Reviews by Tag: greek mythology

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller
4
Rated by
Saraphina
Jun 23, 2022

Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," is the son of sea goddess Thetis and king Peleus. He is strong, fast, agile, beautiful, and charming to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince who has been exiled from his homeland after a violent accident. They were brought together by chance but they forge an inseparable bond and incredible friendship. When the word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the Greek heroes are sent for to attack Troy and get Helen of Sparta back.

Teen Review
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller
5
Rated by
Earvin C.
Jun 14, 2022

This book took me a total of 2 days to complete. I was delightfully surprised when I learned that this was the first published book of Madeline Miller, as I’ve read some of her other astonishing and addicting works. This story revolves around the famous Greek hero Achilles and his companion he held for most of his life- Patroclus. Rather than retelling the classic and widespread stories of Achilles’s heel, Miller took an alternative approach to the myths and lifted from the dusty covers the factor of love and friendship, in addition to the hardships and glory the hero faces.

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The Adventures of Odysseus by Neil Philip

The Adventures of Odysseus

By Neil Philip
4
Rated by
Colin K.
Jun 3, 2022

The Adventures of Odysseus by Neil Philip is a thrilling story about the Greek hero Odysseus's journey home from the Trojan War. Odysseus being troubled by many gods along the way; the Greek mythology novel is complete with chaos and action. That said, if gods, demigods, and legendary heroes come to your liking, you won’t regret giving it a read. A truly remarkable novel in my eyes, I find it hard to beat.

Teen Review
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller
4
Rated by
Kendal A.
Apr 19, 2022

The Song of Achilles, written by Madeline Miller, is a fictional romance novel, set in ancient Greece. Set from the point of view of Patroclus, a young boy exiled from his home to the kingdom of the young prince Achilles, whose mother is a small god. Patroclus is one of the many boys Achilles’ father has taken in, but as Patroclus and Achilles become closer, Patroclus becomes his right-hand man. Achilles is everything Patroclus is not, strong, smart, and charismatic.

Teen Review
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller
4
Rated by
Rhea S.
Mar 12, 2022

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller, belongs to the historical fiction genre and is a retelling of Homer's Iliad. When Patroclus is exiled from his home for an act of violence, he meets Achilles, the son of a sea goddess, who is destined to be the greatest Greek hero ever known. The two form a friendship despite the disapproval of Achilles' mother.

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Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe

By Madeline Miller
4
Rated by
Mariam S.
Feb 21, 2022

Madeline Miller’s Circe is a retelling of the ancient Greek myth of a witch with the powers of transformation. Born to Helios, the Titan god of the sun yet evidently without any powers of her own, Circe has a childhood in the shadows, largely unnoticed unless harassed. She discovers her magical abilities after picking flowers grown from the blood of gods and is cast down from the halls of the gods for her offense. Stranded on an island and forbidden to leave, a cast of characters from Greek mythology enter her story.

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book Lovely War

Lovely War

By Julie Berry
4
Rated by
Caroline P.
Oct 21, 2021

You will find it hard to put down Lovely War by Julie Berry! The book is a combination of historical fiction and myth. The Greek gods Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Ares, Hades, and Apollo appear in the 1940s, as Aphrodite is found secretly meeting with her lover Ares. Stalling for time, Aphrodite recounts what she calls “the love story of the century.” The gods interrupt each other and talk over each other to jointly tell the World War I story of two couples: Hazel and James, and Collette and Aubrey.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief

By Rick Riordan
5
Rated by
Ashleigh B.
Oct 21, 2021

Percy Jackson is at Lake Montauk with his mom when they get attacked by a minotaur. After Percy defeats the monster, he passes out and wakes up at Camp Half-Blood. He learns that Camp Half-Blood is a place for children like him to keep safe and train, children who are half Greek gods. Percy finds his best friend from school Grover Underwood at camp and meets a girl named Annabeth Chase. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover have to go on a quest to the underworld to find Zeus' master bolt before the Greek gods go to war.

Teen Review
Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe

By Madeline Miller
5
Rated by
Ava P.
Aug 29, 2021

Circe by Madeline Miller is an epic that follows the trials and triumphs of the Witch of Aiaia and Daughter of Helios, Circe. Written from Circe’s perspective in the form of a flashback, the novel begins with Circe’s birth into an immortal family, one with which despises her and with which she doesn’t fit into. After discovering her talent for Pharmakeia--or witchcraft--and using it to transform her mortal love interest and a fellow nymph into different forms, Zeus and Helios exile Circe to the island of Aiaia.

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