Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Publisher: Puffin
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141363936
Pages: 359
Read in: May 2016
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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.


I think the following encapsulates the entire book:

Used to be goddy

Now uptown feeling shoddy

Bah, haiku don’t rhyme

While I really enjoyed the book as a whole, I didn’t get the same feeling I did when I was reading Percy Jackson back in the days. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved Uncle Rick’s sarcasm and humour that’s scattered throughout, but I don’t think this book was a strong as it could’ve been. Continue reading

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Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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Publisher: Puffin Books
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141342429
Pages: 528
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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met – a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

This is the first book in what is going to be a trilogy. I absolutely adore anything written by Rick Riordan, so when I found out that Rick was writing another series, this time based on Norse mythology, I had to see what it was all about. I loved it! Maybe not as much as the Percy Jackson series, but it was close. Continue reading

Review: The Copper Gauntlet by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

WARNING: This review may contain spoilers for the Magisterium series. If you haven’t read the first book The Iron Trial yet, I suggest you read that first before reading this review.

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN:  9780545522281
Pages: 304
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