I love Greek mythology, but honestly didn't remember much about Egyptian mythology. The Chaos of the Stars is the story of Isadora, daughter of Isis aI love Greek mythology, but honestly didn't remember much about Egyptian mythology. The Chaos of the Stars is the story of Isadora, daughter of Isis and Osiris. If you think your family has problems, you should really think of the mythological gods. There's murder, seduction, power plays, and just drama, drama, drama. Isadora is tired of being the mortal daughter of Gods. She goes to San Diego to live with her brother (also mortal), hoping to live a normal life. As hard as she tries to cut ties, family is family, and when Isadora realizes that her family needs her, she needs to decide if she'll stand by and watch, or throw herself into a centuries-old battle.
I loved the glimpse into Egyptian mythology. Isadora was a perfect narrator. She introduced topics worthy of bad daytime television and did it in a funny way. There was also a boy, Ryan, who was equal parts sweet, mysterious, and loyal. I was rooting for him the whole way. Overall, an intriguing and funny read!
Content: references to private body parts as they pertained to mythology (apparently one of the Gods tried to kill Osiris and cut him into 14 pieces which were scattered, one key piece couldn't be located and Isis created a new reproductive organ for her husband). That was a weird story! Clever swearing, without the use of real swear words....more
A retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche, which I must now go look up... Aphrodite chooses Psyche as her adopted mortal daughter, and wants to fixA retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche, which I must now go look up... Aphrodite chooses Psyche as her adopted mortal daughter, and wants to fix her up with her son, Cupid (or Eros). The first meeting does not go well. Picture Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Now Aprodite is mad because nobody rejects her son, and Psyche is on her hit list. When Eros goes to carry out his mother's revenge plan, he realizes there's more to Psyche than he let himself see before. Now how to win her over and hide their relationship so she doesn't get killed?
I loved Destined! It was mythology with a modern voice. The setting may have been anchient Greece, but Psyche spoke like a teenager, one who's not afraid to speak her mind. While the dialogue didn't match the time period, I think that will make it easier for readers who don't want to feel like they're reading an English assignment. The characters were great, the romance was swoon-worthy. Even though there's a bit of "insta-love" on Eros' side, we see him and Psyche getting to know one another and striving to prove that love, not just make out :)
My only complaint was the formating of the book. The margins were smaller than is normal, which bothered me at the bottom of the page, and made it harder to read closer to the spine (I was missing letters or small words in the fold). The book itself was lovely enough to push past this.
Alright, if you're at all interested in mythology, or want a feel good love story, read it!...more
"It's the first day of November and so, today, someone will die." -opening line from the Scorpio Races
November 1st is the annual day of the Scorpio Rac"It's the first day of November and so, today, someone will die." -opening line from the Scorpio Races
November 1st is the annual day of the Scorpio Races where men ride water horses hungry for their flesh and that of the other racers. Let the races begin!
A great retelling of water horse mythology. You love them, or at least love Corr, and have a very healthy fear of them at the same time. The story is told from the point of view of Puck (Kate) and Sean. Both are entered in the races and have their own reasons for needing to win. Both are somewhat on the fringes of Thisby society. Friendship starts, romance blossoms, now all they have to do is survive and win the races. Only problem: only one of them can win.
My new favorite by Maggie Stiefvater: no swearing, no sex, just bloodthirsty horses and an interesting cast of characters....more
Do you ever read a book and think, " My English teacher would have loved this!"? Well, Death Catchers was one of those books for me. It combined the mDo you ever read a book and think, " My English teacher would have loved this!"? Well, Death Catchers was one of those books for me. It combined the mythology of the fates with Arthurian legend. Fourteen year old Lizzie Mortimer sees death specters for people who are set to die before their time. Her Grandmother has the same gift and helps Lizzie, as together they battle fate. I really enjoyed the creative way in which Death Catchers was told. It was written as a letter to Lizzy's English teacher. Each chapter started with a concept from English class: setting, characterization, metaphor, alliteration, irony. It had me laughing, as well as remembering what the terms meant. The story itself had an interesting take on King Arthur, Guinevere, the Lady of the Lake, and all the rest. The characters were well developed. I found myself wishing I knew them in real life. There was adventure, mythology,and a touch of romance....more
All that was missing was some kissing :) We have triplets, separated at birth, descendents of the mortal Medusa. Each has powers and a responsibilityAll that was missing was some kissing :) We have triplets, separated at birth, descendents of the mortal Medusa. Each has powers and a responsibility to keep monsters from our realm. We spend most of the story getting to know Gretchen and Grace. Both have swoon-worthy love interests who do a lot of whispering in their ears. A promising new series. I can't wait to see what secrets unravel in Sweet Shadows. If only it were out now......more
Enter Hades, once again...In this book his name is John, and he is one of many "death dieties" not the one and only Hades. Abandon was a promising staEnter Hades, once again...In this book his name is John, and he is one of many "death dieties" not the one and only Hades. Abandon was a promising start to a trilogy, but not a "wow" book (at least not at this point in the series). If you're looking for the underworld I'd highly recommend Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman (it's even a stand alone book), and Goddess Test by Aimee Carter....more