Hey there! I’m back with another review for you, another book I read on my vacation haha. Now, this was also a book I actually bought in London, at Waterstones Picadilly (and damn if that isn’t the most beautiful bookstore I’ve ever seen in my entire life <3)
I’ve always been a big fan of Rick Riordan, in fact, the Percy Jackson series was the first thing I ever read in English (besides stuff for class of course). I borrowed it from my teacher, who said it should be easy enough for me to read. He was right, and they soon got on the list of favorite series.
This book is one I bought because it was the first one of a new series, and it was among the “buy one, get the second one half price” stack. Yay for having excuses to buy two books instead of one at the time! 😉
Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials Of Apollo #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Summary: How do you punish an immortal god? By making him human, and mortal. And that’s how Apollo, former God, finds himself cast down from Olympus and, if it hadn’t been bad enough already, straight into a dumpster. He is now a regular teenage boy, without any of his powers from when he was a God, and close to having no friends at all. Too bad that there are enough monsters and other Gods who would love to destroy him, so Apollo must find a safe place and someone to help him survive. Which is how he ends up in Camp Half-Blood, together with the demigods who regularly spend their time there. He is determined to find a way to get back to being a God again, but first, he will need to learn how to survive in the modern world.
Oh I loved this book. I was planning on rereading the Percy Jackson series first, and then reading the Heroes of Olympus series, and then starting this one, but I read the first few pages in the bookstore and honestly couldn’t stop already.
Apollo is by far one of the most hilarious characters, ever, although a lot of rick Riordan’s characters are. He is very flawed, extremely arrogant and self-centered.. but that’s what makes it fun. His way of seeing humans, for instance, is what you’d expect of him. except that he isn’t a god any more and has to find a way to survive, which won’t work with the way he’s thinking.
he soon enough finds Meg McCaffrey, a girl who’s almost as sarcastic as he is, which should either go very well together.. or not at all. In this case, it’s a bit of both, and she’s the only one who seems to be able to help her. I liked reading about her throughout the book.
I also really loved the appearance of Percy and Sally Jackson. Those two will always have a special place in my heart ❤
Along the way, Apollo makes some friends, some more enemies (like he didn’t have enough already…), and overall, this book was absolutely fantastic. I’m looking forward to the next ones! (and maybe I’ll even read the Heroes of Olympus series first ^^;)
Have you read this book? Or any other books set in the Percy Jackson universe? What did you think?
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