The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
Disney-Hyperion, 2016. 978-1484732748
Synopsis: After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, 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 favor. – from Amazon.com
Why I picked it up: I’m clearly a sucker for Rick Riordan.
Why I finished it: Well, I’ll be honest: I didn’t finish it for Apollo. He’s a likable enough character, but he’s a little bit too self-centered for my taste and he doesn’t do much to inspire sympathy. What really got me into the story was the plucky demigod Meg that rescues Apollo from his first set of human bullies and manages to secure his servitude for the forseeable future. She’s quirky, funny, and fierce – the exact opposite of her fallen god companion. Plus, she has a little bit of mysterious edge to her that keeps Apollo on his toes. With cameos by some of our old favorites and the introduction of some new faces, Riordan is managing to keep the world of Percy Jackson alive and interesting. He definitely has a skill for crafting stories, as is evidenced by his growing body of work, but this one missed the mark a bit. There’s just so much mythology to draw on and just when we thought the well was dry, there seems to be more…and more and more and more and more to the point where we’re starting to feel a little bit bored. It’s engaging and funny and like I said before, I’m a sucker for Riordan’s work, but the formula is starting to wear on me a bit. We’ll see if I feel the same once I read the second installment, but for the moment, I’m skeptical of this series’ potential.
Other related materials: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan; The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan; Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco; Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco; Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard books by Rick Riordan; The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan; Demigods and Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes by Rick Riordan; Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas; Seven Wonders books by Peter Lerangis, illustrated by Torstein Norstrand; Five Kingdoms series by Brandon Mull; The Blackwell Pages series by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr; The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh; The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh; Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger; Kingdom Keepers books by Ridley Pearson; The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann; Seven Realms novels by Cinda Williams Chima