Book Review: The Hidden Oracle


Title: The Trials of Apollo

Author: Rick Riordan

Published: May 3rd, 2016

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult/ Middle Grade, Mythology

My Ratings: ☆  ☆  ☆  ☆  ☆  /5

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


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.


Truth be told: I am a big fan of Rick Riordan’s works. With the release of The Trials of Apollo, I fell in love with his works even more than I can imagine. The story tells us hints about love, loss, and family. I also loved it because Apollo is so funny in this book. But there are several reasons to why I am in love with this book.

This book tackles on the past lovers of Apollo and the hardships of loving someone who could never love you back and the loss of a loved one. It actually breaks my heart because I can relate to such topic (the first one).

I also love this book because it is so open on sexuality. Like, it’s okay to be straight, homosexual, bisexual or maybe even asexual. You are who you are, there’s nothing wrong with that and there’s nothing to be ashamed of because those kinds of stuff are what makes you who you are. And whenever this topic is tackled, some people are single sided on their closed mind. No, that’s wrong, we should always be open on such stuff because hating someone for who they don’t actually make this world a better place to live in.

I rest my case and explained it in the shortest way possible on why this book deserves a 5/5.


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