Remember when I read holy-shit-so-many-books back in March? Well, apparently the price of that is a major reading slump in April. It’s the 16th of the month and I’ve finished three books (one of them a short story/novella) so far. I also have work to do this month, which means I shouldn’t be reading at all… not that it’s going to stop me, since I have ARCs and book club reads and other plans to finish!
In any case, I saw the Greek Mythology Book Tag on Scorpio Book Dreams (created by Flip That Page), and I immediately knew I had to do it. I love Greek Mythology, mostly because of Rick Riordan but also partly because of Astoria: Fate’s Kiss in the Lovestruck app 🙂 And a book tag is the perfect bookish thing to do when you’re otherwise in a reading slump.
Since this survey has two parts, I decided to do them in two different posts – look forward to the second part in a few days!
(Note: Most of the links below go to my own review of the books I mentioned, so feel free to check those out for more info.)
⚡ Zeus || God of the Thunder and Sky / King of the Gods || Favourite book
My favourite book is Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver – an action-packed goodness with a huge, diverse cast, PTSD and anxiety rep, characters of colour, literally everyone is LBGTQAI+, oh, and have I mentioned they have superpowers?
🌊 Poseidon || God of the Seas and Earthquakes || A book that drowned you in feels
I’m going to pick The Lifeline Signal for this one, which is the sequel to Chameleon Moon, and in a way it had more feels than the first book. Dealing with the death of several characters (one recently, and one long ago), as well as the disappearence of another, on top of the usual Parole happenings… And yet it still has plenty of cute moments and good feels as well.
💎 Hades || God of the Underworld || Favourite book with a dark/ominous plot
This is difficult because I prefer not to read very dark books – but then again, most YA dystopian/fantasy books have some kind of dark plot going on in the background. I’m going to pick Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner for this one, which has a pretty dark plot and a lot of character deaths – a group of teenage girls being trained to go to war with mermaids to save their people. I really enjoyed this first book, although I’ve heard mixed reviews about the two sequels.
💍 Hera || Goddess of Marriage and Family || Cutest fictional couple
I’m going to pick Esofi and Adale from The Queen of Ieflaria for this one – both because they are the cutest couple I can think of, and because they get married in the book. Hononary mentions go to basically anyone in Chameleon Moon, including Evelyn/Rose/Danae (f/f/f polymarriage!) and Regan/Zilch/Rowan + Jay, because polyamory is great.
🦉 Athena || Goddess of Wisdom, Handicraft and Strategic Warfare || Series with the best world-building
Can I just say Chameleon Moon again? OH! I’m going to say The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud. It’s an old favourite of mine and I absolutely love the trilogy (starting the Amulet of Samarkand), although I unfortunately haven’t read the prequel yet. I also want to reread the entire series, but I loved the characters, and while the worldbuilding might be a little cliché (wizards in London, big deal)… well, I still loved it, and I don’t read many series. (Honorary mention to the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, otherwise known as Every Heart a Doorway and its sequels.)
🕊️ Aphrodite || Goddess of Love and Beauty || Most beautiful cover
The Queen of Ieflaria could fit here, of course, with the beautiful dress on the cover – as well as the Life Within Parole Vol 2. cover, but that one is only public to Patreon subscribers at the moment, so I can’t post it here… just believe me when I say it’s beautiful. I’m going to pick The Summer of Chasing Mermaids for this one, because I’m in love with that cover.
🐍 Ares || God of War and Bloodshed || Most violent book you’ve ever read
The easy answer to this is Ice Massacre – the word “massacre” is literally in the title, and half the cast dies by the end. I was going to try to pick something that I haven’t mentioned so far, but yeah, I don’t actually think I can top that one. (Unless we count some of the short stories they made me read for literature class that I still have nightmares about… Fuck Csáth Géza, in all honesty. And whoever wrote that one with the gangrape.)
🖖 Hephaestus || God of Blacksmiths and Fire || Scorching hot swoon-worthy character
(See what I did there with the emoji?) Huh. I am actually horrible at book crushes so I thought this would be difficult, but then I suddenly remembered Failure to Communicate, which had both Diver and Kiri, who are both definitely swoon-worthy. I can’t wait to read the sequel, since there have been hints that Xandri may end up in a polyrelationship with both of them 🙂
🏹 Artemis || Goddess of the Hunt and Virginity || Favourite Kick-Ass Heroine
I’d say that Xandri from Failure to Communicate definitely counts here – she might not be the traditional definition of kick-ass, since her talent isn’t mostly in combat, but she definitely deserves the title anyway. Also, do you remember when Danae from Chameleon Moon punched a tank in the face? Or when Esofi in The Queen of Ieflaria fought a duel in her dress?– But to pick someone I haven’t mentioned yet: Every single heroine from The Radical Element would count. This is a historical fiction anthology with twelve stories that all have female protagonists somehow rebelling or defying expectations. I adored every single story, which is rare with anthologies. (Special love goes to Lady Firebrand and Better for All The World!)
🎼 Apollo || God of Light and Healing || Sequel book that redeemed its series
This is definitely The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (second book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series). Maybe “redeem” is a strong word, since the first book wasn’t bad by any means – but it was definitely lacking something for me, and that “something” turned out to be Alex Fierro, the most badass character Rick ever created.
🐢 Hermes || Messenger God of Thieves and Commerce || Book with the best message
I like books with diverse protagonists because they often send the message that you are valid, you are okay, and you are perfect – in this regard, Chameleon Moon would definitely be the best pick for this one. Seriously, there’s so many wonderful quotes.
- “Words are important. They let you know it’s real, you’re fine, more people like you exist. They let you know you’re not alone.”
- “They’ll use guns and they’ll use words, and the worst part of all is that you might listen when they say you’re a freak or a monster, and you might start to believe it. But they are lying.”
- “Love yourself, love the people around you, and never give up. If you need help, reach out. If you’re drowning, make some noise. There are people who love you, who will throw you a life preserver. That’s what it all comes down to, love. That’s how we’re gonna get through this. And we are gonna get through this.”
- “Remember, panic’s a guy, and we just punch him in the face.”
- “There is enough air.”
🔥 Hestia || Goddess of the Hearth and Home || Book with the most relatable story
Hah… given that I mostly read fantasy and sci-fi, I don’t exactly read books for relatable stories (unless it comes to queer characters), and I have trouble relating to fictional characters most of the time. Perhaps Green Toes by Avery Flinders, where I related to the bisexual main character in a lot of ways – the way she feels out of place with both in the straight and gay communities.
🐖 Demeter || Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture || Favourite bookish setting
Although the books themselves didn’t age very well, I still have a nostalgic feeling towards the world of Harry Potter, and that of course includes Hogwarts. I would love to hang out in the Hufflepuff common room. I would also love to visit new planets with Xandri in Failure to Communicate. I probably wouldn’t like living in Parole, though.
🍷 Dionysus || God of Wine and Celebration || 2018 release you are most anticipating
I’m going to be honest here, I usually don’t keep up with release dates because I have so many things to read that I only get to new books months after they were released… But I’m definitely looking forward to Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault, which comes out in 2018, as well as Daughter of the Sun, which is the sequel to The Queen of Ieflaria.
That was long! And there’s another post coming! But I had tons of fun with it, and I hope some of you will too 🙂