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Heroine's Journey by [Hayden, G. Miki]
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About the Author

G. Miki Hayden is a NYTimes lauded science fiction author and an Edgar short story winner who teaches writing at Writer’s Digest University.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1345 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (February 23, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TY1JGH4
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By Joy V. Smith VINE VOICE on August 15, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an engrossing, intertwined story of two girls facing challenges in their own times. Gwen is in high school, and her life got really complicated when she decided to write her midterm paper on The Heroine's Journey because what she was studying in school was all about heroes. Guin is in the Middle Ages surrounded by "heroes"--and a king. The history seems well-researched (I know some of the basics because I have a sister who loves English history, and I've picked up a lot over the years). But, more importantly, the background is an integral part of the story, and you hardly notice it. However, it makes the grime and the harsh conditions back then real to the reader. Guin was the protected daughter in her parents' castle, but she was subject to the whims and rules of the times. She tried to escape her fate, but she learned she couldn't trust anyone, but she didn't give up, and the two young women encouraged and helped each other even to the battlefields of war--and high school.

Life in school wasn't easy for Gwen. Who could she trust? The jock she was helping with his paper? Her teachers? Her friends? Well, she really had only one friend, but then... 'Course it didn't help that people, including her mother who dragged her off to the psychiatrist, began to think she was crazy because she spent part of her time in the past--not just on research...

Highly recommended. The meeting and melding of minds is believable. (I wondered how she (the author) would handle that.) I liked Gwen and Guin and couldn't wait to see if they would succeed in winning through to their goals. Harder when you're not sure what your goal is.... And would there be heroes on their journeys? Lots to like in this book, including issues and people we can relate to.
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I really enjoyed this fast-paced, imaginative, touching story. Two young women separated by social station, an ocean—and about 800 years of history—find themselves inexplicably connected when modern-day Gwen begins to wonder why literature is packed with the exploits of heroes while the “heroine’s journey” is all but ignored. Gwen and Guin support each other on parallel adventures as they negotiate the treacherous ground of King John’s England and 21st century American high school.

Although the stakes are very different for these young women, their struggles are in some ways the same. Each must overcome entrenched societal attitudes and even betrayal as she fights to declare herself her own person. Guin is dismissed as a mere girl, someone whose life is meant to be determined by others. Gwen is written off as crazy by her teachers, her friends, and even her parents.

Life in the Middle Ages is vividly portrayed, adding a realistic feel that put me right in the scenes with Guin. We even meet familiar figures from history and literature who don’t always behave in ways we might expect. I found it especially fun to "hear" each girl’s take on the strange world in which her other-dimensional friend exists.

As for the writing, this author hits her notes perfectly, treating the themes of friendship, sacrifice, courage, and young love with both wit and warmth. I highly recommend this read!
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A delightful and clever young adult novel with a unique approach. In this story, the main characters Gwen and Guin's storylines intertwine. One story is set in the middle ages, where we learn a lot about real events in history, and the other takes place in modern times. I liked how these two young women were independent, smart and took matters in their own hands when the world tried to put them down. It's a real good message for young girls out there to learn early in life-a heroine is just as capable and deserving of their own journey. It's important to find out who you are and what makes you happy.
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By Lucy on December 2, 2015
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Two parallel stories are well-woven and not confusing at all. I find it enjoyable.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book, as I enjoy the medieval time period and the publisher's abstract with the parallel journeys of young women in different times sounded promising.
However, I struggled to get through the first part of the book in order to finish it. Modern Gwen had very stilted, unrealistic language that caused me several times to check which time period she was in. The adults in the modern world did not behave as expected; Gwen's grades were dropping so her teacher called her mom, rather than have the guidance counselor speak directly to the student? And then Gwen is taken to a psychiatrist not a tutor? And how convenient that Kresta's mom is a psychotherapist who could define what had gone wrong with their friendship. And Gwen's dad had been an Army Ranger and his advice could help with breaking the siege at the Castle?

In the medieval time period, I really could not discern in the narrative what made Lancelot such an appealing prospect to Guin, other than being handsome, which seemed to go against the whole concept of the heroine's journey of discovery about herself. And a nun's habit was just left in a closet in medieval London for Guin to find and use for a disguise? Too many convenient coincidences made this a disappointment as the idea had a lot of potential.
(I received a copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley, in return for an honest review)
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