Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Review: Goddess Girls - Athena the Brain & Persephone the Phony by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Publisher: Aladdin
Format: Paperback
Released: April 6th, 2010
Grade rating: B

Amazon summary:

Athena has always been above average. She's never quite fit in at Triton Junior High, but who would've guessed that Athena is actually a goddess? Principal Zeus's daughter, to be exact. When she's summoned to Mount Olympus Academy, Athena thinks she might actually fit in for the first time in her life. But in some ways, school on Mount Olympus is not that different from down on Earth, and Athena is going to have to deal with the baddest mean girl in history -- Medusa!


Goddess Girls is a really cute series for younger readers, and I'm guessing it's like Percy Jackson for tween girls. I've never read the Percy Jackson series though, so that's just a generlisation based on my knowledge from watching the movie.

Goddess Girls focuses on one Triton Junior High girl per book, and starts with Athena, daughter of Principal Zeus. Athena's quite quiet and shy, having just come from earth after learning she's the relative of a Greek God. She quickly makes friends with fellow students Persephone, Aphrodite and Artemis, and they form a bond that I think will last for life. I personally didn't love Athena, as I found her slightly irritating. Still, she was a good character to kick off the series with.

Things on Mount Olympus soon start to heat up, as Medusa causes some trouble for the Goddess Girls. They have to put their heads together to solve the problem, and their attempts often have hilarious consequences. The story has some good moral messages throughout, and I bet tweens will love it. It's fun and interesting, and would be a great educational aid for classes on Greek myths. I even learnt something new myself!


Publisher: Aladdin
Format: Paperback
Released: April 6th, 2010
Grade rating: B/B+

Amazon summary:

As Persephone's mother encourages her to do, she often "goes along to get along" instead of doing what she really wants. But when she meets Mount Olympus Academy bad-boy Hades, she finally feels she has found someone with whom she can be herself. He's the first person who actually listens to her, and she finds herself liking him, despite the fact that the other goddessgirls think he's bad news. But if he makes her feel so special -- and so comfortable -- can he really be all that bad?


Persephone the Phony is my favourite of the first two books, as I liked Persephone slightly more than Athena, and this one even had a little sprinkling of romance, with none other than bad boy Hades! Well, he's not bad really, everyone just thinks he is. Instead, he's a sweet, thoughtful guy with an interest in Persephone, and a kick-ass black stallion that he rides around on. Life's great if you're a God of the Underworld, eh?

I really like how these books incorporate Greek mythology into the everyday trials and tribulations of growing up. It's such a cool way to learn about history, and I wish there had been something like this when I had to snooze my way through boring lessons in primary school. Although each story seems quite short to me, I think they're just the right length for tweens, and would be a great pick for reluctant readers.

I'm looking forward to reading the other 2 books in the series later in the year, and then I think I'll move on to Percy Jackson. These Greek types are cool!


ParaJunkee said...

These really sound cute. I'm going to have to TBR them. I'm very interested in Greek Gods and Goddesses and this seems like a very good way to pass on the info to tweens.

Rhiana said...

I love this sound of these, and those covers are so cute!

Sasha said...

The covers are so cute! I'm not really a fan of Greek historical fiction but these look very cute x

The Book Bug said...

Fab review-these sound great. Though the covers looko kinda...blergh.

Carla said...

The covers are just yummy, pure and simple, I think I would like to eat these up *nom nom*

Becky said...

Yes! I agree Greek types are the best. (I'm reading Troy right now so I am totally immersed in everything Greek). These books look like serious fun. From the covers I think they may be aimed at a slightly younger audience than Percy. I shall investigate...

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds like such fun! I'm immersed in Greek myth too as I'm reading Dido!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I love the sound of these! Thanks for the review.

Joan Holub said...

Thanks for reading the first two, prophecy girl! You are the best! I agree with some of the comments--the covers are fab. Wish I had them on t-shirts!

Kate Evangelista said...

Can I gush over the covers? They are so cute!

Rowena said...

These books are too cute. I want to read these as I'm a sucker for Greek Mythology. My daughter would enjoy these books too. Thanks for the heads up!

asamum said...

Thanks for the review, these sound perfect for my girlies :)

Anonymous said...

Goddess Girls ''Athena the Brain'' book is really good and I am happy because has left good impression

Jade said...

I have read all the books its sooo cool

Anonymous said...

gr8t covers

Anonymous said...

gr8t covers

Priscilla Tsang said...

I've read the first book too. Good book for younger readers, but I think I'm a little too old for this series.

You really should take the time to read the Percy Jackson series. It's SO DIFFERENT from the movie! I dare say you'll be very suprised.