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Trials of Apollo, The Book One The Hidden Oracle Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 1 user ratings
ISBN:1484746414
LANGUAGE:English

"i would have given this book 5 stars on the multiple Percy Jackson cameos alone.

but i'm actually crying a little bit, i loved this book so much for so many reasons . biggest reason is that a vast majority of the book takes place at Camp Half-Blood and reading about this place in this world with all these familiar characters is really coming home. Percy Jackson and the Olympians + Heroes of Olympus of two of my favorite book series that are very near and dear to my heart (especially Percy himself). this world just makes me so, so happy. and as always, i love the Greek mythology element; Riordan never fails to make these plots so intricate and so beautifully woven with accurate mythology while also putting his own modern spin on things.

another reason for loving this book: Apollo. duh. so. funny. first of all, he's hilarious and has an incredibly distinct POV so while this book has a very similar feeling to PJO and HoO, it's not the same exact thing. Apollo is just a riot, honestly. he also changes a lot throughout the book and his character development was so great to read, especially since it's first person.

i honestly cannot wait for the next book, i feel like i will be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next Rick Riordan book for the rest of my life.
" said.

" Probably one of the funniest books I've read this year! " said.

"Right, so I've just finished my final exams, and will be graduating uni in a few weeks. My degree is combined history and ancient history, and since I was young, tales about mythology have intrigued me, either reading the originals, or adaptations/retellings. Rick Riordan quickly became one of my favourite authors about five years ago, when I discovered the Percy Jackson series, and since then I've loved anything by him.

When I first heard that Riordan would be returning to the world of Percy Jackson, after the end of the Heroes of Olympus series, I immediately added it to my wishlist. Taking place about six months after the end of Blood of Olympus, the god Apollo has angered his father and is punished by being turned mortal, landing, quite literally, in a dumpster in New York. He realises he needs help to get to Camp Half Blood, so tries to find Percy, with the help of his new friend, Meg. Once he manages to get to the camp, he finds out that life isn't going to be quite as easy as expected, as the Oracle of Delphi, and for that matter, all the Oracles, has grown silent, and campers are going missing on a weekly basis. Sinister forces appear to be at work, and with the gods no longer communicating with their children, it's up to Apollo to save the day.

I loved the way Apollo was portrayed. Yes, he was a bit similar to Percy, but also had his own distinctive voice. He could be whiny at times, but that's down to his being a god for thousands of years, and having a sense of entitlement that he's been used to. He didn't really click with the campers at first, especially with his children, cause that was a bit awkward, but over the course of the book, his character really grew and developed, and I can't wait to see more of that in the future instalments.

If you've read Riordan's other new series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, this book takes place at roughly the same time, so I can see some overlap coming in the future. With Percy having a cameo part in this book, and Annabeth in The Sword of Summer, I happy we can see how they develop further, without them being the main characters of the story. The secondary characters, some of whom we've met before, added to the plot, and I, like many others, was overjoyed to see the Solangelo ship sailing! Meg, though younger than most of the others, was like a breath of fresh air. She didn't take any stick from Apollo, and her own back story and development was as good as Apollo's. Their friendship was a bit reminiscent of Percy and Annabeth in the start, but I don't think I can see them developing into a relationship, because of the age thing - though you never know.

For me, my favourite era of Ancient History is Roman - the Late Republic and early Empire - so the development of the Triumvirate storyline intrigues me. Really, I'm just excited for the next book, even though that's going to be months away. If you've enjoyed Riordan's other books, this is one for you to pick up!
" said.

"MARAVILLOSO!!
Tengo que reconocer que cuando supe de este libro de Rick aunque me emocioné mucho tenía muchas dudas sobre leer mas historias de "lo mismo", todos saben que amo a Percy por encima de todas las cosas, pero ya es hora de dejarlo tranquilo, de ahí partían la mayoría de mis dudas.

Sin embargo este libro no es para nada mas de lo mismo, seguimos dentro del mismo mundo, sí, pero las aventuras, los mitos, los personajes, todo es nuevo y grandioso, las pequeñas apariciones de personajes que ya amamos de otros libros Percy, Nico, Will, Rachel... y otros que no mencionaré para evitar spoilers hacen que el nivel de fangirl por esta historia llegue a niveles absurdos.

Apolo es un narrado innato, su personalidad puesta aprueba como mortal es el toque de humor de la historia, verlo enfrentarse al mundo sin su estatus divino es bastante divertido (lo siento Apolo) y los nuevos personajes le dan un toque bastante diverso y fresco al libro 11 que leo sobre mitología griega y el campamento mestizo.

El final del libro es una emoción tras otra, desde que inicia la batalla en los últimos capítulos no puedes parar de leer, emocionante, divertido, peligroso, la verdad es que fui muy fan de este primer libro de Apolo y por su conclusión ya sabemos que vienen grandes aventuras con grandes personajes en la continuación de esta historia, ansiedad total por leer el siguiente libro de "Las Pruebas de Apolo"
" said.

" RICK RIORDAN HAS DONE IT AGAIN. THIS WAS SUCH A FANTASTIC BOOK AHHH!! I loved being back in camp half blood and I absolutely loved Apollo as the main character!! He's just so hilarious and sassy :D I also loved seeing all the old characters again and it just made me want to cry because there was so much nostalgia :')Overall, I flew through this novel and I am so excited for the next book. I will be uploading a full review on my blog soon so stay tuned for that!! " said.

"Ah it was so nice to be back in Rick's universe!
While I thought this was very fun and entertaining, and I LOVED getting to read about what everyone was up to, this was probably my least favorite of his so far. It was still great, I'm just saying in comparison to The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the Heroes of Olympus series. I also liked Magnus Chase a little more. I think the biggest reason was Apollo. Don't get me wrong, he was ridiculous and made me laugh, but he just couldn't live up to Percy and the gang. However, I'm SUPER excited to read the next one now that I know who Apollo will be going on this next journey with!!

What did you all think?
" said.

"“Not all monsters were three-ton reptiles with poisonous breath. Many wore human faces.”

I just finished The Heroes of Olympus, since I couldn't wait to get my hands on this. Finally I'd find out what happened in a god's head. The result was a little disappointing.

The main reason I didn't like this as much as Riordan's other books was the main character: Apollo. He's pretty self-centered and arrogant, but in a funny and ironic way. Thing is, after a few chapters the fun wears off, but Apollo stays as stupid as before. I kept waiting for some character developement. Luckily, in the second half of the book, Apollo grew through his trials and challenges, at least a little.

There was lots of great stuff in The Hidden Oracle. Amazing characters like Meg, Will and Nico, and most of all Sally Jackson. I loved returning to Camp Half-Blood once again. And Apollo as an openly bi (or pan?) sexual character in a children's and YA series is great. But I still caught myself skimming parts. There was just too much that bothered me.

There's that thing where authors keep writing about their world, not knowing when to stop (yeah you got me, I'm talking about a certain Shadowhunters author). But I don't get that feeling about Rick Riordan's books.
What does tire me out however, is that after the Titan War and Gaea awakening, there should be another threat to this world, possibly even more sinister and dangerous. Seems unlikely to me.
And last but not least we have Leo Valdez. And I don't like Leo Valdez. And I don't care for Leo Valdez. And I was happy that he was no big part of this book. But that's where my luck runs out. Seems like he's going to be a main character in the sequel.

I doubt that I can handle both Apollo and Leo in The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2). So I think it's understadable that I'm not too keen on continuing this series. I'll decide when its release date will come closer.

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" said.

"Edit 08/10/15

We have more details on THE HIDDEN ORACLE! (http://www.hypable.com/rick-riordan-p...) I think I might just die right here. APOLLO. APOLLO!!! Only my favourite god from the PJO world. I am so ready for bad haikus and humour. The fact that this will have all (most? some? of) the old characters definitely makes me feel a little less nervous about this book so yes, PLEASE BE FABULOUS. I AM READY TO ACCEPT YOU INTO MY ARMS.

Edit 12/09/15

W. H. A. T.

WHAT?

I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, I am going: OHMYFUCKINGGODHELLYESINEEDTHISBOOKINMYLIFE I'm also very very sceptical and worried that this series is going to disappoint me. And I also had a feeling that Rick Riordan said that he was done dabbling in this world (but clearly I was wrong... whoops) and I pretty much already accepted that ages back... so now to find out that he will be doing Greek/Roman (I dunno which one?) demigods again makes me confused but also very much crazy-fangirl-mode. MY FEELINGS ARE A MESS GARGH. I am excited for this series all the same, of course, because Riordan is one of my most favourite authors of all time.
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