Many of you know I’m a quiz-loving person, so for this month I decided to go with a Percy Jackson – themed survey, it being one of my all time favorite series, and Percy being my single most beloved protagonist.
So how does it work? Basically, it’s a survey of sorts, where for the first half, I list down the major gods of Olympus (the Twelve Olympians, and then some), and you answer with the title of a book or the name of a character that relates to the gods’ representation. For the second half, I list down notable characters from the series and you answer with yet another set of titles or characters that comes in congruence with the examples. If you wish to use any of the given PJO and HOO personalities as answers, feel free to do so (I did much the same thing). Instead of just commenting your results below, I’d love to see you create your own post! Feel free to grab the banner if you do so wish. Of course, this activity is not exclusive to fanatics–every book lover is welcome to join in! Even if you don’t want to create your own post, do share some of your picks with me. And in the case that you do, I’d love to see a comment-link to your post on it 😀
If you find this survey too hefty for your liking, feel free to split your posts into two (as per usual), according to the way I divided them below, or choose to do one but not the other. But of course you can always partition it to suit your fancies– remember, this is a free for all!
Before anything else though, you may be wondering where this came from and why I decided to do this. That’s a long story, but I’ll try to explain it coherently. Well, basically…
I got bored. And so it begins.
God of the Sky and Thunder / King of the Gods
Favorite book (choose your own category!): I don’t think I’ve ever asked this question before, so I’ll go with my Favorite Novella (but of course you don’t have to!) This would have to be Destroy Me (Tahereh Mafi), because I loved Warner’s portrayal in this book and never would have adored
Chapter 62 Unravel Me just as much without it. Fracture Me was less than stellar though, and I just wish novellas didn’t necessarily come in e-book format! They’d look cute on the shelves, haha.
God of the Seas and Earthquakes
Book that drowned you in feels: Love Is All You Need (Deb Caletti). This is actually a collection of three different books in one, and the thing is, I loved every single one of them. Love is all I need. Amen.
God of the Underworld
Favorite book with a dark / ominous plot: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor). People say that this book is child’s play as compared to Days of Blood and Starlight, but I loved how the author incorporated the idea of angels and demons into the story without making it sound all too cliché (there is simply NO way you can disapprove of Akiva).
Goddess of Marriage and Family
Cutest fictional couple: Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters (The Fault In Our Stars, John Green). I mean, their dialogue is witty, and they entertain each other with venn diagram humor, and one accepts the imperfections of the other, and you just can’t go wrong with any of that. Love this pure could not have been portrayed so effortlessly out of a John Green novel, so I think the book well deserved its widespread reception.
Goddess of Wisdom, Handicraft and Strategic Warfare
Series with the best world-building: Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling). She built an entire world of literal magic from scratch, and up to now I can’t seem to fathom how she imagined all of it up. Hogwarts alone is an amazing concept, but with so many names, places, and spells to remember, I can hardly even grasp the little details anymore! Needless to say that I loved this series (and their movies!) nonetheless.
Goddess of Love and Beauty
Most beautiful cover on a 2014 release: Infinite (Jodi Meadows). Have you even seen the cover to this one? I mean, it reminds me of colourful birds and masquerade parties, and pretty much anything with a gorgeous façade, and though I haven’t actually read the previous books, I think the cover alone is enough to entice me into doing so (Seriously, LOOK AT THEM).
God of War and Bloodshed
Most violent book you’ve ever read: A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin). I’m not into horror books, at all, though medieval settings do somehow require excessive bloodshed, for some reason. The setting of this book isn’t exactly a place on Earth, although the customs and the costumes are reminiscent of both the dark and chivalrous ages, where of course knights spear through each other like butter, and army soldiers tear one another limb from limb. Good times.
God of Blacksmiths and Fire
Scorching hot swoon worthy character: Based on a recent read, I would have to say Galen Forza (The Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks), because of course, you can’t be a
mermaid syrena without being a good swimmer, which should of course equate to hunkiness and abs and a protective demeanor and am I allowed to swoon yet?
Goddess of the Hunt and Virginity
Favorite Kick-Ass Heroine: Juliette Ferrars (Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi) hands down. I mean, she was abused and an outcast for practically her whole life, and instead of whimpering like a kicked dog in the corner, she chose to fight her inner demons and stand against their faulty government, kicking ass and literally squeezing the life out of her foes with her bare hands (I don’t actually ever recall her ever doing this, but might as well). Rewarding her with Warner’s love would probably a good idea right about now.
Phoebus Apollo (Apollo)
God of Light and Healing
Sequel book that redeemed its series: Unfortunately, it’s hard to come by any of these, and to be honest I don’t quite recall ever having encountered any one of them. So I think I’m going to tweak my answers up a bit and go with The House of Hades (Rick Riordan), because by the end of The Mark of Athena, I was losing hope that all seven of the demigods would survive, and that Leo would ever get himself a love interest (don’t get me wrong though, I am loyal and have loved every single one of these titles).
Messenger God of Thieves and Commerce
Book with the best message: The Book Thief (Markus Zusak). I thought that this book was both touching and empowering at the same time, and because it spoke of love for the written word, I guess in that way it also spoke to me.
Goddess of the Hearth and Home
Book with the most relatable story: Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell). Haha well what can I say? I’m a cheater. I haven’t read this book to be honest (though I intend to), but I don’t ever recall reading a book I could thoroughly relate to (and if I did, it would probably bore me senseless). Being a fandom hopper myself, however, I do think that Cath and I may find common ground. So if you’re willing to send a copy over, PLEASE PLEASE DO SO.
Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture
Favorite bookish setting: I wouldn’t really wish a dystopian community onto myself, though most of the books I love are set in one of them, so I would have to go for Camp-Half Blood, because I love the sense of camaraderie, as well as the welcoming environment, and it’s obviously where I belong (confession bear: I’m a demigod). Oh and, I would really like to know for myself if it’s even possible to flunk out at monster fighting class.
God of Wine and Celebration
2014 / 2015 release you are most anticipating: Ignite Me (Tahereh Mafi). SQUEEEEEEE it’s out next week!! BE STILL MY HEART. Of course, I’m excited because
Chapter 62 all day everyday I do want to know who Juliette ends up with, and how she will manage to stand her ground against the Reestablishment (if my preferences on both counts aren’t fulfilled, shit will be flipped. Kidding, but still. Mafi, pretty please with cherry on top, don’t disappoint).
a brave, spirited natural leader with a sarcastic sense of humor, and a will to save friends and enemies alike
Favorite protagonist: Let’s not stray far from the source, shall we? I think my favorite would have to be Percy Jackson (Heroes of Olympus, Rick Riordan) because he’s both funny and extremely gifted when it comes to making use of his demigod abilities (which are the bomb diggity, by the way), and I can’t exactly think of a heroine who hasn’t annoyed me at least once. So there you have it! And with Logan Lerman’s face attached to his persona, what more is there to ask for?
intellectual genius with a strong mind, brave heart, and a love for architecture
Series / book with the cleverest plot: I was mighty impressed with Cinder(Marissa Meyer), because although the book didn’t incorporate the Disney classic as much as I thought it would, I loved how Cinder’s world clashed with Cinderella’s and how the key elements to the original fairytale were retold in a futuristic setting. And if truth be told, I quite like this heroine much better (and not to mention this Prince <3)
has a moderate sense of humor, but a strong sense of honor, justice and compassion, often described as perfect
Book with an epic finale: Clockwork Princess (Cassandra Clare). Nothing beats the way this series concluded in my opinion, and the finale of course was the main reason why it was 2013’s read of the year. I would have done just as well without the epilogue, but suffice it to say that the conclusion pretty much answered all my prayers (and confirmed my suspicion that Cassandra Clare is, indeed, a goddess).
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!): Angelfall (Susan Ee). Riddle me this: how many recommendations should it take for one to give in and pick up a book? Well if you asked me, I’d say not too many, and to be honest, I have received well above enough for me to shit a brick. I have loved the idea of this book since the day I read its first review, so why is it taking me ages to get the job done? Hmm well, ask Fullybooked. Or any other bookstore that NEVER HAS IT IN STOCK (None of my family members own credit cards, because we’re impulsive buyers, which is a shame because they don’t run out online). I heave endless sighs. *siiiigh*
good-natured and energetic, funny but intelligent, honest and witty, and is skilled with machines
Book that made you laugh: My Life Next Door (Huntley Fitzpatrick). This wasn’t an easy favorite, though I adored it nonetheless—the Garretts’ crazy antics were hilarious, and I think I literally laughed out loud at more than one point during my read, which of course startled this peaceful household (conveniently in the middle of the night). GEORGE, though! Nothing could be any sweeter, believe me. And it gets a companion (The Boy Most Likely To, 2015)! The good vibes are everywhere.
bright and outgoing despite an unfortunate childhood, is mature for her age and has a love for horseback riding
Favorite character with a tragic past: I’m not too sure how I’m supposed to define tragic, but by my standards, I think Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor) fits the bill. He was the epitome of enigma for most of the book, and I loved him exponentially better after unravelling his mystery, and it was magic. And those eyes (I mean duh, I’ve never seen them, but can you even imagine how gorgeous they must be?)
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: Wither (Lauren DeStefano). I read this book recently, not expecting to like it as much, because after all, the synopsis didn’t quite speak to me (which should explain why it took me this long to read it), but suffice it to say that the book was a pleasant surprise.
Nico di Angelo
grim, solitary, powerful and mysterious, highly unpredictable and selectively affectionate
Most mysterious character you’ve ever encountered: Probably The Darkling (The Grisha, Leigh Bardugo), though almost a page before the big reveal, I totally called the shots regarding his true intentions. I still love him to death, regardless (he is seriously a weakness).
cheerful, upbeat and protective satyr who chews on furniture when he gets nervous
Book you won’t read due to warnings against them: Carrier of the Mark (Leigh Fallon). I read a review on this book over at PaperGrey, if I’m not mistaken, and the review was written well enough for me to completely make it a point to steer clear of this book once and for all. If you happened to have liked it, try to convince me otherwise by telling me why!
Clarisse La Rue
arrogant and hot-tempered, but brave, strong and protective of camp
Most annoying character: I hate to say this, because she does remind me of well, myself, but I think America Singer (The Selection, Kiera Cass) is the single most exacerbating heroine I have ever encountered on this bookish journey of a lifetime. I mean, there were two sides to her persona, one clever and the other rash, and unfortunately, she channeled the latter almost ten times as much. I’d like to say that I am rooting for her (because who else is there to root for), but after reading The Elite, I’m not so sure anymore.
And that’s it for this feature. Now it’s your turn! comment some of your links and your answers to make my day, and join in the fun, because you know you want to 😉
And now a Logan Lerman collage for motivation (this took me 7 hours to upload. How is that even possible).
See you next time! Hope you have fun 🙂