Continuing from the Greek Mythology Book Tag, here is the Heroes of Olympus Book Tag created by Jasmine at Flip That Page. The tag is based on Rick Riordan’s middle-grade fantasy series of the same name of which I’m a fan. It’s an entertaining story that follows the adventures of teenage demi-gods who are trying to save the world.
Heroes of Olympus
Percy Jackson: a brave, spirited, natural leader with a sarcastic sense of humor and a will to save friends and enemies alike.
I actually prefer Percy in his own series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, rather than this one (just saying).
Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir
Who doesn’t like Mark Watney? He’s a likeable guy and fitting for this question based on Percy. Both characters have a penchant for corny jokes. The Martian was an unexpected enjoyable read for me. Since it’s sci-fi and science heavy, I thought I’d be confused as I read, but I wasn’t. Mark’s humor carried me through that story. Loved it!
Annabeth Chase: an intellectual genius with a strong mind, brave heart, and a love for architecture.
Series/book with the cleverest plot.
Annabeth is awesome and we share a love for architecture. The first time I read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, I thought it was a rip-off of Harry Potter because Annabeth reminded me so much of Hermione.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, illus. by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett
Two answers for this one because I like the plot twists in them, which I can’t reveal because they make the stories great. I recently read Gone Girl, a mystery novel about a man whose wife goes missing, which was surprisingly great. The twist at the end reminded me strongly of end of The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Superman: Red Son was also great. In this comic, the American hero is reimagined as a Communist leader. The twist at the end made me immediately start rereading it with the end in mind.
Jason Grace: has a moderate sense of humor, but a strong sense of honor, justice, and compassion; often described as perfect.
Book with an epic finale.
Jason always gets knocked out. Always. So much so that I found it funny.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Because by the end, homeboy had to be blinded and maimed in order to be tamed so he can be led by Jane. I thought that was a bit much, but, whatever. It’s as extreme as what occurs in Gone Girl. Anyway, I couldn’t think of an answer for this one.
Piper McLean: aggressive and persuasive, but down to earth, caring, and loving toward Jason, her friends, and family.
Book with a tempting synopsis (one you haven’t read!).
I don’t think Piper is aggressive. I liked her character more in the first book, The Lost Hero, rather than the subsequent ones.
The Goat’s Tale by P.J. Hetherhouse
I featured this book in my most recent Wishes for My TBR Pile post. It’s a fantasy novel that pulls on astrology, Celtic mythology, and Arthurian legend; basically all things I’m interested in. I’d really like to read it.
Leo Valdez: good-natured and energetic, funny [and] intelligent, honest and witty, and skilled with machines.
Book that made you laugh.
Leo is my favorite character! I love his lame jokes.
Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
I hardly read funny books so this was a hard question to answer. However, Alf, a character in Rekulak’s young-adult book, made me chuckle sometimes. The story is set in 1987 and is about the crazy plans of three teenage boys who’re trying to buy a copy of Playboy featuring scandalous pictures of Vanna White, co-host of the TV game show Wheel of Fortune.
Hazel Levesque: 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.
Hazel…wasn’t very outstanding to me. I was disappointed by her role in the fourth book because she was overshadowed by the other characters.
Velvet from the Velvet comics by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting
I had to go with Velvet on this one because she’s a total badass and it seems that whatever it was that occurred in her past, with her husband, is hunting her. Velvet is about a woman who works at a spy agency but is framed for her colleague’s death. It’s entertaining and is one of my favorite comics. Velvet is a great character and I love how confident she is.
Frank Zhang: 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.
Like Hazel, Frank wasn’t outstanding. He’s sweet though.
Copperhead, Vol. 1 by Jay Faerber, illus. by Scott Godlewski
This is a sci-fi comic about a single mom who relocates to “a grimy mining town on the edge of a backwater planet” to serve as its sheriff. It was recommended to me by a seller at my favorite comic book shop. I thought I wouldn’t like it so I was pleasantly surprised when I did. The story hits on a lot of themes that interested me, like culture clash, immigration, and exploitation; and the artwork on the full-page spreads are great. I’m not a huge fan of the art in the panels though.
Nico di Angelo: grim, solitary, powerful and mysterious, highly unpredictable, and selectively affectionate.
Most mysterious character you’ve ever encountered.
Aww, Nico. He’s another favorite. He’s so misunderstood by the others.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The women at 300 Fox Way, namely Maura, Calla, and Persephone, who’s the most mysterious. We need a book telling us their story. Sure, it was mentioned in The Raven King (or was it Blue Lily, Lily Blue?), but I need more. I’m so curious about it.
Grover Underwood: a cheerful, upbeat, and protective satyr, who chews on furniture when he gets nervous.
Book you won’t read due to warnings against it.
There’s no book like that. Actually, warnings against a book will probably make me want to read it even more.
Clarisse La Rue: arrogant and hot-tempered, but brave, strong, and protective of the camp.
Most annoying character.
Ah, Clarisse. She is annoying.
Gilded Cage by Vic James
All the characters in Gilded Cage, except Silyen. They all annoyed me at some point by doing something silly. Silyen, however, was intriguing. I wish we knew more about him. Gilded Cage is a young-adult fantasy novel set in present day except those with magic abilities have enslaved people who lack such abilities.