Fans of Percy Jackson, put on your seat belts. Camp Half-Blood is back and its newest camper is no other than the god Apollo, himself. Zeus has cursed Apollo by turning him into a teenage boy, complete with (oh the agony) acne. What's worse, he has been bound to serve a young demigod, Meg in penance for allowing a giant serpent to recapture the Delphic Oracle. Adjustment to human life, with no godly power and no eight-pack abs, is difficult for Apollo, but with the help of family members and new friends, he finds the courage to face an unknown and incredibly powerful evil.
I actually liked this one better than the Sword of Summer. Apollo is a delightfully flawed character, and Riordan has a fun time juxtaposing his past arrogance with the current shortcomings. Parents should be warned that there is quite a bit of discussion about homosexual crushes. Nico and Will (Will being one of the campers in the Apollo cabin) are important characters in this book, and Apollo himself discusses his past relation with Hiasynthus, a beautiful mortal boy that Apollo had a crush on. So if you are not ready for that in kid's literature, then this is one to avoid. I have to admit that it is so ubiquitous now that it doesn't really bother me anymore. Evey new teen/tween series has a nod to homosexuality. It is like a litmus test. You can't really publish unless it is there. So while I am reading I just think, "ok, there is the token gay couple," and move on. (376 p)