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

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos I’d Like To See Write Together

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is author’s that you’d like to see collaborate with each other. I only managed to get four, so here we go:

Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan

If they ever wrote a novel together, I think I’d die from laughing too hard because they both have a wonderful sense of humour. No matter what they wrote, I’d probably pick it up because it’d just be a easy, hilarious read. Continue reading

Anticipated October Releases | 2015

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So the end of September is fast approaching, and October is almost here! Halloween is getting closer, and more importantly, there are so many books I’ve been eagerly waiting for all year! In my opinion, October is one of the best months in terms of book releases, because many of my favourite authors release books in October. Without further ado, here are some of my most anticipated October releases!

October 6th – The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Rick’s new series based on Norse myths is coming out and I’m so excited to get back into his writing. The Percy Jackson books are literally my childhood, so I can’t wait to read this! (I still believe the American covers of his books are all better than the UK versions. Not salty at all.) Continue reading