The lightning theif was a great book. I rate it 5 stars, because of the increasing suspense, the specific words, and a lot of details. I would recommend this series if you like Greek mythology and talking back to your friends. The book itself takes about 3-4 hours to read.
The Unwanteds is a really good book. It shows some magic and is a thriller. When 13 year old Alex gets chosen an unwanted, he doesn't meet his downfall/death, instead meets a fascinating place like Hogwarts. This book is a lot like Harry Potter, my favorite series.