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Artemis Rising

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  306 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
On the voyage home to the Azores Islands, Eva accepts the pagan name of Arethusa but learns too late that her life will mirror the Greek nymph’s tragic end. Her mother reveals that her destiny lies with Diogo, the shipowner’s volatile son. But Eva has a vision of another...

When the ship founders in a storm off the coast, Tristan, a local boy, saves her life and steals her
ebook, 272 pages
Published July 31st 2011 by SpireHouse Publishing LLC (first published July 24th 2011)
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I always love mythology, and it could only get better with a dose of Christianity…

The story is moving and I cried along with Arethusa, I can completely feel myself being in her shoes, and all those horrible things happening to her..

I find myself surprised at each turn of the story, things which I didn’t know would fall into…I especially appreciate the ending, I was thinking the same lines all along, but I
Jessie Harrell
Feb 29, 2012 Jessie Harrell rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. It is historical, but moves with a constant forward flow. The writing is lyrical, the concept original and I've never read anything like it. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and even dreamed about it one night (it stuck with me that much). If you don't mind having to work your way around a few Portuguese words and you're looking for a book that's more Alice in Wonderland than action-adventure (a la Strange Angels), you won't want to miss Artemis Rising.
Literary Sanctuary
In her first published novel Cheri Lasota proves she is here to stay. Cheri writes an epic adventure comparitive to that of Homers' Odyssey, the structure of a movie written by Quintin Terrintino, and a writing style silmilar to Charles Dickens. The plot of Artemis Rising is artistically woven with themes of love, life, religion and self-preservation. The story will keep you guessing until the very last page. The characters of Artemis Rising are well developed and intimate in their vivid and det ...more
Dottie Scalzi-Sauers
Highly, highly, HIGHLY!!!! recommend.

Oh my gosh, Cheri Lasota has done it again!
Artemis Rising blew me away.
Artemis Rising and Echoes In The Glass have become my two favorite books. Trying to describe these two books and Cheri's writing....... I just can't put it all into words. Cheri is a brilliant writer, her books are fabulous and brilliantly written. I'm hoping for more in the near future :)
Heather McCorkle
A beautifully written novel that will plunge you into the depths of myth. The author has a talent for putting the reader into the world and putting the character's into their hearts. Steeped richly in the culture of the Azores people, this novel has just the right balance of action, romance, and mysticism.
Breathtaking writing and complicated yet interesting characters. The story left me spellbound.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book through the Early Reviewers Program at The publisher sent me this as an ARC so I will treat it as such, however it seems that this has already been release.

When I first saw this book as a giveaway I was immediately intrigued by it. The cover art was beautiful, the name and summary promised something new and exciting, and it seemed to be well written. It seems this is one of those rare occasions where 'first impressions' ri
Chanticleer Editorial  Book Reviews

Rendered with a lush and lyrical touch, this Y/A historical fantasy depicts the romantic yearnings of two innocent lovers, both dedicated to and trapped by the belief that they embody tragic figures from myth and legend.

Born of a pagan mother and a strict Catholic father, fifteen-year-old Eva Maré learns the hard way that when the two religions clash, catastrophic results follow. Aboard a ship bound for the Azores, Eva undertakes a ritual to transfer the role of Arethusa, a sea nymph dedicated t

Nancy Kelley
Eva, Arethusa, Isolde: If you believed your name controlled your destiny, who would you choose to be?

I love YA fantasy-esque books that break the current "paranormal creature" mold, and I'm a particular fan of novels that use elements from mythology. Artemis Rising is a blend of two myths: Arethusa and Alpheus from Greek mythology, and Tristan and Isolde from the Arthurian legends.

I absolutely loved Artemis Rising, from start to finish. Lasota took the typical teen identity crisis and turned it
V.r. Christensen
Artemis Rising is a charming story of a young woman on a quest for identity. Eva, raised a Catholic by a domineering and abusive father, is persuaded to adopt the religion of her pagan mother. But when her mother is killed in a shipwreck, Eva is left to face the world alone, to decide for herself what she is to believe, what stories and legacies to hold as her own, and how, most importantly, she is to give her heart. In a world where the canons of social behavior have been determined for them by ...more
Aug 02, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology, religion
The Daughter of the Moon.....

This is one of my top five favorite reads of 2011. Artemis Rising is simply magical, literally as well as figuratively, although the way it's written, the magic is completely believable.

Eva is torn between the opposite beliefs of her father and mother. Her mother, Mãe (Maria), believes in the Goddess of the Moon, and secretly passes on her faith to her daughter. Why secretly? Because Pai, her father, is a Catholic, and in 1890s New Bedford, pagan religions are frowne
David Silva
Dec 17, 2011 David Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to this book after it was the featured book on I am looking for books about the Portuguese experience and decide to check this out. There was no way to purchase a hard copy and so this was the first time I bought a book for a nonpaper experience. Not even owning a cell phone, I added it to my friend's gadget. I am glad I did.

I love the main character's struggle between her parents differing belief systems. The Catholic and the pagan. The ancient and the even more anc
Alice Lynn
Sep 22, 2011 Alice Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The way this author manages to intertwine myths and religious concepts (Christianity and paganism)and make them into a believable and suspenseful tale is amazing. The unfamiliar Portuguese setting drew me in to a world where historical details and cultures wove events and characters into a complex and exciting story. As the plot twists unfolded, I followed breathlessly, wondering how Eva (Arethusa)would choose between the two men who pursue her; one with the passionate black g ...more
Ali Cross
Jul 05, 2012 Ali Cross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't tell you how refreshing it was to read a story that wasn't set in America! And to read about characters who have 100% believable lives with unique-to-me beliefs and lifestyles was very cool.

One thing Lasota did that was truly exceptional was to immerse me in this foreign world without once talking down to me. She put me, as a reader, in the world of her creating and taught me what I needed to know along the way without ever stopping to TELL me.

A truly unique and enjoyable story from st
Jan 17, 2016 Earicka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-editions
•••I listened to the Audible Audio Edition of this book•••

The narrator has an incredibly expressive voice and is extremely talented at voice acting. I felt like I WAS Eva and not just witness to her trials and tribations. I would definitely both listen to more work by this amazing narrator and read or listen to more books by this inventive and talented author! I hope they work together again in the future as they do so well together :)

To Myth Or Not To Myth

This is a stand alone novel. I wish the
Jun 13, 2012 Shiva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genuinely a really good book. Really original story line. Excellently written. My only bad thing to say would be that the ending felt a bit rushed but I still thought it was really good. Definitely worth a read!
May 24, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing
I liked it. I would read more from this author. I really like the end. I had a strong feeling and it went as i thought it would.
Sophie Sky
Mar 03, 2016 Sophie Sky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own

4.8 /5

It is a hard to kind of understand but as you read more it get easier, it have nothing to do with her writing, I just think it the story line itself. But I did still enjoy the story. But of course, there was still a few parts of the book what I didn't understand as I read more and more of her book. But please don't let this put you off reading her book it is great, and honestly, it just might be me.

Diogo and Tristan, both of these characters have done some c
I loved this book. I love the Tristan and Isolde story/myth that was incorporated. Eva Marie/Arethus was treated so poorly by so many people. I felt so bad for her--her parents die, she loses the ability to speak because the freak almost strangles her, the kids at the orphanage are scared of her, her adopted mother can't stand her and she loves a boy that she may not be allowed to love. Poor girl!! I think my favorite character was Tristan. He grows up in an orphanage and becomes everyones big b ...more
Dec 03, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was thinking about what I wanted to write for this review, my brain keeps calling up that oft quoted line from Romeo and Juliet, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." But what if the name really did matter? In Artemis Rising, those who adopt these new names also adopt the fates of their namesakes. When Eva fully accepts her mother's belief system, and adopts the name Arethusa, she very quickly finds her life paralleling that of her namesake ny ...more
Nov 10, 2011 MissSusie rated it really liked it
This is the story of a young girl named Eve who is raised in the US by a catholic father and a pagan mother, they are on a boat at sea when Eve’s mother Arethusa does a ritual to give Eve her mother’s name and to promise her to the moon goddess Artemis but things don’t go as planned, as tragedy strikes Eve’s/Arethusa life will never be the same.

This is a mix of 2 myths Tristan & Isolde and Arethusa & Alpheus and how your beliefs can set you on a path of tragedy and/or love and how outsid
Jennifer Ellision
To be posted on PageTurnersBlog:

When PageTurnersBlog was contacted to review Artemis Rising, I jumped at the chance. "Mythology?" I thought. "Romance? Magic? Count me in."

Artemis Rising is the story of Eva, who takes the name Arethusa at the very beginning of the book. Eva is doomed to live out the myth of Arethusa and Alpheus (who is embodied in Diogo). Diogo and Alpheus are fearful characters and though she wants to serve the goddess Artemis, who she has taken a
Jan 04, 2013 E.L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a perfect book, but one that stayed with me long after I finished it. It dragged considerably in the middle, and the motivations for many of the characters remains a frustrating blank (I can understand teenagers enthusiastically choosing a life of doomed love, because teenagers have HORMONES, but I still don't understand why adults would be so enthusiastic about that same doomed love and life), but the end redeemed it and brought it up from a 3-star rating to a 4-star, for me. The theme of b ...more
Katherine Holmes
Artemis Rising has pace and fine setting to the many indecisions of its protagonist. She has been brought up to follow mythology and to take on names which connect her to boys and their futures. The book follows Arethusa to the Azores where she confronts her rupturing destiny, set up by her parents who are not in agreement about their religion. Much is at sea where she becomes orphaned, as believed.

The book is well-written and filled with scenes between Arethusa and the two young men who might
Jun 02, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful read! Cheri Lasota has written a beautiful romance novel. Once I started reading this story I found it hard to put down. I enjoyed reading about the combination of myths, legends and religion. The beliefs of adults tend to extend to their children, and in this story the teenagers have to decide whether to use what they have been taught by the people who love them the most, to make decisions that will shape their futures. It has everything you want in a great storyline- joy, sorr ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Mirella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aretemis Rising is a magical young adult novel about destiny and love. Set in the Azores in the late 19th century, young Eva Mare 19s mother performs a pagan ritual to look into her daughter 19s future. During her trance, she sees a man named Diogo and convinces Eva he is to be her destiny. But Eva encounters a young man of her own named Tristan who also faces a complex destiny. It is Tristan she falls in love with and it is Diogo who she disdains for his evilness.
And thus begins a masterfully w
Casey Jansen jones
Wow! This book just blew me away. I'll admit that at the start of it, I was struggling-- just with the language (but the glossary helped tons) and the mixing of the two myths/legends... and well, I didn' t like Eva/Arethusa all that much at first. But Lasota's elegant, lyrical writing kept me reading and it didn't take long before I was completely engulfed by the story to Arethusa and Tristan. I just couldn't figure out where the author could possible take these two characters and their namesake ...more
D. Thrush
Jan 31, 2016 D. Thrush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was much better than I anticipated. Eva pledges herself to a destiny that becomes increasingly difficult to fulfill and intertwines with the mythologies of Alpheus & Arethusa, and Tristan & Isolde. After a shipwreck, young Eva is brought to an orphanage. She vows to honor her pledge to her mother and Artemis, Goddess of the Moon and accept her destiny to join with Alpheus taking the name Arethusa. But then she finds herself torn between 2 young men, one who represents Tristan ...more
B. McMichael
this was a good historical type fiction with a bit of fantasy thrown in.

While the plot does not include a ton of physical action, there is more subtle action that drives the story forward. It progressed well throughout the book. It was easy to follow and enjoyable to read. I was a little confused the first time there was a dream sequence but then figured it out afterwards, I needed to reread it to better get clues to the story.
Sharon Hughson
Sep 26, 2015 Sharon Hughson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I didn't think this story subject matter and character "crisis" would appeal to me. In the end, the excellent writing and eventual character growth won me over. The novel gets 4.4 out of five stars from me.
The idea of a myth completely dominating the choices a person makes rubbed me the wrong way. Even in the historical setting, I felt it was far-fetched to think a girl would base her life around a myth her mother told her. Also, why wouldn't you choose a happier myth if you were going
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A freelance editor, e-book designer and marketing consultant for over a decade, Paradisi Chronicles Co-Founder and Founder Cheri Lasota has dedicated her life and career to helping authors succeed in publishing. Her bestselling debut novel, Artemis Rising, is a 2013 Cygnus Awards First Place Winner and a 2012 finalist in the Next Generation Indie Books Awards. Her second novel, Echoes ...more
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