Book Review: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #2)

Hey guys!
I’m back my review on Rick Riordan’s next installment in the Trials of Apollo series. The Hidden Oracle is followed by The Dark Prophecy, so let’s see what Apollo has been up to!

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
This book essentially picks up right after The Hidden Oracle. This time Apollo/Lester will have to face the Triumvirat. Thankfully, he has his friends and a large bronze-dragon by his side to aid him in his quest…

 

The Rating:
I’ll keep this one short: The first book in the Trials of Apollo series was great. Despite some initial difficulties I love the novel and couldn’t wait for the next part.
The Dark Prophecy turned out to be a worthy follow-up. It’s all there: great characters you will care about, amazing humor that will keep you entertained throughout the novel, a gripping story and lots of knowledge on Greek mythology, so you my actually learn something! Continue reading

Book Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #1)

Hey guys!
I’m currently catching up with Rick Riordan’s latest publications. After the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series Riordan created another story related to Greek mythology. The Trials of Apollo will also feature some of your favorite characters from the aforementioned books!

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
The God Apollo fucked up. Big Time. Zeus is pissed and decide to do what every parent would do: punish the kid and hope they’ll do better next time. Only, punishment isn’t that easy when all the involved parties are immortal. So, Zeus does the most extrem him he could come up with: Apollo is turned into a mortal teenager. As Lester Papadopoulos. While trying to adjust to his new life, Lester/Apollo runs into the rather irritating young demi-God Meg. Oh, and of course there is always a world to save!

 

The Rating:
As my regular reader will know, I love Rick Riordan’s novels. However, with this one I had my problems at first. The name of each chapter is a bad haiku, as Apollo loves to come up with those. Often. At times this is mildly annoying but mostly funny. Apollo himself turns out to be a self-centered prick who could spend the whole day going on about how super duper wonderful and good-looking he is. While reading the first couple of chapter, I kept thinking “I’ll throw this book out the window, if it goes on like that!” Well, the good news: very soon you’ll get used to Apollo and you will actually grow fond of him! I honestly hadn’t expected that but by the end of the book I liked Apollo/Lester and couldn’t wait for the next one to come out. Continue reading

Book Review: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)

Hey my lovely readers!
I’m continuing my journey through all of Rick Riordan’s books and recently finished The Hammer of Thor. It’s the second installment in his Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series – I hope there are many more to come!

Goodreads Cover – The Hammer of Thor

 

The Plot:
Thor misplaced his hammer. Again. Only this time it’s not that easy to be found. So Magnus Chase and his friends are sent to retrieve the hammer and save the world…

 

The Rating:
I’m sure you know it by know: I simply love Rick Riordan’s novels. After devouring the Percy Jackson books as well as the Heroes of Olympus series, I was super excited about his new topic: the Norse Gods. One of the main reasons I enjoy Riordan’s works so much is because you learn something with each page. I had always been fascinated by Greek mythology but the Norse stuff was completely new to me. As this is the second book in the series by now I have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in Asgard and I can’t wait to find out more. Continue reading

Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #5)

Hello Folks!
That’s it, I finally finished Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. Although I was super excited to find out what will happen next, I didn’t want to finish the book and say goodbye to all those amazing characters! Was The Blood of Olympus a worthy end for an impressive Pentalogy?

 

The Plot:
The demigods have to face their biggest battle. Gaia is waking. While Leo, Piper, Jason, Percy, Annabeth, Hazel and Frank follow the prophecy to the ancient lands, Reyna, Nico and Coach hedge have a different task at hand: to prevent war between the camps and bring the Athena Parthenos halfway across the world to Half-Blood Hill. While any of them complete the impossible tasks at hand?

 

The Rating:
So, this is the last time I get to talk about how much I love Greek mythology. What Rick Riordan really excels at, is weaving bits of story together. Not only did he pick up ancient myths and transfer them to today, he also managed to pick up stuff from his past books and perfectly tied it into the last novel in the series without it seeming repetitive or unoriginal. Continue reading

Book Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #4)

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One of the first things I did once I had gotten back to Vienna was paying the library a visit! I finally grabbed the two remaining parts in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series and immediately sat down with The House of Hades!

 

The Plot:
Our favourite demigods are still trying to stop Gaia from rising and – well – destroying the world as we know it. They’ve already come a new way but no they are in the ancient lands which makes everything even more dangerous. But our heroes are fighting from both sides to close the Doors of Death. While Frank, Nico, Piper, Jason, Leo and Hazel make their way to the House of Hades, Percy and Annabeth have an even more difficult task to handle. They need to cross Tartarus to get to the doors. Will they make it? Continue reading

Book Review: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #3)

Hello Folks!
Today I’m going to talk about The Mark of Athena book 3 of 5 in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. It was the last novel I managed to finish before I left Vienna for the summer. So I have to wait until October t read the to final parts :’-(
Anyway, The Mark of Athena was pretty dope, so let’s find out why!

 

The Plot:
Finally. The camp-halfblood heroes did not only arrive at the Roman camp, they are finally reunited with their old friends. After a few initial difficulties  they team up. Our favourite group of heroes heads for Rome. They are basically the only thing that can prevent the total destruction of our world. But before their final battle begins they encounter several dangerous quests! Continue reading