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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
If you liked The Lightning Thief, then you'll probably enjoy the rest of the series: The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.
Here are some other titles you might like that are adventurous and surprising:
Corydon and the Fall of Atlantis by Tobais Druitt
Corydon, an outcast Greek boy with the leg of a goat, reluctantly sets off on another adventure with the "monsters" of Greek mythology when the Minotaur is apparently kidnapped by the people of Atlantis. (catalog summary)
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. (catalog summary)
The Last Hero: Book One of The Heroes of Olympus by Robert Venditti and Rick Rordian (Graphic Novel edition)
Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself. (catalog summary)
Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland
As a human/god offspring, Zephyr Mourning is destined for a life of servitude but when she uses a forbidden dark power to kill the minor god who murdered her sister she is sent to Tartarus, where she discovers that she may be the Nyx, a dark goddess prophesied to change the balance of power. (catalog summary)
A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond
Claire witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if Ella Grey has been captured and taken from her, but the loss of her best friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world in this modern take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set in Northern England. (catalog summary)
Snakehead by Ann Halam
Compelled by his father Zeus to accept the evil king Polydectes's challenge to bring the head of the monstrous Medusa to the Aegean island of Serifos, Perseus, although questioning the gods' interference in human lives, sets out, accompanied by his beloved Andromeda, a princess with her own harsh destiny to fulfill. (catalog summary)
Ungodly by Kendare Blake
For the Goddess of Wisdom, what Athena didn't know could fill a book. So the assault on Olympus left them beaten and scattered and possibly dead. So they have to fight the Fates themselves, who, it turns out, are the source of the gods' illness. And sure, Athena is stuck in the underworld, holding the body of the only hero she has ever loved. But Hermes is still topside, trying to power up Andie and Henry before he runs out of time and dies, or the Fates arrive to eat their faces. (catalog summary)