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Artemis Rising: A novel of the Azores Islands by [Lasota, Cheri]
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"I absolutely loved Artemis Rising, from start to finish." --Nancy Kelley, Author of His Good Opinion

"This is one of my top five favorite reads of 2011." --Rebecca Lochlann, Author of The Year-God's Daughter

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I hope this story touches your life as much as it has touched mine. 

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  • File Size: 3069 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ever-Sea Press (September 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Daughter of the Moon.....

This is one of my top five favorite reads of 2011. Artemis Rising is simply magical, literally as well as figuratively, although the way it's written, the magic is completely believable.

Eva is torn between the very different beliefs of her father and mother. Her mother, Mãe (Maria), believes in the Goddess of the Moon, and secretly passes on her faith to her daughter. Why secretly? Because Pai, her father, is a Catholic, and in 1890s New Bedford, pagan religions are frowned upon, to put it mildly. When he catches his daughter and wife performing a pagan ritual, he becomes swiftly violent, both verbally ("A witch. A witch!") and physically. His first act after the abuse is to disown his child and ship her off to the Azores (The book holds many treasures of atmospheric, lyrical phrases like this: "The Sea Nymph sliced smooth chasms through the Atlantic waves...")

There is a young man on board: the ship-owner's son. Diogo. Dark, brooding, abused and dangerous, he is accustomed to taking what he wants. Right now what he wants is Eva.

Like most young girls, Eva has been sheltered, and is far from capable of resisting or even recognizing the charm this confident, worldly youth can easily exude. "I want you," he whispers in the ship's shadowed caverns, and she nearly succumbs, but something stops her.

Her mother prays to Artemis: she makes an offering of her child. "When it is time for her to fulfill her vow, bring her the man who will take on the spirit of Alpheus. Let her be bound to him forever."

Who will he be? Eva, now to be known as Arethusa, is afraid. Her mother is certain this male spirit is Diogo. Diogo, who is both frightening and fascinating.
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When PageTurnersBlog was contacted to review Artemis Rising, I jumped at the chance. "Mythology?" I thought. "Romance? Magic? Count me in."

Artemis Rising is the story of Eva, who takes the name Arethusa at the very beginning of the book. Eva is doomed to live out the myth of Arethusa and Alpheus (who is embodied in Diogo). Diogo and Alpheus are fearful characters and though she wants to serve the goddess Artemis, who she has taken a vow to Eva longs to be with Tristao instead. But Tristao has chosen to follow the path of Tristan and Isolde, so how can they be together?

The romance between Tristao and Eva is done beautifully. First a love that's forbidden by the paths they've chosen and then later simply forbidden by circumstances. You can see in small ways throughout the book how much they love and long for each other. The conflict with Diogo is also very well done-- he's simply terrifying.

I also particularly enjoyed the atmospheric elements that the author incorporated about Portuguese culture and the setting in the Azores islands (off the coast of Portugal).

The Goodreads summary is a bit misleading. I didn't truly see the struggle for Eva to choose Catholicism or Paganism until she is being attacked. Only then does she pray to whoever may help her-- Artemis and God. She chooses the name Arethusa more than willingly and does not seem to enjoy Diogo, the one that she is destined for at all. So both of those internal conflicts felt a bit contrived.

I found the twisting and melding of the two myths to be a bit confusing at times, but it was definitely justified in the climax and the ending.

Artemis Rising was an enjoyable read with a somewhat unusual premise and I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a YA read with some mythology that hasn't been done to death.
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This book was so good. It is historical, but moves with a constant forward flow. The writing is lyrical, the concept original and I've never read anything like it. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and even dreamed about it one night (it stuck with me that much). If you don't mind having to work your way around a few Portuguese words and you're looking for a book that's more Alice in Wonderland than action-adventure (a la Strange Angels), you won't want to miss Artemis Rising.
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The best way to describe this book is a YA historical paranormal romance -- it's unlike anything else I've ever read. Eva has been raised as a devotee of Artemis by her pagan mother. When her Catholic father finds out, the family leaves America to return to Portugal, but a shipwreck leaves her an orphan in the Azore Islands. Her entire life, her mother has told her that she is fated for the incarnation of a certain god. As a love triangle (or quadrangle, I guess) forms between her, a fellow survivor of the shipwreck, and two other orphans, Eva must decide to what extent myths will control her life.

Lasota does a capable job of bringing the setting to life, but as more and more myths are layered into the story, it begins to slow down, especially as there is no clear connection between the different myths (I was hoping this would be resolved at the end, but it never was). There are also some plot developments that, frankly, depend on major coincidence and were difficult to accept. The resolution depends, in an unsatisfying way, on the reader both believing the power of myth and somehow rejecting the myths.

It's a beautiful book, though often too slow moving. It's just too hampered by the mythological structure the author decided to build the story around.
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