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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Artemis the Brave by Joan Holub & Suzanne WIlliams

Title: Artemis the Brave (Goddess Girls #4)
Author(s): Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
ISBN: 9781416982746
Publisher: Aladdin
Page #: 221
Source: From my public library

"Artemis's friends and classmates see her as the most courageous goddessgirl at school. Little do they know that despite her expert archery skills, the smelly Geryon, ring-nosed Minotaurs, and scorpions in Beast-ology class scare her as much as they do anyone else! But what's really bothering her now is that funny feeling she has whenever she looks at Orion. She's never had a crush before. Will she find the courage to talk to Orion, to make him see her as more than a pal, and to ace Beast-ology class?

Authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams put a modern spin on classic myths with the Goddess Girls series. Follow the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus Academy, where the most privileged godboys and goddessgirls in the Greek pantheon hone their mythic skills."
First Lines:

"On silver-winged magic sandals, Artemis zoomed through the Forest of Beasts, her feet gliding just inches above the mossy forest floor. 'Come out, come out, wherever you are.' she singsonged under her breath."
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I reviewed the first three books in the Goddess Girls series here.

Yes, I lumped the first three books together, but the fifth one isn't out yet... so I'm just going to do this one by itself. Again, these are children's books (maybe middle grade), which is something I don't read very often. But the Goddess Girl books have really grabbed my attention - purely because they're adorable.

As I said in my last review, I've always been a big fan of mythology stories. The authors have taken those stories and put them in a school setting. It really works perfectly. Picturing those characters as young teens or middle graders is kinda weird, but it really is done well.

This story is all about Artemis and her amazing bravery when faced with challenges. Except this time she's challenged with a boy. Before this, she has found her friend's crushes to be irritating... but now she's caught in one herself. And not with a boy who anyone expected. I loved how disorganized and crazy Artemis seemed at times - she's one of my faves.

As much as this book is about Artemis, you really get a good look at Orion as well. I don't know much about his story, so I'm not sure how close it is to the actual stories. But I loved the ending and how things turned out with him. I won't tell ya what happened, but it was really fun.

I know that many people will love the Goddess Girls books - even if they are written for children. Guess that means they are just a fun and fast read for the rest of us. I'll be recommending them, for sure. I have a few Goddess lovers that I know will get a kick out of these. Get ready for April when the next book comes out!

Check out the websites for these two authors: Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Other Blog Reviews:

Poisoned Rationality
In the Hammock Book Reviews
Ashley's Bookshelf
I'm a Reader, Not a Writer
Lost for Words

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this books. I actually enjoyed this one a lot, even though Artemis isn't my favorite of the goddess girls - that would be Persephone - and I can't wait for the next book.

I totally agree, they are adorable.

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