Book Review #40: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)- Rick Riordan


Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication: May 3rd 2016, Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult, Children
Pages: 376
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 148473274X / 9781484732748

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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.

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“Nothing is more tragic than loving someone to the depths of your soul and knowing they cannot and will not ever love you back.”

I honestly don’t know how to make a book review out of this one since I know that everyone knows how awesome Rick Riordan is, especially in making us believe that myths are actually real. Or are they?

This is a story of the God of Apollo, who turned out to be a human as his punishment. As to why, it’s a long story. It started when he fell from the sky straight into a pile of trash- what a way to welcome a God, huh? Then it leads to him knowing more about the life of a demigod, of his flaws and vanities, of his realization and actualization, and the real responsibility of being a God, a father, and a friend.

“Things can turn out differently, Apollo. That’s the nice thing about being human. We only have one life, but we can choose what kind of story it’s going to be.”

Never in my wildest dream have I thought that a God, like Apollo, will be like us human. I like how Riordan’s imagination seems to be way beyond infinite to even think of this unique turn of events. As expected, I immediately fell in love with his another Greek-mythology-themed book and I just can’t wait for the next book! A lot of questions are boggling now on my mind, and I am craving madly and deeply to have the next book in my hands ASAP, gahh.

“Defeating one ant had taken all my energy. (I don’t think I have ever written a sadder sentence than that.)”

The characters that I long to meet (again) somehow met each other in one way or another, which I totally liked. And the new characters are of course another spice added to this book. It was like meeting old and new friends every time I read a work of Riordan. The plot, I mean Riordan’s plot, is still my favorite. The twists and unexpected turns are absolutely magnificent! And did I say that all throughout the book, I keep on laughing and laughing? Seriously, what’s wrong with me? And as for the Riordan’s writing style, a fair warning: his writing style is so bewitching you didn’t know you’re reading his entire series all day, all night straight. Now, don’t tell me, I didn’t warn you.

“Showers are good. Perhaps not as good as bacon, but good.”

I don’t recommend the book if you didn’t read the Percy Jackson and the Olympian Series and The Heroes of Olympus Series because some of the characters and events are intertwined with each other. You may be puzzled with some of the events if you start with this one. BUT I totally recommend this book if you wanted to know more about Greek Mythology and their mundane issues too. Just prepare to laugh loud and to have a sore jaw after.




Rick Riordan is born in San Antonio, Texas, United States, and is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. To know more about him, follow his twitter and site.


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