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Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa's potent venom, Circe's fierce sorcery and Athena rising up over Olympus, as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world - the great Greek Goddesses. Vividly re-imagined and beautifully illustrated, step into an a Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa's potent venom, Circe's fierce sorcery and Athena rising up over Olympus, as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world - the great Greek Goddesses. Vividly re-imagined and beautifully illustrated, step into an ancient world transformed by modern feminist magic. 'I watch Girl become Goddess and the metamorphosis is more magnificent than anything I have ever known.'


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Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa's potent venom, Circe's fierce sorcery and Athena rising up over Olympus, as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world - the great Greek Goddesses. Vividly re-imagined and beautifully illustrated, step into an a Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa's potent venom, Circe's fierce sorcery and Athena rising up over Olympus, as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world - the great Greek Goddesses. Vividly re-imagined and beautifully illustrated, step into an ancient world transformed by modern feminist magic. 'I watch Girl become Goddess and the metamorphosis is more magnificent than anything I have ever known.'

30 review for Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    ‘why be a half-finished poem in some forgotten poets story, when one can be an odyssey in and of herself.’ this book is exactly what it claims to be - feminist poetry about greek myths. nothing more, nothing less. this is my first collection by nikita gill and, although i found many stunning verses and elegant prose throughout, im not quite sure im a fan of her poetry style overall. i dont know what it is about it, but i appreciated individual pieces more than the collection as a whole. and t ‘why be a half-finished poem in some forgotten poets story, when one can be an odyssey in and of herself.’ this book is exactly what it claims to be - feminist poetry about greek myths. nothing more, nothing less. this is my first collection by nikita gill and, although i found many stunning verses and elegant prose throughout, im not quite sure im a fan of her poetry style overall. i dont know what it is about it, but i appreciated individual pieces more than the collection as a whole. and thats possibly my fault. this collection mentions at least 40-50 different people from classic greek myths. some i have never heard of, some i am very familiar with. obviously, the poems about characters i do know resonated more with me, so that could be a possible explanation. but overall, this is a lovely collection. its perfect for fans of greek myths and retellings, feminism, and poetry. ↠ 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amalia Gkavea

    ''They murmur, in the beginning of everything; from the bones of Chaos, rose a girl who built the universe, the stars, the planets, all because she was looking for a place to dance.'' What if the Olympians were given the chance to narrate their lives and the demands of Fate? What if the gods and goddesses, the women of mythology, were able to share their view on the legends that shaped Western civilization? What if every great goddess were holding a mirror reflecting the issues and the challenge ''They murmur, in the beginning of everything; from the bones of Chaos, rose a girl who built the universe, the stars, the planets, all because she was looking for a place to dance.'' What if the Olympians were given the chance to narrate their lives and the demands of Fate? What if the gods and goddesses, the women of mythology, were able to share their view on the legends that shaped Western civilization? What if every great goddess were holding a mirror reflecting the issues and the challenges women are made to face daily? What if the deities have survived and are now walking amongst us, shaking their heads when they witness the mess we have created in this world? Nikita Gill has given them a voice, presenting them to us in a new light, with respect and acute insight into the human nature that lies in each deity, each Greek myth. I don't need to say more. The following extracts speak for themselves... ''Questions for the Daughters of Nyx Apate, how do you bear it? The broken beat of betrayal coming from all the countless hearts you let your deceivers tear to shreds with their lies? I remind myself that lies are often truth-shaped. They're only containers you must turn inside out and shake till the truth tumbles out, wide eyed and confused, blinking in a light it never thought it would see. Nemesis, does revenge ever tire you? Do the cries you craft with your scythe ever soften your heart? I was born to bring justice. Not to feel pity for those who felt nothing but glee while building palaces out of the tears born from their treachery. Keres, do you ever wish for a life free of the violent deaths you feed upon from the battlefields to the cities? Not while people still bring us bodies. Not while there are still corrupt old men sending unknowing boys to their deaths. Not while the truth is a fire everyone sees and no one puts out.'' ''Hecate Everyone thinks death is about endings, but it had always been her guide and teacher, her black hounds at her heel in every city she visited, cemetery after cemetery full of ghosts eager to meet her. Does a heart that is rotted cease to be called a heart? Is a mortuary truly just full of flesh? Or is it simply waiting for you, Hecate, queen of paradox, of crossroads, to breathe it into second life again?'' ''People think Achilles lived by my waters. They are wrong. My waters are what ensured that he would die. You too will meet me one day. My name is Styx and I am hatred personified.'' My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.word...

  3. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    3.5 stars I think the average reader's experience with Great Goddesses is going to depend heavily upon what you're looking for. I tried to review this fairly with a middle-of-the-road rating because, as a poetry collection, it didn't work. There's no rhythm or flow to 90% of the writing, much of the text feels a little repetitive, and more passages than not instilled about as much of an emotional response as the average textbook would. On the other hand, as a collection of tales about Greek deiti 3.5 stars I think the average reader's experience with Great Goddesses is going to depend heavily upon what you're looking for. I tried to review this fairly with a middle-of-the-road rating because, as a poetry collection, it didn't work. There's no rhythm or flow to 90% of the writing, much of the text feels a little repetitive, and more passages than not instilled about as much of an emotional response as the average textbook would. On the other hand, as a collection of tales about Greek deities, it works fabulously. Gill does a splendid job of subverting old tropes and offering new perspectives into the stories of many beings, in both positive and negative ways. I'll leave you with a few of my favorite quotes: Somewhere inside my heart, I misplaced my faith, misunderstood my own origin story, became a person half tragedy, more misery, and I started to relish it. I revelled in this losing of everything that I thought I was, the lack of self-care; the drowning becomes such a needful thing when you think there is nothing left to look forward to. —————— This is the story told in hushed tones. It is the version of the tale they do not want you to know. After all, what is more powerful than women who know all about the blessed fires inside them that grow. —————— Sometimes I watch Girl become Goddess and the metamorphosis is more magnificent than anything I have ever known. —————— Sometimes I pray for the living in me, And sometimes I pray for the dead.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    I loved this author's previous book Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul and was so excited when I saw she had a new book coming out. Unfortunately, I just did not engage with this one at all. There were a few poems I really liked, but for the most part my eyes just flicked across the lines, seeking something in the words that I didn't find. If you're really into Greek mythology you might enjoy this more than I did. It's not awful; it just didn't captivate me like Fierce Fairyt I loved this author's previous book Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul and was so excited when I saw she had a new book coming out. Unfortunately, I just did not engage with this one at all. There were a few poems I really liked, but for the most part my eyes just flicked across the lines, seeking something in the words that I didn't find. If you're really into Greek mythology you might enjoy this more than I did. It's not awful; it just didn't captivate me like Fierce Fairytales did.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: I lost a God once. It’s easier done than people think. Forget a prayer once in a while or simply grow grief in your kitchen window along with the basil and rosemary. Somewhere inside my heart, I misplaced my faith, misunderstood my own origin story, became a person half tragedy, more misery, and I started to relish it. I revelled in this losing of everything that I thought I was, the lack of self-care; the drowning becomes such a needful thing when you think there is nothing left to look forwa Q: I lost a God once. It’s easier done than people think. Forget a prayer once in a while or simply grow grief in your kitchen window along with the basil and rosemary. Somewhere inside my heart, I misplaced my faith, misunderstood my own origin story, became a person half tragedy, more misery, and I started to relish it. I revelled in this losing of everything that I thought I was, the lack of self-care; the drowning becomes such a needful thing when you think there is nothing left to look forward to. When my faith came back to me, like the forgiving water of a river to the pebbles that it smooths by constant weather and wear, I asked myself, what happens to the Gods when their people forget how to know them? What happens to their fearsome might when the fervent belief fades? (c)

  6. 4 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗

    there will never be a time I don’t give feminist mythological-reimaginings 5 stars. they are so incredibly important to the way we think of these stories and the impact they have. gill’s interpretation is no different. I am always fascinated by how each person gives meaning and life to these immortal beings. their stories are the strength of their immortality, after all. as a poetry collection, it certainly wasn’t my favorite. but as a collection of myths and tales, it was absolutely perfect. hi there will never be a time I don’t give feminist mythological-reimaginings 5 stars. they are so incredibly important to the way we think of these stories and the impact they have. gill’s interpretation is no different. I am always fascinated by how each person gives meaning and life to these immortal beings. their stories are the strength of their immortality, after all. as a poetry collection, it certainly wasn’t my favorite. but as a collection of myths and tales, it was absolutely perfect. highly recommend for lovers of mythology and those who wish to reclaim or reshape their identity

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Masaluñga

    As much as I love Mythology, this one flopped. Nikita Gill has an amazing concept and I’m a huge fan of her poetry collections but this book lack an emotional impact.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna lost in stories *A*

    This is a poetry collection and because in my opinion reading poetry is a very personal experience it’s always very hard for me to write reviews about it… what I can say is that I absolutely loved this book… how it took so may known stories and showed us some new versions of them… I liked it almost as much as Nikita’s “Fierce fairytales” collection and will definitely keep coming back to it… I highly encourage you guys to give it a try ;) XOXO A

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    3.5 stars. There were poems in here that gave me goosebumps but there also ones that were lost to me. However, I did find myself growing more into the book the further I read and the more I understood about the Gods, so maybe this is one for a re-read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessie (allthings.picturesque)

    4.5 stars 🤍

  11. 5 out of 5

    C

    I was waiting to read something about Circe but she's not here 😢 Also Medea, Andromache, Cassandra, Chryseis, and more women. I was expecting so much more but I got lost interest when I keep reading about the Gods more than the Goddesses. That part of Medusa stole my heart, though. Wild Embers is still my favorite. I was waiting to read something about Circe but she's not here 😢 Also Medea, Andromache, Cassandra, Chryseis, and more women. I was expecting so much more but I got lost interest when I keep reading about the Gods more than the Goddesses. That part of Medusa stole my heart, though. Wild Embers is still my favorite.

  12. 5 out of 5

    The Story Girl

    Meh. I don't see who'd really understand/enjoy this book except for people with a deep interest in obscure (and some not so obscure) Greek mythology. It wasn't really relatable. At all. Nothing like her previous work, so all in all, I was extremely disappointed and regret this purchase. [previous update] I think everyone saying they’re excited to read this after fierce fairytales is going to be massively disappointed. This is nothing like that and does not have any relatable poems in it so far. I Meh. I don't see who'd really understand/enjoy this book except for people with a deep interest in obscure (and some not so obscure) Greek mythology. It wasn't really relatable. At all. Nothing like her previous work, so all in all, I was extremely disappointed and regret this purchase. [previous update] I think everyone saying they’re excited to read this after fierce fairytales is going to be massively disappointed. This is nothing like that and does not have any relatable poems in it so far. I’ve loved everything Nikita Gill has written so far, but I want to DNF this and am already regretting the $11+ I spent on this. If fierce fairytales was one of my favorite books I read this year, then this is one of my LEAST favorite. [previous update] I can't wait for this!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thea’s Reading World 💛

    I have just finished Fierce Fairytales and I can’t wait for this book to be published 💛

  14. 4 out of 5

    ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω

    Finally finished! Quite an enjoyable reading experience 📖 This gets a 4.75 to 5 whole stars 🌟 I really, really loved this book of poetry! Modern poetry is very hit or miss with me, but Nikita Gill has this amazing skill with her phrasing that just captured me so completely! She painted such vivid scenes in my mind of the cosmos and birth of the gods. It was spectacular 🌌 "from the bones of Chaos, rose a girl who built the universe, the stars, the planets, all because she was looking for a place to Finally finished! Quite an enjoyable reading experience 📖 This gets a 4.75 to 5 whole stars 🌟 I really, really loved this book of poetry! Modern poetry is very hit or miss with me, but Nikita Gill has this amazing skill with her phrasing that just captured me so completely! She painted such vivid scenes in my mind of the cosmos and birth of the gods. It was spectacular 🌌 "from the bones of Chaos, rose a girl who built the universe, the stars, the planets, all because she was looking for a place to dance. And she waltzed the earth awake and the rhythm of her feet fermented the stars alive, the synchronized sorcery of her fingers brought the solar system to life, and the flow of her arms looped around the sun and commanded him to open his eyes" - Eurynome: The Mother of All Things "As her cries filled up the darkness and comets escaped, her mother busily swaddled her in a blanket she had stitched from stardust." - Athena's Tale The poems in this are very staunchly pro-feminism, raising up the strength of the mortal women and the goddesses who always have taken a backseat in the typically "man-tellings" of mythology. It's so refreshing to see the women celebrated in these stories for a change. "And as she laughs, the cosmos ripples, And whole galaxies fall apart." - Chaos "Athena is born with a war cry on her lips, and her mother's promise in her heart. Fully clothed in robes made from the blood of planets, a helmet and a shield of steel that comes from the hearts of stars themselves, she looks like the blood moon at solstice." - Athena's Tale ⚔️🛡 Just reading about Athena was so enjoyable because of all the gods/goddesses she's the one I relate to most. And I love this following poem, relating a library to where Athena dwells in modern times. Like libraries are the new world temples for her 🛕📚Such a beautiful concept "Did you think Athena would just disappear when there are so many little girls she has yet to help become warriors too? She, who rewards wisdom and bravery; when my daughter asks how to fight monsters Athena is who I will tell her to look for. I will take her to the library, and introduce her to every librarian because they are where Athena lives now." Athena, After Also there were just good pieces of advice woven throughout the poems that just kept standing out to my eye. I think I needed these bits of wisdom. "You choose a different path than your blood demands. When no one aids you, you build your own legs. You learn how to be needed instead of the easiness of wanted." - Lessons from Hephaestus "You are not made of paper. If you were, you would have turned to ash a long time ago. You are more. Bone, and muscle, and beginnings and endings - evoke that when the world tries to convince you that you are small." Advice from Hestia to Girls "Every love does not have to be made of desire. Some loves are kept for the people who stand by you through everything. Some soulmates are sisters, not lovers. Some loves are for those who give you hope. And some for the strength, for wisdom, for dreams." - A Friendship: Demeter and Hestia 💞 And this is just one of my absolute favorites!! "There is something moon-soaked and dawn-flavoured about her. Something kissed by the wild and loved by lightning. She, the Goddess of storm hunting and wolves and moonlight magic. She, the queen of the forest, of womanhood more brutal than tragic." - The Moon Goddess 🌙⚡️💫 Sorry if I've over-shared content from this beautiful little volume. I just really can't say how much I appreciate its words! This is by far my favorite of modern poetry (which is evident since I actually bought a copy of it before I even finished!) 🥰 I did also love how we were given poems, which were more just stories than actual poems, of how the gods and goddesses would fit in today's modern world. It was so imaginative and fun, I adored it! As far as the mythology and accuracy go, I know there are a number of reviews that say these versions aren't 100% accurate, blah, blah, blah. Those are the hardcore mythology fans 🙄 For someone like me who doesn't know the stuff in-depth (other than what I learned from Percy Jackson/Rick Riordan, all hail Rick! 🙌🏻) this is a nice overview that helps you get your feet wet. And honestly I learned a ton. How? This book, just like watching historical fiction films, they may not be accurate, but they give you enough to pique your interest to go do some digging of your own. I took ages to get through this, despite its slim size, because I spent hours on Google taking notes 📝📓This book gradually provided me the names to start my research/learning, instead of overwhelming me with them like some books. And I am so grateful for it, cause otherwise I just didn't know where to begin! So I now have a book of notes so I at least know some things as I tackle more mythology books. Yay! So I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to start in the shallow end of Greek mythology before wading out in the deeps where you might flounder as a noob, like me 🙈 I also recommend it for lovers of modern poetry, because it really does have some stunning pieces in it! And I can't wait to read more from Nikita Gill! 💜

  15. 5 out of 5

    ⋆ ✧ charlotte ✧ ⋆

    beauitful. simply beautiful.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Théo M. (bookswiththeo)

    DNF at 75% Nikita Gill just doesn’t do it for me, I’m not a fan of the writing, and I find the language to be very abrupt. Some of the poems were really something, they were beautiful and clever and then the others were really weak and felt disjointed. Her voice doesn’t work for what she tries to write though, which is something I noticed in her other collection of poems. These would work really well as short stories, not so much as poems.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ♀ ☾ ✧ the dragon queen ✧ ☾ ♀

    i really liked it as a set of mythology, and i enjoyed some of the poems a lot. it wasn't anything earth-shattering but still good, and well-researched. (3.75 stars) here's a list of the poems that i liked the most: Chaos to Nyx [6] The River of the Dead [33] Athena's Tale [79] Pallas and Athena [87] The Moon Writes a Love Letter to Artemis [128] Amphitrite [145] Modern-day Sea God(s) [147] Athena to Medusa [189] Scylla [192] Gorgon (A Letter to the Patriarchy) [195] The Erinyes: Vengeance-skinned Fury [199 i really liked it as a set of mythology, and i enjoyed some of the poems a lot. it wasn't anything earth-shattering but still good, and well-researched. (3.75 stars) here's a list of the poems that i liked the most: Chaos to Nyx [6] The River of the Dead [33] Athena's Tale [79] Pallas and Athena [87] The Moon Writes a Love Letter to Artemis [128] Amphitrite [145] Modern-day Sea God(s) [147] Athena to Medusa [189] Scylla [192] Gorgon (A Letter to the Patriarchy) [195] The Erinyes: Vengeance-skinned Fury [199] Iphigenia, Daughter of Agamemnon [224] Megara Laments from the Underworld [228]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jovana Autumn

    DNF at 35%. I am amazed how Nikita Gill can make something as interesting as Greek Mythology boring. This is my third and last book of Gill that I will ever read. I'm just going to mentally put her name next to R.h.sin in the folder "Poets to avoid" and continue with my life. DNF at 35%. I am amazed how Nikita Gill can make something as interesting as Greek Mythology boring. This is my third and last book of Gill that I will ever read. I'm just going to mentally put her name next to R.h.sin in the folder "Poets to avoid" and continue with my life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ahrya | pagesofahrya

    5/5 stars — strong and powerful speech on feminism, the way of life and humankind. beautiful writing on important issues and topics. i love the stories woven into greek mythology.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I could not get into this for the first half of the book and had to put it down for over a week to come back to it. However, I really enjoyed the second half. I love that Nikita Gill read her own poems for the audiobook, she has a beautiful tone to her voice and it made this book more enjoyable.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nadia King

    "I lost a God once. It’s easier done than people think. Forget a prayer once in a while or simply grow grief in your kitchen window along with the basil and rosemary. Somewhere inside my heart, I misplaced my faith, misunderstood my own origin story, became a person half tragedy, more misery, and I started to relish it. - FROM 1. A MORTAL INTERLUDE BY NIKITA GILL" Firstly, I have to start this review with a confession: I have a rather large lack of knowledge of Greek mythology. I wish this wasn’t "I lost a God once. It’s easier done than people think. Forget a prayer once in a while or simply grow grief in your kitchen window along with the basil and rosemary. Somewhere inside my heart, I misplaced my faith, misunderstood my own origin story, became a person half tragedy, more misery, and I started to relish it. - FROM 1. A MORTAL INTERLUDE BY NIKITA GILL" Firstly, I have to start this review with a confession: I have a rather large lack of knowledge of Greek mythology. I wish this wasn’t true, but it is, so there you have it. I was excited then to receive a copy of bestselling writer and poet, Nikita Gill’s "Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters". My lack of knowledge turned out to be a great space from which to read this powerful book covering the history of Ancient Greece to tell the story of its mothers, “warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world” — the great Greek goddesses. "Why be a half-finished poem in some forgotten poet’s story, when one can be an odyssey in and of herself, part magic, part villain, Part Goddess, part lover." - FROM ‘WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A FORGOTTEN MAGIC MAKER’ The collection of poems is a feminist retelling of Greek mythology to give the goddesses their voice, albeit a more contemporary voice for the lessons and gems of wisdom have been adapted for our times. Although, I ask myself does universal human truth change with the times? "But Ares knows the truth now, the force that drives this. War makes the very wealthy richer so they engineer thousands of them." - FROM ‘ARES, AFTER’ "Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters" is reminiscent of epic poetry and the audio version of this book will lend itself well to the original mode of oral poetry. Intricate ink drawing are scattered throughout the book adding another layer of meaning to the poetry, and a welcome useful glossary of Greek gods and goddesses can be found at the book of the book. "Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters" can be interpreted as a collection of hymns of praise, not only to the Greek goddesses of Ancient Greece, but as a song of love for women everywhere. Bravo, Gill on a beautiful book. Many thanks to the folks at Penguin Random House Australia for a copy of this book to review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sara Jovanovic

    3.5 I guess I'm not that familar with Greek mythology as I thought I am. To be honest, I expected something similar to Fierce Fairytales. And even though some of the poems were lovely, I wasn't impressed with the collection as a whole, like I thought I would be. I'm mostly familiar with the stuff from The Odyssey, and some of the basics, like Hades and Persephone, the Troyan war, Medusa. And that pieces were magnificent, offering different outlook on already familiar tales. It's a feminist retelli 3.5 I guess I'm not that familar with Greek mythology as I thought I am. To be honest, I expected something similar to Fierce Fairytales. And even though some of the poems were lovely, I wasn't impressed with the collection as a whole, like I thought I would be. I'm mostly familiar with the stuff from The Odyssey, and some of the basics, like Hades and Persephone, the Troyan war, Medusa. And that pieces were magnificent, offering different outlook on already familiar tales. It's a feminist retelling of myths, and the book delivers. Even though there's a glossary at the end of the book, it didn't help me better understand and appreciate the rest of it. I feel like this collection requires quite a good knowledge of these myths, even of the lesser known ones, so they didn't offer anything, for me personally. I like Gill's writing style and the flow of her poetry, but I think her poems need to be more suitable if aimed for a wider audience. Why be a half-finished poem in some forgotten poets story, when one can be an odyssey in and of herself?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (thelastcolour)

    Stumbled upon this at a bookstore in Melbourne and I fell in love with everything that Nikita has written. It was raw and real and I feel so many emotions towards all the gods and goddesses in greek mythology. they all have my heart in pieces. always. always. always.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jazmin Castro

    "Maybe that’s why you demonised them, turned them into monsters, because you think monsters are easier to understand than women who say no to you." I loved reading through these stories and poems, for I love Greek mythology, but the way this was also related to modern world makes it more realistic and cruel. I loved what was made here. Side note: There’s a chapter called “Argos, Dog of Odysseus”... MY. HEART. "Maybe that’s why you demonised them, turned them into monsters, because you think monsters are easier to understand than women who say no to you." I loved reading through these stories and poems, for I love Greek mythology, but the way this was also related to modern world makes it more realistic and cruel. I loved what was made here. Side note: There’s a chapter called “Argos, Dog of Odysseus”... MY. HEART.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda A.

    “I will take her to the library, and introduce her to every librarian because they are where Athena lives now.” I chose this for @book_roast’s #magicalreadathon (and paired it with her other book of poems, Fierce Fairytales, another really great read!) this one really stuck out to me between the pair of books, which is why I am doing it first. I am a huge lover of greek myths so I had a good basic understanding of the tales themselves. It was very empowering to see some new interpretations of the “I will take her to the library, and introduce her to every librarian because they are where Athena lives now.” I chose this for @book_roast’s #magicalreadathon (and paired it with her other book of poems, Fierce Fairytales, another really great read!) this one really stuck out to me between the pair of books, which is why I am doing it first. I am a huge lover of greek myths so I had a good basic understanding of the tales themselves. It was very empowering to see some new interpretations of the stories, all told from the female perspective. Considering that all of the OG myth-tellers were male (Homer, Hesoid, Ovid, Virgil, Herodotus…) this book brings a breath of fresh air to the readings. I really enjoyed the short versions of these myths retold, and I loved how the book was structured―the poems were organized like the gods’ genealogy tree, which I thought was really cohesive and gave a good sense of chronology. featuring hand-drawn illustrations by the author. If you like myths and feminism, you will like this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sonali Dabade

    It's 3 AM and I stayed up to finish this book. Now I have a lot of thoughts running through my head including the one that's leaving me torn between whether I should laugh or cry, one that wants me to read it for the first time (what's wrong with you, brain?), one that wants me to go give Nikita Gill a hug but since that's not possible, I'll go sit in a corner and cry and stew. What a fantastic book this is! A retelling of the Greek myths, I went in expecting so much and got so much more than th It's 3 AM and I stayed up to finish this book. Now I have a lot of thoughts running through my head including the one that's leaving me torn between whether I should laugh or cry, one that wants me to read it for the first time (what's wrong with you, brain?), one that wants me to go give Nikita Gill a hug but since that's not possible, I'll go sit in a corner and cry and stew. What a fantastic book this is! A retelling of the Greek myths, I went in expecting so much and got so much more than that! Love, love, love this book! If I hadn't mentioned it before (I'm sure I have on Fierce Fairytales), but Nikita Gill is one of my favorite authors of all time. And if anyone wants to have a debate with me about it, I'm going to up and leave. THERE IS JUST NO ROOM FOR DOUBT!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angélique Alexis Davis

    "even the dread king and queen of the underworld make gentle attempts at compassion in a world that is slowly forgetting how to burn the flames of kindness forever." and again nikita gill manages to take an already fascinating subject and turn in into a powerful feminist anthem. mythology is always had something i've had a light interest in but she's managed to turn into poetic magic. as usual i am awestruck by how talented she is and by how magnificent the writing in this book is. "even the dread king and queen of the underworld make gentle attempts at compassion in a world that is slowly forgetting how to burn the flames of kindness forever." and again nikita gill manages to take an already fascinating subject and turn in into a powerful feminist anthem. mythology is always had something i've had a light interest in but she's managed to turn into poetic magic. as usual i am awestruck by how talented she is and by how magnificent the writing in this book is.

  28. 4 out of 5

    katie

    Greek mythology has always fascinated me, so reading this feminist reimagining of the classics was magical and lyrical and alluring. Themes of girlhood, sisterhood, womanhood, wifehood, motherhood, and the struggles of the human condition provided me with a completely different outlook on mythology. Argos, Dog of Odysseus was my favorite poem from this entire collection, without a doubt. I cried and then smiled so wide; I was a whirlwind of emotions within a span of only three pages.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    After reading Fierce Fairytales you bet I want to read this!

  30. 4 out of 5

    r8chh

    I have no doubt this could be an easy 4 or 5 for anyone who's already super into Greek Mythology, but I've only barely dipped my toe in it so I feel like i enjoyed it a tad less because of that. Absolutely nothing against Nikita though! IN FACT, I ordered her Fierce Fairytails with no doubt in my mind im going to love it. It really encourage me to read more Greek mythologies. And to me, when I read something that encourages me towards something that I've never had a previous interest in, I think I have no doubt this could be an easy 4 or 5 for anyone who's already super into Greek Mythology, but I've only barely dipped my toe in it so I feel like i enjoyed it a tad less because of that. Absolutely nothing against Nikita though! IN FACT, I ordered her Fierce Fairytails with no doubt in my mind im going to love it. It really encourage me to read more Greek mythologies. And to me, when I read something that encourages me towards something that I've never had a previous interest in, I think that's cool af ALSO, shes beautiful

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