I'm warning you right now, this is not my usual style of post. Things get serious.
Yeah, I know, I never do that.
Right now, all of my time has been consumed with my summer assignment homework. This includes analyzing a book chapter by chapter, which I have no problem with, except when it's Neil Shubin.
Neil Shubin is going to get a lot of flaque when I review his book (it's called Your Inner Fish and I suggest that you do not read it).
THE MAN SPENDS TWO CHAPTERS ON EMBRYOS.
THE GIF DOESN'T EVEN FIT THE PAGE!
Anyway, Your Inner Fish is not the subject of today's dissection (heh...biology jokes), but Mr.Ricky Riordan is.
But...you LOVE RICK!
I do but...
This is too painful. Let's just get to the review.
The Dark Prophecy
by Rick Riordan
Publishing House: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Fantasy (YA)
Age: Late Elementary and Up
Short/Long Read: You have to push yourself to keep reading this book, so a couple weeks.
Rating Out Of Five: 2/5 Stars
The whole Percy Jackson fandom is coming at me like this because I gave this book two stars:
However, I stand by my opinion. The Hidden Oracle, the book that preceded this book, was significantly better. I even gave it four stars.
The only two things I ask from the writers of the books I read are:
1. A decent book that isn't your stereotypical middle grade "kid finds his/her powers that he/she didn't know he/she had" book.
2. Consistency in the quality of the books you write if you're writing a series.
It's about quality not quantity, and at this point, Mr. Riordan is milking it.
The act of drawing out a series of something (books, movies, etc.) for the sake of making more money or establishing a larger fan base. But mostly for money.
"Wow, I just saw Solo. Disney's really milking it."
Yep. Disney just got shade in definition form.
Anyway, I can respect Mr.Riordan for trying to make a living for his family. There is no crime in that. But here's the thing:
No one writes to make money.
We write to tell wonderful stories and share our thoughts and create a magic that cannot be replicated in any other form.
We write because we love to write, and people read it because they love to read. And it means something to someone, no matter how small your book franchise is.
And I realize that I'm making a very bold statement for a blog post, but here's the thing. Many books are drawn out for the sake of it, and the quality continually decreases as the series goes on. The only instance I have not seen this happen is Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities series. The series is what? Six books in (seven, eight, and nine are coming out soon--super excited!), and the quality is still as good as the first book, if not, then it's gotten better. I have the utmost respect for that.
Sadly, the quality of this book dropped significantly.
I'd like to give Mr.Riordan the benefit of the doubt and say that I've outgrown his books, but I went back and read Mark of Athena and The Lightning Thief (some of my favorite books of his), and the magic was there for those books and those books were and will always be great.
Here are my main problems with it:
- Apollo turned into a knock-off Percy in this book. And that's a horribly rude thing of me to say, but it's the truth. It's like in the writing process someone realized Apollo was too much like Percy and decided to change things about Apollo and it ended very badly.
- I had to force myself to finish this book. Like I had to with Mockingjay. That is not good at all.
- The character development wasn't very thought out. We get the same patterns of Meg from the first book, and Calypso (the person who should be getting development) was completely ignored.
- The villains were badly written. In Riordan's other books, his villains have actual motive, and not just the "I want to rule the world for no apparent reason" cliche. I really appreciated that. And I lost that in this book.
Here's why it didn't get one star:
- Emmie and Josephine (the book world's favorite--and only--married, retired Hunters of Artemis). They make the book.
I am really sad with this milked book. I wish it weren't this way, but I have fallen out of love with the new Riordan books and I will not be reading The Burning Maze, which came out last month.
However, I still love the old books of Mr.Riordan, and I do encourage you to read those.
Have a great week everyone!
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