I find this really strangely entertaining, especially in the style that it is written in. Especially how the writer breaks the fourth wall, and also all the footnotes at the back are worth the shot.
I think that the author did a great job in the chosen one and inserting plenty of humor. If it had to be done, a parody is the best. And Simon, who is self aware and his initial narration full of wit, was a hoy to read through. Even if it did drop a little later, but never to the point that I was bored. And well, I was snorting at the beginning. That often says something about how much I like this book.
Also, like Harry Potter, he had companions with the one boy and one girl. Tessa, who is no know it all, and definitely won’t take kindly to being possessed. Or Drake, who somehow winds up with minotaurs since they assume he is a prince. A case of mistaken identity, but it is sort of hilarious.
Also, the way that Simon gets himself into huge trouble and does pay in consequences. And here, really there is even a Snape reference, although done in a way that is quite unlike it. Simon, like I said has a breaking the fourth wall kind of narration. Which does everything to subvert all we know, and well makes for a read that will make you laugh or light up your smile. And that Simon is also quite a know it all, but in a good way.
I guess that the whole appeal of this book was how funny it was, and how the chosen one plot was completely different. And that it does not take itself seriously, because those books are rare in this genre. And that’s about all I have to say about this book, that I was thoroughly entertained. So, will I recommend it? Yes, to anyone in need of a good laugh and a dose of comedy.
Rating: 4 out of 5