Book Review: The Storm Runner (Book #1) by J.C. Cervantes

Title: Storm RunnerAuthor: J.C. CervantesSeries: Storm Runner: Book 1Page Count: 449 pagesGenre: MG/YA Mythology FictionPublisher: Disney HyperionRelease Date: September 18, 2018 Publisher’s Summary: A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents and New York Times bestselling author J. C. Cervantes! Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in … Continue reading Book Review: The Storm Runner (Book #1) by J.C. Cervantes

Book Review: The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

The Radiant Road (Penguin Young Readers 2016) is a recent YA fantasy novel by Katherine Catmull. Our protagonist is fourteen-year-old Clare, daughter of a traveling geologist. After moving about the United States, Clare and her father return to her birthplace of Ireland, back into the ancient, mysterious stone home in which she was born, where her mother’s … Continue reading Book Review: The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Book Review: Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

It's books like this that tempt me to give up writing forever. Because, seriously, why even try to compete against this genius? Rick Riordan is the best writer for young adults that I've read in probably a decade. (And I've read a lotttt of YA. Especially in the last decade.) I'll rewind to the very beginning. As a … Continue reading Magnus Chase and the Gods of Book Review: Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Book Review: Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman

Possessing some Greek heritage, I have long been fascinated by ancient Greek mythology. In particular, Hades' abduction of Persephone, Demeter's daughter, has been one of my favorite myths. But the first sentence of this book, Radiant Darkness (2009) by Emily Whitman, which informs the reader that we mortals have had the story wrong for centuries, intrigued … Continue reading Book Review: Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman

Book Review: Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli

Sirena (1998) is a YA novel by Donna Jo Napoli about a mermaid from Ancient Greece. Well-researched and keeping tightly in line with ancient mythology, this haunting, heartbreaking romance is perfect for lovers of Greek myths. Told in the first person, present tense, Napoli writes in beautiful, concise prose to describe the tragic life of Sirena, a mermaid. Contrary … Continue reading Book Review: Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli

Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (2011) by Aimee Carter has an attractive cover, an intriguing prologue, and a neat set-up: girl moves to small American town, gets caught up in a hidden paranormal world, and embarks upon a whirlwind romance. Life-threatening suspense ensues. Kate Winters is an ordinary teenage girl, but her mother is terminally ill with cancer. Her mother's … Continue reading Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Book Review: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

In Nobody’s Princess, we meet the young Helen of Sparta, as author Esther Friesner imagines her to have been, before she became the Iliad’s Helen of Troy. Inspired by Sparta’s later practices to train girls in athletics and warfare, Friesner paints Helen as a feisty and fearless would-be warrior maiden, as well as possessing her legendary physical … Continue reading Book Review: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Book Review: The Fire Opal by Regina McBride

The Fire Opal by Regina McBride is one of the most unusual novels I've read, a spooky and ethereal fantasy. Maeve O’Tullagh is a sixteenth century teen on the coast of Ireland. Surrounding the dank atmosphere of her hometown, Ard Macha, and its mysterious ruins, is an echo of centuries past, when goddess queens ruled, and … Continue reading Book Review: The Fire Opal by Regina McBride

Book Review: Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney

I love, love, LOVE this book, Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney. We meet young Anaxandra of a nameless Greek isle, daughter of a pirate, when she's taken by the King of Siphnos. In Siphnos, Anaxandra is treated well, and given as a companion to the sweet but sickly princess, Callisto. But one fateful … Continue reading Book Review: Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney

Book Review: Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner

In Spirit’s Princess, we meet the little-known second century Japanese queen, Himiko, in Esther Friesner’s fictional narrative of Himiko’s girlhood. Himiko is recorded in Chinese history as a peaceful foreign queen. But other than the general consensus that she was also a shaman, very little is known about her. In Friesner’s yarn, we meet Himiko … Continue reading Book Review: Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Book Review: The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, Book 1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The story of King Arthur’s court is not what you had thought… In this epic retelling of Avalon and Camelot, Arthurian legend is presented from the point of view of Arthur’s half-sister, Morgaine Le Fay, in Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s The Mists of Avalon. Contrary to the popular legends, Bradley’s version of Morgaine was not an … Continue reading Book Review: The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, Book 1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley