Thursday, January 20, 2011

Goddess Girls: Artemis the Brave - Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams - Blog Tour Review

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 mythical skills. 

Title: Artemis the Brave (Goddess Girls #4)
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Mythology
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication Date: December 7, 2010
Format: Softcover
Source: Received from author courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams, and Teen Book Scene for sending me this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. You can follow along with the tour here.
Look for it: Amazon, Book Depository
My rating: 4/5

Artemis has always been seen as the most courageous of her friends. They don't know though that she doesn't feel all that brave, and that she is downright scared at times, especially when she has to face some of the creatures in her Beast-ology class. When a new boy relocates to her school, she realizes she has feelings for him. Will she be able to face her fears, ace her class, and let this boy know that she likes him? 
Though this is the fourth book in the Goddess Girls series, you do not need to start at the beginning of the series. I think that each book can be read as a stand-alone. I have to say that I really admired Artemis and I enjoyed how Holub and Williams depicted her. I love the mythical re-imagining that the authors have done in regards to the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus. With this novel we get to see Artemis and her twin Apollo, as well as their goddessgirl and godboy friends. The new boy in school, Orion, adds a twist to the story, as he does some things that he shouldn't particularly be doing. Though the book centers around Artemis and her fears, as well as her crush on Orion; there are some underlying messages that are brought forth, and I agreed wholeheartedly with their sentiments. 
All in all, a cute and fun read. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone looking for an inspiring read. I think many middle grade readers would love this series, and I think they would be able to easily grasp the meaning of the story and apply it to their own situations. I can't wait to read the next one in the series!


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

yay! i love these books!!

Suzanne Williams said...

Thanks for the nice review, Corrine!

Corrine said...

You are very welcome, Suzanne! :D

@Carrie, they are awesome, aren't they? :D