Hello everyone, and for this week for the Character Spotlight post the character I have chosen is Reyna from the Heroes of Olympus series (i.e. the follow up series to the Percy Jackson series). As far as underrated characters go the Percy Jackson series has a lot of underrated characters. Although this maybe because everyone knows that the film adaptations of the first two Percy Jackson books are rubbish, and every Percy Jackson fan knows to stay clear of the films. Anyway considering they’ve only adapted the first two PJ books, out of five it’s doubtful that they’ll be making the HOO series any time soon.
So here are just a few reasons why you should appreciate Reyna’s role in the Heroes of Olympus series. For those of you who don’t have a clue who she is, she is the praetor of the Twelfth legion in Camp Jupiter (it might be a good idea to read the HOO series before reading this, otherwise you’ll get very confused).
- She is very accepting of otherwise, she doesn’t judge Nico when she finds out about his crush on Percy.
- She makes sure to acknowledge Nico’s role in saving both camps. This leads to both Camp Half blood and Camp Jupiter accepting the son of Hades.
- In the House of Hades Octavian is determined that Camp Jupiter should attack Camp Half Blood however she gives strict orders for them not to attack until she returns.
- She flies to Greece on her Pegasus. She also transports the Athena Parthenos back to Camp Half-Blood along with Nico by shadow-travel. She also does this despite feeling betrayed by Jason and knowing that she may lose her rank as Praetor for breaking the rules.
- She also gives Nico her strength to help him shadow travel.
And if this still hasn’t convinced you then:
“She flung her cloak in front of her and fell on the explosive arrow, determined to shield Blackjack and the other pegasi, and hopefully protect the mortals sleeping below decks. She had no idea whether her body would contain the explosion whether her cloak could smother the flames, but it was her best chance to save her friends and her mission.”
And this one…
“Then she did something so unexpected Nico would later think he dreamed it. She walked up to Nico, who was standing to one side in the shadows, as usual. She grabbed his hand and pulled him gently into the firelight. ‘We had one home,’ she said. ‘Now we have two.’ She gave Nico a big hug and the crowd roared with approval. For once, Nico didn’t feel like pulling away. He buried his face in Reyna’s shoulder and blinked the tears out of his eyes.” – The Blood of Olympus.
Hey everyone, and sorry for the lack of updates last week, I had just got back to Uni. Anyway I won’t bore you with excuses; this week the book I’m going to review is ‘the Duff’ by Kody Keplinger. FYI, DUFF stands for designated ugly fat friend.
Firstly, I’d like to say that considering this book was written by a teenager (who is around 18 or 19) at a guess, I’m very impressed. I could never write a novel like that so kudos to the author!
If you recognise the title it is probably because it has recently been made into a film of the same title starring Mae Whitman and Bella Thorne, however despite the fact that I really enjoyed the film it is nothing like the book. Seriously, it has the same title but that’s about it, and Bella Thorne’s character doesn’t even exist in the book, yet she plays a huge part in the film which makes no sense at all…
One thing that particularly irked me about this book was the main character: Bianca. At the beginning of the book she complains and she is really judgemental of Wesley who she considers a man-whore. However less than a hundred pages after this, she ends up sleeping with him to escape from her problems, hypocritical much?
I also kind of hate the fact that she uses sex as escapism, well I mainly hate the fact that as soon as her father turns to drink she seems to give up on him by sleeping with Wesley rather than helping her father.
I also hated the fact that she ditches her friends and instead goes to Wesley’s house just because she needs to escape. What makes it even worse is that she doesn’t understand why her best friend is annoyed with her. Instead of apologising to her so called best mate she calls her snotty cheerleader, I mean seriously? This was just one of the reasons why I struggled to sympathise with Bianca.
However I really did like the secondary characters; Jess and Casey, and I especially liked reading about how they all met (and can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that we have a cheerleader who is not completely horrible for once)? I only wish that they had played a bigger part in the book…
Truthfully I didn’t enjoy this book mainly because I didn’t particularly like or sympathise with the main character with Bianca, who was cynical, judgemental and a feminist (which in this instance means that she has given up on boys because she had her heart broken by one).
Overall I would give this book 3/5, I think the author had a good idea and message about not letting labels define us, however I think that Bianca’s character let the story down for me.
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Hey everyone sorry for the late update, but here is the review of the week and this week it is ‘Radio Silence’ by Alice Oseman. When I started the book I was afraid that I wasn’t going to like it because I had previously started Solitaire by Alice Oseman and I never get round to finishing it, but for me Radio Silence was absolutely brilliant and I was fearing the end of the book!
The main character is Frances, who is head girl and she plans to Cambridge University. Honestly I wasn’t expecting to like her and for the first few chapters I didn’t particularly like her, because all she did was study which seemed a boring life to lead. However when she meets Aled her whole life is turned upside down and she undergoes massive character development. All the characters are very complex and they all have their own flaws, I loved all the characters; especially Aled.
I also really liked the fact that the book is very diverse the characters are Frances is half British and half Ethiopian and Daniel is Korean.
Something I especially liked about the book is that it is one of the few YA contemporaries that has the absence of romance, there is romance but it isn’t central to the plot unlike so many YA book. This book is more about friendship and family love. This is just one of the reasons why this books stands out to me out of all the YA contemporaries.
This book also managed to avoid another one of my pet peeves of YA contemporaries; the absence of a parent, why are parents barely mentioned in YA contemporaries? I loved the relationship between Frances and her mother.
Another great thing about this book is the message: do what you want to do, not what someone else what’s you to do, do what’s right for you. After all what’s the point of doing something you don’t enjoy?
Overall I think Alice Oseman captured what being a teenager is all about, and I could relate to Frances on so many levels including creating fan art and spending a ridiculous amount of time on Tumblr!
I’d recommend this for young adults over sixteen, although this is partly because University plays a big part in the book so 17-18 year olds were probably be able to relate to the main characters more. Overall I’d give this book a 5/5 stars since I fell in love with the characters and Universe City.
And that’s all from me for today, goodbye and see you Friday for the character spotlight post!
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