The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick RiordanBasically its just the #1 fact of life that any book in the Camp Halfblood world CAN DO NO WRONG. This was a completely fabulous sequel to The Hidden Oracle! Although I didnt like it quite as much because (A) it wasnt as hilarious, although still funny, and (B) the plot wasnt as exciting and twisty as the first one. But it was still an entirely solid read for me and I think Im half in love with Apollo -- who is a DORK and narcissist and but what can you do. Hes adorable.
I think Apollos character development is just so fabulous. Hes still 100% full of himself and really surprised when the world doesnt revolve around him (this happens to the best of us tbh), but he keeps getting more and more loyal to his demigod companions. And hes utter trash for looking after Meg. And, on occasion, he might even do something self-sacrificial instead of letting everyone else perish in his wake. #lovely I do hate how they ALWAYS give him a rough time though!! I mean, I get it...hes was horrible god. But like he tries so hard and Meg is so mean to him and Calypso and Leo give him 500% a rough time. Althoooooough. That is also what friends are for. And everyone they meet blames him for EVERYTHING. Its actually surprising that he stays in such good spirits about his own godliness when hes cleaning toilets and peeling carrots.
Im still waiting to warm up to Meg though??? I wasnt really invested in her in book #1, and she just continues to be a rude little turnip. I suppose its meant to be endearing??? I find the actual root vegetable more endearing. I guess Im a fan of manners and kindness, both of which Meg is allergic to.
GREAT THINGS TO EXPECT:
• the unexpected; because seriously you have no idea what this book is going to throw at you next
• gods on facebook
• monsters, murder, and mayhem
• booby traps
• prophecies that nearly kill you
• mechanical dragons that are designed like lego
• a house that only shows you the rooms it wants to and expands when requested
• featuring f/f parent couple
• bisexual Apollo
I laughed so much omg. The lines are HYSTERICAL and I think Apollos tendency to use god like speech but then mesh it with modern pop-culture references and narcissistic haikus is just the best thing since cupcakes were invented. I am such a fan omg. Hes got a relaly different voice to Percy Jackson too, which is GREAT.
And I also love how the structure of these books are less like the PJO books. Theyre on an adventure that continually unravels, so its not the same-old-same-old plot set up (get a prophecy, assemble a team, go on a quest, nearly die, etc.) of the PJO books. Its just a bit refreshing and sets them apart.
BUT SHOULD YOU BE READING APOLLO IF YOU HAVENT READ THE PERCY JACKSON BOOKS? Erm. No. There are spoilers for the Percy books. And even that aside, you wouldnt get a lot of the references/characters.
ALL IN ALL: this was definitely a hilariously glorious sequel! Maybe it wasnt as fast moving or exciting as other Halfblood books, and maaaaybe it dragged a bit in the middle. But it was still funny and used a LOT of the more obscure Greek myths so I was forced to learn things. How dare it. Im definitely a huge fan of Apollo!! 10/10 will recommend giving Apollo a cookie and perhaps a break, but also its hilarious to watch him suffer through being a human.
*** QUOTES ***
I tried to think of a brilliant plan. Unfortunately, the only thing that came to mind was weeping in terror.
I wondered if Meg knew that [names redacted] had been beheaded for letting her escape. I decided not to mention it. If Meg was really curious, she could check their Facebook status updates.
Commodus blames me for his death, I said.
Why? Meg asked.
Probably because I killed him.
Ah. Leo nodded sagely. That would do it.
No sweat, Leo said. Ill handle the first two hundred or so myself, then if I get tired--
Leo, stop. Calypso gave Emmie an apologetic frown. He jokes more when hes nervous. He also jokes worse when hes nervous.
I have no idea what youre talking about. Leo inserted carrot fangs into his mouth and snarled.
Meg almost choked on her stir-fry.
Oh! I said. Um...nah. I leaned against the wall, hoping to look casual, attractive and suave. Unfortunately, I missed the wall.
My eyelids fluttered open. I sat up, groaning. When you are the sun god, its a rare treat to be able to sleep late. Now here I was, a mere mortal, and people kept waking me up at the crack of dawn. Id spent millennia being the crack of dawn. I was tired of it.
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New Jersey he ignored. Pennsylvania he seemed to enjoy, despite our battle with the Cyclopes of Pittsburgh. Ohio he tolerated, even after our encounter with Potina, the Roman goddess of childhood drinks, who pursued us in the form of a giant red pitcher emblazoned with a smiley face. Yet for some reason, Festus decided he did not like Indiana. He landed on the cupola of the Indiana Statehouse, flapped his metallic wings, and blew a cone of fire that incinerated the state flag right off the flagpole. No blowtorching public monuments! Gently this time?
The god Apollo, cast down to earth and trapped in the form of a gawky teenage boy as punishment, must set off on the second of his harrowing and hilarious trials. He and his companions seek the ancient oracles — restoring them is the only way for Apollo to reclaim his place on Mount Olympus — but this is easier said than done. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of a now-mortal goddess, a bronze dragon, and some familiar demigod faces from Camp Half-Blood. With them by his side, can Apollo face down the greatest challenge of his four thousand years of existence? Rick Riordan is a teacher and a writer, and has won many awards for his mystery novels for adults. He says that the idea for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief first came to him while he was teaching Greek mythology at middle school in San Francisco.
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The god Apollo, cast down to earth and trapped in the form of a gawky teenage boy as punishment, must set off on the second of his harrowing and hilarious trials. He and his companions seek the ancient oracles - restoring them is the only way for Apollo to reclaim his place on Mount Olympus - but this is easier said than done. Somewhere in the American Midwest is a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again. Standing in Apollo's way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate - a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of a now-mortal goddess, a bronze dragon, and some familiar demigod faces from Camp Half-Blood. With them by his side, can Apollo face down the greatest challenge of his four thousand years of existence?