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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
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...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
This novel was received in eBook format in exchange for an honest review.
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
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
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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