Hello Ladies and Gents,
I am here to bring you an open and honest review of The Trials of Apollo from Rick Riordan. I’m not events sure how to talk about this book. As yo know Rick Riordan is an amazing author, gain great success from his previous series Percy Jackson & The Olympians, and the series following that of Percy Jackson: Heroes of Olympus. Even though I have not written a review for either of these series YET, trust me when I say my entire family are MASSIVE fans of Camp Half Blood. My husband and I, wear the camp shirts proudly, despite the fact that not many people ACTUALLY realize it’s not a physical camp, or at least not for mortals. MUWAHAHAHAHHA! Demigods rule!
As much as I love the world of Camp Half Blood, think about The Trials of Apollo as a continuation of Heroes of Olympus series, because in all honest, that’s EXACTLY what it is.
The book takes place six months after the vents of “The Blood of Olympus”. Our favorite horror haiku making God Apollo, is finally getting punished by his loving God parent Zeus. What type of punish do you give a God? Well, make him mortal! That’s fitting punishment for a God, thus Apollo is forced to live a life as a mortal boy, as a Lester Papapodoulos. Lester is pure teenage mortal boy with conflicting emotional feelings towards intimate scenes, has body flab, along with the Godly blessing of ACNE! Yes Lester face has been gifted with the joy of ACNE! Yeah for teenage dreams. Apollo. . . I mean Lester is thrown from Olympus to landed in the dirty alley between a builds in Manhattan. Surrounded by piles of garbage, Apollo (Lester) is attacked by a group of New York thugs, and thus rescued by his new comrade Meg, a twelve year old demigod living on her own. Meg claims the services of Apollo to complete the unknown needed quest that would then heroically return him to this rightful throne among the other gods of Olympus! thus the adventure beings. . .
As always, Rick Riordan does an amazing job of creating a unique voice to the Ancient Gods of Greece. Apollo is no exception, he is very self center, as a god would be if he spent majority of his life thinking only of himself, and ways to entertain his long life. However despite how natural Apollo’s self center attitude is, he does have a vulnerable side to his life that makes him more human. Well more human that trying to reduce his teenage body flab and the dreaded acne!
What I love the most about this series is that we get to reconnect with our original Demigods from both Camp Half Blood as well as Camp Jupiter. Don’t get to excited, most of the original seven fast of fantastic Demi Gods are busy trying to do more Demi-normal actives such s studying for their SAT test along with Camp Jupiter STOMP test, to help them enroll in Demi God college. Another feature that I really love is, if you are reading all of Rick Rioridan books, including the Magnus Chase series, you already know that Annabeth Chase is currently busy with her cousin. That’s right Annabeth Chase and Magnus Chase are related, which shouldn’t be a BIG shock to you since it was mentioned in Percy Jackson & The Olympians. Even though Annabeth is busy trying to help her Norse Demigod cousin, we do get to meet our beloved aquatic Demigod Percy Jackson. instead of Rick Riordan focusing on the Demigods that we already know from their previous quest, he’s actually bringing some more formalizer yet new Demigods to light, Nico di Angelo and Will Solace. It’s official they are a couple and I don’t even care! These two are so adorable!
Fans of the series already know that during the events of The House of Hades, Nico di Angelo had to forcefully confess in front of Jason and the god Cupid himself that he homosexual, queer, gay, fluid in the romantic feelings of men. I gave you a range of words to express the fact that Nico di Angelo was ashamed of being gay but in this modern time, Nico quickly realize that people from both campus just like him for who he is and he has nothing to be ashamed about. You love who you love, and their is ABSOLUTELY no crime in that.
“I had a crush on Percy,” Nico spat. “That’s the truth. That’s the big secret.”
–The House of Hades
This is why I’m so utterly confused why people are shocked that Nico and Will Solace are official a couple shocks people. Are we reading the same book because it was just obvious they were going to be a couple. Now that they are, and Rick Riordan has written it so bluntly people are severely losing their minds! How is that! Books need diversity! Everyone needs to see themselves in the characters that they are reading, why shouldn’t love be presented in the same way?
“Love is no game! It is no flowery softness! It is hard work- It demands everything from you- especially the truth. Only then does it yield results.”
– The House of Hades
It should be no surprise that I find Will and Nico the most adorable set of characters in this entire book. I can’t wait to see more of them. I really love our original seven set of Demigods, but please let us seem more of Solangelo! They are absolutely adorable!
“Nico,” I said at last, “shouldn’t you be sitting at the Hades table?”
He shrugged. “Technically, yes. But if I sit alone at my table, strange things happen. Cracks open in the floor. Zombies crawl out and start roaming around. It’s a mood disorder. I can’t control it. That’s what I told Chiron. “
“And is it true?” I asked.
Nico smiled thinly. “I have a note from my doctor.”
Will raised his hand. “I’m his doctor.”
– The Trials of Apollo
I know a lot of people are not liking the fact that Rick Riordan is expanding the cast of characters by including the character that were to young to join in the original seven Demigods on their original fantastic quest. However there are other Demigods at Camp Half Blood that I’m so excited for, who are finally getting a chances to be recognized. I’m not sure how Apollo is going to deal with being mortal, but I can guarantee you that I am going to be there every step of the way to witness Apollo rap Dance by Nas. Did I mention that the references that Rick Riordan uses for his characters/books are just comedy gold! Those hilarious moments of contemporary humor, is what makes Rick Riordan such as great author. How can anyone read one of his young adult novels and not suddenly burst into a violent fit of laughter! The Trials of Apollo by x Rick Riordan is just an amazing journey for readers of all ages!
Demi God Out!