Book Review- The Hidden Oracle

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The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mythology, Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 376
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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.

After not really loving the Magnus Chase books (click here), I was scared that I would never find another Rick Riordan book that I loved as much as the Percy Jackson books. And while that still remains true, The Hidden Oracle got pretty close.

This book, which follows a disgraced now-mortal Apollo was light hearted and funny. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions, and despite the narrators voice being very young, it was hilarious. The Hidden Oracle was a very fast, light read, and it left me feeling pretty good.

In this book, I got to see a return of a few of my favorite characters from the PJ books (including Percy Jackson himself!) which is always fun. The characters in this book weren’t that complicated, but they were all interesting and fun to read about. Everything about this book was just fun. There was no epic quest or anything, but it was still exciting and made me feel like a little kid again, reading the Percy Jackson books for the first time.

I was really happy with The Hidden Oracle, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a Rick Riordan fan. And, to anyone who hasn’t read any Rick Riordan, first of all, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????????, and second of all go start with the original Percy Jackson series. You’ll get here, don’t worry.

I am going to give The Hidden Oracle four out of five hearts.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Greek Mythology Book Tag

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I saw the Greek Mythology tag over on The Girl Who Read Too Much. It looked like such a fun tag so I knew I would have to do it! I grew up reading and hearing stories from Greek mythology (yes, long before Percy Jackson), and I have always loved it! So here are my answers for the Greek Mythology tag!


Zeus; God of the Sky and Thunder/ King of Gods

Favorite Book (choose your own category)

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Of course tags always have to start with a hard question! Agh! I have read so many good books (especially lately) that it hurts to choose. But, seeing as I have to choose one, I am going to say Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. It has been my favorite for a long time… and I talk about it a lot. It really is an amazing book.

Second and third place for this category definitely go to The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti (read the review here) and Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard (red the review here).


Poseidon; God of Seas and Earthquakes

A Book that Drowned you in the Feels

41zlOSzTsuL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_There are SO MANY books I could choose for this. Gosh, this might be an even harder choice than the first one. Hmmmmmmmm.

Okay, so after much thought I decided to go with Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. You can read my review of the book here. I chose this book because there were so many different types of feels that by the end I really did drown in them. It was just so emotional and heartfelt and beautiful and amazing. I also think I cried at least three times while reading it, so if that doesn’t qualify as drowning in the feels I don’t know what does.


Hades; God of the Underworld

Favorite Book with a Dark/Ominous Plot

18805623I would say Anna Dressed in Blood, cause you know, murderous ghost and all… but seeing as I already chose the book for something, I am going to go with The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Freitas.

This book definitely has a dark side, along with a story I couldn’t put down. The whole book had this dark feeling to it, and that really made it a great read. You can read my review of the book here.

It is a really great young adult romance/thriller, especially for someone like me who doesn’t read a lot of thrillers.


Hera; Goddess of Marriage and Family

Cutest Fictional Couple

jjjGahhhhhh. All these favorites! How can I ever choose? Hmmm. I am going to have to go with Kai and Avery from Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard.

These two met for the first time when Kai died saving Avery’s life. There’s not much I can say without giving away the plot of the book, but they both make a huge sacrifice for one another in the end that kind of solidifies their status as most-in-love-perfect-adorable couple and I wish someone would love me like Kai and Avery love each other.


Athena; Goddess of Wisdom, Handicraft, and Strategic Warfare

Series with the Best World-building

Gryffindor_bannerThis is the easiest question yet. My answer to this is obviously going to be Harry Potter.

So yes, I know that there are flaws to the Harry Potter universe, but lets be honest here. Who doesn’t want to live in the Harry Potter world? I would trade anything (well, almost anything) to be a witch at Hogwarts and learn to do magic, and play quidditch.

Oh, and as you can see by the banner, I am a Gryffindor. Yes, AM. I AM. Don’t argue with me on this. My letter just got lost in the mail. Silly owls.

**Update: seeing as I’m North American, and would be at The Ilvermorny School, I thought I should add in that I am in the Horned Serpent house!**


Aphrodite; Goddess of Love and Beauty

Most Beautiful Cover on a 2016 Release

28220701And we’re back to the hard questions. TBH this year seems to be the year for absolutely stunning book covers. Don’t ask my why, cause I don’t know. But seriously, every time I go on twitter or booktube I see a new cover that is just too beautiful to even be allowed to exist.

I think I’m going to go with The Infinity of You and Me by J. Q. Coyle. This book’s expected release is November 8, 2016. I am really excited to read it.. the synopsis sounds amazing! And just look at this cover art. It is stunning.


Ares; God of War and Bloodshed

Most Violent Book you have ever Read

29097229Umm, TBH I don’t really read a lot of violent books. I think the most violent and all around disturbing book I’ve read is Autobiography of a Serial Killer by Travis d. Bickel.

This book is literally a written account of what goes on inside a serial killers mind. It was extremely disturbing and graphic. I didn’t enjoy the book at all (and I definitely do not recommend reading it), but it was very violent and disturbed, so I’m going with it. If you want to read my review of the book click here.

Honestly if you can come up with a more violent book than this one I’d be surprised….


Hephaestus; God of Blacksmiths and Fire

Scorching Hot Swoon Worthy Character

Percy_Jackson_PortraitOh man, oh man. It seems like in every good book there is a character who is worthy of this title. Gosh. Just thinking about all the hotness is making my face red. Gahhhh, why are all these questions so hard!?

Because this is a Greek Mythology book tag, I am going to go with a character from my very favorite Greek books…. yup! You guessed it (probably), The Percy Jackson Series!

Okay, so I started reading these books back when I was in middle school, and I have ALWAYS had a crush on Percy. I’m not ashamed to admit it. So there. Although his water powers might put a damper on the whole fire thing… but still. I chose Percy. Oh, and I love Logan Lerman (even though I hated the PJ movies). So that’s an added bonus.


Artemis; Goddess of The Hunt and Virginity

Favorite Kick-Ass Heroine

8d4120fb1eeff89c61483b3e83c940ceThere are some pretty kick-ass ladies out there, but I’m going to go with Cassie from The 5th Wave.

So, although I have an eBook copy of the book sitting in my phone, I haven’t actually read the book yet. I’m basing my choice on the movie version of Cassie, and just kind of assuming that it will match up with book Cassie.

I chose her because unlike other heroines, she doesn’t rely on others. She knows what she has to do and she goes for it, not caring if she has help or not. And yeah, she’s scared, but she’s brave. There is nothing more kick-ass than that.



Apollo; God of Light and Healing

Sequel Book that Redeemed its Series

I honestly can’t think of one. If I’m not dying to read the sequel to a book I don’t, so maybe I just haven’t given any books the chance to be redeemed by their sequel. Oops. But if you have one please tell me. I’d love to know.


Demeter; Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture

Favorite Book Setting

23209941Hhhmmmmm. This is tricky. I would say Harry Potter if I hadn’t already used it for one of my answers. I would then say the Percy Jackson universe, but again I used it… and as you can probably tell I don’t want to use a book/series/world more than once.

So I am going to go with Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski. If I were in the class (or any class really) that got a tainted shot and was able to read minds, that would be awesome. Or disastrous. But if I hated it I could always wear dark sunglasses and my troubles would be fixed.

Another perk to this setting is besides social shunning, there is nothing threatening anyone’s life. Ya know, there’s no imminent threat.


So that is the end of the Greek Mythology Book Tag! I will admit that there were 3 god/goddesses that I skipped, mostly because this book tag is already hella long… but if you guys liked it and want me to do more just tell me in the comments below and I’ll do those three and maybe some of my other favorite Greek gods.

So do you agree with my answers? What books and characters would you pick?

I am not going to tag anyone in particular, but if you want to do the tag you are more than welcome, and put a link down in the comments so I can check out your answers!