’t have my heart smashed into a gazillion tiny little pieces by the time I finish the series. I get the feeling that, once I turn that last page, I’ll need several months of counseling. That said, thank Poseidon there’s a spinoff series. I’m not ready to end these wonderful adventures just yet.