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Medusa the Mean (Goddess Girls #8)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,173 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews

Medusa is the ultimate mean girl in this series that blends modern drama with ancient myths.Well researched and true to the original myths, each volume in the Goddess Girls series addresses contemporary issues, like friendships and relationships, from a classically accurate—and entertaining—perspective.

In Medusa the Mean, Medusa is sick and tired of being the only mortal a

Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Aladdin
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Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you haven't yet discovered The Goddess Girls Series, allow me to introduce you. This wonderful set of books is all about mixing classic mythology with modern day girls and guys. Trust me, it's a ton of fun to read! Although these books are slated for Middle Graders, I see no reason why older aged readers wouldn't like them as well. After all, I'm almost 30, and I love them still!

In this particular installment, we get to see a lot further into Medusa's past and why she earned the title "Queen
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Medusa is a rock star! She really is. Once she learns how to trust and be herself, she steals the show. She can turn people into stone, stir the pot, and is easy to spot! She's more hardcore than the frat godboys and outshines the shimmering goddessgirls. Medusa should never try to be like those girls. I see more costumes of her than any of them on Halloween anyway.

Jane Austen is in the myth mix too. At first it's like, aw, this tween book is so cute! Dionysus knows Medusa needs to be praised fo
At First Sight: As one of the few mortals allowed to attend Mount Olympus Academy, it could be said that Medusa Gorgon doesn't have it easy. And, even though she pretends not to care, she isn't above feeling both jealousy and longing for the perks that come with being immortal.

And with Principal Zeus and Hera's wedding fast approaching, Medusa feels this longing more than ever, and she's just about to realize what lengths she's willing to go for immortality and popularity.

To top it all off, 7
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love all of the Goddess Girls books, but this one is possibly even tied for overall fave along with Persephone the Phony. I was almost wary of a book about the 'Queen of Mean' Medusa, but now I absolutely love her! We really got to see why she acts the way she does and understand her motivations for being so grouchy.

I totally love her snakes as well. After Athena caused her hair to turn into snakes, Medusa doesn't even see it as a bad thing, she loves her snakes like pets! The snakes hiss at p
Joan Holub
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-work
Goddess Girls series, ages 8-12, Aladdin paperbacks
#1 Athena the Brain
#2 Persephone the Phony
#3 Aphrodite the Beauty
#4 Artemis the Brave
#5 Athena the Wise
#6 Aphrodite the Diva
#7 Artemis the Loyal (December 2011)
#8 Medusa the Mean (April 2012)
The Girl Games (Super Special, July 2012)
3 more GGs to come!
From the Back Cover:
The Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths! Follow the ins and outs of divine s
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really love it. Although th is the first book of the Goddess Girls series I read, I wasn't really confused or lost with everything else going on. I love the twists that the authors gave to the gods, goddesses and mortals alike. And I really love Medusa in this book, which surprised me because she never really come off as likable to me when I read Greek mythology. And surprise that she ended up with Dionyseus that was a shock to me. Again, I really love this book although it is a little angsty, ...more
Dolly Lwin
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a quite entertaining book but I don't think this was how Medusa got her snake hair. This is my first time reading Goddess Girls and I will try to read more of them.
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Artemis is still in love with that guy?
Elizabeth Chang
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, 3-stars, reviews
Getting to learn more about Medusa was really great. The last few books didn't really mention her, and when they did, she was usually only seen as rude and mean. I got to learn so much more about her history and her life in this book, yay! Her parents, especially, they weren't very nice, and I feel so sorry for her. Her blunt honesty is also very refreshing.
It was pretty strange reading a book from the point of view of someone who is not one of the main characters, especially the bully in the story. But I didn't feel any dislike towards Medusa, I just felt sorry for her. I mean, she is at an academy mostly full of good-looking and powerful immortals, when she is mortal, unpopular and has snakes for hair; which stops anyone coming near her. Her family are pretty horrible to her I thought, and all she want's is to be popular and immortal, which seem ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

I absolutely love this series! Joan and Suzanne have done such a wonderful job at creating relatable young Greek Goddesses and Gods that MG and older elementary grade readers will enjoy reading. One of the things I love about this series is how each young Goddess has her own book. This not only allows readers to get to know each one more, but they also see how she interacts with the previous Goddess Girls already introduced into the series. With this story, I enjoyed getting to know mo
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Medusa the Mean is the eighth book in the Goddess Girls series, and the second book in the series I have read. In the first few books the more popular goddess girls are the main characters – Athena, Artemis, Aphrodite and Persephone. Later in the series other characters get some spotlight time too.

I was very much excited to be reading about Medusa. She always seems so mean and evil, so it was great to see inside her head for a while. Medusa the Mean really upped my appreciation for Medusa. In sp
Awesome! The Queen of Mean takes centre stage in the 8th Goddess Girls book. Medusa fancies the gorgeous godboy Poseidon and soon the perfect opportunity arises to impress him - a swimming contest to decide who will be the final bridesmaid at Zeus and Hera's wedding.

This is definitely one of my favourite GGs! We meet Andromeda, Perseus, Cetus, Medusa's mum and dad and her two sisters (Euryale and Stheno). We also see a bit more of Dionysis and Poseidon.

We get to see Medusa's room for the first t
{My Thoughts} – Medusa is a rather difficult individual to get along with at Mount Olympus Academy. It is no surprise that most individual’s like to steer clear of her because of her hair. However, her hair isn’t the main reason individual’s steer clear of her. It is also her attitude in general towards others and other things. She seems to approach things and individual’s with the I’m not happy you shouldn’t be either type of attitude.

Medusa discovers a necklace with a special charm that in a b
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
This is another entertaining story in the Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub. Our oldest especially is enthralled by this series and she can't wait to read more. She especially can't wait for Joan Holub to finish the next book.

I love that our girls are being introduced to Greek mythology in a light way; they are remembering the characters and stories and I think it is giving them a good foundation for reading the original tales later on. I liked that the author tries to humanize (or Gorgonize?)
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Medusa is always for a good laugh... At the misfortune of other people. As a child, Medusa was always neglected by her peers and parents. Now she goes to school at MOA by seeking in with her two sisters. However, she still isn't popular. Medusa has tried repetitively to be liked and well known at her school. Medusa finally figured out what she needs to do! Become immortal. It's the perfect solution; but how to do it? With the frowny face and the hair of snakes, will Medusa be able to accomplish ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fun, gg
Pretty good, but that's easy for Joan Holub and Suzzane Williams!
Linda Jaejoong
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-until-2018
Am Anfang konnte ich Medusa ja gar nicht leiden, aber nach diesem Buch gehört sie zu meinen absoluten Lieblings Figuren. Alle denken so schlecht von ihr und denken das sie immer nur gemein sein will, aber dabei ist sie so nett und wird von allen nur missverstanden. Wenn man ihre Kindheit kennt, weiß man warum sie so ist wie sie ist.

Medusa ihre Eltern und Schwestern sind einfach das letzte und sie hat so eine Familie einfach nicht verdient. Ich fand es traurig das sie eigentlich nur zwei Freundin
Maria Garcia
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Medusa the Mean" by Joan Holub was a beautiful story because it was unsuspected . I couldn't put down this book because I wanted to know if Medusa will become Immortal or get out of MOA because she was stealing. Joan Holub is a great author for making this book to be unsuspected. For example, "You! come forth!" Zeus called her. "You shall be rewarded for this fabulous gift." When Medusa stood before Zeus, he asked, "Well mortal, what reward do you choose. She didn't have to think about it for e ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another great installment in the Goddess Girls series. Told from Medusa’s perspective, we see that she’s not such a mean girl after all. She’s insecure, jaded (teased a lot as a kid, her parents’ least favorite, etc.), and just trying to protect herself. We see a girl with a lot of heart who just wants to be accepted.

As with previous Goddess Girls books, there’s a moral to the story. Medusa starts out believing dreams are a sure way to get disappointed, but learns that sometimes they can come tr
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Medusa Gorgon attends Mount Olympus Academy but is a "mortal" not a goddess and not one of the popular goddesses. She has snakes for hair due to a mishap with an invention of goddess girl Athena and has a bit of a chip on her shoulder. While she longs to fit in she usually does something to push away potential god boy and goddess girlfriends. She believes that if only she was "immortal" being out of the "cool club" would go away. Medusa gets hold of an "Immortalizer Necklace" that she things wil ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have yet to read one of the Goddess Girl books that I didn't love, and I think that so far this one just might be my favorite. I loved seeing how Medusa's character grew throughout the story and despite her calling herself "Queen of Mean" she demonstrates that she really isn't. Like many young kids, and teens, today Medusa puts on a tough face to try to show that the other kids' comments don't affect her when the comments hurt her. At the beginning of the story Medusa has convinced herself tha ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Greek Mythology
Shelves: fantasy
This is the eighth installment of the Goddess Girls series with the focus on Medusa this time. Although Medusa is a mortal and not considered to "be one of the popular crowd", I am glad to see she received her very own book. This is a softer version of Medusa then I was expecting but certainly has the elements that I love(snarky personality and snakes for hair) and really throws her into the spotlight as a Goddess Girl. The overall theme of this story is the desire to fit in, feel popular and in ...more
Michelle Tempted By Books
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Medusa is the class bully, in a way. All she really wants is to be popular, sadly she has built up some very strong defensive walls. Believing that the only way she will have a better life is if she can become Immortal like all the over popular gods and goddesses at school, she sets out to make it a reality. Seeing Medusa's side of things helped to make her a little less hateful and sometimes you are able to feel sad for her as well. Again this book wouldn't be a Goddess Girl story without some ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had taken a break from this series, not for a lack of enjoyment (after all, as an adult they are VERY quick reads), but for lack of access - I couldn't find a copy of the book. Now that I have the next few in the series in eReader format, I shall continue to read them, because they are quite cute. I like the morals of the stories and how they tie real Greek (and sometimes other) mythologies into a modern twist. Having read about mean girl Medusa in the previous books in the series, it was nice ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love the Goddess Girl series!!! In this amazing Goddess Girl book Medusa has to have a 5 year old kindergartern buddy who wishes to be in Zeus's wedding. But when Medusa says she couldn't and her buddy gets mad, Dinosoras, a godboy who is one of Zeus's groomsmen who can pick a bridesmaid, says "don't lower a little girl's hopes" and makes Medusa's buddy a bridesmaid. I really like how the author puts action in the book and it makes people imagine everything in the book so clearly. Zeus is wedd ...more
Erin 신애린 Shin
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I feel bad for Medusa in this book. This is a good series. Not really the best but its fun to read.
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Very cute read! Learn why Medusa is so mean! Not really, but being socially awkward makes it hard for her to make friends. It's even harder with snakes for hair. Will she ever catch handsome, blue Poseidon's eye? What's a green girl with a head full of snakes to do? Try to scheme her way into the godboy's heart, that's what. I was starting to worry that Medusa wouldn't learn that being snarky and standoffish wasn't doing her any favors, so it was fun to see her finally get a clue.

Full re
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Fun book! Even though this is a children's book I still like to read it because it's a nice twist on Greek mythology and the gods and goddesses!

I personality though think that this book is probably my least favourite in the series. But it does show a bit of insight on medusa and of course I liked how they managed to put the tale of how medusa spawned Pegasus in this book

Looking forward to the next one
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