Books in Review: May

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May prompts for The AusYABloggers Reading Challenge.

Chasing Odysseus - S.D Gentill

read for the prompt Retelling
Chasing Odysseus is the first book in the Hero Trilogy by S.D Gentill. It's an action packed retelling of Homer's The Odyssey. It follows four siblings as they attempt to track down Odysseus and force him to clear their people of accusations they betrayed Troy to the Greeks. The siblings are all children of Amazons, left to be raised by herdsmen, three because they are boys, and the youngest, Hero, because of her poor eyesight. The siblings have a strong bond, with the usual teasing and arguments, creating a solid core for the wild route their journey takes. This story is full of adventure, family, magic and humour, and is one for any fan of Greek mythology.

Gemina - Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

read for the prompt Artificial Intelligence
Gemina is the 2nd installment of The Illuminae Files by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It follows Hanna and Nik dealing with the next wave of BiTech's attack on Jump Station Heimdell. Using the same mixed media format, and including incredible drawings by Marie Lu, Gemina follows the same structure of Illuminae to tell an exciting space saga filled with drama, death and destruction and some really awesome science speculation.


The Burning Maze - Rick Riordan

read for the prompt Mysterious Monsters
The Burning Maze is third book in Rick Riordan's latest series, The Trials of Apollo in which the god Apollo is banished to life as a human teenager, and must complete a dangerous quest to regain his rightful place on Mount Olympus. A Riordan novel is always full of action-packed adventure, Greek mythology goodness, teen angst amplified by imminent death and an incredible sense of humour. In the The Burning Maze you get all this, the return of some beloved characters and a completely heartbreaking twist.

Grace Beside Me - Sue McPherson

read for the prompt #LoveOzYA: Indigenous Australian author
Fuzzy Mac lives with her Nan and Pop, in a small country town where nothing ever happens and yet everything happens. Grace Beside Me is built out of stories: why Mary is the only member of the Mullins to make good and watching Nan watch the Stolen Generation Apology on TV. Fuzzy's own story, her coming of age, is unfurled slowly within each story about a friend or neighbour. A small book that gently delivers a powerful message.