Friday, September 12, 2014

Ohana Talks: Going Geek for Greek

   Hey everyone! Today's topic for Ohana Talks is Going Geek for Greek, I've been a huge fan of Greek mythology for years now. It seems as the years go by I've become more and more obsessed can you say? With the stories of the gods. So for today I'm going to give you my top five favourite greek retellings! 
   The listing is in no particular order(:


Author: Amanda Hocking
The Watersong Trilogy
St. Martins Press

Description from GoodReads:

   Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone's attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

   Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

   Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

A greek twist that involves mermaids!

The Lighting Thief

Author: Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson & The Olympians
Disney Hyperion Books

Description from GoodReads:

   Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

   Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

   I adored this series and it's prequel series! A Camp for Half Bloods! What an idea! This is the series that started my love for Greek Mythology!

The Goddess Test

Author: Aimee Carter
The Goddess Test Trilogy
Harlequin Teen

Description from GoodReads:

   Every girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.

   It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

   Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

   Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

   If she fails...

   I loved the idea that she was under a test to see if she was worthy, from all the greek stories you'd think this was actually pretty smart of them. The series was a different sort of Greek Mythology story, I enjoyed it very much and loved the cliffhanger for Goddess Interrupted even more so! The Goddess Test series is a Persephone retelling.


Author: Brodi Ashton
Everneath Trilogy

Description from GoodReads:

   Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

   Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

   As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

   Everneath is a another Persephone retelling, this retelling focuses more on the underworld and being there for the '6 months' rather then the gods. 

The Chaos of Stars

Author: Kierstin White
Harper Teen

Description from GoodReads:

   Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.

   (Some what spoilers.)
   This story is mostly about Egyptian mythology, but close to the end Greek mythology is brought in. Making it one of my favourite stories, as well as it having one of my favourite book covers!

   Thanks for stopping by for Ohana Talks today! I hope you'll give these reads a try, let me know if you enjoyed or adored them!

   Until next time!

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