The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan Book #1: The Trials of Apollo Series Source: Overdrive Audio/Public Library My Rating: 5/5 stars For millennia, Apollo has enjoyed life as an Olympian deity! As the god of all that is good and fluffy, and bringer of the sun, Apollo has tended to spend his down time messing with mortals and playing pranks on his fellow gods and goddesses. Unfortunately, even a god can go too far, and one of Apollo's latest stunts has really angered his father, Zeus. Which would explain the how and the why of Apollo waking up in a New York City alley with none of his stunning good looks or powers. As the reality of his current situation settles in, Apollo turns to the only person who has shown any interest in helping him, Meg. As it turns out, Meg is a demigod and with some clever wording and evil genius trickery, she is also the proud owner of Apollo until his sentence as a mortal is completed. Could it get any worse? Of course, it can always get worse!!! With nothing else to do but accept his current situation, Apollo, with the help of Meg and Percy Jackson, makes his way to Camp Half-Blood! And this is where it all gets worse . . . . In short order, Apollo understands the world of the gods and demigods is seriously screwed up! Camp Half-Blood is far less populated than it used to be, several campers have gone missing, and no quests have been assigned/granted because no prophecies have been made. It's a vicious cycle that seems to be getting worse by the day, and if Apollo doesn't do something, the situation is only going to get worse. The type of worse that has, in the past, has toppled empires and destroyed civilizations. Undertaking a quest as a mortal is scary stuff, but Apollo is determined to do his part. Though he undertakes the quest for selfish reasons, it isn't long before he figures out how being selfish for far, far too many centuries has, in fact, caused the current situation. Living as a mortal, fighting as a mortal teaches Apollo a great number of valuable lessons, including, precisely what it feels like to be betrayed by one you call friend, what it feels like to be abandoned by your parents and loved ones, and what it means to truly care for those under one's own protection. Through a series of painful experiences, these lessons are driven home and convince Apollo he must, under any and all circumstances become a better deity. You know, once he's allowed to be a deity again The Bottom Line: It has been many years since I read the original Percy Jackson books and I had forgotten how cleverly written they are. Rick Riordan has a way with words and a way of making the ancient myths and legends come to life, become so very real. The Hidden Oracle was so much fun to listen to, in large part, because Apollo is a very cocky, sarcastic, conceited being. All those qualities and intonations came through so well via audio that it truly enhanced my experience with this book. One thing I did notice and am working on correcting, I wish I had read the entire series of books, the first and second Percy Jackson series before listening to this book/trilogy. There are a ton of references in The Hidden Oracle to things in the second Percy Jackson series that I just didn't understand in the context of this book. With that being said and based on my star rating, I still clearly loved this book and can't wait for the next in the trilogy, The Dark Prophecy to download to my phone!!!
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I'm just going to say it. I have never given a Rick Riordan book less than 5 teacups or stars in my entire life. He has been one of my favourite authors since I picked up The Lightning Thief when I was thirteen. I've never read books that are so action-packed, hilarious, and genuinely fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this new series debut, and I would highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend it! However, I would strongly encourage you to read Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus before diving into this one. I know that sounds like a huge commitment, but trust me, you won't regret it! These books are absolutely fantastic, and to grow with, love and appreciate this world and these characters to the fullest I think everyone should start at the very beginning (it's a very good place to start ) I'm so glad that Riordan is not finished writing about our friends at Camp Half Blood and Camp Jupiter! I thought with his new Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, we had left our Big Seven behind, but of course good ol' Rick wasn't going to let us down. In The Hidden Oracle, we join the god, Apollo, who has been turned into a sixteen year old boy as punishment for his son's involvement in the war that took place in The Heroes of Olympus. In order to return to his rightful place on Mount Olympus, Apollo must undergo many trials, and needless to say adventure and hilarity ensues from page one! In my opinion, Apollo was definitely one of the funnier gods we met in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. With his sun chariot, obsession with haiku, and his "totally rad" attitude, he made for some major comic relief in the early series. It was interesting to read this book from his perspective because we still had that hilarious aspect of his character, but we were also able to see one of the gods as more than just a one dimensional parody, which I find the gods in Riordan's series tend to be. At first I didn't know how I felt about this because I liked having the gods be these funny, pompous, and somewhat oblivious characters. Although we did get that side of Apollo, the line seemed to blur between his godly personality and that of the demigod perspective we get from characters like Percy Jackson or Leo Valdez. Sometimes I found myself thinking that his voice sounded too much like a demigod and didn't seem to match the immortal god Apollo. However, Apollo does comment that his fears and thoughts are oddly human and probably an aspect of his punishment. In seeing things through this perspective, Apollo has definitely grown into a much more complex character than we first met a couple of series ago. And of course, you can't go wrong with the haiku chapter titles. I laughed out loud at the beginning of every chapter! Here were a few of my favourites: You've got to be kid- / Well, crud, what just happened there? / I ran out of syl- Up in my business / Always burning Oracles / Romans gonna hate It takes a Village / People to protect your mind / "Y.M.C.A." Yeah The Hidden Oracle was one of the best books I read this year and I'm so excited to see where this series goes! I always know that I'm in for a good time whenever I pick up a Rick Riordan read:) After this, I'm sure I'll be picking up Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard pretty soon!
After making his fathe...
After making his father Zeus super mad, Apollo gets punished by being sent down to Earth as a human teenage boy. And not a tough, hot teenage boy, but an average, run-of-the-mill teenage boy with-horror of horrors!-acne. Now the arrogant former god must figure out how to win back his father's favor while fending off the numerous enemies he made as a god, enemies that are all too happy to see the god in his puny human form. Realizing, much to his disdain, that he needs help, Apollo sets off for the one place he knows he has friends and family-Camp Half Blood. What I liked: Apollo is definitely my favorite of Riordan's gods. His vanity and egotism, even now as a puny human, is hilarious and caused me to laugh out loud multiple times. I loved the return of some of the previous characters (like Percy Jackson) from other series, as well as the new characters introduced in this one. What I didn't like: not much. It was a bit long, but I never felt like I wanted the book to end. A fun romp through mythology and history. 5 out of 5 stars
Immortal Apollo has be...
Immortal Apollo has been kicked out of Olympus and turned into the mortal Lester Papadopoulos. Now he has to contend with things such as acne, flab, and the possibility of death--what a comedown! On top of that, he has become responsible for freeing his Oracles from imprisonment before an evil trio of megalomaniacs takes over the world and destroys civilization as we know it. This is a fun visit to the world of demigods and Camp Half-Blood. Several old friends appear in the story (some just in the nick of time) and we also meet new friends who will hopefully appear in future installments. While this could be read as a stand-alone book, it will be much more enjoyable (and several inside jokes will be easier to understand) if you read the books in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series and "The Heroes of Olympus" series first.
Zeus needs someone to ...
Zeus needs someone to blame for the war with the giants, and his eye falls on Apollo. How do you punish a god? You make him mortal, of course. Apollo the scrawny teenager falls to earth in a New York City back alley, and immediately is set upon by thugs, then falls in with a young demigod who has some secrets she's not telling. Apollo wants nothing more than to regain his godly status, but how? He's got a sinking suspicion that it has to do with the Oracle of Delphi, which has been retaken by an old enemy of his. And, speaking of old enemies, some shadowy figures from the distant past seem to be making a bid for world domination. In fact, they may have been behind all of the troubles the demigods have faced thus far... Just when I think Riordan has pretty much run through his source material, he manages to twist in a different direction and set off on a new course. Apollo's perspective is a lot of fun to read, what with the overweening egotism and all -- Riordan does make him somewhat sympathetic by the end of the book. And I'm intrigued by the new bad guys. I didn't think this book was quite as action-packed as Riordan's other stuff, but it was doing a lot of work to set up the series. It was nice to go back to Camp Halfblood for a bit, and to see some old friends. I wouldn't recommend this as a starting point for readers new to Riordan, but fans of Percy Jackson should certainly take notice.
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