Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 8
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
My friends and I swear that Rick Riordan only wrote The Hidden Oracle to appease the fangirls. This book has all the couples getting together (hopefully that’s not a spoiler) and all the ideas the fandom had for the future becoming real. Of course, I’m not complaining as I loved every second of it. I literally marked the pages with interactions between my favorite couple (no regrets).
While I wouldn’t say that this book is absolutely fantastic for someone my age, I loved it so very much. I’ve tired of the humor that young children find funny, but I haven’t tired of the character dynamics nor the action. Riordan’s books are so creative and I find a deeper love for mythology every time I read one of them. His books are simple, especially since they’re for elementary school age children, but they’re filled to the brim with excitement. There wasn’t a dull moment with this book. I finished it within a few days of starting it.
Furthermore, Apollo has to be one of the best narrators he could have chosen. I have never met a person with as big of an ego and couldn’t help laughing out loud at his haikus or his complaints about having “flab”. Some of the humor in this book did get to me, I see.
These books are exciting for all ages, even if you’re too old for the humor. I highly recommend trying his books out, you won’t regret it.