Giveaway and Review: "Pandora the Curious" Goddess Girls #9

"Pandora the Curious" Goddess Girls #9
 by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Publisher: Aladdin
Release Date: Dec 4, 2012
Source: sent by the authors

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary from goodreads.com:

Is Pandora about to open up a box of trouble?

One of the few mortals at Mount Olympus Academy, Pandora is famous for her mega quizzical nature—not that she thinks there’s anything wrong with being curious, of course!

Her curiosity kicks into high gear when a godboy named Epimetheus brings a mysterious box to school. Epimetheus is the nephew of an MOA teacher in whose class Pandora once opened another box that sent a few weather disasters to earth. Still, Pandora can’t help but take a peek inside this new box when it unexpectedly lands in her lap. What could be the harm in that, right? Little does she know that opening the box will open up far more trouble than she ever expected!

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.

My Review:

This installment of one of my favorite series, The Goddess Girls, tells the infamous story of Pandora opening the box of troubles. I love that these books are inspired by the Greek myths, but also make them appealing to young girls. I realized that even though everyone knows Pandora and her box, I really didn't know the actual story at all, so I was inspired to look it up. I hope that young girls reading these books will do the same and expand their knowledge of classic tales by reading something so modern and fun.

I love the books about the supporting Goddess Girls, the characters outside of the main four girls. I think the other girls, like Medusa and Pandora, might have a few more flaws, and might appeal to girls who feel a little more different. Pandora doesn't really fit the mold of 'sporty', 'brainy', or 'popular', so it's fun to read about her thoughts and feelings too. She has a flaw, she can't help but ask so many questions that it becomes nosy, and she can't hold back from snooping where she doesn't belong sometimes. But it's great to see her find a balance of the times when it's great to ask questions, not just accepting answers without knowing why. But then she has to know when to hold back too, as she learned by releasing all of the trouble bubbles on her schoolmates.

I thought it was so fun to see the trouble bubbles affect the other Goddess Girls, and we got to see them act in the complete opposite way that they normally would. I won't give away too many of the trouble bubbles, but the first bubble turned brainy Athena into a ditz! It was too cute to see the smartest, most disciplined girl in school get lost in the school hallways.

As with all of this series, I love the sweet first love stories. Pandora doesn't really like Epimetheus at first, because she is smitten with Posiedon. But Epimetheus really proves that he is the godboy for her when he appreciates her, flaws and all. He actually helps her to realize that her curiosity isn't really a flaw, when used correctly, it's a strength.

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

Setting: 5/5

Romance: 5/5

Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Writing: 5/5



Bottom Line: The Goddess Girls books just keep getting better and better! I love learning more about the supporting characters from the series!

This is the first Goddess Girl book to be available in both hardcover and paperback!

GIVEAWAY RULES
The authors have generously provided an autographed copy of "Pandora the Curious" for a lucky follower of my blog!
All you have to do is follow my blog publicly and fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Please follow publicly or I can't tell that you are following :)
  • US only
  • Must be a follower to enter
  • Books will be mailed out by the publisher
  • Must be 18 or over 
  • Ends Jan 5
Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!


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If you think this Goddess Girls book sounds great, check out my reviews for ALL of the books in the series!  

#1 Athena the Brain
#2 Persephone the Phony (one of my favorites in the series)
#3 Aphrodite the Beauty (another top pick in the series)
#4 Artemis the Brave
#5 Athena the Wise
#6 Aphrodite the Diva
#7 Artemis the Loyal 
#8 Medusa the Mean (another of my favorites)
Super Special: The Girl Games 

32 comments:

Beth said...

Great review.

Diana Leigh said...

My daughter adores this series. She would be tickled to have an autographed copy of the new book. Fantastic review, and thank you for the giveaway!

Suzanne Williams said...

Thanks for the sweet review, Carrie. Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway!--Suzanne

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Suzanne! I loved the book!

Good luck in the contest, everyone!

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

I'm not entering this time because I already bought it :/ But it hasn't arrived yet!!!
*sigh*
I hope I'll love it as much as you did, like you I'm loving these explorations of secondary characters! Though I admit that the book I'm looking forward the most is Persephone's!!
I think Pheme is next though.

Anyway, thanks for the review and for turning me into this series.

Blodeuedd said...

Like all the rest is sound so cute and fun

Wendy Darling said...

I really like the Pandora story, so this sounds like it could be cute! I hadn't heard of this series at all, thanks for the heads up.

Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

Shane said...

great review! thanks for the giveaway

LilMissMolly said...

Thanks for the review! I'd love to read the series

Kristin@BloodSweatandBooks said...

My daughter likes these books and I must admit I am a huge fan as well. I wish these were around when I was her age for sure. Great Review, I'm curious about the trouble bubbles now.

Nancy said...

This Pandora book sounds like an interesting twist on a classic tale.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

BlueIris said...

I think that my Daughters will just love these books!

Maria K said...

My niece would love these books.

Michelle Abbott said...

These books sound great for girls. I think my daughter would really enjoy it.

Sue Bunting said...

suebunting1977at(gmail)dot(com) these books sound cute! I know several little girls who would love this book!

Mandy B said...

I have a 6 year old girl who is learning how to read.. we read every night. This book would be great for her! On top of it is based on "greek goddesses" which she is so interested in now! Thank you for the giveaway!

The Wheeler's said...

I have never read these books but I think my daughter would LOVE them!

tina reynolds said...

Thanks for the review looks like a good read would love to share with my daughter

Karrin Mills said...

My niece would like this book even though she's only two.

debra daigle said...

i think my daughter would love these books!

michelle gilliland mcafee said...

This looks like a great book. I think my niece would love the whole series. Thanks for letting me know about them. ml_mcafee@yahoo.com

Dawn Sterner said...

My daughter would love these books! Thanks!

Ronda said...

This sound like a really great book and series. My daughter would love this. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

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Diana said...

This looks like a fun series of books for my 4 granddaughters
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Danielle Williams said...

My sister would LOVE these books!

Haley Sutton said...

My sister would love these books!

Randi said...

I had never heard of this series until I read this review. This would be good for my little granddaughter. She would love it.

Robyn-coolestmommy R said...

I haven't read this series yet...but my daughter and I would love it.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Xmasdolly said...

This is a new one for me, but your review made me enter because I have two granddaughters that is just the right age for a book like this. So cute! Thanks & I'm your latest follower. :)

Tara Haidinger said...

This is a series that both of my older daughters are interested in reading, so I think this would be a great gift for them.

Josie Hink said...

This looks like such a cute book I am in love with the drawings!!!

Taweesa said...

This would be a fun book

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