I’ve been on hiatus for so long and honestly I didn’t have plans to post something again because I still have a lot of academic obligations on my plate. However, I am breaking my silence to SCREAM ABOUT PERCY JACKSON because who I am really if not a long-suffering demigod. I have May @ foreverandeverly to thank for coaxing me out of my cave. If not for her book tag, I wouldn’t be here.
Before we get to the book tag, let me get this off my chest:
WE DID IT DEMIGODS WE’RE FINALLY GOING TO HAVE A DECENT PJO ADAPTATION!!!!!!
When I woke up to the adaptation news a few days ago, my legs literally felt weak and I cried on the floor. This is not even an exaggeration. I don’t have enough words as to how much I love the Riordanverse and I’ve waited for this news FOR SO LONG so when it finally came, I was overcome by a plethora of emotions. There are people who are skeptical about the news because what if Disney+ ruins everything all over again? I am a huge fan of PJO but this time, I am confident about this new adaptation. I don’t trust a man more than I trust Uncle Rick and I know that he will do everything to make his fans happy.
Okay. I still have A LOT of things to say about this but we’ll be here for another three years if you let me run my mouth for a moment longer. Thank you to my fellow long-suffering demigod May for making this tag and to Lily for tagging me (you’re the sweetest!). Now let’s get to the tag, shall we?
- Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
- Link to the original creator: May @ Forever and Everly! Please note that she made the artwork/graphics, if you’re going to use them.
- Match books with the given prompts.
- Tag however many people as wanted!
- Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.
I haven’t read quite as much books as I expected (so far) this year but I’ve discovered so many favorites already! However, for now, I’m giving the spotlight to a book that is criminally underrated it breaks my heart to think that not many bookdragons have read it yet. I am talking about The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang. This is a book about a legendary family of warriors who are tasked to fight for their Empire even at the cost of their own lives. It’s a story of war but at its core, it’s a tale of bravery, love, and family. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK YALL. It’s going to be one of the greatest books you’ll ever read. I swear it.
I HAD A DIFFICULT TIME THINKING OF AN ANSWER TO THIS PROMPT. But since I’m feeling nostalgic I’m going to say The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. This is still the best short story collection I have ever read. It’s dark and magical and perfect for rainy days. It’s mind-blowing and heart-aching and AESTHETIC. Aside from being pure genius, the book is the most beautiful thing I own. I will never stop screaming.
Bear in mind that The Sword of Kaigen is also a perfect answer to this prompt. READ IT NOW YOU COWARDS.
But also, YALL SHOULD READ IGNITE THE STARS BY MAURA MILAN. This space opera duology is one of the most underrated gems out there. You want good character relationships, slow burn romace, and a compelling plot? This baby has it all. READ IT NOW. AND SWORD OF KAIGEN TOO.
When Daisy Jones came out, I had many misgivings because I was hearing mixed reviews left and right. I mean, of course I had my doubts. What book could ever top Evelyn Hugo? I listened to Daisy Jones on audiobook and by the end, I was a heaping pile of tears. Evelyn Hugo remains superior though.
Just staring at my Rick Riordan books gives me a fuzzy feeling I will never get tired of. When I read The Lightning Thief six years ago, my life irrevocably changed. To this day, I have read the entire PJO series three times and opening The Lightning Thief will always feel like home. ALWAYS.
Steel Crow Saga is one of my favorite reads of the year and I ADORE the sibling relationship of Tala and Dimangan so much. Their bond reminds me of Tea and Fox from The Bone Witch series which tells you just how much I love them. The way Tala and Mang will stir the world to protect each other warms my heart with so many emotions. READ STEEL CROW SAGA TOO.
This book. This book. THIS BOOK. Every time I think of If We Were Villains I spiral into a world of pain and awe and more pain. This book has impacted my life so much that I even considered reading SHAKE FRIGGIN SPEARE when I finished it. It also made me appreciate theater when I hardly cared about it before. This book definitely lives in my mind rent free.
Need I say more?
I have read The Poppy War twice already and I wouldn’t mind reading it over and over again if I were to be stuck on an island with nothing left to do. I am sure every Poppy War reread will give me different feelings and lessons to unpack. That’s how great this book is.
We’re really winning 2020, aren’t we? I AM FINALLY GOING TO READ SOMETHING FROM CARDAN’S POV THAT IS NOT AN AO3 FANFICTION. It still feels surreal. I wish Holly Black writes 800-page bricks like Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas but alas, I can’t have everything. Even if this book is going to be 200 pages or less, I still know that I’m going to give it five stars. I will call this as The Cardan Book forever because the title is a mouthful.
I really don’t have to explain this. I’ve been yearning and dreading this book since I finished reading the bomb that is The Dragon Republic. It’s painful to think that one of my most favorite series is going to end this year but I think the book itself is going to give me more pain than any thought of series withdrawal. I am not even considering delusions of a happy ending at this point. I just KNOW that my children are all going to suffer. I need to harden my heart until this book comes out.
I read Jade City because a lot of my bookdragon friends are obsessed with it and I wasn’t disappointed. There are a few books that can make my heart thump loudly against my chest and Jade City is definitely one of them. Reading it was one hell of an adrenaline ride. This is one high stakes fantasy everyone should read.
There’s no book that can make me laugh harder than Persassy’s Greek Gods. Only Rick Riordan can tell Greek mythology with humor without taking away its tragic undertones. I pick up this book whenever I want to cheer myself up.
I can’t even remember the year I read The Night Circus but the feels are still there. I can hardly remember the content of this book but I will think about it forever as the one that made me love fantasy. I hope to reread it someday.
I was afraid while reading every single page of The Dragon Republic. You know that feeling of dread when you just know that everything is going to go wrong real soon and your life will be destroyed forever? That’s what I feel for TDP in a nutshell. The Burning God will end my existence for sure.
Everyone dislikes Shadow & Bone but loves Six of Crows. That’s the gospel. However, I can say with all my chest that I love the two series equally. S&B gave me Nikolai and SoC gave me the Dregs. Both series are important to me.
I AM SORRY BUT I REALLY DIDN’T LIKE THIS BOOK. I was very disappointed considering that this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I put it down at 17% because I didn’t have brain cells to spare anymore. I found everything about this book annoying and thinking about it leaves a foul taste in my mouth. I’m sorry.
Percabeth remains superior but let’s give the other ships a chance. Sarai and Lazlo from Strange the Dreamer gave me all the feels in the world. Lazlo Strange is my soulmate but he and Sarai are too perfect so I’ll let them be happy forever. I’m still waiting for the next Laini Taylor book. I swear everything that woman touches becomes gold.
And that’s it! See you in another decade or less.
Just kidding. I might post another thing soon in celebration of my blog’s second anniversary! How fast the time flies.
I’m tagging my dearest demigod friend Thya and every single one of you! I hope you enjoy doing this tag just as much as I did. Writing this made me rediscover my love for blogging. See yall soon.
What was your reaction when you found out about the new PJO adaptation? Are you excited, scared, or both?