G. Bianco, 2019
How would you feel if all of a sudden you went from being a scrappy foster kid living in New York City to a lightning bolt-wielding prophecy? Have I got your attention yet? In Alane Adams’s new novel, The Eye of Zeus, our protagonist finds herself in this exact situation.
Meet Phoebe Katz, a twelve-year-old foster kid from New York City who’s been bounced around the system her entire life. Things happen around Phoebe, but it’s not like they’re her fault! But when a statue of Athena comes to life, Phoebe gets the stunning news she’s the daughter of Zeus, has a twin brother named Perseus―and was sent away from ancient Greece as a baby to stop a terrible prophecy that predicted she would one day destroy Olympus. Athena warns Phoebe to stay in hiding, but when the vengeful god Ares kidnaps her beloved social worker, Phoebe has no choice―she has to travel back to ancient Greece and rescue him! There, Phoebe and her friends Angie and Damian discover a new prophecy, one that may fix everything. The catch: Phoebe has to collect talismans from six Greek monsters, including the fang from a nine-headed hydra, a talon from the Nemean lion, and a feather from the sphinx. No problem for a girl with the power to call up lightning bolts and change the weather! But can Phoebe collect them all and stop the prophecy before she destroys Olympus?
This was a super cute and fun middle grade book! It was action packed and full of adventures that are pulled straight from the history books. The mixing of Greek Myths to form the plot of this story was really unique and fans of Greek mythology will love this book!
All of the characters were unique in their own ways and helped make this story so much fun to read. Between Phoebe’s determination, Damian’s intelligence, and Angie’s fierce loyalty, these characters are not only enjoyable to read about, but provide good role models for children who may be reading this book.
I found the book to be very Percy Jackson-esque and brought back nostalgia from when I first read The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. While the two stories are very similar, a lot of readers will enjoy hearing about a new group of heroes who go on great adventures that will take you away from the mundaneness of real life. While this could be a fun stand-alone book, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!
*I received a copy of the book from BookSparks in exchange for my honest opinion.
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