Circe by Madeline Miller – Review
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Hello lovelies! So today I am reviewing Circe* by Madeline Miller! I’ll talk more about what I thought later, but, I’d been so interested in it because it’s Greek mythology – which I love because of Percy Jackson lol – so I was like “yayyyy”! Turns out it wasn’t that yay? Before I get into my non-spoilery review and explain, here’s the synopsis, via Goodreads:
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
now let’s get into the review….
- first off, I mixed up my mythologies and forgot who Circe was and mistook her for Calypso (I know, I know) but, really, the way the book starts….it’s a bit possible to mix them up. Anyways, because I mixed up who was who, I was confused for like 50ish pages which sucked and did go towards me feeling eh about the entire thing
- also, the book started out pretty slow and wasn’t the most interesting thing ever. Like it took me a week to finish the book because, for the first several days, the book was underwhelming and, honestly, I kept wanting to dnf it but it’s the story of Circe who is pretty awesome at least in the Percy Jackson books so I kept reading
- after it hit about 75%ish, it got a bit better and I was enjoying Circe kind of discovering herself/her powers (not a spoiler because that’s known mythology that she has magic) and enjoying reading about her personal life but that was really all that interested me.
- the other characters in the book weren’t that great (other than her evil siblings) and that could mainly be because they suck in mythology, in general, or it could just be because not many of the characters seemed to make a unique impact on me unless they were bad/evil-ish.
Overall, Circe was just ok. I went into it with high expectations and felt underwhelmed coming out of it. I really mainly enjoyed the last 25 – 30% of the book, though so it is slightly redeemable. Still, If you like Greek mythology, I would still recommend reading this – whenever you can get to it tho – as it does give pretty good mythological info on Circe (who I haven’t seen a ton in popular mythology books). Anyways, have you guys read Circe*? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!
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