Review and Giveaway! "Goddess Girls: Aphrodite the Beauty"

Contest is Closed
Authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams have generously provided an awesome Aphrodite the Beauty Swag Bag for one lucky reader of my blog! See contest info after the review!

"Aphrodite the Beauty" (Goddess Girls #3)
by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Publisher: Aladdin
Release Date: Aug 3, 2010

Source: sent by author


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from goodreads.com: The Goddess Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams put a modern spin on classic Greek myths!

Aphrodite, the goddess girl of love, can hardly believe she's jealous! But after giving her best friend, Athena, a makeover, she's definitely feeling a little green. It just doesn't seem fair that the god boys who usually fawn over Aphrodite, are now paying more atte
ntion to Athena, who doesn't even care. When Aphrodite finds out the nerdy Hephaestus has a crush on her, she learns that love comes in many forms.

My review:

I love reading about the Greek myths and the tales in this series are perfectly told for young readers to learn how fun and exciting the myths are. Each of the characters are lovingly crafted as a young, modern version of the classic figure. The modern twist is there, even while being fully contained on Mount Olympus. The books teach the ancient stories and also teach valuable life lessons to young girls.

After reading the first three books in the series, "Aphrodite the Beauty" was possibly my favorite in the series. It was so much fun while still containing a great message.

Aphrodite has all the boys in school wrapped around her finger. She especially loves the attention from handsome Atlas. Aphrodite decides to give her friend, Athena, a makeover but doesn't really enjoy the result-all of the boys giving Athena attention instead of her. The only boy who still talks to her is Hephaestus, who walks with a limp. She likes Hephaestus but when rumors swirl about them, she starts avoiding her friend. But Hephaestus may be the only one who can help her with a special project.

I loved how this book told the story of Atalan
ta's race with the golden apples, one of my favorite myths. Hephaestus was such a sweet character, I loved reading about him.

This story was so fun, with crushes on boys and jealousy over other girls getting attention. But the focus was on friendship and being true
to yourself before falling for a boy who doesn't deserve your attention. I love the girl power message of these books.
Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 4/5 (perfectly age appropriate)

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 5/5 (LOVE all the covers!!)
Writing: 5/5


Bottom Line: I can't' recommend this series enough, both to young readers, fans of Greek myths, and those who want a sweet, fun read with a great message for girls.
Check out my blog for the rest of the week for reviews of the other two books in the series!

More info on the series at: http://www.joanholub.blogspot.com/


GIVEAWAY RULES:


Contest is Closed
Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams are generously providing one lucky reader an Aphrodite the Beauty Swag Bag!! The swag bag was carefully put together by the authors and includes:


* 24-color eye shadow from Claire's
* 7 lip glosses with faux rhinestones
* Multi-color bracelet
* Goddess Girls bookmark
* Autographed copy of Aphrodite the Beauty

All you have to do is follow my blog publicly and leave a comment on this review with your email address!
Please follow publicly or I can't tell that you are following :) Also, if you aren't comfortable leaving your email here, go ahead and leave a comment and then send me an email with your email addy.
Extra Entries:

  • +1 Tweet this contest (leave link in comment)
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Rules:
  • US only
  • Must be a follower to enter
  • Extra entries are optional and can all be left in the same comment
  • Leave a comment with your email address
  • Ends Sunday Nov. 7
Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!

41 comments:

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

This sounds like such a cute book! I adore mythology, especially Greek myths.

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AnimeGirl said...

Oh! Looks super cute! I'm going to look up this series (I LOVE greek myths, well, world myths, really) and this one looks irresistible!
:D

Thanks for the review

Book ♥ Soulmates said...

Those sound like such sweet & fun books ... and the covers are too darn cute :)

♥Isalys

Linda Henderson said...

This sounds like a really fun book, I enjoy mythology.

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Linda Henderson said...

I tweeted this giveaway.
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Blodeuedd said...

These books are so adorable that I just want to hug them, and they sound so fun too

sablelexi said...

this sounds like fun book.

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Robin K said...

I am a follower and would love to be entered!

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M.A.D. said...

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What a wonderful giveaway!! :D
Please count me in, my daughter and I would love to share this!

And I follow publicly in GFC

throuthehaze said...

This sounds so cute! I am a follower
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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

Publicly following In the Hammock with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}] -- I would love to read Goddess Girls: Aphrodite the Beauty :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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shala_darkstone said...

Hi, I follow your blog publicly via Google Friend Connect as shala_darkstone. Here's my tweet - http://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/29453484840
Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Ann H said...

I am in the USA and would love to win this book for my daughters. They are mythology fans, esp the younger one. I am a follower.

Enthusiastically,
Ann

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Super dooper cute! LOVE the review :)

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Jennie said...

I love this series! jennie748 at sbcglobal dot net

Jinky said...

Would like to read this to my daughter. Thanks for the chance.

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mrsshukra said...

This is sweet, please count me in! Google follower!

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Louis H said...

Google Friends Connect - following your blog publicly as Louis

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Louis H said...

I tweeted your giveaway

Kate said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My younger sister would love this!

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Suzanne Williams said...

Carrie, Thanks for your kind and enthusiastic review of Joan Holub's and my Aphrodite the Beauty and Goddess Girls series. We're currently working on Books 5 & 6, and Book #4: Artemis the Brave pubs in December. It's a lot of fun to write about these wonderful Greek goddesses. Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!

cheralyn said...

Cute book. Really nice prize. I follow by GFC. cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thank you for stopping by, Suzanne! I'm looking forward to reading books 4, 5, and 6!! I can't wait!

Aik said...

I'm a follower. I'd love to enter!

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degood said...

This looks like a fun book. I think my daughter would love reading it. I follow your blog as degood with google friend connect.

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missreneer said...

I follow your blog with GFC. My daughters would love this. Thanks for the amazing giveaway :)

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~Rachée said...

Cute!
I have a new series to check out.
Thanks!
-r

lulilut said...

This would make a great xmas gift!
Thanks for hosting the giveaway & the review.
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Joan Holub said...

Hi Carrie!

I'm dropping in to echo Suzanne's thanks to you for having the Goddess Girls on inthehammock. I love your thoughtful review and the fact that you touched on the book's girl power message and focus on friendship. Friendship and loyalty among the goddessgirls is an important theme in the series, and we've had fun with the humor. Immortals can be funny, annoying, mean, sweet, or quirky at times, depending on the situation. But at their cores, they experience the same emotions, joys, and concerns that we mortals did growing up!

Thanks to everyone who has stopped in to comment. We're looking forward to mailing out the Aphrodite the Beauty swag bag to the winner. Good luck and have a wonderful weekend!

~ Joan Holub

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Joan!! And thank you for providing the swag bag for the contest! I really love this series and I can't wait to read the next three books!

Good luck in the contest, everyone!

JoAnna said...

This looks like a cute book!

I'm a follower
On side bar: http://beckerjo.blogspot.com/
Tweet: http://twitter.com/beckerjo/status/663556370468864

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Inspired Kathy said...

I'm a follower
My daughter would LOVE this.
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+1 http://twitter.com/toobusyreading/status/672709688168448

Mom2anutball said...

Google Friend Connect Follower! This looks totally cute!

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

i follow, what a cute giveaway! thanks.

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Julia Writer said...

I'm a follower!

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Breanne said...

I follow and I have been wanting to read any of these books SO bad! I love Greek mythology!

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Laura H. said...

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Lisa loves to read! said...

I must admit to also liking Greek Mythology themed books. My daughter also likes them. I follow on GFC

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