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I love this: The Iliad, which I am pretty unfamiliar with, told from the perspective of Berseis: a Trojan princess who is captured and becomes the mistress of Achilles. I got swept up in the plot and the complexity of the characters, as well as the graphic portrayal of war and resistance of captured and enslaved women to gruelling abuse. I also loved how it alternated between first person and third person narration.
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TheKidUpstairs The sequel is good as well! 2mo
Cinfhen Loved this too😄! Excited to read the sequel @TheKidUpstairs 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I love these retellings that highlight the women of myth! 1mo
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Cinfhen Yay!!!! Congrats 🍾 Here‘s the link everyone https://forms.gle/sMyR1gVJciu1HqkA9 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 2mo
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Girl Meets Boy | Ali Smith
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#mythologyretelling #booked2022 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae
This novel abt 2 sisters is a retelling of the ovid metamorphosis tale of iphis, a mother prays to the gods to hide her daughter from a husband who will her the child if it is not a boy. Touching on corporations who monetise water, environmental protest, and fluid sexuality this is told with Ali Smith's usual style that I love + was an interesting introduction the myth.

Cinfhen Great review! 2mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I loved this book. It may be my favorite of the year. This is the story of the legendary Achilles and his best friend/lover Patroclus. As with Circe it is beautifully written and you know it will lead you to tears but you will treasure every second of it 💙
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#Booked2022 #mythologyretelling @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae

Bklover Such a good book!❤️ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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This is my new favorite book of the year. It‘s an epic fantasy inspired by the Chinese myth of Chang‘e - the Moon Goddess, filled with princes, warriors, demons, love, betrayal, and quests. #Booked2022 #MythologyRetelling #AlmostAChunkster (512 pages) First book finished for #JubilantJuly @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds great. 6mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! And it‘s such a striking cover 🤩 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Love it when you find that new favorite!! 6mo
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Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Good family drama, enjoyed the read and the constant bad decision making. How can everyone be this dysfunctional 😁 ?
Loose #mythologyretelling #booked2022

Tamra 😜 I often wonder the same thing in real life. (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen Definitely a loose retelling but I thought it as so well written - I can‘t wait to see what she writes next 9mo
TrishB @Tamra very true 😁 9mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘ll definitely read whatever she does next, very impressive debut. 9mo
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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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This is a soft pick for me; I liked it but it didn‘t wow me. Like you Caroline, I think there have been a few too many mythology retellings recently and this one does suffer from (my) comparisons with Madeline Miller and Pat Barker.

This one tells the women‘s perspective on the more famous stories of the Minotaur, Icarus (in passing) and Dionysus. It just felt a little bit simplistic and almost YA.

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jhod Oh when are we supposed to be discussing it?! 10mo
Oryx Agree Madeline Miller is leagues ahead in this game. 10mo
rockpools …but it‘s SUCH a pretty cover! 10mo
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Caroline2 Funny we finished at the same time. Yes, strong YA vibes which doesn‘t always bother me but I have to be in the mood and I‘m way too grumpy at the mo!! 😆 10mo
julesG @jhod Thursday next week. 10mo
Cathythoughts It is a lovely cover 💙 10mo
squirrelbrain It is pretty isn‘t it?! @rockpools @cathythoughts 10mo
squirrelbrain It doesn‘t sound like you‘re the only grumpy one though, with regard to this book! 🤣 @Caroline2 10mo
squirrelbrain Sorry @RaeLovesToRead - missed you off my tag list! 🙁😬 10mo
Tamra So-so for me. I had really looked forward to this novel. I can‘t even remember why it was so-so, guess that says something! 10mo
RaeLovesToRead Don't worry! 😊 10mo
squirrelbrain It does say something doesn‘t it?! @Tamra I‘ve kind-of forgotten it already! 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
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Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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What a drama-filled emotional ride of a book! I‘m a mythology nerd (especially Greek, though the author based characters on both Greek and Roman god and goddess names), and adore any sort of book (well-written of course) about a dysfunctional family. And WHAT family is more dysfunctional than the mythical immortal family of Olympus? Good stuff 🤓 Aaaaand I figured out who was who (mostly), so I‘ve fully solidified that I am still 100% nerd 😁😂

Branwen I loved this one! I was so excited when I figured out who each character was supposed to be! 😂👏 11mo
CBee @Branwen me too! I made a list of each character and which god or goddess they represented! 😂😂🤓🤓 11mo
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Cinfhen This was my choice too!! And I LOVED this book ♥️ 11mo
CBee @Cinfhen I LOVE mythology retellings!! 11mo
Cinfhen Me too!!! This was a “light” retelling but it was fun to figure out the connections🤓 11mo
CBee @Cinfhen figuring out who was who was my favorite part 🤓 11mo
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Neon Gods | Katee Robert
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I wasn‘t too far into this one when I told my husband I think this blurb may be 100% right and it was. Hades and Persephone have great chemistry🔥. I enjoyed the world that Robert created. The gods feel more like the mafia and they aren‘t really immortal. I know some readers said there isn‘t enough plot, but I enjoyed the development of the characters and was happy to hang out with H & P. I would say this is an erotic romance. There is ⬇️

Bookzombie a sex club and some kink. I look forward to picking up the new one in this series. 😈

I don‘t know how much of this matches the original myth of Hades and Persephone, but I‘m using it for #Booked2022 #mythologyretelling . Most of my mythology knowledge comes from Rick Riordan.
Reggie Sidenote- I‘ve been calling myself Persephone in my head at work because I‘m on loan to this department that can‘t keep employees and instead of fixing the problem which might be their manager it‘s getting people from other departments to help out. It started right at the beginning of winter and I feel like I won‘t get out until the spring. I only wish my Hades was some mafia hottie. Lol great review, Margie. 12mo
Bookzombie Oh man, that really sucks. Is it still by the machine playing The Pointer sisters? We just had a lot of shuffling around on my team at work because some upper management screwed up. I didn‘t get moved, but it‘s a lot of adjusting. It‘s always the people not in management who suffer. Sorry, I‘m in a mood. I wish you had a hot Hades too. The one in the book was hard on the outside, but mushy on the inside. 🙂 12mo
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Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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A #SwoonWorthy debut!!!! I LOVED this loosely mythological based novel about the Briscoe family of Olympus, Texas. Patriarch Peter(Zeus) has three grown children with his wife June (Hedra) & 3 more from 2 other women. When prodigal son March returns to town after a two year absence the fates & furies wreck havoc on this Godlike family. SO MUCH DRAMA!!! Completely captivated. My FAVORITE book so far from @MallenNC #NYWD list 🙌🏻❤️

monalyisha 😍😍😍 12mo
Addison_Reads Great review. I really enjoyed this one too. 12mo
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MallenNC I‘m so glad you liked it! I almost didn‘t read it originally but someone‘s review made me want to, then I loved it. 12mo
alisiakae Sounds intriguing, and I love that cover! 12mo
squirrelbrain Great review, Cindy. It does sound intriguing doesn‘t it @4thhouseontheleft -and ticks a #booked2022 prompt… stacked! 12mo
NovelGirl82 Oh I want to read this!! 12mo
Megabooks I ordered this, but I may go with audio instead. As always, you‘re influencing me dear sis! 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m so GRATEFUL to @MallenNC and @monalyisha because if not for #NYWD I would have missed this fabulous book!!! I think you‘d really like it @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @NovelGirl82 It‘s a quick read but packs a lot!!! I‘m not so up on my #GreekMythology but it‘s easy to feel it‘s influence @4thhouseontheleft 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Addison_Reads such a wonderful surprise of a book!! Amazing especially given it‘s a debut 💗 (edited) 12mo
NovelGirl82 @Cinfhen oh thanks! I picked up the hardcover at B&N yesterday, but I like to go back and forth when I have the audio! 12mo
Cinfhen Normally I do too @NovelGirl82 but in this case I was so absorbed in the story I just kept sitting & reading 💖but $5 is less than a Starbucks 12mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I already spent a credit on it. 😑 I‘m NOT going to look at the sale (I think) because I really don‘t need to spend more money!! @NovelGirl82 the audio is fantastic! 12mo
Cinfhen Uh oh @Megabooks I just unleashed the beast xxxx🥰🙌🏻 12mo
Cinfhen Share what u bought!!!! @Megabooks !! I saw the email but they were teasers 12mo
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