5 Ways to Brighten a Book-Lover’s Day + Trials of Apollo Giveaway

Today, we’re teaming up with our friends at Disney-Hyperion to celebrate the upcoming release of The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordin, the second book in his Trials of Apollo series. And since Apollo is the God of Music, Poetry, and the Sun — all things that can brighten our day — we wanted to feature 5 Ways to Brighten a Book-Lover’s Day! (Plus, keep reading for your chance to win a Trials of Apollo prize pack.)

1. Ask about what they’re currently reading!

One thing book-lovers enjoy almost as much as reading, is talking about what they’re reading!

2. Take them to a bookstore.

Book-lovers love browsing the shelves at a bookstore — looking for old favorites, and new volumes to add to their ever-expanding TBR piles.

3. Support them when things don’t go well for their favorite characters.

FEELS. Book-lovers have many of them, often about fictional characters. Don’t poke fun; just be supportive.

4. Leave them alone!

Give that book-lover some quiet alone time so they can read in peace. Let them get lost in another world, binge-read a new tome, or just pet their books in solitude.

5. Read with them.

Or, if you want to spend some quality time with a book-lover, grab your own book and read next to them in companionable silence.

Apollo is the god of many things! To celebrate the release of The Dark Prophecy, three different prize packs will be offered in giveaways across the web inspired by Apollo’s godliness– God of Music, God of Poetry, and God of the Sun. Collect them all!

We’re giving away a God of the Sun Prize Pack! One (1) winner receives:

  • Copy of The Dark Prophecy
  • Camp Half-Blood sunglasses
  • The Trials of Apollo beach mat

To enter: tell us in the comments what brightens your day – then fill out the Rafflecopter to complete your entry and earn more chances to win.

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion. Contest runs through midnight (PT) on Monday, May 1st.

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The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, Book 2)
By Rick Riordan
Published by Disney-Hyperion
In stores May 2nd, 2017

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/Lester do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again—if it doesn’t kill him or drive him insane first. 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 son of Hephaestus Leo Valdez, the now-mortal sorceress Calypso, the bronze dragon Festus, and other unexpected allies—some familiar, some new—from the world of demigods. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride….

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Rick Riordan, dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, based on Greek and Roman mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, based on Norse mythology. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two #1 New York Times best-selling collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. Rick lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @camphalfblood.



29 thoughts on “5 Ways to Brighten a Book-Lover’s Day + Trials of Apollo Giveaway

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  1. Aside from reading a good book, what can really brighten my day is getting a big hug from my 3yo niece.

  2. The simple things – going home from work, getting into comfy clothes, and reading. Also Saturdays when my girls come home and we hang out.

  3. When I need to brighten up my day I grab my dog and go for a walk on the beach. It’s magically rejuvenating.

  4. This list is so true. There’s nothing more annoying than when you’re in the middle of trying to read a good book and someone starts trying to talk to you. Something that brightens my day? Chocolate. Haha. Especially if it’s chocolate frosting on cupcakes. Mmmmm. So good.

    I totally forgot that it was about time for the second Trials of Apollo book to come out. I loved the first one. Can’t wait to read this one!

  5. Someone I don’t know doing something really nice for me – it can be something as simple as holding the door for me. General random acts of kindness! ❤

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