Greek Mythology Book Tag

I have taken out all the questions where I didn’t feel like I had an adequate answer, as I would rather leave them out than make up something stupid.

Zeus – God of the Thunder and Sky / King of the Gods 

Favourite book

This series will always be one of my favourites, the world building is rich, and the characters are developed amazingly. It makes you care for the characters, and you will feel for them, even the ones who aren’t portrayed as being inherently good. The series is filled with morally grey characters, who are all just fighting for what they believe in.

Curse this world for what it does to the mothers, for what it does to the daughters. Curse it for making us strong through loss and pain, our hearts torn from our chests again and again. Curse it for forcing us to endure.

Poseidon – God of the Seas and Earthquakes 

A book that drowned you in feels

The thing about Jellicoe Road, is that for the first third of it I was confused, i was confused about how the two storylines fit together, I was confused about the setting. But by the second third, I was happy, the storylines were coming together, and the characters were living happily. But by the time I reached the last third I was crying, I remember I read the last two-thirds in a night, and while I was reading this last third, I had to keep putting it down to cry, it was the kind of book cry where you had to keep reading through the tears. Now just reading the prologue makes me cry, and I’ve tried rereading it so often but I keep feeling the need to cry so I put it down.

When it was over, she gathered him in her arms. And told him the terrible irony of her life.
That she had wanted to be dead all those years while her brother had been alive. That had been her sin.
And this was her penance.
Wanting to live when everyone else seemed dead.

Hades – God of the Underworld 

Favourite book with a dark/ominous plot

I could not make any kind of list or tag without including The Secret History, this novel is my lifeblood, that may sound excessive, and it is, but what I mean is that i love this novel with all my heart. It’s introduced with a murder, and it explores the intricate details of the characters minds, and as none of the characters are good people that makes for a dark and ominous novel.

One likes to think there’s something in it, that old platitude amor vincit omnia. But if I’ve learned one thing in my short sad life, it is that that particular platitude is a lie. Love doesn’t conquer everything. And whoever thinks it does is a fool.

Hera Goddess of Marriage and Family 

Cutest fictional couple

  • Sydney Sage and Adrian Ivashkov from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

These two fill up my heart with so much joy, the character development that they both experience, both with and without each other is amazing. They support each other, and they are such a healthy couple.

“The center will hold.”

“How do you know?”

“Because we are the center.”

Athena – Goddess of Wisdom and Strategic Warfare 

What book/series features your favourite intelligent heroine?

Kestrel is such a great strategist, and in a world of ya books, where the majority of the female leads are great fighters, a female character who relies heavily on her mind is such a good thing. That is not to say female characters who are great fighters are not good characters, the majority of ya females just rely on being fighters a lot more than being strategists. Which is why I love Kestrel, she is a horrible fighter, but she is still able to get stuff done by using her head, which to me is just more relatable.

There was dishonor, she decided, in accepting someone else’s idea of honor without question.

Aphrodite – Goddess of Love and Beauty 

Most beautiful cover

The cover of this novel is absolutely breathtaking, it was the reason I originally picked it up, and the inside definitely matches the cover. The cover is very minimalistic, and it fits with the tone of the novel amazingly.

“Someone like you is brilliant and amazing,” I said. “Why can’t you see that in yourself?” The unfairness of it was starting to sink in. If she could only see herself like I did, there wouldn’t be a problem. But she didn’t, and she never would, and that was so many levels of wrong and unfair I almost couldn’t comprehend it.”

Ares – God of War

Most violent book you’ve ever read

If you have ever read these books then you know what I’m talking about, they included some of the most violent scenes, that I had ever read back when i read them for the first time.  If i read them back now they probably wouldn’t seem as bad, but i’m putting them here because they were the ones that seemed the most violent at the moment i read them.

For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.

Hephaestus – God of Blacksmiths and Fire 

Scorching hot swoon-worthy character

If you ever ask me who my lesbian awakening is, the answer you’ll get is Isabelle Lightwood, even before the tv show came out, I was whipped for this girl. She is such a strong female character, and she is so sure of herself. So yes i find her swoon-worthy and i probably always will

But I watch my brothers give their hearts away and I think, Don’t you know better? Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.

Artemis – Goddess of the Hunt

Favourite Kick-Ass Heroine

Helene is such a great character, and I find her interesting. She’s one of those characters who aren’t inherently good, Helene will do anything to save the empire she loves, and that leads her to do some bad things, she’s a great example of a morally grey character done right. You don’t agree with all her actions but you understand where she’s coming from and that makes her even better.

“His eyes are unfathomably sad as he lifts my chin. “Most people,” Cain says, “are nothing but glimmers in the great darkness of time. But you, Helene Aquilla, are no swift-burning spark. You are a torch against the night — if you dare to let yourself burn.”

Apollo – God of Light and Healing 

What book is the exception to a genre you don’t typically like?

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I have still yet to finish  this, and that is probably because of my aversion to science fiction novels, but the part of the book I have read I really liked, i just have a hard time getting into sci-fi. This was also the only sci-fi book i could find on my shelf, which i why it’s a book i havent finished that’s on here.

You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.

Hestia – Goddess of the Hearth and Home 

Book with the most relatable story

I read the Bell Jar when I was in a bad place mentally, and I related to Esther’s character a lot. Not so much in her actions and the things she did, but more in her thoughts. I felt portrayed in her them and i could feel myself in them, looking back on some of my highlighted quotes now, i still relate to them, but not nearly as much as i once did. It was one of those books that you happened to read at the exact right time.

If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.

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