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Aphrodite the Beauty (Goddess Girls) Paperback – August 3, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
Book 3 of 18 in the Goddess Girls Series

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The Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths! 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.

About the Author

Joan Holub is the author of over 125 books for young readers, including Groundhog Weather School, Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, Zero the Hero, Who Was Marco Polo?, Bed Bats & Beyond, and the Doll Hospital chapter book series. Of the four goddessgirls, she's probably most like Athena because she loves to brainstorm new ideas for books. But she's very glad her dad was never the principal of her school! Visit her at joanholub.com

Suzanne Williams is the author of over 30 books for young readers, including Library Lil, Mommy Doesn't Know My Name, My Dog Never Says Please, and the Princess Power and Fairy Blossoms series. Her husband says she's the Goddess of Annoying Questions. (Most having to do with why her computer misbehaves.) That makes her kind of like Pandora except that Pandora never had to deal with computers. Suzanne lives near Seattle in Washington state. Visit her at suzanne-williams.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Goddess Girls (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781416982739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416982739
  • ASIN: 1416982736
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
When Aphrodite walks into a room - all conversation from godboys stops. They all turn to look at her. While she loves the idea of love and matchmaking, she hates all the attention.

She decides to help Athena and give her a makeover. Aphrodite does such an amazing job that soon all the godboys flock to Athena instead. Aphrodite isn't sure she likes the change in behavior.

In fact, she might be a tad bit jealous of all the attention her friend's getting. How can she get things to change back to normal without causing a rift with one of her best friends?

My Thoughts: A cute tween tale that focuses on jealously and boy mixed with friendship. Aphrodite and Athena have plenty of misunderstandings and miscommunication- including eavesdropping between them. I love this series for the potential romance between the goddess girls and the godboys, for the strong friendship between the goddess girls, and for the fun twists on mythology.
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Like all the books in the Goddess Girls series, Aphrodite the Beauty can be read as a standalone and it is not necessary to have read the previous books.

I liked this book, but not as much as the previous two. The story was solid and continues with the excellent blend of mythology and real-life issues that I have come to expect from this series. The only drawback for me was Aphrodite herself. I didn't relate as well to her as a character and I found her to have a little less depth than Athena or Persephone. I also didn't like the way she treated a certain character, but her actions were consistent with mythology and creatively adapted to a more modern and younger audience.

Plus, her feelings and actions, while perhaps not the nicest, were feelings that I'm sure many girls experience (I know I did! And I behaved much the same way when I was that age.) Despite my qualms with Aphrodite herself, her story was cute and I'm sure will ring true with many MG girls (probably not so much boys). Hephaestus makes an appearance as an adorable secondary character.
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{My Thoughts} – Aphrodite is the Goddess of love and she believes that she needs to try and match make everyone she comes across. Sometimes she gets letters from others that are from Earth seeking her assistance in helping the fall in love with their true love. But when it comes to her own love life she’s not as good at match making.

This book starts with Aphrodite convincing Athena to allow her and the others in the group to give her a make over so that guys will start to notice her. Athena agrees and they debut the make over at the next party on campus. All the boys seem to be head over heels for Athena, including Ares and that causes Aphrodite to become jealous because she is in love with Ares or thinks she is, but he hasn’t reciprocated those feelings back to her.

It turns out the Athena’s new look attracts Ares and they start chatting and meeting together. Aphrodite isn’t happy about this newly found interest with Ares and Athena and she feels betrayed and hurt by her best friend. Aren’t best friends suppose to look out for one another and not take someone else’s crush right from under their nose. This causes Aphrodite to become upset with her friend and she starts to wonder who else is really just using her and not really her friend at all. She starts to question many things and if you’d like to know the answers you will need to read the book.

I really enjoyed this book and I think that anyone that has felt betrayed by a close friend will enjoy this book. It shows that not everyone is bad and not everything is the way it at first glance appears. I enjoyed reading about how the Goddess Girls had worked through the things that had been bothering them and came to a logical conclusion of how to deal with things so as not to harm their friendship further. This was a wonderful read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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By Biggi on December 29, 2013
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I have not read the Goddess Girls books. But heard of them and bought them for my daughter.
Though I am avid reader, she has yet to discover the passion for books. And no, she does not have electronic items to play with. I am old fashion.
I have bought her so many books, trying to get her involved.
And this is what these books have done.
I am finding her with these books in her hands and reading and telling me how much she loves the stories and how interesting they are. And she is asking questions about the mythology and the god's etc.
Aha.. so that is why I am giving this book, these books 5 stars. She is hooked.
She now wants the others and is asking what other books are out there. That she might like. Thank you for writing these. It has helped us. Wished I could write more about the style and story. But I really only wanted to share that they are great. Because a young girl is now reading .
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I'm a sucker for fairytale/mythology retellings, but I didn't love this one. These authors have a similar series with fairytale characters that I think is much better than this one. Aphrodite has also never been my favorite goddess, so that might have affected my enjoyment of the story some. I did like that they stayed true to Athena and Artemis's characters, even though I initially didn't think they were going to.
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