Book Review: The Trials of Apollo – The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Book 1 in The Trials of Apollo series

Published: 2016 by Disney Hyperion Books

Genres: Young Adult fiction, fantasy fiction.

Page Count: 360

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

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 enemiesβ€”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.

My Review:

To me, Rick Riordan has always been the master of those fabulous, fun adventure stories! I love Percy Jackson and everything Camp Half Blood, so I was excited to finally pick this one up, after being so curious about it for a good while, but really, after the utter epicness that was the 8 Percy Jackson themed books, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this first installment of an Apollo centered trilogy.

I’ll admit, I didn’t enjoy this as much as those Percy Jackson narrated books, where everything feels fresh and unexpected, where the reader is plummeted into Camp Half Blood and faces those delicious and wicked twists and turns…

But however, I did love this book, and I can’t wait to start book 2 soon! I felt like I was smiling pretty much throughout the whole thing, just being back at Camp Half Blood was so exciting in itself! And Apollo, what a sass ball! Even in a forced mortal form, he was so hilarious throughout and just made me laugh with his references to pop culture and other Gods! It was actually really interesting reading about him having to deal with a mortal body, adapting to things he wouldn’t usually have to deal with as a deity and I loved seeing him interact with other characters, whether it be his own children (yes, you heard it here), as well as Rachel Dare (yas, my queen!) And of course the king of all things, Percy Jackson (okay not literally king but I love him, so).

I felt like the appearances of Chiron, Rachel Dare, Percy and other beloved characters hit me with so much nostalgia for Camp Half Blood! I love all those familiar characters so much, and I’m definitely excited to see where Apollo’s story leads!

I was definitely feeling addicted to this book, even though I was familiar with how the twists might turn out, I still found myself unable to put the book down, and loving it all the way!

Although there was one twist I didn’t forsee, featuring a demigod street urchin, Meg, who I adore! I loved the banter she and Apollo had, and I definitely feel like a lot is riding on the next installment, which will surely be fabulous!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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