No More Goddesses by Kim Baccellia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: YA Mythological fiction
Book Description: Jordan Lake discovers an ancient bracelet in her grandmother’s house and uncovers a family mystery that links her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, a romantic movie, and an aunt she never knew. Jordan hopes the bracelet will bring her love.
Instead, it brings one nightmare after another, unleashing Hathor, the Egyptian love goddess, who decides it’s fun to mess with the McKnight High School social scene. Jordan holds the key to vanquish Hathor, but will she figure out what it is in time to save her school, one of her best friends, and get a date to the Valentine’s Day dance?
My thoughts: Jordan is in a terrible situation. She put on a beautiful bracelet that was in her grandmother's attic. It is just like the one that her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, wore in one of her movies. She couldn't resist and in a moment of leniency her grandmother let her put it on, then forgot she had it. (Just as she hoped her grandmother would.)
The bracelet is wreaking havoc at her school and in her home. It turns out that it belongs to the Egyptian goddess, Hathor. The Goddess is having too much fun influencing the lives of young teens in her school. Jordan is ready for her to go. It was fun at first, but enough is enough! Now, the question is how to remove the bracelet from her wrist and get rid of Hathor?
Jordan is a cute character. With her two best friends, Selena and Andrew, they make quite the team. She knows that she can rely on them to help her through any situation. Together they work to solve the puzzle on how to save themselves and their classmates from Hathor. I like the example they illustrate of teamwork and friendship.
The book moved at a moderate pace for me. The story line is interesting. I always love to learn a little more about mythological characters and ancient civilizations. This book had a little of both in it. I also loved the underlying theme of being careful what you wish for. Jordan is not thrilled with some of the consequences.
This is a cute and fun book to read. I would caution that the Goddess is a love Goddess in Ancient Egypt. Some of the content reflects that. I wouldn't recommend this to a younger YA reader. There is some swearing and description of Egyptian modesty issues (which is historically correct).
About Kim Baccellia: When writing No More Goddesses, Kim Baccellia watched almost all of Audrey Hepburn’s movies and learned to love this famous icon. She went on to watch and read all she could on Audrey. She has always had a secret desire to travel to Egypt and visit the pyramids. The closest she’s come to fulfilling this dream are her younger sister Autumn and Egyptian-national brother-in-law Eihab, who were kind enough to share some things with her, including a Hathor sistrum and some incense.
Kim’s other works include Crossed Out, a YA paranormal, and a YA multicultural urban fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea.
A member of YALITCHAT and RWA, Kim is writing book two in the Goddesses series. She’s also revising a New Adult multicultural suspense adventure novel. She lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and two parrots.
NO MORE GODDESSES giveaway: Kim is giving away a NO MORE GODDESSES themed prize package! It includes:
· Signed copies of NO MORE GODDESSES and CROSSED OUT
· iTunes $15 gift card (the main character, Jordan, loves Taylor Swift!)
NO MORE GODDESSES bookmarks
NO MORE GODDESSES bookmarks
· a French tote bag
· Audrey Hepburn buttons (Jordan is a fan!)
Contest ends on September 6th,