Monday, July 30, 2012

Book Review: Goddess Girls #9 by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

The Girl Games by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Series: #9 in the Goddess Girls series
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Aladdin
Received: Review copy from author
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Athena, Medusa, Artemis, and Persephone are sick and tired of being left out of the annual boys-only Olympic Games. Their solution? The Girl Games! But as the Goddess Girls work to make their dream into a reality, they come up against plenty of chaos and competition. Told in alternating points of view, this superspecial is packed with Olympic spirit!

The super special! I have very positive associations with super specials from my Babysitters' Club-filled childhood, so I was highly anticipating the first Goddess Girls super special. Unsurprisingly, it not only lived up to my expectations, but predictably blew them out of the water. Goddess Girls fans are going to love this!

Each of the four main Goddess Girls gets her own narration rotating chapter by chapter. It was nice getting to read from multiple perspectives and the super special should have broad appeal because everyone's favorite Goddess Girl is featured (unless your favorite is Medusa, but she's still around.)

The plot all ties back to the overall story arc about the all-girl Olympic games (introduced in Artemis the Loyal), as well as focusing on each girl's individual story arc. Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams continue with their winning streak in combining modern interpersonal issues readers can easily relate to with creatively adapted mythological retellings (although at this point, I'm not very familiar with the original myths they're adapting, so this book was a great springboard for me).

The games provide a perfect scenario for introducing new Goddess Girls and their varied mythologies (Egyptian, Norse, Amazon). While these characters didn't play a large part, it was still nice seeing the expansion of the Goddess Girls universe. As an added bonus, there is also a little mystery that provided an adorable cameo by Medusa and her snakes (loved that scene!)

Because of the multiple narrators, this book is longer than a standard Goddess Girl book, but the altering narratives and varied stories should keep even reluctant readers entertained.

While most of the Goddess Girls books can be read as a standalone, I think readers would appreciate the asides, jokes, and development of certain plot points more if they're already familiar with previous Goddess Girl installments.

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  1. Oh my gosh. A super special!!!! I've only read the first GG series. I need to read more. It was so cute. What was your fav Babysitter's Club Super Special? I think mine was the Disney World trip or the New York City trip.

    1. I can't even remember! It's been so long now :P I remember liking both of the ones you mentioned and I think one about camp?

  2. SO cute!!! I haven't read any of the books, but gosh, the story sounds adorable >_< Super cool that each girl also ties in a bit of mythology as well. Great review!

  3. *hugs to self and gives cookies* thanks for the shout out to the giveaway! :D

    And I'm so excited about this book, I got my copy just last friday and I love it already - I'm about fifty pages in - I'm looking forward to Medusa's cameo - I really loved her book! I was so surprised!!

    And yea, I'm loving that the universe is expandid. I love Norse mythology so I loved the little cameos of Norse Goddesses so far :D

    1. You're so welcome! I'm so happy your copy finally came!!! That felt like it took forever. I think you're going to love this one. Persephone is in it a lot. :)

  4. These books sound like so much fun and they look adorable! :) I like!


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