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Mything You: Heroes of Greece Paperback – October 12, 2012
"Any lover of classical Greek mythology will want to read "Mything You" as it offers other such intriguing variations to the Theseus myth and combines elements of romance along with high adventure. The character of Ariadne (called "Ari") is a much more outgoing, fun and straightforward version of her classic self while Theseus takes on a much more sexy dimension." GoodReads.
About the Author
Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, then became a lawyer. After realizing she hates clients, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is fun, but writing is a passion. She wrote one hundred and one fan fiction stories online before deciding to transition into writing her own stories. Never ask her to republish her fan stories from age eleven- horribly written stories of princesses. Greta dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Theseus story came to her when she was a freshman in high school as her English teacher, the nun, told her how life was hard and tragedy teaches lessons. She also grew up a major sci fi fan. Greta’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused. How is she crazy? The voices in her head are characters in novels and she’s not insane.
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Greta Buckle masterfully balances the themes of adventure and romance, selflessness and self worth, and prophecies vs reality. Congrats Ms. Buckle on a beautifully woven tale. You will always have a place on my bookshelf!
"Today, this moment would burn a hole in her heart, leaving her a blessed memory for when she was old and alone."
Greta does a good character arc, and the reader is able to see the characters develop and change with the story. I really enjoyed watching Ari come into herself and learn more about what she could do. She had elements of the Amazons, but also some of the more domestic females in the world. Perhaps Greta will spin another tale featuring these two and more happenings with the Amazons. It would definitely be worth checking out.
I recommend this book to those that enjoy mythology based books, and lovers of romance. It's a quick read and enjoyable.
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
I really like Greek mythology so retellings appeal to me, which is why I was excited to read this book. But, I didn't like how the book was a conglomeration of several myths. I think it should have just stuck with the myth of Theseus and Ariadne. Instead, we had that myth mixed with Midas, Hercules, Amazons, a bit a back story for the Trojan war, and a sprinkle of the Perseus myth. It was just too much at once. This book would have been completely excellent if it had stuck to a single myth. And, I'm pretty sure Theseus was the son of Poseidon, so I would have seen that at least mentioned, if not extensively incorporated. It's a pretty big part of the myth.
My other major issue is that the language was far too modern. Considering that this was set in Ancient Greece, I think that language should have been reflective of that. There were too many modern slang terms and teenage speak that didn't fit into the setting.
Now to the better parts.
Theseus was a great hero. Most of the book was from his perspective, so he was the main protagonist. He truly earned the term "hero." He was brave, strong, and determined to do what was right. Not to mention how handsome he was.
Ari was okay, though not as great as Theseus. She was described as strong, but I would have liked to have seen more of that. Most of the book was of her getting into danger and Theseus having to save her. She was fine, but by no means a great heroine.
The plot was fast paced. There was constant action to keep things thrilling. The ending was left a little open, so I'm wondering if there will be a sequel. But, if not, it tied everything up well with happily ever after.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review