First impressions (starting the book): The beginning of the book was pretty good because of the crazy adventure Percy had at the Museum. I like that you could relate with the school setting, but the reader could be a bit confused about what is happening. After the museum situation it is a bit slow explaining everything, but it is obviously building for all the excitement to come.
Plot (excitement/interest & feasibility): The plot is great, and Riordan did a great job of pulling you in as a reader. I really like the adventure story with the Greek Mythology thrown in there. Though, I have to admit I did not know/remember a lot of my Greek Mythology. Therefore, it was nice that it was cleverly explained and mixed in with the story.
Pacing: At times I felt it was a little slow, but for the most part it has a pretty good pace.
Characterization (strong or weak characters/readers' connections to MCs, etc): I think Percy is easy for kids to connect and relate with, though an adult reader would connect more with some of his thought processes. However, Percy, as a whole, is a character that many would want to be like or at least have an adventure like.
Originality (concept/subject/etc): Very original story that teaches you at the same time. Which, as a teacher, is always a plus in my book.
Readability (vacation read v. heavy duty stuff): Definitely more of a vacation read.
Writing quality (car lot commercial fare or poetic): I would say for a juvenile book, it is closer to poetic than car lot commercial quick series writing. However, I would say it is right in the middle of the two extremes.
Last impressions (finishing the book): Satisfied ending but I’m definitely excited to read the other books in the series. On another aspect of lasting impressions, I haven’t seen the movie yet but I hope it doesn’t change my lasting impressions on the story and book.
Contribution to the YA genre (obviously for some books this will just be n/a): This is more of a late juvenile book; however, as far as contributions go, it is a great addition to fantasy books. It is not your typical fantasy, but it has gathered more interested readers similar to the way Harry Potter did.