A Riordan Book with Second Book Syndrome? It’s More Likely Than You Think

Genre: YA // Fantasy
Series: The Trials of Apollo #2
Goodreads rating: 4.32
My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐







Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . (Goodreads)

As I was writing down my thoughts in list format so that I wouldn’t forget them, I realised… I quite liked my list. Therefore I decided that it’s time for another list review

💛 Not as good as the first one

💛 Not much happened??

💛 Second book syndrome?? A Rick Riordan book?? It’s more likely than you think

💛 That’s really how it felt though, not much happened, by the end of the book I didn’t feel like the story had progressed that much. So all in all, it did feel like second book syndrome

💛 Still love Apollo though

💛 His past relationship with a man is a huge part of the plot!!!

💛 Can people stop being so mean to him pls give my boy a break

💛 His friendship with Meg!! I died and cried just aaah

💛 It’s just so beautiful?? They love each other so much and they keep on going for each other????

💛 Like these two will go to the end of the world for each other??

💛 Like Apollo who used to only care about himself would willingly sacrifice himsef to save her?? My heart?? Can’t handle it??

💛 The haikus are still enjoyable

💛 Leo and Calypso!! And becoming friends with Apollo!!

💛 Though I do wish we could’ve gotten the story from their POV as well, as now it didn’t feel like they played a big part

💛 Apollo and Calypso being clueless ex-immortals together (though Calypso more so since Apollo kept up with pop culture)

💛 Lesbians who played a big role and were important to the plot!! Spoiler (but a good one): they have a happy ending!!!

💛 More Roman history and myths!! While you’d think it could get a bit difficult keeping up with all these characters, creatures and myths, Rick Riordan never info dumps and makes it feel like your head will explode

💛 Cameos!! From old favourites!! Whether they actually appear or are mentioned

💛 I loved a lot about it, it’s just that it dragged a bit and it didn’t feel like much happened?

💛 All in all it was enjoyable, but I had high expectations since I adored the first one

Have you read The Dark Prophecy yet? What did you think? Oh and did you know that apparently it’s going to be five books?? I thought it was a trilogy! Did it change or was it always meant to be five books and did I get confused because Magnus Chase is a trilogy haha



13 thoughts on “A Riordan Book with Second Book Syndrome? It’s More Likely Than You Think

  1. I thought it was a trilogy too! Oh well. I love me some Riordan. XD I read part of this at Costco??? And it was good. But I really really miss the classic PJO books and I wish he’d stick with those characters. XD Great review! I love lists.

    • Ahhh so glad it wasn’t just me XD Yeah I definitely don’t mind haha. Yeah I miss them too, thankfully some of them are making cameos in this one but I still really miss them. Guess it’s time for a reread :P Thank you! So do I haha

  2. I agree, it wasn’t as good as the first book but I still liked it well enough. YES Leo and Calypso were great! I liked how they aren’t immediately perfect for one another and have to work towards being a couple. I think it was always supposed to be a five book series :D . I’m so excited for the last Magnus Chase book though!

    • Yes that was very realistic and nice to see, as we don’t really see this with the other couples! Okay haha I guess I thought three Roman emperors equals three books 😂 Me too! Though on the other hand I’m not ready for it to end yet haha

  3. Rick Riordan is so good. I miss reading MG. And yes I ship Leo and Calypso. I loved the Kane Chronicles, definitely the most underrated out of all his series. Awesome post!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

    • Aww you can still read MG though! The Kane Chronicles definitely deserve more love. I adored those but sadly they’re overshadowed by all his other books. Thank you! :)

      Yeah of course! I’ll post some tips on your about page :) A wonderful day to you as well

    • Woops I can’t comment on your about page haha. I’ll post some tips here then!

      For reviews:
      Don’t feel pressured to review every book you’ve read
      Not necessary as there are a lot of people who don’t do this, but you can try post your reviews in different formats, like a list review for example (that really works when you don’t remember the book that well haha)
      Try to write your review as soon as possible after finishing it, or at least try to write down your thoughts in keywords or something so you won’t forget)
      If possible try taking your own pictures for your reviews, the pictures on your instagram are really pretty and that will attract followers :)
      When I click on your goodreads logo on your blog it takes me to the Goodreads homepage so I don’t know if you already do this, but post your reviews on there as well with a link to your blog. Hopefully people will get curious and click on it haha

      General tips:
      The most important thing is that you have fun! It’s okay to take a break here and there if you don’t feel like blogging, ’cause it shouldn’t become a chore.
      Blog what YOU want to blog about, even if that means it’s not books or writing related. It’s your blog so do what you want! :)

      Good luck!!! Your blog is looking great already so it can only go up from here 😊

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