Monday, April 23, 2018

My Thoughts: The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
The Hidden Oracle
(The Trials of Apollo #1)
by Rick Riordan
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Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9781484732748
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Source: Own

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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go... an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood. (Goodreads)

Moving on with my Rick Riordan series readathon, I have officially, (finally), made it to The Hidden Oracle, which is the first book in The Trials of Apollo series!! I can’t believe I have made it this far, and am almost officially caught up on ALL of Rick’s books, but here I am! And I’m so thrilled to finally start this series. I do believe that I’ve been the most curious about this series out of all of them, and I’m thrilled to have finally started it.

So, in case you didn’t read the summary for the book, this one is about the god Apollo, who is cast down from Olympus after angering his father, Zeus. I should also mention that he’s no longer a four thousand year old god, but has instead taken on the form of a powerless teenage boy, acne and all, who must learn how to survive the modern world until he can return to his father’s good graces. Sounds interesting, right? It IS.I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this series, and I have to admit that I was really curious. I’ve really enjoyed all of Rick’s previous series, and I was anxious to see how this one would compare. I shouldn’t have been anxious at all, because Rick’s books never disappoint.

Like the previous series, there are a lot of characters to like in this book. There are a few new interesting characters, like Meg, who we are introduced to early in the book, and who works with Apollo on his quest. There are also a LOT of characters in the story that we’ve met before in previous books, a lot from Camp Half-Blood, including, yes, you guessed it… PERCY JACKSON!! For some reason I never expected to see him past the Heroes of Olympus series, but he keeps showing up, and I AM TOTALLY OK WITH THIS. *grin*. I also have to say I really, really like Apollo. Yes, at the beginning of the book he is totally a spoiled god, but his character definitely grows as the story goes along, and by the end of the book, he is so very different. Omg, he made me laugh SO many times throughout the book, and I’m super curious to see what’s in store for him during the rest of the series. I love Apollo!

Overall; The Hidden Oracle was a great start to what I know will be another great series by Rick Riordan! I have The Dark Prophecy on my TBR for next month, and will hopefully be reading The Burning Maze in May, and I’m really looking forward to reading them both now. (And that will make me officially caught up on all of Rick’s books. GO ME!) If you like Rick’s books, but have not yet picked up this series, I highly recommend it! And I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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