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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  167 reviews
What if Meg had to become a god?

After Hercules proves he's a true hero and regains his godship, all seems right in the world. That is, until Zeus tells Meg that she can't be with Hercules because she's, well, mortal. Luckily, Hera has a solution, offering Meg a chance to prove herself worthy of a spot on Mt. Olympus--as a god. All Meg has to do is complete a mysterious que
Hardcover, Twisted Tales, #11, 336 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by Disney-Hyperion
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Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read

3.5-stars rounded up**

Picking up directly after the events of the Disney animated movie, Go the Distance follows Megara as she fights for her right to be with Hercules.

After Herc regains his godship, the couple are ready to celebrate. As Hercules is called by his parents to return to Mount Olympus, however, they run into a problem. Zeus quickly points out that Meg cannot go, as she is a mere mortal.

Meg can't believe it. After everything they have been through, is this how it is going to end?

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Actual Rating: 3.75 stars

Okay, this was cute.

I seem to be in the minority of people that have enjoyed this one, surprisingly. I think a lot of that stems from how much younger this book reads than other works in this series. Which makes sense since Jen Calonita is most well known for her middle grade series, Flunked. People most likely went into this expecting something a little bit
Rating 2 Stars

Thank you NetGalley and Edelweiss for providing an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review

Well...that was certainly disappointing. I didn't get my hopes up since Calonita seems notoriously bad at writing retellings from the scathing reviews I've seen of the other twisted tales that she has written. But I'm still bummed because this is fucking Hercules we are talking about. One of my favorite childhood movies with a very underrated heroine (yes it's mainly about Herc
Oct 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: series-to-finish
We have a synopsis and release date?? Can’t wait for the cover reveal!
Kristin Sledge
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Disney and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Go the Distance is the twisted tale of what would have happened if Zeus didn't allow Hercules to remain on earth with Meg. As no mortal is allowed to reside on Mt. Olympus that leaves Meg only one option: take the quest Hera offers her in hopes of achieving Godhood. Meg would do anything to stay with Wonder Boy, even journey back to the Underworld itself to retrieve a soul. But will Meg be able to maintain focus and c
Rating 2 Stars

Thank you NetGalley and Edelweiss for providing an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review

Well...that was certainly disappointing. I didn't get my hopes up since Calonita seems notoriously bad at writing retellings from the scathing reviews I've seen of the other twisted tales that she has written. But I'm still bummed because this is fucking Hercules we are talking about. One of my favorite childhood movies with a very underrated heroine (yes it's mainly about Herc
Rachel Kathryn Wright
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! Meg is such a great character, and I loved she still had that spark that she had in the movie. Her story is both so beautiful and sad because you know she and her mother were doing the best they could. Like the journey that Hercules had to go on so did Meg, and her story was even more emotional. Also, one of my favorite moments had to be her calling out Zeus in the beginning and doing it in front of everyone. Also the epilogue was so beautiful. And one of the things th ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Go The Distance in exchange for an honest review.

Meg's one of my favourite (if not my absolute favourite) Disney princess so I was beyond ecstatic when I found out I'd been approved for this review copy but after reading the book and being let down, I'm starting to wonder if that made this book a bad match for me.

Taking a character developed and written by someone else and trying to copy their voice and thought processes is always going to be dif
rose ✨
“congratulations, wonder boy,” meg said softly, giving him one last look. “you’ll make one heck of a god.”

go the distance picks up at the end of the disney film, where, instead of remaining on earth with megara, hercules becomes a god on mount olympus and zeus forbids his relationship with a mortal. hera offers meg a solution: complete a quest and become a god as well.

this had all the elements a fun adventure story—a high-stakes quest, a hades/persephone subplot, greek mythology in general—b
April B.
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Jen Calonita for the opportunity to read the eARC of Go the Distance!

Well I was a little surprised to find out that the book was based on Meg instead Hercules. That being said, it still very enjoyable and entertaining. Meg turns out to be a very complex character with a sad backstory. When Hera sends Meg on her quest to see if she can learn to trust and be vulnerable, the story takes many turns. The ending was wonderful!

I will post my review on Netgalley, Goodreads, Amazo
Cassandra Alvarez
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2021
I am...disappointed is the right word for it. The writing left a lot to be desired. The ideas were there and absolutely fascinating, but unfortunately execution was lacking.

I think Megaera deserved better.
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*****5 Stars!

“Love means opening your heart to another, no matter the consequences.”

First off I would like to thank Disney and NetGalley for allowing me to read an arc of this book, I am so honored to be given a chance to give an honest review for this book.

Go the Distance is a continuation of Disney’s Hercules but with a new twist, what if Zeus refuses to allow Hercules to live out his life on Earth with Meg? Hera comes up with a fair solution and that is to offer Meg a chance to prove her w
I'm totally in for this! Wow they really are giving us quite the variety of twisted tales! Can't wait to read and give it a proper review in April! :D ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
E ARC Provided by Edelweiss Plus

Megara had a hard life before she ever met Hercules. Her mother, Thea, had to raise her alone after her father abruptly left, and a woman alone in Ancient Greece had to face many obstacles. She did instill the love of music in her daughter, and Megara actually met her boyfriend, Aegeus, while playing the flute. When he was in danger, she traded her soul to Hades in exchange for his life, and that is her situation when she meets Hercules. When this story starts, H
Faith Noelle
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thanks Disney and Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

If I'm being honest, I wanted to like this story a lot more than I actually did. I do think it had lots of potential. Overall I did like the premise of Meg having to go on her own quest to become a god, and getting to explore parts of Meg that I haven't seen anyone explore yet. She had a unique and interesting backstory that I think is fun for readers to get into. However, I didn't really connect with Meg or any of the char
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
A good idea but poor execution.

“Go the Distance” sets Meg off on a quest to prove herself worthy of becoming a god when Zeus refuses to allow Hercules to remain on Earth by her side but the path to paradise is not without some obstacles and a little soul searching might hold the key to surviving it all.

I have to lead with I have never read the Twisted Tales series but I own a few so I was excited to get approved for this book because of how much I loved Hercules.

That being said I was disappoi
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gigantic thanks to NetGalley and Disney publishing for an advanced copy of this book.

This is my second Twisted Tales book I’ve read and my goodness I enjoyed it. I was filled with so many emotions and I kept thinking “these are the same characters from a childhood favorite?”

In this book, the focus is on Megara, and rightfully so. Though while this book feels more like a sequel, the twisted part of this is “what if Zeus didn’t allow Hercules to stay on earth with Meg? And Meg had to do her own
Meghann Shannon
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
As a long time Megara fan I was super excited to read this book. Finally Meg gets the attention she deserves!!!

Overall I really enjoyed it! A quick read I was able to finish it in one day. The story was engaging and highly entertaining. It was great to learn more about Meg’s background.

There was on thing that bugged me. The characters where a bit in consistent. There where times when the author got characters like Meg and Phil spot on perfect. And other times that they didn’t feel like the chara
Jan 19, 2021 marked it as to-read
Heck Yeah I'm in! April cannot come fast enough! I've read all my Twisted Tale books and I'm about to reread them so I can review them all on my profile here. A review to come on this book in the near future. :) ...more
2/5 stars

I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My curse with eARCs continues...

Disney needs to stop labeling the Twisted Tales series as YA… or at least whenever Jen Calonita writes one. From reading both Go the Distance and Mirror Mirror, Calonita writes in a bland MG style that does nothing to create distinct voices for Disney characters. Snow White and Megara are miles a part in terms of personality and YET, Meg could have easily been swapped for Snow White and
Jordan Lynch
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2021, childrens-mg
Go the Distance, the latest in the Twisted Tales series, is an alternate telling of Disney's Hercules. At the end of the film, Hercules chooses to give up his newly-won godhood and stay on Earth with his love, Meg. But what if Zeus had refused to let Hercules go? What if Meg had to embark on a perilous quest to have a life with the man she'd already fought so hard to be with? Jen Calonita's newest book is based on this question, and the result is an entertaining ride through Greek mythology and ...more
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and boy was it an exciting story. When I was younger I idolized Megara and I honestly believe during childhood development that some of my personality based itself off of hers. So you can imagine why this book would mean a lot to me. Megara is one of the most underrated Disney characters so I was so happy to see her get her own story, and to watch her become a god! As a big fa
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Go the Distance is another addition to the Twisted Tales series. This one gives a new take on Hercules where the story takes place after the Disney movie and Hercules is now a God. Instead of Zeus allowing Hercules to remain on Earth with Meg, he refuses as he wants him to remain on Mount Olympus. Instead of being focused on Hercules’ side of things, this tale shows the aftermath from Meg’s point-of-view.

Megara Egan (love that they gave her the last name of the actress, Susan Egan, that voic
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was super excited to receive this book because I loved the Hercules movie as a child. I definitely had some hopes going in and this book definitely met them. This book feels like a part 2 that Disney could have released.

I felt that Calonita did a great job at capturing Meg’s personality. While we don’t see quite as much of her sassiness because she is dealing with her inner feelings,
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it

Bless my soul, Disney's on a roll. I'm really liking these Twisted Tales so far. Even though I think this is labeled as YA, it says ages 7+ and reads like it's targeting a younger audience, so I'm gonna call this middle reader. It's a pretty easy read. Things sometimes feel like they're over-explained. The story is a little watered down and doesn't have much depth; also problems are resolved pretty quickly. Some of the writing is a bit awkward, and this is definitely a kissing book. Like, if you
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for sending me an ARC via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
4/5 stars
This was one of my most anticipated reads because Hercules is my absolute favourite Disney movie ever. I was so excited to see how they would twist it, and I was not disappointed!
The book picks up with Meg and Hercules being whisked away on a cloud to Mount Olympus after Hercules has returned from the Underworld and saved Meg’s life. When Hercules asks to stay on Earth with Meg, his father
Maggie Lovitt
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hercules was one of my favorite movies as a kid. To be honest, most Disney movies were my favorite as a kid. But I did sing “Go the Distance” for an audition when I was sixteen, so it’s safe to say that the film has always held a special place in my heart. So it should really come as no surprise that I was instantly intrigued by the newest inclusion to Disney’s A Twisted Tale collection. If you haven’t heard of the A Twisted Tale anthology series, it is a collection of "what-if" spin-offs based ...more
Pine Reads Review
“This quest was about more than just having an opportunity to be with Hercules. It was about proving to herself that she was strong enough to face a challenge as daunting as this one through to the end. And to see what she could become on the other side of it.”

After Hercules rescues Meg from the Underworld, she’s hoping for a happy ending and thinks she’s about to get it when Hercules turns down immortality to be with her. But then Zeus says no, and the tale that Disney told in the 1997 movie ge
☼ Mae ☼
Apr 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Stephanie Whitman
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2021
A huge thank-you to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for this e-arc of Go the Distance by Jen Calonita.

"I need to see you understand love is a strength, not a weakness. That putting your trust in someone you love doesn't mean you can't stand on your own two feet. It means you know how to share responsibility and accept help when it is needed... I want to see you know how to be vulnerable, Megara. And understand that love means opening your heart even if the story doesn't always end the way you wan
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