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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 h...more
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Spirehouse Books (first published July 24th 2011)
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Avry15
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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...more
Jessie Harrell
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.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Editorial

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

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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
Ali Cross
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...more
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.
Karen
Breathtaking writing and complicated yet interesting characters. The story left me spellbound.
Heather
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
S0rcy
As I opened up Libre Office to write this review I suddenly noticed I hadn’t written a single note on Artemis Rising. This is very different for me. usually I’m scribbling all over my PRS-600, highlighting, question marks, x’s. This could mean little or it could mean a lot. In the short term, I feel that it means I am very satisfied with this book. It was incredibly interesting. We see all kinds of Romeo and Juliet themes all over the place, but Tristan and Isolde is an Arthurian tragedy legend...more
Sarah
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
MissSusie
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...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book through the Early Reviewers Program at LibraryThing.com. 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...more
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...more
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
Jennifer Ellision
To be posted on PageTurnersBlog: http://www.pageturnersblog.com

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...more
Rebecca
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...more
E.L.
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
David Silva
I was drawn to this book after it was the featured book on AzoresNation.com 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...more
Alice Lynn
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
Naomi
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
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.
Mike  Davis
I found this to be an interesting novel. Set against the myth of the classic story of Tristan and Isolde, the characters struggle with oaths, promises and superstition in a tale that is a breaking away of previously held beliefs and the subsequent coming of age. The text is well written and the tension is maintained throughout.

This novel was received in eBook format in exchange for an honest review.
Nicky
Aug 24, 2012 Nicky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: y-a
I really liked this book, it really brings about how much faith some people can put towards myths and legends, and make them fit into their own life. The characters are very well balanced, and the plot of the story was very well written. I believe that this is a young adult book, anyone would enjoy it, there is plenty to learn from reading this book. It was very enjoyable.
Elizabeth
Nice mixture of myth and legend wound together in a lovely story. Eva Mare forced to leave home by her Catholic Father for taking part in her Mother's Pagan rituals. In route to their new home their ship sinks and Eva finds herself awakened on the shore of her new home by the man she is destined to love. Nice way to spend am afternoon inthe sun.
Shiva
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!
Dana
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.
Glynis Smy
An enjoyable read. A mix of romance, myth, adventure and heart-break.
Amanda
**1.5 stars**

I'm not really sure how to rate this book. I didn't particularly like it as a whole, but there were aspects that I did like. I think the idea was a good one. And the ending had me quite surprised and gave the story an interesting spin. I don't like how nothing was really ever explained regarding the beliefs of the various characters. Eva/Arethusa also pledged herself to Artemis, and yet frequently went around kissing Diogo and Tristan (which if you know anything about Artemis, I wou...more
Melissa
I got this free on kindle. The best thing was the writing, I enjoyed the writing and that's why I finished it. The premis was a little hokey, maybe in the past there were people who really believed that they were desitined to relive a myth? but that made the characters seem shallow and silly to me. And "Christianity" winning out in the end, a little too preachy. And as a romance novel it was not nearly steamy enough!
Rhonda
This book had its moments and I did feel compelled to finish it but it mainly just annoyed me. It didn't really make any sense to me that a girl would deliberately choose to follow a life where she is pursued and captured by such a cruel man. Who would choose to accept that?

Eva, or Arethusa, chooses to follow her mother’s religious beliefs, which as far as I could tell was basically worshiping the moon goddess, and not her father's Catholic faith. She also follows her mother's belief in a mythi...more
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Author Cheri Lasota has been a writer since age eight. Whether poetry, short stories, screenplays and novels, she can't get enough of tossing words together in a hopefully logical fashion. From a young age, Cheri realized she had a knack for editing as well, so she worked for three newspapers culminating in a position as editor-in-chief of her university weekly. In 2004, she began a freelance care...more
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