Originally posted at http://wingedreviews.com/2013/08/blog-tour-no-more-goddesses-by-kim-baccellia/
In my YA fantasy, No More Goddesses, not only does the film icon Audrey Hepburn play an important part in my protagonist Jordan’s life but another individual from Egyptian mythology pops up: Hathor.
When writing this novel I thought it would be fun to have a goddess of romance to mess with Jordan and her friends. I wanted someone exotic and different then the usual Greek mythological characters. I decided to choose one from Egyptian mythology as my brother-in-law Eihab is an Egyptian national and my sister is studying to be an Egyptologist.
I thought Angelina Jolie would be perfect as Hathor. She’s gorgeous and seems like she’d have just the right wicked humor to fit the role.
I thought it would be fun to see what others might know about this goddesses. So here’s some trivia questions (answers further down the blog post):
1. What are the …
For the rest of this year I plan to report the 5 or more nominated Cybils' books I've read for the week. I will share trends I'm seeing too.
Here we go!
1. Okay, I'm totally seeing a trend for this year in YA fiction. One has to be the theme of adoption.
Maybe it's based on the fab TV series THIS IS US.
But there's always been the topic of teen pregnancy. We adopted our son when he was 2 days old. His birthmother was 14 years old. His birth father was 16 and on the high school football team.
So, I have personal experience with this theme from the adoptive parent's point of view. Also part of our training to adopt involved many in services, attending birthmother panels(most were teens), and other things to help us with adoption.
One thing I have to say is this crop of books that deals with adoption are freakin' amazing.
Read this one this week and LOVED IT SOMETHING FIERCE:
A novel filled with hope, pain, sadness, and love. Coming of age tale that shows …
**This week started with me spraining my toe and then getting a cold. I couldn't go to yoga or run, but I was able to read more Cybils' nominated books!
Here's this week's round-up:
1. PIECING ME TOGETHER by Renee Watson:
Moving tale of Jade who feels the way out of her poor neighborhood is to do well in school. Then an opportunity comes her way-Woman to Woman, a mentorship program that promises a scholarship if she joins. This story shows a strong community and a protagonist who breaks the usual trite stereotypes. Explores themes of police brutality; race, privilege, and also friendship.
2. AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi
This one shows us a Haitian teen's experience in the United States after her mother is detained and threatened to be send back. Fabiola ends up living with her cousins and her aunt. There's magical realism throughout this story, but mostly one of the power of family.