While this might have a similar formula to The Lightning Thief but felt the this was more fun to read then TLT. Maybe because I knew what I was getting into. I like the mixture of Roman and Greek Mythology. The new characters, Jason and friends, definitely had different personalities then Percy, Annabeth, and Grover.
I enjoyed it and will read the rest of the series hoping to see more of Percy and Annabeth as the series goes.