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Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians #6)

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Behold the wondrous beauty of Aphrodite, goddess of love and ombodiement of the intangible Eros. A creature born of pure force and destined for power and fame, so lovely that the Earth and all its inhabitants bend to please her.

Pitted against Athena, warrior goddess, and Hera, goddess of the heavens, the lovely, cunning Aphrodite must find a way to outwit her opponents in
Paperback, 77 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by First Second
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Jan 07, 2014 marked it as first-second-publications
I'm not going to lie: when I first heard we were doing a book about Aphrodite, I was like, 'this book is going to be all filled with love and stuff, isn't it?'


Aphrodite being the goddess of love, there is some love in this book. But more than love, this book is really about power: about a goddess who's a woman figuring out her relationship to a pantheon of gods and what she can do with that situation if she uses love (for good or for ill). It's a really interesting discussion of familial an
For a book about Aphrodite, this turned out remarkably kid-friendly and yet didn't feel overly censored or changed. Although I definitely was amused at the tries to artfully get around exactly what Kronos cut off of Ouranos that created Aphrodite. "The seat of Eros' power". (view spoiler) This round, I enjoyed the inclusion of the Pygmalion myth because I've always particularly liked that myth. At Thetis' wedding, the whole part with Eris was ju ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it

I have been a fan of mythology ever since I read the Iliad as a child. This graphic novel was kindly given to me for my classroom library by a friend. Aphrodite may not have been my first choice in the Greek Pantheon to read about, but it was really enjoyable. It gave a lot of great info, the art was solid and it tied together numerous story lines. I am definitely planning on reading the others in the series.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Note: I received a free copy of this from the Goodreads FirstReads Giveaway.

O’Connor hits it out of the park again in his latest in his Olympians series.

Here, he examines the myth of Aphrodite – and it isn’t at all what you’d expect. This isn’t a story about love – it’s a story about power, and more than that, it’s about powerful beings making power plays.

Zeus-the-womanizer sizes up Aphrodite as she steps out of the ocean and is smart enough to realize her ability to make people fall in love
Nicola Mansfield
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Greek mythology but have to say that when knowing the next book was actually about the Goddess of "Love" I wasn't as excited as with the previous books in this series. However, O'Connor went in a great direction with his retelling of Aphrodite's story. He starts back at the beginning with Kaos and Gaea and re-tells the whole story of creation and the Olympians as was done in the first book "Zeus", though this time very quickly and from the point of view of Eros from which Athena is formed ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
The interesting thing about this series is that even when it's not my favorite adaptation or interpretation of that particular myth, I'll read the author's note at the end of the book and gain a wholly new appreciation for the story and effort that went into researching the character. Such was the case with this volume- it wasn't my favorite in the series and I felt like it spent way too much time with other gods and myths than Aphrodite herself. If I recall correctly, I had a similar problem wi ...more
Meryem Matar
The comic book Aphrodite, goddess of love was written by George O’Connor. The story opens with Gaea (the Earth) and Eros (love) living together and creating the world. It also introduces the olympian gods, along with Zeus, their king. One day, Eros gave the form of a body, and a beautiful maiden arose from the sea, named Aphrodite. She was headed to Cyprus, the nearest island she could find. The goddess of love met the three Charities, who were loyal to her. The Olympians caught sight of Aphrodi ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like how Aphrodite's arrival indicates a threat to Zeus's power. In fact, he acknowledges in this text that many women are more powerful than he is, especially Aphie. I also dig O'Connor's notes about the out-of-character and sexist tale of Paris's judgment regarding the golden apple. Like Hera and Athena would truly care about such things. George takes it a step further to illustrate that Aphrodite sees it more as a power struggle than anything else.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free as a Goodreads First Read.

I've always believed that mythological figures like Aphrodite, Apollo, Jason, Zeus, Athena, Odysseus, & Hercules are the superheroes of Ancient times. They are not perfect creatures. They could be just as jealous, manipulative & vain as they were compassionate, generous, & loving. Perhaps this is why mythology translates so well to the graphic novel medium. It is an excellent way to introduce this type of lore to young readers.
As he has done with all the other earlier titles in his Olympian series, George O'Connor tackles the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Not only does he portray her beauty--she's stunning in every way--but also her imperfections and carelessness. By explaining her origins, he allows readers to make sense of the complicated relationships among the gods and goddesses. His notes explain how he decided to tackle the matter of three powerful women fighting for a golden apple. For him, the question was ...more
No matter what retelling of Aphrodite I come across, I still don't like her at all. She's such a little bitch. She has her moments of decency but for the most part, she's an egotistical maniac. I honestly think she's even worse the Zeus. I still liked the story and art and all that, but i couldn't help but wish that some other god/goddess had taken the spotlight for this volume of the series. Literally anyone else who have been more tolerable than Aphrodite.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5

As always I'm in love with this series. The stories are so fun to read about and I like that you get a little info about them in the end. The art again was incredible and Aphrodite story was a great read. I really liked his version on how she was born and what she did with her godly powers. I can't wait to get my hands on Apollo's book.
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although this is not my favorite of the series, it is an interesting and viable addition to a fabulous series. I love the look of Aphrodite and the stories O'Connor picked are decent. I wish he'd included Eros and Psyche because it's my favorite, but there is only so much that one can add to a book. I will definitely buy this one.

I received this as an ARC from NetGalley. Thanks!
I reviewed these books basically as a whole on the boxed set.
Mary Lee
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just in time for Valentines Day--the quintessential story of love and jealousy.
This graphic novel begins much the same way the first one about Zeus did: the void of white with a brown circle at the center. And once again, we have the origin of Gaea and Ouranos and all that follows. However, now there are three ladies starting this story who tell of something else that was in the world, spurring these two elements to join, mingle and ultimately turn on each other. This mystic force had no form, name or real focus. But it made itself felt in passion, jealousy, love, lust and ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love is about how Aphrodite came to be. It's kind of cool that she's older than a lot of the other gods and that she's not part of the Zeus and Hera family. Although, that doesn't stop Zeus from 'adopting' her and making her marry Hephaistos. Which, it could've been worse. At least Hephaistos was kind to Aphrodite (from what I've remembered reading).

I enjoyed reading this volume. With each volume you get the learn the 'origin' story of each of these famous gods and goddess
I gave this one a lesser rating than the rest of the series not because of the quality of writing (the author carefully crafts his stories to make mythology approachable, and one comprehensive story to follow chronologically- I've never experienced Greek mythology like this and I'm loving it.), but because I don't care much for Aphrodite. I admire the strong qualities of Hera, Athena, Persephone, and Demeter in this series thus far, but Aphrodite only brings physical beauty and seduction to the ...more
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Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
So far I like the artwork in this one the best.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
okay book
Aryan Preetham
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book because it was so mixed and had a mix of everything in it. So slow and very weird. It was not a nice book
Zoe (readabilitea)
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
As with the other goddess graphic novels in this series, I really enjoyed this and learnt a lot from it. I'd highly recommend it to those who don't know much/anything about Greek mythology
La'Tonya Rease Miles
Good but not great. One awesome thing is the author's conscious choice to make Aphrodite a woman of color, when that is not the popular representation.
Zesty Lythgoe
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book puts a really fun twist on Aphrodite and her stories that I haven't seen before, showing her as just as complex and vengeful as any other goddess.
Dani Shuping
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Aphrodite. The Goddess of Love. The Goddess of....troublemaking? That's right, Aphrodite the Goddess of Love, is a troublemaker. Because what else is love, but something to stir the pot and create jealousy and envy...and even hatred. Not just amongst the humans of the world, but of the gods as well, for all feel the power of passion and love and anger that Aphrodite brings forth. For she has always been around. Longer than the gods, she is the same age as Gaia, the earth goddess. And while Aphro ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This book in my opinion was not as good as the other ones. It was slow and the topics were mixed.
I did not really like this one
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through the Goodreads FirstReads program in exchange for an unbiased review.

A little story how I came about actually getting my hands on this book. I first saw Hades being offered on Goodreads and as a fan of all forms of mythology, whether it be true to the classics (like this series) or brought into the modern day (like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson) I couldn't resist. However I didn't win. Then came Poseidon and I tried to win that failed. I went, "Fine!" and went out and bough
I received this book for free from Netgalley, in exchange for a review. Review also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

I am a big mythology buff, as well as a fan of graphic novels, so I was instantly drawn to this book when I saw it on Netgalley. It is part of a series about each of the Olympian gods, this one focusing on the first appearance of Aphrodite, through her immortal life until her role in the Trojan War, narrated by the three of the Muses.

I wasn't sure of the target audience when I reques
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Olympians (10 books)
  • Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians, #1)
  • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians, #2)
  • Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory (Olympians, #3)
  • Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians, #4)
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  • Ares: Bringer of War (Olympians, #7)
  • Apollo: The Brilliant One (Olympians, #8)
  • Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt (Olympians, #9)
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