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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselv ...more
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Mian technically all greek myth stories are interconnected but you can read this without having read SoA, kinda like how you can watch thor ragnarok…moretechnically all greek myth stories are interconnected but you can read this without having read SoA, kinda like how you can watch thor ragnarok without having seen iron man 3. (less)
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Melanie

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

✨ Signed and personalized copies are available through Main Point Books! (They can ship anywhere in the US, anywhere in the UK, and also to some other international locations)

“When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.”

This is the pièce de résistance I’ve been searching for my entire life. Not only did I fall in love with this story, I predict that this will be the best book I’ll read all year. This boo
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Emily May
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, arc, mma-2018, 2018, botm
“Witches are not so delicate,” I said.

I absolutely loved this. If you enjoy Greek mythology, complex heroines, and a generous serving of adventure, bloodshed, betrayal, magic, and monsters - both literal and figurative - then hell, READ THIS BOOK.

To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of Miller's The Song of Achilles when I read it a few years back. I'm not sure if that's because my tastes were different back then, or if it was just because the plot had more of a romantic focus than Circe. But, wha
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شيماء ✨
Do you ever just get mad because you’re spending your life paying rent and wishing you could take a break from the linear flow of time when you could have been a goddess living in an enchanted island that is only seen every ten years and is unreachable by men? You live with ancient queens of myth and you're so much a part of each other it was like a second soul inside your skin. You sing hymns, burn incenses, and make fragrant oils. You call birds to sing at your windows, fall asleep in patches ...more
Victoria Schwab
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spellbinding.
Ana O
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
Hello, my name is Ana and I am a Greek mythology addict.

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A brief introduction to the deities of Greek mythology.

Zeus (Thunder God, king of the Gods)
Hera (Queen of Olympus, Goddess of marriage)
Demeter (Goddess of the harvest, agriculture and fertility)
Poseidon (God of the Sea)
Hestia (Virgin goddess of the hearth)
Hades (God of the Underworld, riches, king of the dead)
Persephone/Kora (Goddess of Spring, Queen of the Underworld)
Athena (Virgin Goddess of wisdom, craft, and war; companion of her
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
You threw me to the crows, but it turns out I prefer them to you.

My words are not as good as the ones in this book. Circe is a book about... finding yourself. But god, it stands out so far from just that.

Okay, to get started, I’m just going to say it: Madeline Miller is one of the best writers of our time. She has such a way with words that it is absolutely impossible not to be engaged in her storytelling.

The thing that brings this whole novel together is Circe’s character. She is a wo
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Hannah
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely beautiful!
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
This is a beautiful book; it is flawless and intelligent. I do not have a single criticism for this fantastic piece of writing. I loved it!

Circe chronicles the life of a lesser god. She is the daughter of the mighty God Helios, the living embodiment of the sun. She is born without any particular talents or powers. She exists in the shadows of her more developed brothers and sisters. She does not shine in such spectacular company.

However, gifts come in many different forms and those with hidden
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Will Byrnes
Men, can’t live with ‘em, can’t turn ‘em all into swine.

What do you mean turn them into swine? From her earliest application of her new found transformative skills it is suggested that what Circe turns her unfortunate guests into has more to do with their innermost nature than Circe’s selection of a target form. (The strength of those flowers lay in their sap, which could transform any creature to its truest self.) Clearly her sty residents had an oinky predisposition. And I am sure that there
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.

Where do I even begin? This was one of the most amazing, beautiful, intricate, captivating books I have had the pleasure of reading in my entire life. I have been a bookworm since I was barely walking, and yet this book, this gorgeous retelling, has impacted me so profoundly that I genuinely do not know if I will ever be entirely the same.

It is a common saying that women are delicate creatures—flowers, eggs, anything that may be crushed
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Navidad Thélamour
3.5 stars

Madeline Miller’s Circe is an epic that’s sweeping the nation today. Everywhere you turn, you see that magnificent cover (honestly, that cover work is DIVINE and I’ve had the MOST fun photographing it for the Bookstagram). Twitter and Instagram are as we speak packed with Circe references and Miller interviews and, within all of that, Circe has found itself wrapped in all of the fluff and buildup and publicity of a typical ultra-hyped, big-named publisher release. Let’s be serious—mos
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
If you like mythology, you need to read this book!

Personally it's not even something I'm a fan of but I couldn't put this... audiobook down. The narrator did a great job and her voice was quite relaxing. I ended up finishing the book in 3 days and taking detour on my walks just to be able to listen to it more!

Would recommend.

Now I need to go finish The Song of Achilles...
Jeffrey Keeten
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: greek, myth
”It was true what Hermes said. Every moment mortals died, by shipwreck and sword, by wild beasts and wild men, by illness, neglect, and age. It was their fate, as Prometheus had told me, the story that they all shared. No matter how vivid they were in life, no matter how brilliant, no matter the wonders they made, they came to dust and smoke. Meanwhile every petty and useless god would go on sucking down the bright air until the stars went dark.”

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Bibi
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*Spoilers*

How I wish Miller's Circe was a reimagining as opposed to a retelling
and I say this because there's little else that can be told about Greek mythology that isn't readily available online or at the library.

A reinterpretation, on the other hand, gives an author creative license to weave a uniquely extravagant and fantastical story ( Now I Rise did it perfectly) and perhaps one in which a lowly nymph attains great powers, transforms into a formidable sorceress who then proceeds to defy
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chandler ainsley ♕
Apr 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
for $27 this book better clear my skin, water my crops, and eliminate all the stress i have ever had

buddy read with yusra!

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I thought this book was fantastic!



I felt sorry for Circe. But I did love reading about all of the gods and just the story line itself!

This was the first book I have read by this author and it was a pleasant surprise.

And that's all I have, there is no point in writing big reviews. You can read all of the book bumpers that have a million likes that write long reviews. I just can't do it any more.

Happy Reading!

Mel
emma
It is with immense regret and massive trepidation that I must say...

I don't really get the hype.

review to come:(


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me: ok time to write an essay!

this traitor book: or - and here me out on this one - you could not do that and read instead

me: hm...compelling
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Charlotte May
"But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth."

Well this was just jam packed with loads of mythology, gods and goddesses and characters from antiquity!
I loved spotting so many memorable names and stories, woven expertly into Circe's tale.

Daedalus and Icarus
Prometheus and his poor poor liver
Circe's father - the Sun god Helios and his perfect white cattle
Her sister Pasiphae, mother of Aridane, who befriends and aids Theseu
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WHEN I WAS BORN, the name for what I was did not exist.



I was waiting for two whole months to get this book from the library. And I finally had a chance to read Circe from Madeline Miller. A book that everyone was talking about. The only thing you were gonna see on Instagram. Well, here I am – sitting with the cool kids now, I have read this book.

The reason I wanted to read this book wasn’t because I wanted to be part of the cool kid
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Lola
I have been savouring this book for the past seven days. If I have not been active on here – at all, really – it’s because I started my second year of university and also because I didn’t want to be reading anything other than CIRCE (and my textbooks, ugh).

I thought THE SONG OF ACHILLES was amazing, but it’s nothing compared to this story. In both cases, you do not have to be familiar with the Greek gods and goddesses or mythology in general. I only had a basic understanding of it, and yet the a
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Helena of Sparta ✰
“Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.”

So…I didn’t realise that I unintentionally finished this on International Women’s Day. Go me! Talk about perfect timing!!! :P

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate this book’s beauty (photos not mine):

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As someone who’s studied the classics, I love mythology retellings. And practically all of them, really. I’m even talking about the fun ones like The Lightning Thief and Half-Blood, as well
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8 April 2018
Oh, Gosh! I want it now! Can't wait for the publication! I expect it to be 5 stars... So, forgive me for prerating it already. It's like earmarking a favourite page...
Remember, I'm a sucker for all things Ancient Greece. Classical mythos are my blood, my marrow... I grew up on them. Circe was never my fav, I felt she was a villain, a malicious sorceress for her part in Odyssey... Let's see if this book helps me get a different perception on this legendary gal.

15 April 2018
So... This
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Candi
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Candi by: Arah-Lynda
"A golden cage is still a cage."

What a spectacular and moving reading experience this has been! I was educated in the particulars of mythology while partaking in one of my favorite pastimes, rather than running the risk of enduring a lengthy discourse in a lecture hall. I grasped so much on a personal level and was moved to tears when I reached the finish line. Furthermore, I have found a favorite witch in Circe to extol along with my best-loved sorcerer of all-time – Mary Stewart’s Merlin!

Prior
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Spencer Orey
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really incredible overall. I was amazed by how Miller retells classic myths through amazing personalizing touches with believable spins, all based on this vivid imagining of Circe. The Greek gods come off as terrifying and inescapable presences that you can hope don't interfere with your life. Even the parts I expected to see surprised me. The writing was phenomenal.

If you like Greek myths even a little bit, this is for you.
Meredith
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Finely crafted tale of Circe--a goddess banished to exile who honed her skills as a witch, turned men into pigs, and bore the son of Odysseus.


I love Greek mythology, but honestly, Circe has never been of great interest to me. Perhaps because I associate her more as goddess delaying Odysseus’ return to Ithaca vs. an actual mythical figure who deserved her own narrative to shine. Madeline Miller provides a strong voice to Circe, pushing her into the forefront even though her character
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Debra
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Such a great book! You do not need to be a fan of mythology to read this book! Confession - I requested this book because I saw it on a list about "anticipated books of 2018” It did not disappoint. If anything this book dazzled! Anticipate this book folks and rush out and get yourself a copy when it becomes available (or request it on NetGalley as I did!).

Circe is the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans. Her mother, Perse, an Oceanid naiad is beautiful and
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jessica
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
in the house of miller, goddess of written word and mightiest of storytellers, a masterpiece was born.

again, i am blown away at the beauty that is madeline millers writing. her words have a way of invoking a sense of delicate peace in my heart. i read her stories and it fills that longing for something more. circe was an absolute delight from start to finish, and i cant express the extent of my gratitude for something so breathtakingly compelling to have been created and shared with the world.
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Anne
3.5 stars

I would love to say that I appreciate the way the author reimagined this character from the The Odyssey and...whatever else she was in, but the truth is this:
Everything I know about Circe comes from reading comics.

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So, yeah. I'd some vague recollection that she did something, at some point, somewhere in Greek literature. Ish.
Mostly, though, I've always thought of her as a character who was out to get Wonder Woman.
I'm admitting to that so that you know right off the bat that you're not d
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Annet
Amazing book, utterly fascinating and compelling. Quite unusual and exceptional story. I like Circe, she is a strong woman (sorry, goddess, or witch goddess) and a courageous fighter. I like her style. The book cover says "an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation". Yes, that about sums it up, this great story. The only remark I would have is that the middle part, when Circe is with Odysseus, is a bit of a small dip, which is why this book just miss ...more
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Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. For the last ten years she has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of ...more
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