Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Percy Jackson Characters

Happy The House of Hades Release Day! I am so happy! I can’t wait to go diving into this novel! I’ve been waiting SO anxiously for this book to release ever since I finished The Mark of Athena last year. Such a cliffhanger.

Now, dosage to celebrate the awesome release of this book, information pills I have decided to have a Percy Jackson themed Tuesday Top Ten today.

I honestly thought this was going to be an easy Top Ten and I was soon proven to be completely wrong. But all ten are awesome, stuff and all the characters not on the list are STILL awesome.

10. Sally Jackson

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Sally Jackson is a seriously awesome character in the novel. I think most middle grade/young adult heroes or heroines tend NOT to have parents. Its that orphan status that gives them the innocence and the drive to do the things they need to do. It also gives them the ability to do all these crazy things. There’s no authority there to watch them, really. But Percy is different: he has a mother, and a super loving and caring and sacrificing mother, and I think its awesome. Sally LOVES Percy, and does everything she can to make sure Percy is happy and safe. She marries gross and cruel Gabe in order to keep Percy safe for so many years. That right there is intense dedication. I also think its cool how, even though she loves and cares for him so much, she realizes who he is and what he needs to do, and knows that he can take care of himself. Plus there’s all the blue food. Any mom who goes out of her way to make all this food blue, because a jerk said something mean, is awesome!

9. Apollo

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Okay, so this isn’t at all what I picture Apollo to look like BUT I couldn’t find good fanart of him, so this is what we’re stuck with. I freakin LOVE Apollo. I love when he shows up with his convertible, bringing the sun with him every day. I think he’s like a ridiculous frat boy, or that boy in school that drives you crazy because he’s clowning around all the time. Or he even reminds me of my brothers, when they’re driving me insane. I like that he is joking around a lot. His ridiculous poetry, and his bursting into songs randomly. Please tell me that this made other people crack up too? Its like, this guy is a GOD. The SUN god. He brings the SUN everyday. Plus he annoys the heck out of Artemis and is always making moves on her Huntresses and its just all fun. I love that Rick will yank you from heartbreak to humor, and I love the humorous moments with Apollo. They never fail to make me smile.

8. Rachel Elizabeth Dare

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You know why I like Rachel Elizabeth Dare? Okay, one is that her middle name is Elizabeth and that’s my middle name, which automatically equals cool factor. But I think I really like her because she’s so brave, and she’s so strong and she’s just a regular human (at first). You know, most people would meet Percy Jackson, and the situations he’s in, and FREAK out but she takes it in stride, helps him out, and then just continues to be there. I admit, I was a little frustrated when she was hitting on Percy, because I’ve been a Percabeth shipper from the beginning, but I love her as a character, and as a best friend for Percy Jackson. When she steps up to be the Oracle, and she continues to be a part of the world, I’m super stoked. I think she’s one of the best and strongest characters, because she’s a human. Its been confirmed that she’ll make an appearance in The House of Hades, which I am SO excited for!

7. Grover Underwood

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Aw, who doesn’t love good ‘ol Grover. I like Grover because he isn’t the obvious hero. He’s bumbling, and he’s klutzy and he gets nervous and starts chewing on soda cans and paper, and he doesn’t always believe that he can do it. He is determined to find Pan, and to follow Pan’s mandate, and there are times when he can’t believe it, and its hard for him, but no matter what happens, he pushes on. He’s a great friend to Percy and Annabeth too. Both Percy and Annabeth are super brave and kind of crazy and reckless and Grover just kind of sucks it up and follows them. But on their journeys, he always has importance and he always kind of surprises everyone and prevails. He’s a strong character, and he’s intelligent and he’s Percy’s protector and he’s determined to do that. And he’s just so adorable too. Apparently he’ll have a slight appearance in HoH too, so yay!

6. Leo Valdez

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Leo! You know why I love Leo. Okay, well there is a lot of reasons why I like Leo. One, I like that he’s kind of the loner in this group of couples, and I swear, I don’t mean that in a mean way. I know its hard for him, and that’s why I like him. I can understand that. I can understand being lonely and being the third wheel again and again and again, and not feeling like he’s important enough. But I think there’s a lot to Leo and I hope he can find someone. I think he’s extremely intelligent and the abilities he has with his hands, to build things, and to fix things is awesome. Its not as obvious as Percy controlling water, or Jason being able to fly. Its like a talent that is just reinforced by his parentage, from his dad, Hephaestus. I think its one of the best talents amongst the demigods that we get to know, because its not like he magically fixes things. He still has to tinker and figure it out, and he’s good at it. I also think he has a great heart, and its going to be great to see what happens next for Leo, and to see how his story evolves. And come on, Rick, let’s give him a girlfriend, okay? Haha.

5. Piper Mclean

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Piper! Yes, I do like Piper, and I like her more than Hazel, which you will notice because Hazel isn’t on the list. (Though I do love Hazel, don’t get me wrong). I like Piper because her god parentage, and her powers, are so opposite of what she would want. She is the daughter of Aphrodite and can transform herself into perfection, and can charm speak anyone. And all of this is VERY begrudging to her at first. She does NOT like this at all. And I think that’s what endears me to her. I think if I found out that Aphrodite was my mother, and my power was beauty and persuasion, I’d be like, “how did I end up with the short end of the stick?” It just doesn’t seem like a great power, and because she hasn’t ever really displayed an obsession with her appearance before, she is just less than thrilled. I do love that she uses her persuasion to just get things like cars and such. That cracks me up. But I love that she learns to use this to her advantage. She doesn’t take advantage of people, but she uses it to gain the upper hand, to control situations and she’s good at it. So I love Piper. I love Piper because she has to build her confidence, unlike most of her siblings who just seem born with that confidence.

4. Tyson

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I LOVE Tyson, and honestly that’s helped along that Douglas Smith, who portrays him in Sea of Monsters, is just plain adorable. But I really do like Tyson, and I think that comes from what he teaches everyone and thats the idea of acceptance, tolerance and even friendship. Percy is totally fine with Tyson for a long time, until Poseidon claims him as a son, and its very annoying and frustrating to Percy. Then you have Annabeth and her fear and hatred of Tyson, and all Cyclops. Eventually his personality and loyalty and dedication wins everyone over, and its a learning experience for both Percy and Annabeth. Plus I think you’re apt to think Tyson is useless because he’s a Cyclops and he doesn’t talk very well, but he proves again and again how worthy he is to be claimed as a son of Poseidon.

3. Zoe Nightshade

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Zoe! I miss Zoe. Zoe was one of my favorite characters probably because I tell myself all the time that I would not be a demigod, but instead I’d like to be a Huntress of Artemis’s and I would love to be the leader. I think Zoe is amazing, strong, brave, but still learning after all this time. Plus her grudging hatred of men, and her slow build in trust of Percy is just fun to watch. It goes back to that idea that people can change, and they can learn new things from each other. But more than that, she’s brave and so loyal to Artemis and she fights hard, so hard to get her back, and will do anything to get back. I like that she’s stubborn too, and that she is stuck in her old fashioned ways and says things like “thou” and “thee”. One of my favorite parts in all of the books is when they’re at the Hoover Dam, and keep saying things like “dam water fountain” and “dam tshirt” and Grover, Thalia and Percy are cracking up, and Zoe is so confused. I love that they mention it again in The Mark of Athena.

2. Percy Jackson

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PERCY! I adore Percy, and yes, that is in part because Logan Lerman plays him, and he’s adorable and he was SO super sweet when I met him a few months ago. But Percy is the hero of the whole series, and one of the heroes in Heroes of Olympus series, and he’s a great character. Its his humor from page one of The Lightning Thief that really captures you into the entire series. No matter what is going on, he’s making you laugh. His sarcasm and humor keeps me addicted from page one to the very last page. And sure, his fatal flaw is his loyalty to his friends, but I love it. I love how loyal he is. He risks everything all the time for his friends and for his family, and even for people he barely likes such as Clarisse. I like that he fights so hard, and risks so much, and he does it all with such sarcasm and humor, and that he’s willing to push buttons. And I love his dedication to Grover and Annabeth, especially Annabeth. He really believes in her, and trusts her, and she’s the only person who scares him, which is how it should be ;)

1. Annabeth Chase

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Annabeth is the best character in the entire novel because she’s so STRONG and FUNNY and WITTY and just plain awesome. I love that her strength is her cleverness and her ability to strategize. I love that she keeps up with the boys all the time, and its not like she’s a girl, she’s an equal with everyone else. She’s stubborn and hopeful and she is so determined. I always thought it was kind of funny that Annabeth is blonde, and that sort of “dumb blonde” connotation but she’s incredibly smart. I also like her hat, even though its a Yankees hat, and just…no haha. But she’s prideful and stubborn and can be judgmental but she always eventually realizes her judgements and her pride, and she does the right thing. Plus, she’s really nerdy with her obsession with architecture. And her relationship with Percy, the way she’s so in love with him, but she doesn’t let it control her, and she’s totally in control, and Percy can be SUPER scared of her, is just great. Percabeth for life.

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Hope you enjoyed this edition of the Top Ten! I hope all of you have your copies of The House of Hades. I have to go enjoy mine now!

Happy Reading!

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Movie Review

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Rated:

Rated PG for fantasy action violence, help some scary images and mild language

Directed By:

Thor Freudanthal

Cast:

Logan Lerman, more about Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Douglas Smith, Levin Rambin, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head.

Find the rest on IMDB here.

My Review:

I’m really sad to say this. I’m breaking down to say this, because I had such a great time at the red carpet premiere/meet and greet yesterday. The five actors (Logan, Alexandra, Brandon, Douglas and Levin) that I met were super nice, and awesome, and took the time to talk to each person, even though the line was SUPER rushed, and they didn’t really have time to talk to everyone. I had such an amazing time.

We got to see the movie for free as part of the meet and greet, and the red carpet premiere. It was a small premiere but they had the five main kids, and a couple others and the director and it was a seriously fun time.

Unfortunately the movie didn’t deliver, and I was fairly disappointed.

Here’s the thing: the movie itself wasn’t bad. It was actually pretty good. The acting skills of the kids have gotten a lot better since the first movie, which hit theaters in 2010, three years ago. They’ve all done movies since then, movies that have done pretty well and you can tell the acting skills have just gotten so much better.

The movie itself was really great too. The effects were much better than the first one, there were well timed jokes, and I really liked the hippocampus, Rainbow, and I liked the cyclops, and the sort of stunts that they all pulled. I loved Douglas Smith as Tyson. Granted Tyson was a bit smarter in the movie than he is in the book, but I think he still captured the sweetness and innocence that is Tyson. I was really impressed with him, and Levin as Clarisse. She wasn’t at all what I pictured for Clarisse because she’s SOOO insanely beautiful and Clarisse is supposed to be huge, and ugly and MEAN. But I still liked her.

Also, Logan was super adorable and way attractive. It feels a lot less creepy to have a crush on Percy Jackson as 21 year old Logan Lerman than 12 year old Percy in the books haha. Also, Jake Abel makes an extremely sexy villain.

But here’s the thing: the movie was good if you’ve never read the book, or have absolutely no attachments to the beautiful story that is the books. There was so much that was changed, I couldn’t handle it. I know its been awhile since the last time I read it but I’ve read it several times and I didn’t remember a lot of the stuff that was happening in the movie, and I remember feeling really confused. I remember thinking, okay, maybe I’m wrong and I don’t remember the book. But then I talked to my friend, Deb, who was at the movie with me and is a bigger PJ fan than me and she was devastated, disappointed and pissed off, and I knew that I wasn’t the only person who wasn’t remembering things differently.

There was also the end. I don’t really want to get into it too much, because the movie doesn’t come out til Wednesday and I don’t want to give away spoilers or anything. But honestly, I thought, with the way the ending was going, that they were never going to make another movie, and this was how it was going to end. They made assumptions about Percy’s Riptide that were NOT true. I was about to cry, I was so disappointed in the direction that they were taking the story at the end. The very end of the movie ended up being the most accurate ending to the movie, as it was the exact ending of the book, but it has made it clear that they are only going to make one more movie, if they make any more at all. Which makes me incredibly sad, because The Titan’s Curse and The Battle of Labyrinth are my two favorites, really, and I think they’ll skip straight to The Last Olympian.

I will say though: Nathan Fillion has a barely veiled joke about Firefly and it made me and a few others in the theater crack up and that was the highlight of the movie to me.

Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Meet and Greet and Red Carpet Premiere

I’m pretty sure that was the longest title I’ve ever written as the beginning of a blog post.

So I’ve been really super busy this week and I’ve been trying to keep up with the blog and various related social media pages but I’ve had such a busy, cialis 40mg fun week so that didn’t totally work out the way that I wanted to. So I’m trying to make up for that now.

Wednesday, I journeyed down to the Americana at Brand, in Glendale, with my sister, Jessica, my friend Deb and my friend Sylvia (from FanGirlFeeels) to meet the cast of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters at the Barnes and Noble there. We got in line fairly early (oh yes, 5:30 am) to ensure we’d get wristbands, and to try and get wristbands to the advance screening.

As we walked up, we saw ginormous posters of City of Bones and we had to take pictures with them, of course.

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The security on duty spotted us doing this, and was just like “no judging”, which was REALLY funny.

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We hung out in line, sleepy as heck, wrapped in our blankets, waiting for the doors to open to get our wristbands. We were able to get them, and we got a Sea of Monsters book, a poster, and guarantee into the advanced screening, which we discovered, while waiting for the signing to start at 2 pm, was a red carpet premiere!

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Meeting the cast was absolutely fantastic. Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Alexandra Daddrio (Annabeth Chase), Brandon T. Jackson (Grover Underwood), Douglas Smith (Tyson), and Levin Rambin (Clarisse la Rue) were all in attendance, and they were all SO nice, and such sweethearts. Brandon T. Jackson shook every single fan’s hand, and asked them their name, and they were all too pretty to look at it! They also were really cool and not judging about my serious freak out over the bug flying around in the book store. I really really really hate bugs. I’m just saying.

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We weren’t allowed to take pictures up front, in front of the table or with the cast or anything, we could only take them from the line. Well, my friend Deb had a great idea, to record on her phone, while putting it in a convenient side pocket in her purse. I didn’t have a side pocket on my purse so I pressed record on my own cell phone, and stuck it in my jeans pocket, and I got some decent shots. Here’s one of Logan and Alexandra signing a poster.

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We are so innovative. Deb got a TON of really good shots on her own camera, since hers wasn’t in her pocket, and you can check them out on her Twitter here.

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Then it was time for the screening of the Sea of Monsters. I figured we would be taken into the theater to watch the movie, but since we were toward the front of the line, we were ushered into a fan section, where we got to be right at the barricade, which was really cool. I was hoping to try and get pictures with most of the cast, but they eventually did corral us into the theater to watch the movie. We did get to see them again though, and I did manage to score a selfie picture with Douglas Smith, who is SUPER tall, absolutely adorable and did a great job of playing Tyson in the movie.

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All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful afternoon. I had a great time hanging out with my friends, waiting (since that was most of our day), eating Wetzel’s Pretzels and playing Bang! and getting excited for some exciting Percy Jackson fun. The cast was super nice and beautiful, I got a cool signed poster, and got to see the Percy Jackson movie early, and for free!

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There’s a movie review of Percy Jackson coming today or tomorrow so wait for it!

Happy Summer, Demigods :)