Hello my fellow little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing fairly well. I don’t have school today so I am just going to be doing homework and maybe even some blog posts for the future.
Anyways, why don’t we get into the post?
By Sarah A Vogler
Genre: Fantasy/ Mythology
Age category: upper Middle Grad/ Young Adult
Release Date: October 29, 2018
Getting sucked into a whirlpool, sleeping in monster-infested woods, and battling psycho sea-nymphs was not how Hailey planned to spend her first year of high school. But when you’re the only Zeus in the world, life tends to get a bit complicated.
The Great Battle saw the world changed forever when humans killed the gods and absorbed their powers. One power was coveted above all others: Zeus’s. Thirteen-year-old Hailey Woods is the first Zeus in over a century. Unlike everyone else, she hates her powers because of an ancient prophecy that claims a Zeus will have to save the world someday.
Hailey doesn’t want to save the world. She wants to be a normal teenager, whose biggest dilemma in life is deciding what to eat for lunch, rather than training to become the ultimate weapon. Poseidon’s Academy, an underwater palace where her powers don’t work, was meant to give her that opportunity. But when she arrives, she discovers the sea-nymphs living there are plotting to resurrect the gods, and Hailey must find a way to stop them before they can enact the prophecy.
So much for normal!
I have to say that this book honestly has a lot of competition and other books that it can be compared of off which makes it a little bit harder to get into just like any other book based in a boarding school that even has the slightest glimpse of the paranormal of greek gods & goddesses.
The good thing about the book was that it gave so much new knowledge about greek mythology compared to several other books that aren’t historically based. The pacing of this book was fairly good but it wasn’t the best due to weird flashes of fast pace and slow pace throughout the book and the amounts of flashbacks within it.
The bad things about this book is that you could obviously see the parts where it has those themes in heavy emphasis. Even though it isn’t copying it line for line you can tell the similarity. Such as instances where the main character gets an acceptance letter, there are tables that have food magically appear out of nowhere and dorm rooms with a common room. Also while it had parallels towards Harry Potter it also had heavy similarities towards Sky High as well, due to a scene where the main character is sitting on a porch with their best friend and having a tree magically grow.
Due to the book having overwhelming similarities towards Harry Potter and Sky High it really brought down the rating of the book but props to the author for writing it!
“Hailey perched on the roof of her two-storey brick house, oblivious to the pair of teenage girls giggling at the end of her street. One of them pressed her hands onto the road. The asphalt shuddered and moaned, great big cracks tearing through the black ground as water gushed up from underneath it, transforming the road into a crystal blue lake. The second girl stirred her hand through the water, ice blasting from her fingertips and shooting down the lake, freezing it solid.
‘Ice rink,’ both girls shouted. ‘Ice rink. Ice rink.’
Children piled out of houses, pulling on skates and scrambling onto the frozen water.Their laughter didn’t register with Hailey, whose gaze remained fixed on the envelope clutched in her hands. It smelled of salt, reminding her of sunny days at the beach. The address read:
Miss Hailey Woods
12 Golden Fleece Place Calliope Gardens London
A gold trident bordered by the letters P and A was stamped on the back, with a swirl of goldwater encircling it. Hailey’s stomach grew heavy as she thought about the letter inside, whichwould either inform her of her acceptance to or rejection from Poseidon’s Academy: the highschool every eligible teenager in the world strived to get into.
Poseidon’s Academy was no ordinary high school. It was an underwater palace that hadonce been the Olympian god Poseidon’s home. No one had ever seen it—aside from accepted students, who whispered of jewel-encrusted walls and sea-nymphs.
Hailey doubted Poseidon appreciated the conversion of his palace into a school, but hewasn’t in a position to complain considering he, and every other god, was dead. And had beenfor sixteen centuries now—compliments to humans killing them in the Great Battle.
Although Hailey supposed you could say they had lived on—at least in a small way— because when they’d died, their powers had showered from the sky to the human race, turning everyone into demigods. And since then, the gods’ powers have passed down through eachgeneration, so every human in the world has a power.
The cold touch of a raindrop sliding down Hailey’s cheek had her gazing up at a greycloud encroaching on the sun. She flicked her hand at it, watching the cloud speed away out of sight, leaving the sky azure blue.
Hailey was a Zeus. The only Zeus in over a century, to be exact, which meant herpowers came with certain expectations. Her mind flashed back to the last Powers class she’d had before the summer holidays…”
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Sarah A Vogler was born in Brisbane, Australia, where she spent her childhood climbing trees, wrestling her three brothers, and watching Xena: The Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. It was these two TV shows that sparked Sarah’s interest in Greek mythology and saw her spend entire days sitting by her bedroom window, waiting for a pegasus to swoop out of the sky and take her on an adventure worthy of Homer. When it was clear a pegasus wasn’t going to rescue her from her dull life, Sarah turned to writing her own adventures.
Sarah combined her love of Greek mythology with her love of writing and went on to study a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Queensland, with majors in Ancient History and Writing, followed by a Master of Arts in Writing, Editing, and Publishing.
After graduating, Sarah became a freelance editor and spent her spare time working on her novels and submitting them to agents and publishers. She received dozens of rejection emails but persevered, knowing nothing worth having comes easy.
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