The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. My quick and dirty review? I gave it 3/5 stars on goodreads b/c the idea was cool, but I didn’t really get that close with the characters, and each chapter was basically an excuse to introduce a new monster and a new fight. It was kind of corny. On goodreads, I described it as “Harry Potter, without the AWESOME” and I stick by that. I probably won’t pick up the second in this series because it didn’t do that much for me.
ETA: I just found out they made a movie out of this! It’s coming out in Feb 2010 and already has a trailer up on the web. Crazy!
Now, on to bigger and better things….I just started Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games which I read in July and looooooooooooved. I’m excited!