Series Review – Goddess Girls Books 1-4

Athena the Brain – Book 1 Goddess Girls
By Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
176 pages – ages 9+
Published by Aladdin on April 6, 2010

Athena is new at Mount Olympus Academy. She just recently found out that she was a goddess. Not only that, she also just found out that the principal (Zeus) is her DAD and her mother, Metis, is a FLY!?!? Will she ever be able to fit in at the academy and make some real friends?

Persephone the Phony – Book 2 Goddess Girls
By Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
160 pages – ages 9+
Published by Aladdin on April 6, 2010

Persephone was told by her over protective mother, Demeter, to please her friends by always agreeing with them. She finds that it isn’t really that great not having any opinion of her own. She finally meets a boy she can be herself around, Hades. The only problem is all the other goddesses tell her Hades is a trouble maker. Which will she be around her friends; herself or a phony?

Aphrodite the Beauty – Book 3 Goddess Girls
By Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
176 pages – ages 9+
Published by Aladdin on August 3, 2010

Aphrodite is so beautiful that when a god-boy looks at her, he falls in love with her. When she gives Athena a make-over, Athena starts to get all the attention. Aphrodite starts to feel jealous of her friend. When Ares falls for Athena, Aphrodite gets very upset at her friend. Aphrodite wants everything to go back to the way it was without loosing Athena’s friendship.  But what can she do?

Artemis the Brave – Book 4 Goddess Girls
By Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
240 pages – ages 9+
Published by Aladdin on December 7, 2010

Artemis is the goddess of the hunt. She is strong and brave…or is she? Artemis never really thought about boys until one day she met Orion Starr. She really likes Orion but he doesn’t notice that she likes him. Artemis is also worried about some of the mythical monsters she has to face in her beast-ology class. Can she keep pretending that she is not scared? Will she ever be able to tell Orion how she feels? (I’m not going to tell you 🙂 ).

The Goddess Girls seems to be a series written for girls 8+ years old (and in case you forgot, I’m a boy) and the mythology in the books doesn’t really follow the actual story (I am a fan of mythology). So why do I like these books so much that I am going to read the rest of the series? Well, for one thing they’re funny, I actually like how the myths were twisted! I also liked how the stories are a parody of the greek goddesses (and gods) lives as if they were pre-teens today (but in ancient Greece). The stories are written well and deal with some of the same issues all pre-teens go through -just in a Mount Olympus, immortal kind of way 😮 !  The books are fun to read and not super challenging so they would also be good for younger advanced readers. So if you can get over the fact that Medusa isn’t cursed by Athena who turns her beautiful hair into hideous snakes but rather Medusa mistakenly uses Athena’s “snakey-poo” shampoo that turns her hair into snakes, you’ll like the book. It isn’t mythology, it’s a good story. Maybe it will also get kids interested in reading about the actual myths too!

I give the Goddess Girls Series four out of five book worms!

There are 9 books in the series so far. The others are – Aphrodite the Diva (2011), Athena the Wise (2011), Artemis the Loyal (2011) and 2 books to be released in 2012 – Medusa the mean and The Girl’s Games.

To learn more about the Goddess girls series and other books by Ms. Holub and Ms. Williams, please visit their websites by clicking on their names!

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7 replies

  1. I read Artemis the Brave and thought it was a good story. I think you don’t have to read them in order.

    • I agree, I think each book is different enough you don’t have to read them in order.

      • Any good recommendations for kids who DO love the Greek myths (the original ones–Emma has read the D’Aulaire’s book and love love loves it)?? Thought since you like the real-thing, maybe you’d know of some good ones.

      • I liked the “Usborne illustrated Guide to Greek Myths and Legends”. It’s a good summary of a bunch of myths. I reviewed it on my blog. The Percy Jackson Series is closer to what the actual myths are, but for the real thing, get Emma an abridged version of “Tales of the Odyessey”. Mary Pope Osborne wrote a pretty good two part version! The edition I have was published in 2010 by Hyperion. 🙂

  2. Thanks! Will add those to the list!

  3. This definitely looks like a series my daughter could get into!

    While I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, I do enjoy stories that take the essence of the characters and create new stories from them, which is what this sounds like.

    Thanks for the review 🙂

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