I saw this book tag/survey over at Beatrice‘s blog and as someone who LOVES Greek mythology, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. However, instead of doing one long one, I’ve decided to divide mine up into 2 different tags. I’m lazy like that!
Let’s begin with part 2 of this bookish survey: Greek Mythology style with the heroes of Olympus!
A brave, spirited natural leader with a sarcastic sense of humour, and a will to save friends and enemies alike.
Well I suppose I shouldn’t choose Percy for this one, even if it would be the most fitting. So, I think I’ll go with Shara from Their Vampire Queen by Joely Sue Burkhart. She puts the Spice Girls to shame with her Girl Power!
Intellectual genius with a strong mind, brave heart, and a love for architecture.
Series / book with the cleverest plot:
The plot in these books might not be clever in the “OMG this makes the Da Vinci Code look like a child wrote it” – but nonetheless, it’s clever with the characters, their personalities and traits and mostly: the amazing world building. If that’s not enough I’ll say the twist of pop culture knowledge, pretty darn clever!
“The point is, we can’t enjoy a woman, unless we enjoy her together. It’s part of the bond. None of us have ever had a woman on our own.”
“So if you were a boy band, you’d be One Erection,” I state, rambling because they have me nervous.
Has a moderate sense of humour, but a strong sense of honour, justice and compassion, often described as perfect.
Book with an epic finale:
Reckoning is the perfect finish to L.J. Swallow’s The Four Horsemen series. In this book we finally get all the answers of who Vee is, what’s her role, is she really the fifth horseman? And if so, why hasn’t she been mentioned before? Personally, I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion and showdown between the Horsemen and Chaos.
Aggressive and persuasive but down to earth, caring and loving towards Jason, her friends and family.
Book with a tempting synopsis (one you haven’t read!):
Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi. Here’s the blurb:
A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?
Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.
Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…
As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.
Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.
I keep breaking my own “don’t read YA books” rule. So, hopefully this one won’t let me down *fingers crossed*
Good-natured and energetic, funny but intelligent, honest and witty, and is skilled with machines
Book that made you laugh:
One of the most recent ones I’ve read, which made me laugh was Blurred lines by Lauren Layne. The main characters, Ben and Parker have some really great doll banter going in the beginning of the book. And I’m not ashamed to admit it had me laughing out loud to myself.
Bright and outgoing despite an unfortunate childhood, is mature for her age and has a love for horseback riding
Favourite character with a tragic past:
That would be all the guys from Rock-Hard Beautiful by C.M. Stunich. The entire band has souls that are filled with scars, and when it comes to pain it’s not a competition of who’s had a worse time. All five guys are like phoenix’s that has risen from the ashes of their tragic pasts.
Somewhat shy, cynical, and clumsy, though he possesses a strong sense of duty, loyalty, and love
Book you loved more than you thought you would:
Colton Farms by M.E. Parker! When I received the book to beta read I looked at the cover: and instantly thought: UGH! But within the first two chapters, I was hooked and overall I loved the book.
Nico di Angelo
Grim, solitary, powerful and mysterious, highly unpredictable and selectively affectionate.
Most mysterious character you’ve ever encountered:
Cyrus from Deadly Captive: The Trilogy by Bianca Sommerland. That psychopath was one of the most unpredictable, grim and intriguing characters I’ve ever read about. His mind games are out of this world and, I’ll never know how Bianca came up with something that’s so dark and twisted.
Cheerful, upbeat and protective satyr who chews on furniture when he gets nervous.
Book you won’t read due to warnings against them:
I can’t think of any that I definitely never will read, but there’s a few I’ve avoided due to the reviews left on Amazon & Goodreads:
- Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.
- Kit Davenport
But who knows, I might get around to reading them eventually.
Clarisse La Rue
Arrogant and hot-tempered, but brave, strong and protective of camp.
Most annoying character:
Helen aka Heavenly Hamilton – the female leading character of the Starcrossed series, written by Josephine Angelini. If you’ve read my reviews of the series you’ll know, that my recommended fix to this annoying Mary Sue was simply to kill her off. If she’d died in the first book when she experiences a literal fall from grace, I think this series would have been much more enjoyable.
‘Doesn’t matter? Lucas, this is my life you’re talking about.’
‘Exactly. You’ve been attacked how many times now? We still don’t know who those women are. And I don’t think you realize just how big a threat Creon is even with me standing right next to you, let alone when you go running off by yourself across the island. This is your life we’re talking about, not just an athletic scholarship,’ he said evenly, calmly. ‘I want you to quit. For now, anyway.’
‘You have got to be kidding me,’ she replied, completely deadpan.
‘I’m not. Quit track. Until we figure out how to deal with Creon, it’s too dangerous.
Judging by this quote from the first book, I’m not even sure she would fight hard to stay alive. Maybe even she realises how ANNOYING she is.