REVIEW: The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
I am a HUGE Rick Riordan fan. I love everything about the way he writes - his humour, his pace, the way he draws characters, how he re-imagines the Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse gods in the modern world - EVERYTHING.
Ahem, so I was very excited to read this, the first book in the Trials of Apollo series, in which Apollo - god of music, healing, the sun and poetry, among other things - has been changed into a flabby, acne-suffering human teenager as a punishment from Zeus. The story is told in first person, with Apollo's fantastically funny and annoyed narrative voice throughout. He is teemed up with Meg, a cuticle-picking diamond in the rough, type demi-god who embarrasses him at every turn. Together they must find out why demi-gods have been disappearing from camp half-blood and what it has to do with the oracle at Delphi.
You don't have to have read the Heroes of Olympus series or the Percy Jackson series to enjoy this, but it would certainly make it more interesting to know the previous stories of some of the characters you meet. 100% fun and completely brilliant. I never wanted it to end.