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The Dig (Zoe and Zeus Trilogy #1)

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  668 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete, Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports he ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published November 11th 2011 by Backlit Fiction (first published November 7th 2011)
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Dec 15, 2011 Cyna rated it it was ok
I tried really, really hard to like this book. I wanted to, I wanted to so badly. Around the point where our heroine, Zoe, was using her newly-discovered powers to single-handedly take down the Hydra, I found myself thinking, Oh my God, this is what The Goddess Test should have been. Hallelujah, someone answered my prayers. I was excited - here is a book about a modern girl, who is told that she has to face a series of actual life-or-death trials to maybe become a god or something, IDK, but look ...more
I don't venture much into self-published territory, but I had to after reading the synopsis for The Dig, by Audrey Hart. Time travel? Mythology? Sexy Zeus? Yes, please! But I've got to say that I was really disappointed in this one. While the MC had a cute, spunky voice, I just couldn't get behind the intense insta-love, the egregious historical inaccuracies, and the mismatched plot and pacing.

First, let me give you my schpeal on historical fantasy and time travel novels - yes, this is fantasy.
Ana Banda
Mar 14, 2012 Ana Banda rated it it was amazing
Que me ha encantado! Si,fueron 100 paginas para conocer a Blondie pero oh como lo ame!
Amo totalmente libros sobre dioses, no soy experta en ellos,es mas solo se lo que representan(algunos) pero es que tienen unas batallas de lo mas interesantes!
Obviamente tenia otra imagen de los Dioses; Sherrilyn hizo de Artemisa una diosa perra, guaperrima pero super mala; aquí es mala & hippie..loco pero le queda Jajaja.
Ares lo acabo de leer, bueno por el que tomo el nombre pero que odioso ¬¬'
Apolo es un

- Zeus is adorable. I never ever thought that I would ever say/type/think that but there it is. He's a hottie with a sensitive side that makes me want to ship him and Zoe until I can't possibly fangirl anymore!
- Zoe is so strong, internally. She's a great heroine and I admire her selflessness and wonderful modern way of thinking!
- The jokes were hilarious
- Every story I read about the Greek Gods, Hera is always the nasty *itch. Always. And this book is no different!

I can't
Misty Baker
Feb 27, 2012 Misty Baker rated it really liked it
**A 3.5 Review**

My son once asked me why I love to read. He sat there, perched on the edge on my bed, (me sprawled out with my Kindle,) and just laid it on me. “Tell me mom…tell me the truth.” So I did. “I like to read because it takes me away from here. First of all…not the best response when you are talking to a 5 year old. I meant…”I get to visit cool and exciting places from the comfort of my own bed.” He heard…”Mommy doesn’t want to be here…with him.” Not a fun thing to back peddle from, I
Zoe Calder tiene diecisiete años y como todos los veranos, desde que sus padres fallecieron, se va con sus tíos de excavación a Creta. Desobedeciendo a los adultos y movida por la curiosidad (y la vergüenza), entra al templo recientemente descubierto, en dónde encuentra un extraño objeto que la lleva a la Antigua Grecia. Desorientada y con ganas de ponerse a llorar, las cosas empeoran cuando al salvar una ninfa ocurre un extraño accidente y los habitantes de Grecia la consideran una diosa ¿Puedo ...more
Dec 19, 2011 Celine rated it it was amazing
My review:


I adore the cover. It's cute and represents the story. The little wings on the feet is CUTE!! I love how the way the title and the picture is set on the cover!

4 Forget-me-not flowers for the cover!

Indiana Jones meets Percy Jackson with a sweet romance! When Zoe first arrived in Ancient Greece, the book progressed quite slowly, with Zoe meeting some new characters and trying to adapt with her new situation. I almost didn't enjoy it since I really wanted Zeus to appear and re
Nov 05, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: egalleys
I have always had a love of Greek mythology. I don't consider myself an expert on it or anything, but the stories of the gods and all the crazy creatures has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I've seen a whole lot of interpretations of the stories, and the The Dig is definitely one of my favorites. All of our favorite gods are there--Zeus, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, Aphrodite, Hermes--but they're human teenagers. I really love this idea, because I always felt like the gods seemed like big ...more
C.C. Thomas
Nov 14, 2011 C.C. Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Finally--a female Percy Jackson! I have been waiting and waiting and wondering when an enterprising author would hit upon the idea and I have finally found it. Zoe is all the best of Percy--funny, spunky and prone to a lot of trouble which made for one great read.

After wandering into a forbidden temple while on a trip with her archaeologist uncle and aunt, Zoe is transported to ancient Greece. Really ancient Greece-1000 BC or so. To find her way back, she must travel to the oracle (isn't there a
Aug 08, 2012 Iris rated it did not like it
Deze recensie is als eerste geplaatst op Carpe Libra

Boeken met mythologie erin verwerkt kan ik gewoon niet laten staan. De wereld van de goden, godinnen en al die andere mythische wezens is gewoon te interessant om te laten liggen. Ik was dan ook heel enthousiast geworden na het lezen van het uittreksel van The Dig. Zeus als een tiener? OMG! Bring it on! Stel je al die mogelijkheden eens voor!

Helaas verdween dat enthousiasme al gauw als sneeuw voor de zon. Dit verhaal bleek namelijk niet voor mi

Scimone Jackson
Jul 23, 2012 Scimone Jackson rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

So let me start off by saying I am a huge Mythology buff. It's to the point where i wonder myself why i haven't sat down to write my own spin on the infamous Greek Gods...I remember picking up one book of Percy Jackson and the Olympians...finishing it and the second one...but by the time i reached the third book i couldn't take it anymore...It lost me. Why? No was probably the only book/movie that tried to stick to the century old stories...yet it failed somehow during the en
Nov 10, 2011 Andrea rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
I'm just going to put myself out there and open by saying this is a tough review to write. I hate being a "bearer of bad news. Hate it. I wanted so much to love The Dig. The cover is adorable, making me smile everytime I looked at it. The synopsis sounds like a great deal of fun. But sadly, things just didn't work out that way. So, instead of me sitting here stalling, let's get to it!

Typically, I don't give an overview of the story in my review. That's what a synopsis is for, right? But in this
Nov 14, 2011 Ana rated it really liked it
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You’ve seen Disney’s Hercules.

You’ve read Percy Jackson and The Olympians.

You’ve marveled at the special effects of Clash of the Titan‘s remake.

Greek mythology is not new. You must have heard the gods mentioned at some point; Athena’s intelligence, Hera’s jealous wrath, Zeus’s power.

Zeus. What with his scraggly beard, eternal state of irritability and fatal lightning bolts, he is definitely the world’s oldest bad boy.

But take away the age, the sourne
Melissa Henstra
Dec 07, 2011 Melissa Henstra rated it it was ok
I identify with the loner girl persona so in theory Zoe is exactly the kind of character I would get along with just fine, and in the beginning I did. What the dig has going for it is a female protagonist that can hold her on and I will always get behind that. Zoe's internal streams of conscious were the highlight of the book for me. The thing is I had to keep reminding myself that this was a YA novel, that's not so good. I read a lot of YA fantasy and I think that a good book is a good book reg ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Patty rated it it was amazing

My own speedy summary…

Zoe...young...just a tad different from an average high school student...does not really fit in…not at school, not with her “friends”, pretty much not anywhere. She is studious and quiet and prefers to sort of watch life as opposed to being a real participant. Zoe doesn’t get a lot of things…why she has a cowlick in her curly hair, why relationships are so hard, why everyone else has more cosmetics than she does. She spends most of the year away at school and spends summers
Jun 29, 2014 Ally rated it did not like it
Dig is perhaps the most annoying and ridiculous book I'd ever read. And I read over thousands of books, so this is saying something. (Of course, there are tons of annoying books, but none of them are as ridiculous as this one. Oh, by the way, I'm following the genres of Greek Mythology or stories/books based on Greek Mythology. I'm going back to Percy Jackson. There is a bunch of fangirls and Percy Jackson fans).

Dig ignores everything of Greek Mythology. The author horribly bashed Greek Myth in
Nov 13, 2011 Jodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Powerful and passionate. The Dig brings such life , such mystical creativity and vibrance with a unique ancient twist. I just loved how different this one is and sank right into the storyline. Audrey really knows how to capture her readers.

Every year Zoe always goes across seas to visit with her aunt and uncle, Sophia and Alex. Not only does she go to visit, she goes to dig. She loves to find artifacts hidden away from years ago. All the other kids find this weird. All the kids at school seem t
The good: the heroine actually has to work at getting her powers working, is tested and it's not the kind of tests like in the awful The goddess Test. She's likable, she's smart. The plot moves fast. The action scenes are good. The premise is great. I love time travel, mythology and seeing how someone from our times would fare in the past. And Zeus- it's hard to write a romance with Zeus, so I was curious.

The not so good: some language struck me as too modern. While the ancient folks in the b
Booker Like a Hooker
May 09, 2013 Booker Like a Hooker rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Oh God - Not Hera - !! What a great book.I don't have a huge expectations but I like the book.It's a wonderful story. In the Greek myth,My favorite God is The Hades but now maybe I can change my mind...
I like,Looking like seventeen year old but five hundred year old Zeus - Blondie -.
I've always image The Zeus Like a Black hair but here He's Blonde.But ı like this either.

Everybody talks about falling in love like it‘s
the greatest thing in the world. All the songs,
all the movies, all the books—the
La Mala ✌
Mar 06, 2015 La Mala ✌ marked it as desafio-no-recomendaciones
No-recomendado por Violante.


Me propongo leer de principio a fin libros considerados "malos". Mi intención es encontrar al menos UNA cualidad buena en ellos y reseñarlos objetivamente siguiendo 20 puntos a desarrollar brevemente. (Los puntos varían según el género del que se trate.)

Si tienen ganas de No-recomendarme otros libros
pueden comentar acá o ACÁ. ¡Cualquier género es bienvenido! Cuanto más variado, mejor :)
Amethyst Soul
Feb 05, 2014 Amethyst Soul rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Buscando libros de dioses me topé con este. Quería leer algo distinto a lo que suele encontrarse por allí. La sinopsis me pareció llamativa pero me equivoqué... y mucho. Para empezar, ¿Que obsesión tiene la autora con los IPhone? Y muchas otras marcas comerciales que fueron nombradas a lo largo de la historia. En ciertas ocasiones me sentí identificada con el personaje de Zoe: una chica introvertida que es vista como el bicho raro. Pero luego la odié. Es demasiado dependiente. Y eso me exaspera. ...more
It's a great book! I love it.

Zoe is a cross between Percy Jackson and Lara Croft. She's not the usual teen-ager who uses Facebook and tweets her daily routine. Instead of going to summer camps and having summer flings, she spends her vacation in the ruins of Greece digging artifacts with her aunt and uncle.

What I love about the plot?
* An interesting love triangle
* A twist in the gods & goddesses - Hart has an amazing perspective about Greek Mythology
* Iphone & Petros has something in c
Celine Garcia
Mar 16, 2012 Celine Garcia rated it it was amazing
The Dig, by Audrey Hart is for someone who likes movies like Indiana Jones who always escapes at the last minute and readers of the Percy Jackson series who want to take the next step into a different interpretation of Greek mythology. The Dig takes what we all have read about Greek gods and puts a young sassy twist to their myths and legends that teens will love and identify with. The Dig is available as an eBook only so download it now!
Liza Wiemer
Nov 08, 2011 Liza Wiemer added it
Shelves: arc
For those who love Greek mythology, come travel back in time to 1000 AD and enjoy a romance by an awkward teen who discovers her powers and a love with a boy who has his own "skills" and friends to contend with when they feel threatened by the newcomer, Zoe. Lots of familiar characters from ancient Greek mythology presented in a whole new way, reminiscent of the kids found in high schools today. The nymph is a fun character that adds an interesting spark to this story. A fast, easy read.
Aug 07, 2012 Steffy rated it did not like it
I sadly cant review this, i tried to read it, i really did but i had to give up about 25% in.
i usually devour any book on Greek mythology but this one was just too weird for me.
i didn't manage to connect with the characters, the story was confusing and as a general rules if i was not requested to review a book and I still don't care 1/4 in I have to stop.

I expected a lot and felt let down :(
Apr 12, 2012 Esmeralda rated it did not like it
I wanted it like it, heck I wanted to finish the book but I couldn't. The main character Zoe gets on my nerves, I think her character is random. One minute she is okay with being a loner to why is the world so cruel.The backflashes are annoying, and so is Zoe's best friends voice. Zoe voice sounds younger, like a 13 or 14 year old instead of a 17 year old. Just not my type of book.
Victoria Kahrs
Feb 05, 2017 Victoria Kahrs rated it it was amazing
I really liked it. Romantic and adventurous. How a lonely girl can find love in the most unlikely places. I also find it interesting how the author makes the Greek God Pantheon into a clique. Which makes it a little shallow but relative to high schoolers. The only thing I am disappointed about is the ending it is climatic enough to say the there is another book following this yet its been years since this has been published. So I have to ask when is the next book coming out.
Nov 07, 2011 Dulcy rated it really liked it
Publisher: Backlit Fiction
Age: Young Adult
Species: Humans/ Gods/ Goddesses
Rating: 4/5
Interest: Requested Review/ Greek Mythology/ Pretty Cover
Source: Arc from author

Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete,
Mythologies about all the prominent civilization and about their Gods is based on truth but do they tell the truth or not....hmm..... I present before you all my views The Dig by Audrey Hart .

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Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while i
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Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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First off, if you hate spoilers of any kind, you may not want to read this book's Prologue. Don't get me wrong, I liked how it introduced the narrator's (Zoe's) voice, and I thought the action was a great hook to get me reading. But I will admit that it gave away a good portion of the book's plot, erasing the tension in much of Part 2. So I guess if you're unsu
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Audrey Hart, author. Came up with the idea for The Dig while visiting the Minoan ruins in Crete. The Dig: Zoe and Zeus is the first book in a trilogy.
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