The Hidden Oracle | Apollo is to Humanity as Scott is to the Kardashians!

Title: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary Fantasy, Greek Retelling

Published: May 3, 2016 by Disney Hyperion

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

  • APOLLO IS THE BEST THING EVER. I’m about to make a serious, quite possibly atrocious statement: I like Apollo even better than Percy Jackson. That’s correct. Because a) he’s a god b) he’s completely obsessed with himself and boy can I relate and c) he has an eight-pack (usually).
  • The plot was really cleverly done and it certainly screams RICK RIORDAN. Shall I elaborate? I shall: Rick Riordan has the marveled talent of unrivaled originality and creativity. He sets up Apollo in his own, original world in his own, original situation that can only lead to inevitable hilarity. GO RICK.
  • We get to see old friends! Whom, I will not say. But yay old friends!
  • We make new friends! Whom, I will not say. But yay new friends!
  • #popculturereferences #look #hashtags #iamhip 
  • THERE ARE NEW GODS/TITANS/MONSTERS. Honestly, I don’t know how Rick Riordan finds all these, but he never seems to run out, and he never ceases to make them hilarious. (like me)
  • Apollo’s anecdotes complete the story. Apollo is to humanity as Scott is to the Kardashians. Oh my gosh. I am great at analogies. Go me. 

It was so good I’m not even going to complain that Apollo lost his eight-pack!

Well. I’ll complain a little.

SOOOOO: Percy Jackson or Apollo? What’s your favorite Rick Riordan book/Kardashian? Because you’ve read them all, right? *nervous laughter*

If Characters sent Christmas Cards | Percy Jackson Edition

Can you picture it?

Annabeth sitting by the fire, placing stamps on all the holiday greetings she’s about to send back to Camp Half-Blood. 

Well, I could anyway. 

  
It’s blue.

Get it?

  

The Pic Collage Watermarks really add the extra flair, don’t you think?

  

Image source for Leo’s face: Viria

  

Sorry. 

Well, not really.

Hopefully you enjoyed these bookish, percyish shenanigans.

Comment!

Please.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer | Review

Title: The Sword of Summer

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy/Mythology

Rating: 

  

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Of course it was amazing. It was written by Rick Riordan!

Rick Riordan put some of the best qualities from his previous books into this one. Sass? Yep. Hilarious characters? Check. Some amazingly sinister and some amazingly stupid gods? Uh-huh.

Magnus Chase is pretty awesome. Of course, he could be a little dull at some times, but his sass makes up for it. And Samirah al-Abbas? She’s pretty much the Annabeth of this series, complete with chronic eye-rolling at Magnus’ abundance of stupidity. But let’s be honest, Otis is the one who really makes the book. It just wouldn’t be the same without him.

There was plenty of action! Maybe not quite as much as the Percy Jackson books, but still more than enough to keep turning the pages. 

And could we forget the hilarious chapter titles? Of course not. It just wouldn’t be right. 

I don’t know much about Norse mythology, other than what’s in the Thor movies (Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, ahem) but I feel very educated after reading these books. You might enjoy them more if you already knew about the world, but it’s not a requirement for sure. And the ties to pop culture were so much fun!

Though this book certainly wasn’t as good as the Percy Jackson series (what could be) it was so much fun to read and deserved every single one of those five stars.

ALSO, I went and saw Rick Riordan at the Fairfax event and it was glorious. He’s just as hilarious as his books. If you haven’t heard about the new Trials of Apollo series, go check it out! And if you have, what do you think? Let me know in the comments!