Review and Giveaway! "Goddess Girls: Athena the Wise"

Authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams have generously provided an awesome Athena the Wise Swag Bag and a copy of the book for one lucky reader of my blog! See contest info after the review!

"Athena the Wise" (Goddess Girls #5)

by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Publisher: Aladdin
Release Date: April 5, 2010
Source: sent by author

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from

Join the class at Mount Olympus Academy with this new series that puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths!
Athena the Wise (April 2011): Zeus says Heracles has to do 12 tasks or get kicked out of MOA. Athena's not sure it's wise, but she agrees to help out.  

My Review: 

The Goddess Girls series is one of my favorites, and "Athena the Wise" is an especially sweet installment! As a romance fan, I love the cute romance blooming between Athena and Heracles. I also love Athena's relationship with her so embarrassing dad, Zeus. 

As with the previous Goddess Girls books, there's a subtle but important message woven throughout the story. The book takes a look a the varying shades of right and wrong. It also explores anger and revenge. The authors are never preachy but instead ask the reader how far is too far when it comes to revenge and retribution.

Readers of the series get to revisit all of our old friends from Mount Olympus Academy, including the animal companions. Athena's relationship with her dad, Zeus, the principal at MOA, was first explored in the first book in the series, and I loved the way it was developed here. You can tell he just embarrasses her so much in all the classic ways that parents can embarrass their kids. But she loves him so much no matter how embarrassing he gets. 

Heracles is a great mortal hero. His list of 12 labors that he must accomplish are pretty impressive for a 12-ish year old! I love that Heracles is a great guy but he's not perfect. Instead of fighting or arguing though, Athena and Heracles talk it out to understand their differences and learn about each other. 

The romance in this book is oh-so-sweet! I couldn't help but get a serious case of the warm fuzzies when I finished the book. The romance will keep the most boy crazy goddessgirl interested while still being completely age appropriate.

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5

Setting: 5/5

Romance: 5/5 (love it)

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

Bottom Line: Another wonderful book in the Goddess Girls series, "Athena the Wise" is not to be missed!

Check out my reviews for the first four books in the series:

More info on the series at:

Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams are generously providing one lucky reader an Athena the Wise Swag Bag!! The swag bag was carefully put together by the authors and includes:

* GODDESSGIRLS bead necklaces made by Joan and Suzanne.
Strung on colorful stretchy cord, they can be shortened into bracelets. (Beads & cord packages purchased at Michaels say they're not for under age 14. Actual colors will vary.)
* Plush lion (Heracles comes up against a fierce lion in the book!)
* Athena the Wise book signed by Joan and Suzanne
* Bookmark featuring six Goddess Girls books

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Vidisha said...

Great giveaway!!!

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Lisa said...

This looks so cute! I'm a GFC follower. :)

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melissasmeanderings said...

What a cute book:)I am a GFC follower

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Blodeuedd said...

They just sound so freaking sweet!!! :D

Cheryl F. said...

Publicly following In the Hammock with Google Friend Connect {Cheryl F.} -- I enjoyed your review would love to read Goddess Girls: Athena the Wise :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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Lisa said...

I follow under Lisa, My daughter would love this giveaway. Thanks lisapeters at yahoo dot com

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I so love these books! I Can't wait! I like that there is more romance now, since the girls are growing up and all.

So I'm a follower, and I tweeted it:!/DarthClavie/status/58960471696482304



Suzanne Williams said...

Hi Carrie, Thanks so much for hosting our newest GG book giveaway and for the wonderful review! "Athena the Wise" was an especially fun book to write. Good luck to all the contest entrants! --Suzanne

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

From the sound of it my daughters would love this book!

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Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

I also tweeted:!/Maria_Smith_76/status/58968340709916672

Tiffany said...

Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway, my daughter would LOVE this!!! Thanks for the chance :)


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Robin K said...

I would just love to win this! Thank you for the review and contest!


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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thanks, everyone!! Good luck!!

Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne! I loved the book! I hope it was as fun to write as it was to read!! :)

LilMissMolly said...

I think my daughters would enjoy this very much. Love the swag!
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Joan Holub said...

Hi Carrie,

Thank you so much for hosting the Goddess Girls: Athena the Wise giveaway, and for your thoughtful review (which I love!)

The twelve labors of Heracles myth was a wonderful framework to build on in this story. And we had fun bringing back Principal Zeus. (I'm so glad you enjoy him, Carrie.) He's pretty much the epitome of an embarrassing dad.

I really like the way this book ends because it satisfies the romantic in me, while being age-appropriate, as you say in your review. I'm a romance fan too!

Have a good weekend...
~ Joan

Small Review said...

I'm so happy to hear Zeus plays more of a role in this book. I really liked the relationship between him and Athena in Athena the Brain.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! That little lion is so cute :)

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Small Review said...

Oops, I forgot to mention that I am a GCF as "Small Review"

Joan Holub said...

Hi Alex! *waving*

I'm glad you're enjoying the series and that you like the development of the light romance in these books. There's more light romance in the next book, Aphrodite the Diva, as well. It's one of my favorite covers so far, too.


Joan Holub said...

Hi Small Review,

I'm glad you're enjoying Zeus. We love writing his larger-than-life character. He cracks me up.


Christie - The Fiction Enthusiast said...

Great review, Carrie! All the covers for this series are so stinking cute! I really need to give it a try.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thanks so much, everyone!!

Joan, thank you for stopping by!! I loved the romance in this one :)

Jennie said...

I love this series!

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Katie said...

sounds interesting! i am a gfc follower. thanks for the giveaway!


Linda Henderson said...

I've always been fascinated with Greek mythology. I've been interested in reading this series, I think my granddaughter would love them.

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BLHmistress said...

I so been wanting to read these books, I love Greek Mythology.

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kallosmango123 said...

I've gotta check out this series, it looks super cute.

And this swag bag looks awesome, I really want that lion.

rhonda1111 said...

I have wanted to read that series, new follower rlrlaney

Lolawid said...

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My girls would love this!!

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Sakira said...

I've always wanted to read this series, and I LOVE THE PLUSH LION!!!!!


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Mona said...

This sounds like such a fun and educational series and the covers are so cute. I would love to read this with my daughter.

Thanks for the giveaway :)



Tanya1224 said...

How cute =) I've never heard of these before. Please count me in for this.
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Crystal C said...

This is too cute!! I haven't heard of this series before, but I want to read now. Definitely enter me for the giveaway!!

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Meredith said...

I'd love to share this with my niece!

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mbreakfield said...

This sounds like a charming book. Athena has always been my favorite goddess.
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brendajean said...

I've wanted to try out this series!
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Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! I would LOVE to win this for my daughter!

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D.S Melander said...

My daughter wants this series. looks like people like it. Great review!!!

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Brian said...

Daughter would love this giveaway!
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Panda Lover 0717 said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!! I can't believe how relatable these books are to my life in Middle School I CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU COME UP WITH NEXT!

I have a question-
~did you make the characters off of people you know?
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Who are your favorite characters?

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