Going through memory lane | The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Character Book Tag

Dear reader,

As you may all know, Percy Jackson and the Olympians is going to have a brand new adaptation on Disney+. Rick Riordan is working on it, so I have hope everything will be respected (i. e. everything that concerns sexuality and colour skin etc). Obviously this made me want to re-read all of the books, which I’ll hopefully do it soon (I only read them once and when I was a very young teen, so I miss it terribly because I absolute adore this series). In the mean time I found a brand new tag about this amazing series and thought I could too try it, though I wasn’t tagged.

Without further ado, here are my answers to the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Character Book Tag!


β₯ RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
  • Link to the original creator: May @ Forever and Everly! Please note that she made the artwork/graphics, if using them. *If you care about graphics having a clear quality, make it big enough so that the dimensions are 1103 x 175!
  • Match books with the given prompts.
  • Tag however many people as wanted!
  • Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.

β₯ THE TAG

I already have a few favourites for 2020, so I cannot go with only one answer for this question. My best/favourite books of the year so far are both Nocturna and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I was lucky enough to receive an e-ARC of the second one, and it totally blew my mind. I would highly recommend both of them if you love fantasy. They’re both very different, Nocturna being more action-packed than Addie but they are both beautifully written, have amazing characters and an incredible story.

I feel like whenever I do a tag I only ever quote V. E. Schwab but, oh well, she’s not of my favourite authors for nothing. A book where I was in awe of the author’s genius definitely was Vicious. I re-read it last year and it blew my mind once again. This book is absolutely brilliant. It’s beautifully written, it has a thrilling story and characters like I never met before. The whole message behind it and the way it is delivered is… genius, pure genius.

Okay, I promise I’ll go with other books right after this one but I must quote Nocturna. I don’t know why but this book has so many low ratings on Goodreads, and I didn’t understand a lot of the reviews. People have been complaining that the tropes used have already been done and that the only thing that changes is that the characters are POC but… that’s actually why it’s important. POC deserves to see themselves in any books, and who cares if some of the tropes have been done before. It’s a new story with new characters and it’s set in a latinx inspired world. I do understand that not every book is for everyone, but this one truly deserves more hype.

For this one, I have to go with The Kiss Quotient. The thing is that I read this book back when it was released, but mostly back when I hated romance. I don’t know why, considering I read tons of romance from 18 to 20 years old, but at one point I couldn’t stand this genre anymore. And so I read this book and gave it 2.5 stars, and thought that would be it. Well, this year I am reading romance again because I challenged myself to take part in a bookclub in which we’re only reading romance. Now that I’m less critical about the genre I decided to give this book another go, my mind filled with negative thoughts about it… and I found none of the flaws I thought there were in it. I was so surprised by my re-read and gave it 3.5 stars, which is a great rating for me. I kept looking for all those negative things I said about it, but never found them. It’s not that they were not there, because many people told me they thought like me, but it’s more about how you perceive certain things at a certain point of your life and how your view on something can change with time. It’s the beauty of art – it’s never the same, it’s always changing because our eyes never see it like it was before.

This is going to be awfully clichΓ©, but… Harry Potter. I mean, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home, right? 2020 is the year I re-read all of the books in French and it hit me how much I owe to this series. It’s a bit disheartening at times because I cannot stand J. K. Rowling, but those books… They’re my heart, my soul and I would never have been who I am today without them. Not to be cheesy.

I mean, who would I be if I didn’t chose Lady Midnight to answer this question? I adore the Blackthorn siblings with all of my heart. They didn’t have a super beautiful start of their childhood but they stuck together and look at them now. Julian is the best brother-dad they could ever have and I love how they all support each other no matter what.

Without a doubt, Daisy Jones and the Six. I listened to the audiobook of it every time we took our car to go to the beach last summer and time would go by so fast. I was so addicted to it, and I don’t think I ever felt anything like it before. Going to the beach always took us two hours, but it felt like two minutes to be honest.

Ah, Nico. My sweet, sweet baby. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw the Happy Meal McDonald’s box next to his name, I always loved this scene. Anyway, for this one I am going with… Drumrolls please… Six of Crows! I feel like almost everyone in the YA book community loves this series, and obviously I do too. I read the first book when it came out in France because I was still reading a bit in French at this time and I was hooked from the first page (which doesn’t seem to be the case for everyone, apparently a lot of people were confused by the first chapter? Well, anyway, I clearly wasn’t). I am dying to re-read them and I’ll definitely do it before the tv show comes out.

It took me a long time to come up with anyone because what am I looking for in a stuck in a island book? Do I want something comforting? Long enough to spend days reading it? Complex so I can study it again and again? I decided to go for Fangirl because I’ll definitely be anxious if I was Calypso and I would need a long enough comforting book. Fangirl always makes me feel better and I mean, I’d be happy to spend days and weeks with Levi.

Clap When You Land, definitely. I received an e-ARC but unfortunately I couldn’t read it, so now I’m patiently waiting for my copy to arrive. I adore everything that Elizabeth Acevedo writes and I know this one will be another 5 stars.

So, I’ll say this once… Give me Queen of Volts RIGHT NOW. Last year I fell in love with the The Shadow Game series and I was addicted. The second book destroyed me in the best and worst ways possible, and I cannot wait for the last book to come out. I do not trust Amanda Foody at all, but I’m in for the epic ride this book will be.

If there’s one thing I have to thank the book community for, is to have pushed me to read Scarlet. I read Cinder when it came out in France long, long ago and I was disappointed by it. To be fair, I read it right after Crown of Midnight for the first time which was one of my favourite books for so, so long, so any book would have disappointed me. Anyway I thought I was done with this series, but people on bookstagram kept telling me how amazing it really was and that I should give it another go. So I bought the second book in English, read it… and got obsessed with it. From this moment I binge read the rest of the series and lost my heart somewhere on the way.

Leo, my baby, my love, my life!

The first series that always comes to my mind whenever someone asks me this question is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which may makes senses considering it’s a PJO/HOO tag. I never laughed as much in my life than when I read those books. I always cracked up when I realized what those crazy chapter titles actually meant, you know, when you get to that scene which finally explains why the chapter is called this way, when the title was completely crazy. I always adored this. I studied Greek mythology and Roman history for a long, long time, and seeing all of it twisted in such a modern and brilliant way always made me laugh as well.

I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower when they announced Emma Watson would play in the adaptation and when she posted a picture of her with her short hair. At that time I was working on an Emma Watson blog, so this was everything we would be talking about. And so I read the book and… It changed me forever. I re-read it a year or two years ago and it still is close to my heart. I’ll never forget this book for what it gave me.

Definitely Queen of Air and Darkness. I was never more scared to read a book than this one. Though it disappointed me for two reasons, I still enjoyed it and cried for days when I was done. It was hard to say goodbye to one of my favourite series ever but I did it nonetheless.

I don’t think everyone truly hates it, but I saw a lot and a lot of negative reviews about Furyborn when I truly love those books. I mean, sure, it’s not the greatest series of all time but come on, it has angst, conflict, morally grey characters, dark and twisted ones too… Well, anyway, I do love this series though lots of people seem not to.

The Queen of Nothing, definitely. I mean, I loved the first two books. Not as much as everyone and mostly for the political aspects more than for the hate/love thing which, I felt, was really minor in the story, but I still enjoyed them. And then the last book came out, I read it in one setting, put my Kindle down and whispered to myself, “Well, that was stupid.” I mean, it’s not my type to say that a book was stupid but I truly didn’t like this one. I thought it was too fast paced, I thought it made no sense and ruined absolutely everything I loved about the story. I thought it was predictable and suddenly gooey and romantic when I signed up for cruel characters. I mean, come on, it’s called The Cruel Prince. Anyway, I’ll probably punch it without a doubt if I ever met this book as a person. No offense.

I wanted to go with the Dark Artifices series again because, phew, it made me feel everything but I wanted to change a little and decided to go for the romance book which made me make peace with the genre, Outmatched. I wasn’t expecting anything and I felt everything. I loved this book a lot, and adored the fact that the characters never had a miscommunication problem but always talked and expressed their feelings. It was the best.

β₯ TAGGING

I’m only going to tag my friend Roxanne on this because I know she loves those books a lot and we shared our love for it together. But if you see it, consider yourself tagged!


And that’s all!

Have you ever read those series? Who is your favourite character? Mines are Leo, Nico, Percy and Annabeth!

Love always,

Clara

3 thoughts on “Going through memory lane | The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Character Book Tag”

  1. I’m super, super, super excited about the adaptation! I can’t wait for it to come out, and in the meantime, I’d love to re-read the books (and since I don’t own them, it seems like a perfect excuse to get a pretty box set for myself). I’ve seen this tag everywhere and I’m very tempted to answer it! πŸ˜›

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