Hello fellow bookworms ⚡ With the news that Percy Jackson is getting a second chance at an adaption (hopefully Disney+ will give us what we deserve) the Pery Jackson hype emerged again, which makes me very happy as I’m an avid fan of this universe! The lovely May @ foreverandeverly created a Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Character Book Tag in honor of the adaption news and kindly tagged me! I was honestly SO excited as the Tag has so many amazing questions and the graphics are absolutely stunning!! 💛 Therefore, the graphics used in this post were all originally made by May! I was also further tagged by the lovely Lily @ sprinklesofdreams, it makes me so happy that we’re all united in our love for Percy Jackson 🥰 I personally won’t be tagging anyone as a lot of people have been mentioned already, but if you haven’t been tagged, this is your invitation to do the Tag 😊
Let’s get started as this might already be one of my longest posts on the blog … my love for Percy Jackson (and May’s amazing questions) really came out and next things I knew the post was long 😂
- Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
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- Match books with the given prompts.
- Tag however many people as wanted!
- Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.
Jackaby (William Ritter)
➽ Yes I’m obsessed with this book. I picked up Jackaby earlier this year because it was part mystery (and also historical fiction and fantasy) and I wanted to get a bit more out of my comfort zone. Next thing I knew, I accidentally got obsessed with the story and characters 😱 I didn’t even plan to get so invested in Jackaby, but the characters are all FANTASTIC and it’s kind of a mix between Supernatural and Sherlock Holmes which really vibed with me. We have a great mystery, supernatural creatures, and a super interesting detective team. The story is told by Abigail, a girl fleeing the expectations of her parents who’s super observant and tough, making it as the assistant of the supernatural detective Jackaby, who has the sight but is generally regarded as a lunatic by the normal human police. Their extended team also includes a (1) ghost and (1) duck who used to be a human 🦆 Basically, I need more people to read this book as it was amazing!!
Vengeful (V.E. Schwab)
➽ This book was honestly so masterfully done. Vengeful is the sequel to Vicious and set 5 years afterwards, yet employs the same anarchonic timeline that the first book also used! It’s like one big puzzle, leading up to a certain point in time that constitutes the climax of the story. I loved uncovering the different characters’ lives and decisions that all converge into one point. The longer the book went on the more you could piece together what was happening and who knew what. I felt like the book skipped between focusing on one character and their insight, bringing it all together so you could see the plot from all the sides. This was so well done and definitely one step up from Vicious, as all the characters and timelines are more complex. So reading Vengeful was definitely a great experience, as you could see how masterfully the author was keeping track of all the characters and timelines and managed to bring them together 😱
Finding Felicity (Stacey Kade)
➽ There are a lot of under-hyped books I always like to recommend, but I barely heard anyone talk about Finding Felicity! I love books set in college, so I was immediately drawn to it and honestly, the main character’s experiences were SO relatable to me. I found myself nodding along with the book so many times as it brought up all the little situations that feel uncomfortable and awkward if you’re socially anxious and shy, especially with the expectation to perform for new people. It’s like the book saw into my mind and perfectly articulated how I also struggled with college at first, so that was really comforting for me to read. The main character has a questionable crush on another boy from her old high school, but I liked that her journey was also focused on the friendships she manages to forge, her relationship with her mother, and how she’s adjusting to college. She also struggles with truly being herself and not an idolized, perfect version, something I could really relate to as it’s so hard to be your truest self without wanting to completely change yourself. If you’re looking for more coming of age books set in college, I’d definitely recommend Finding Felicity! 💛
A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)
➽ I had heard so many things about ACOTAR before starting it, that I was already sure that I’d either love it or hate it. It’s hard not to get influenced by the hype (both good and bad) if you’re reading the book a bit later than everyone else. So a big part of me was prepared to really not like it, especially as it’s definitely not without its flaws. Big surprise, I actually ended up loving A Court of Thorns and Roses so much that I immediately was craving the sequel and had to order it right away 🥰 This book definitely gave me the biggest book hangover and got me a bit obsessed, especially with book two, as this one was 100% even better! Throne of Glass didn’t manage to convince me as much, but for some reason ACOTAR spoke to me and got me attached to its characters, so I’m with the people who love this series(I still haven’t read ACOWAR though 😅)
Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)
➽ Really cliche, I know, but Harry Potter has a special place in my heart. J.K. Rowling … not so much, I’m mostly ignoring her nowadays, as she’s so incredibly messy and should probably just not tweet anything at all. Nevertheless, Harry Potter is still such a magical series now that never fails to comfort me and make me feel right at home. Like many people, I read this one growing up and therefore get confronted with all the nostalgia. I still haven’t finished my Harry Potter reread (I got stuck on book 6) but I remember how comforting it felt to read the books again and escape into a magical place that was Hogwarts ✨
Cassel & Barron (Curseworkers)
➽ Surprisingly it was really hard for me to chose my favorite sibling relationship. No relationship immediately came to mind that I adored but then I remembered the messy family dynamics of the Curseworker Trilogy. This is uhm … definitely not a sweet, caring sibling bond but I still find the relationship between Cassel and his older brother Barron so very interesting and well-written! Cassel is part of a big crime family and has a very strained relationship with most of them, especially as he starts out the series as the Black Sheep. His oldest brother Philip is downright mean to him and not the awesome old brother that you’d like to have. Neither is Barron – the middle child – though he’s more messy and reckless than Philip, so I find him much more interesting. Throughout the entire series, Cassel and Barron’s relationship is very strained, as Barron has done a lot of bad *spoilery* things, yet especially towards the end you kind of question if there is something good in him. Plus I really enjoy Barron annoying his little brother and pretending to be the Cool Older Brother 😂
If I Stay (Gayle Forman)
➽ This is a book I accidentally read in one day. I didn’t even plan to do it, but last year I checked this out of the library by chance because I had wanted to read something by Gayle Forman for ages now … and then I binge-read the book without doing much of my university chores for the day 😂 I was literally so enthralled by the book and because it’s on the shorter side and relatively quick to read I just flew through it so quickly, time kind of lost all its meaning and I knew that I had to finish If I Stay. It’s a really old backlist book but was still so engaging and got me to immediately read all the Gayle Forman books from my library in the weeks afterwards because I began to love her emotional stories so much 🥰
Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo)
➽ To be honest, I love a lot of books that have a larger fanbase. And it’s really amazing because it means so much content to obsess over and a lot of people to talk with! The most popular book that I also love is probably Six of Crows, which I actually read way later than everyone else. This was kind of a book I knew I’d probably like because everyone was gushing about it so much and I loved Leigh Barudgo’s earlier books (I actually love the Grisha Trilogy a lot, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but an amazing classic Fantasy story). In the end, I really did like the Duology, mainly because I’m someone who loves character-driven stories and therefore was happily reading about the dynamics between our six main characters who all had their distinct personalities. (My favorite character is Wylan as I relate to him a lot, we’re both awkward Hufflepuffs 💛)
Geekerella (Ashley Poston)
➽ Okay, this was actually so hard to decide?! I would probably want to take my entire bookshelf with me to a desolated island or at least a big tome to last me a while, yet I also want to read something comforting. That’s why I picked Geekerella, as I haven’t read it since 2017 and I need to do a reread (I just got this for my Kindle, so it might happen soon)! I still remember loving the depiction of fandom and love for your favorite show so much, I really got into Starfield and began to love it, though it’s a fictional show – that’s how perfectly the author depicted the main character’s love and passion for it. I’d basically want to lose myself in the world of Starfield and though I did like the companion novel, Geekerella somehow still stood out to me and was the book that really made me fall in love with the whole Starfield fandom ✨
The Tower of Nero (Rick Riordan)
➽ Of course, I had to slip in a Rick Riordan book in this Tag. I always hesitate to predict books that I will give 5 stars because I’m afraid that I’ll somehow jinx myself and end up being disappointed by the book 😅 However, Rick Riordan is one of the rare authors that always write books that I love, no matter what his next project will be, so I just intrinsically know that I will enjoy whatever he puts out. I have like total faith in him and have 5-starred every single book he has written to date as I always love them so much. The only book left to read now is his newest release (coming in September) and the conclusion to the Trials of Apollo Series: The Tower of Nero. I’m SO excited to read about how Apollo’s story ends but also a bit scared that Rick Riordan will make us all cry 😭 I definitely hope he’ll write more mythology-based books in the future, he kind of hinted at wanting to do some standalone spinoff books for certain characters 👀
Witchshadow (Susan Dennard)
➽ There is only one book that immediately came to my mind. Get ready for some Witchlands gushing again because book 4 is finally coming out next year!!!!! It’s no secret that this series is one of my all-time favorites and holds such a special place in my heart, so I’m beyond hyped to read the next book in the series! I would honestly love to have it in my hands right now (hence why I’d do anything to get it) though I’ll have to wait until early of next year to finally read it 😭 Sadly, we didn’t get any Witchlands content this year (though I totally understand it, as the author is currently preparing for her first child!) but that just makes me so much more excited for 2021. I’ll also hopefully be doing a full series reread in order to prepare for Witchshadow (very mysterious name btw, I’m guessing it’s becoming relevant in the story 👀) and obsess about my favorite characters yet again 🥰
You Asked for Perfect (Laura Silverman)
Recommended by Marie 💗
➽ I just recently read this and it was amazing! I literally read You Asked for Perfect in one day, because I couldn’t put it down and as the book is on the shorter side in general, I knew that I had to keep reading. I’d seen Marie mention how much she loved the book and I had the feeling that I would really like it as well – I was right. I loved how You Asked for Perfect touched upon academic pressure and perfectionism, it had so much great discussion about the interaction between the flawed school system and student’s mental health. This is definitely a must-read and as I loved it so much, I look forward to reading more books by this author 🥰
Honorable Mention ➽ Darius the Great Is Not Okay (recommended by Caitlin 💛)
The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan)
➽ Rick Riordan strikes again, as his books are some of the funniest I’ve ever read! My favorite series by him is 100% the Magnus Chase Trilogy (why didn’t we get more books btw? I still need more 🥺) especially because it has some of the best banter and humor that made me laugh the most out of all the books I read by Rick Riordan. Magnus Chase is honestly a gem, he’s got such a snarky voice and always has a fun comment on his lips, there are so many iconic lines that made me grin, making The Sword of Summer and the following books SO entertaining 😄
“It was an annoying name to have. People tended to spell in Mangus, rhymes with Angus. I always corrected them: No, it’s Magnus, rhymes with swagness. At which point they would stare at me blankly.”
Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead)
➽ I’m going with a book that I read long ago BUT haven’t recently reread. I still plan on rereading Vampire Academy, but it hasn’t yet happened, even though I finally got the entire series in English so I can binge-read it! The books still have such a special place in my heart, because I adored this series back in school and read most of the books together with a friend – we even went to see the movie together, it wasn’t that special but still kind of entertaining 😄 Even though I haven’t read the books in a while, I still love them so much and remember how fond I was of all the characters and relationships back in the day. Rose Hathaway is still one of my favorite female characters and her friendship with Lissa is one of the best in YA even years after the series released! I definitely want to revisit this world and finally get around to reading the Bloodlines spinoff afterwards!
We Used to be Friends (Amy Spalding)
➽ Reading this book was stressful. Breakups are hard, but do you know what breaks my heart even more? Friendship Breakups. James and Kat are inseparable and the best of friends at the start of the book but by the end, they are barely speaking and seem to have had a big falling out. The book tells their story in differing timelines, making you slowly uncover why they stopped being friends and if there is even a chance that they might find their way back to each other. This was definitely such an emotional story, that almost everyone can relate to, as it hurts so much to lose someone so important to you and the book did a fantastic job showing all the little bruises that can slowly accumulate over time and develop into something much, much bigger. I was definitely becoming more nervous towards the end, as you wonder how the author is going to conclude the story for James and Kat 🥺
The Star-Touched Queen (Roshani Chokshi)
➽ Everyone please show Roshani Chokshi some love. I know that this book got a lot of pre-release hype back in the day, but it’s also got a really low Goodreads Rating with many people hating the book. That’s why I was a bit hesitant going into it, but I absolutely ended up loving the Star-Touched Queen instead! It has such a fantastic, vivid world and a swoon-worthy Hades and Persephone romance that I really enjoyed. Most of all I loved the main character Maya’s arc of learning from her past mistakes and not letting them define her, so she could have a happier future🥺 In general, I do wish this author got a bit more love, as she’s – in my opinion – one of the best YA Fantasy writers we currently have, making me really excited to finally get to The Gilded Wolves 💖
Again, But Better (Christine Riccio)
➽ Time to be a bit salty. I thought a bit about what book to mention for this prompt and was reminded of how disappointed I was by Again, But Better. I had followed along a lot of Christine’s writing update videos and was therefore really excited for her debut, but sadly I didn’t find it the book to be well-executed. It spotted a lot of red flags for me like the fact that it had such an uncomfortable self-insert which is even worse when you know the author’s personality as it lets you draw way too many parallels between her and the main character. There was also a ton of grey-area cheating involved with the main couple, as well as an onslaught of constant pop-culture references, a magical twist that made no sense and … the romance also fell so flat. So reading the book was super frustrating for me and I don’t get why it was even nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards 😅
Emika & Hideo (Warcross)
➽ Picking between my OTP’s is hard, so I made a spontaneous choice. I have so many more couples I love but as I’m writing this I’m reminded of my love for Warcross. I love Marie Lu and Warcross was the book that started my love for her! It has a cool, futuristic setting based on virtual reality and an addictive game called Warcross. Most of all, I however love the romance as it has many of my favorite tropes: slow-burn with a hint of forbidden love and so much mutual pining. The main character Emika is poor, but when she accidentally glitches herself into the game, she gets offered the chance to participate in the Warcross Championships. Hideo is the genius behind Warcross as he developed the software and is incredibly rich and famous, but also very private. Both of them cross paths when Emika is supposed to do a secret job for him and they slowly grow closer together 🥰
Who is your favorite PJO/HOO character? Are you excited for the new show? What is your favorite book in the series? ⚡