The Lightning Thief
I felt like someone—something—was looking for me right now, maybe pounding its way up the stairs, growing long, horrible talons. (3.33)
But I just stood there, frozen in fear, as the monster charged her. She tried to sidestep, as she'd told me to do, but the monster had learned his lesson. His hand shot out and grabbed her by the neck as she tried to get away. He lifted her as she struggled, kicking and pummeling the air. (4. 112)
I thought about how he had squeezed the life out of my mother, made her disappear in a flash of light, and rage filled me with high-octane fuel. I got both hands around one horn and I pulled backward with all my might. The monster tensed, gave a surprised grunt, then—snap! (4.133).