The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan
I am really confused as to why this is such a popular book. The tone and writing style in general was not very pretty and rather annoying at intervals. I wanted to bash the main character (and some side characters) over the head for most of the book, and many of the elements felt very contrived. The twisted Greek Myth stuff was kinda fun and saved the book from being an utter wash.
I suspect many people read this as a way to continue the Harry Potter binge (with publisher's cashing in) although this book utterly fails to bring the sort of charm, wonder, and depth that the HP series had.
Please don't spend time reading this book. There are better ones out there.