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Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa's potent venom, Circe's fierce sorcery and Athena rising up over Olympus, as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world - the great Greek Goddesses. Vividly re-imagined and beautifully illustrated, step into an Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa's potent venom, Circe's fierce sorcery and Athena rising up over Olympus, as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world - the great Greek Goddesses. Vividly re-imagined and beautifully illustrated, step into an ancient world transformed by modern feminist magic. 'I watch Girl become Goddess and the metamorphosis is more magnificent than anything I have ever known.'


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Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa's potent venom, Circe's fierce sorcery and Athena rising up over Olympus, as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world - the great Greek Goddesses. Vividly re-imagined and beautifully illustrated, step into an Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa's potent venom, Circe's fierce sorcery and Athena rising up over Olympus, as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world - the great Greek Goddesses. Vividly re-imagined and beautifully illustrated, step into an ancient world transformed by modern feminist magic. 'I watch Girl become Goddess and the metamorphosis is more magnificent than anything I have ever known.'

30 review for Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amalia Gavea

    ''They murmur, in the beginning of everything; from the bones of Chaos, rose a girl who built the universe, the stars, the planets, all because she was looking for a place to dance.'' What if the Olympians were given the chance to narrate their lives and the demands of Fate? What if the gods and goddesses, the women of mythology, were able to share their view on the legends that shaped Western civilization? What if every great goddess were holding a mirror reflecting the issues and the challenges ''They murmur, in the beginning of everything; from the bones of Chaos, rose a girl who built the universe, the stars, the planets, all because she was looking for a place to dance.'' What if the Olympians were given the chance to narrate their lives and the demands of Fate? What if the gods and goddesses, the women of mythology, were able to share their view on the legends that shaped Western civilization? What if every great goddess were holding a mirror reflecting the issues and the challenges women are made to face daily? What if the deities have survived and are now walking amongst us, shaking their heads when they witness the mess we have created in this world? Nikita Gill has given them a voice, presenting them to us in a new light, with respect and acute insight into the human nature that lies in each deity, each Greek myth. I don't need to say more. The following extracts speak for themselves... ''Questions for the Daughters of Nyx Apate, how do you bear it? The broken beat of betrayal coming from all the countless hearts you let your deceivers tear to shreds with their lies? I remind myself that lies are often truth-shaped. They're only containers you must turn inside out and shake till the truth tumbles out, wide eyed and confused, blinking in a light it never thought it would see. Nemesis, does revenge ever tire you? Do the cries you craft with your scythe ever soften your heart? I was born to bring justice. Not to feel pity for those who felt nothing but glee while building palaces out of the tears born from their treachery. Keres, do you ever wish for a life free of the violent deaths you feed upon from the battlefields to the cities? Not while people still bring us bodies. Not while there are still corrupt old men sending unknowing boys to their deaths. Not while the truth is a fire everyone sees and no one puts out.'' ''Hecate Everyone thinks death is about endings, but it had always been her guide and teacher, her black hounds at her heel in every city she visited, cemetery after cemetery full of ghosts eager to meet her. Does a heart that is rotted cease to be called a heart? Is a mortuary truly just full of flesh? Or is it simply waiting for you, Hecate, queen of paradox, of crossroads, to breathe it into second life again?'' ''People think Achilles lived by my waters. They are wrong. My waters are what ensured that he would die. You too will meet me one day. My name is Styx and I am hatred personified.'' My reviews can also be found on https://theopinionatedreaderblog.word...

  2. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    3.5 stars I think the average reader's experience with Great Goddesses is going to depend heavily upon what you're looking for. I tried to review this fairly with a middle-of-the-road rating because, as a poetry collection, it didn't work. There's no rhythm or flow to 90% of the writing, much of the text feels a little repetitive, and more passages than not instilled about as much of an emotional response as the average textbook would. On the other hand, as a collection of tales about Greek 3.5 stars I think the average reader's experience with Great Goddesses is going to depend heavily upon what you're looking for. I tried to review this fairly with a middle-of-the-road rating because, as a poetry collection, it didn't work. There's no rhythm or flow to 90% of the writing, much of the text feels a little repetitive, and more passages than not instilled about as much of an emotional response as the average textbook would. On the other hand, as a collection of tales about Greek deities, it works fabulously. Gill does a splendid job of subverting old tropes and offering new perspectives into the stories of many beings, in both positive and negative ways. I'll leave you with a few of my favorite quotes: Somewhere inside my heart, I misplaced my faith, misunderstood my own origin story, became a person half tragedy, more misery, and I started to relish it. I revelled in this losing of everything that I thought I was, the lack of self-care; the drowning becomes such a needful thing when you think there is nothing left to look forward to. —————— This is the story told in hushed tones. It is the version of the tale they do not want you to know. After all, what is more powerful than women who know all about the blessed fires inside them that grow. —————— Sometimes I watch Girl become Goddess and the metamorphosis is more magnificent than anything I have ever known. —————— Sometimes I pray for the living in me, And sometimes I pray for the dead.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    I loved this author's previous book Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul and was so excited when I saw she had a new book coming out. Unfortunately, I just did not engage with this one at all. There were a few poems I really liked, but for the most part my eyes just flicked across the lines, seeking something in the words that I didn't find. If you're really into Greek mythology you might enjoy this more than I did. It's not awful; it just didn't captivate me like Fierce I loved this author's previous book Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul and was so excited when I saw she had a new book coming out. Unfortunately, I just did not engage with this one at all. There were a few poems I really liked, but for the most part my eyes just flicked across the lines, seeking something in the words that I didn't find. If you're really into Greek mythology you might enjoy this more than I did. It's not awful; it just didn't captivate me like Fierce Fairytales did.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗

    there will never be a time I don’t give feminist mythological-reimaginings 5 stars. they are so incredibly important to the way we think of these stories and the impact they have. gill’s interpretation is no different. I am always fascinated by how each person gives meaning and life to these immortal beings. their stories are the strength of their immortality, after all. as a poetry collection, it certainly wasn’t my favorite. but as a collection of myths and tales, it was absolutely perfect. there will never be a time I don’t give feminist mythological-reimaginings 5 stars. they are so incredibly important to the way we think of these stories and the impact they have. gill’s interpretation is no different. I am always fascinated by how each person gives meaning and life to these immortal beings. their stories are the strength of their immortality, after all. as a poetry collection, it certainly wasn’t my favorite. but as a collection of myths and tales, it was absolutely perfect. highly recommend for lovers of mythology and those who wish to reclaim or reshape their identity

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessie ✨

    4.5 stars 4.5 stars 🤍

  6. 5 out of 5

    A

    This is a poetry collection and because in my opinion reading poetry is a very personal experience it’s always very hard for me to write reviews about it… what I can say is that I absolutely loved this book… how it took so may known stories and showed us some new versions of them… I liked it almost as much as Nikita’s “Fierce fairytales” collection and will definitely keep coming back to it… I highly encourage you guys to give it a try ;) XOXO A

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    3.5 stars. There were poems in here that gave me goosebumps but there also ones that were lost to me. However, I did find myself growing more into the book the further I read and the more I understood about the Gods, so maybe this is one for a re-read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♀ ☾ ✧ the dragon queen ✧ ☾ ♀

    i really liked it as a set of mythology, and i enjoyed some of the poems a lot. it wasn't anything earth-shattering but still good, and well-researched. (3.75 stars) here's a list of the poems that i liked the most: Chaos to Nyx [6] The River of the Dead [33] Athena's Tale [79] Pallas and Athena [87] The Moon Writes a Love Letter to Artemis [128] Amphitrite [145] Modern-day Sea God(s) [147] Athena to Medusa [189] Scylla [192] Gorgon (A Letter to the Patriarchy) [195] The Erinyes: Vengeance-skinned Fury i really liked it as a set of mythology, and i enjoyed some of the poems a lot. it wasn't anything earth-shattering but still good, and well-researched. (3.75 stars) here's a list of the poems that i liked the most: Chaos to Nyx [6] The River of the Dead [33] Athena's Tale [79] Pallas and Athena [87] The Moon Writes a Love Letter to Artemis [128] Amphitrite [145] Modern-day Sea God(s) [147] Athena to Medusa [189] Scylla [192] Gorgon (A Letter to the Patriarchy) [195] The Erinyes: Vengeance-skinned Fury [199] Iphigenia, Daughter of Agamemnon [224] Megara Laments from the Underworld [228]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thea’s Reading World 💛

    I have just finished Fierce Fairytales and I can’t wait for this book to be published I have just finished Fierce Fairytales and I can’t wait for this book to be published 💛

  10. 4 out of 5

    ⋆ ✧ charlotte ✧ ⋆

    beauitful. simply beautiful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ahrya

    4.5/5 stars — strong and powerful speech on feminism, the way of life and humankind. beautiful writing on important issues and topics. i love the stories woven into greek mythology.

  12. 5 out of 5

    The Story Girl

    Meh. I don't see who'd really understand/enjoy this book except for people with a deep interest in obscure (and some not so obscure) Greek mythology. It wasn't really relatable. At all. Nothing like her previous work, so all in all, I was extremely disappointed and regret this purchase. [previous update] I think everyone saying they’re excited to read this after fierce fairytales is going to be massively disappointed. This is nothing like that and does not have any relatable poems in it so far. I Meh. I don't see who'd really understand/enjoy this book except for people with a deep interest in obscure (and some not so obscure) Greek mythology. It wasn't really relatable. At all. Nothing like her previous work, so all in all, I was extremely disappointed and regret this purchase. [previous update] I think everyone saying they’re excited to read this after fierce fairytales is going to be massively disappointed. This is nothing like that and does not have any relatable poems in it so far. I’ve loved everything Nikita Gill has written so far, but I want to DNF this and am already regretting the $11+ I spent on this. If fierce fairytales was one of my favorite books I read this year, then this is one of my LEAST favorite. [previous update] I can't wait for this!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    After reading Fierce Fairytales you bet I want to read this!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (thelastcolour)

    Stumbled upon this at a bookstore in Melbourne and I fell in love with everything that Nikita has written. It was raw and real and I feel so many emotions towards all the gods and goddesses in greek mythology. they all have my heart in pieces. always. always. always.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jovana Autumn

    DNF at 35%. I am amazed how Nikita Gill can make something as interesting as Greek Mythology boring. This is my third and last book of Gill that I will ever read. I'm just going to mentally put her name next to R.h.sin in the folder "Poets to avoid" and continue with my life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    katie

    Greek mythology has always fascinated me, so reading this feminist reimagining of the classics was magical and lyrical and alluring. Themes of girlhood, sisterhood, womanhood, wifehood, motherhood, and the struggles of the human condition provided me with a completely different outlook on mythology. Argos, Dog of Odysseus was my favorite poem from this entire collection, without a doubt. I cried and then smiled so wide; I was a whirlwind of emotions within a span of only three pages.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nadia King

    "I lost a God once. It’s easier done than people think. Forget a prayer once in a while or simply grow grief in your kitchen window along with the basil and rosemary. Somewhere inside my heart, I misplaced my faith, misunderstood my own origin story, became a person half tragedy, more misery, and I started to relish it. - FROM 1. A MORTAL INTERLUDE BY NIKITA GILL" Firstly, I have to start this review with a confession: I have a rather large lack of knowledge of Greek mythology. I wish this wasn’t "I lost a God once. It’s easier done than people think. Forget a prayer once in a while or simply grow grief in your kitchen window along with the basil and rosemary. Somewhere inside my heart, I misplaced my faith, misunderstood my own origin story, became a person half tragedy, more misery, and I started to relish it. - FROM 1. A MORTAL INTERLUDE BY NIKITA GILL" Firstly, I have to start this review with a confession: I have a rather large lack of knowledge of Greek mythology. I wish this wasn’t true, but it is, so there you have it. I was excited then to receive a copy of bestselling writer and poet, Nikita Gill’s "Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters". My lack of knowledge turned out to be a great space from which to read this powerful book covering the history of Ancient Greece to tell the story of its mothers, “warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world” — the great Greek goddesses. "Why be a half-finished poem in some forgotten poet’s story, when one can be an odyssey in and of herself, part magic, part villain, Part Goddess, part lover." - FROM ‘WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A FORGOTTEN MAGIC MAKER’ The collection of poems is a feminist retelling of Greek mythology to give the goddesses their voice, albeit a more contemporary voice for the lessons and gems of wisdom have been adapted for our times. Although, I ask myself does universal human truth change with the times? "But Ares knows the truth now, the force that drives this. War makes the very wealthy richer so they engineer thousands of them." - FROM ‘ARES, AFTER’ "Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters" is reminiscent of epic poetry and the audio version of this book will lend itself well to the original mode of oral poetry. Intricate ink drawing are scattered throughout the book adding another layer of meaning to the poetry, and a welcome useful glossary of Greek gods and goddesses can be found at the book of the book. "Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters" can be interpreted as a collection of hymns of praise, not only to the Greek goddesses of Ancient Greece, but as a song of love for women everywhere. Bravo, Gill on a beautiful book. Many thanks to the folks at Penguin Random House Australia for a copy of this book to review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ciera

    Pieces from a mortal interlude that I loved. “Persephone, grant me the foresight to know when I must let go my old life to start anew. Aphrodite, grant me the kind of heart that always follows my passions true. Amphitrite, grant me the wish to never fall out of love with the sea or the glisten of its waters. Demeter, grant me the love I need to nurture and to foster. And Hera, grant me your fury, so I can remind my enemies I am not the weakness they perceive, I am not the oncoming storm, I am the Pieces from a mortal interlude that I loved. “Persephone, grant me the foresight to know when I must let go my old life to start anew. Aphrodite, grant me the kind of heart that always follows my passions true. Amphitrite, grant me the wish to never fall out of love with the sea or the glisten of its waters. Demeter, grant me the love I need to nurture and to foster. And Hera, grant me your fury, so I can remind my enemies I am not the weakness they perceive, I am not the oncoming storm, I am the war.”

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aaryn Flott

    A quick read! I enjoyed the imagery and Gill’s twists on the stories of the Greek goddesses and gods. Some of the stories are empowering as they examine feminism and the value of self-worth, but some of the stories are also heart breaking as they allude to gender roles and assess the harsh reality of misogyny.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Everyone say hello to my favourite book of 2019 :) The poetry market has been a tough nut to crack since Rupi Kaur arrived on the scene in 2014. There’s always been this need in the book community to compare any poet to Kaur, commenting on how similar or how dissimilar it is, how they must have copied her, how there’s no inspiration behind the work, how it brings nothing new to the table. I say why make them compete? Poetry is about so much more than reposts and quotability. Poetry is about a Everyone say hello to my favourite book of 2019 :) The poetry market has been a tough nut to crack since Rupi Kaur arrived on the scene in 2014. There’s always been this need in the book community to compare any poet to Kaur, commenting on how similar or how dissimilar it is, how they must have copied her, how there’s no inspiration behind the work, how it brings nothing new to the table. I say why make them compete? Poetry is about so much more than reposts and quotability. Poetry is about a person’s experiences and what shapes them as a person. It’s about the places they have been to, the things they’ve seen, the people they’ve met. It’s about finding their emotions and unleashing them upon the world in a frenzy of words and illustrations. Such a beautiful frenzy can be seen throughout Nikita Gill’s upcoming work (of art, I must say) Great Goddesses. It’s a magnificent blend of Greek mythology and contemporary feminism, particularly recommended for fans of Madeleine Miller’s Circe. Gill shares the stories of the women of Greek mythology whose lives are overshadowed by the heroic men we hear about every day. She tells us of Metis, Zeus’ first wife and perhaps the primary influencer of his cunning. She weaves wonderful tales of Selene, the goddess of the Moon, of Medusa and Persephone (my personal favourite of them all!). Rarely do I recommend poetry, simply as I never find it as fulfilling as a lengthy novel. However, Great Goddesses is absolutely deserving of praise and recommendations for eternity. It’s a timeless, articulate collection with each story woven with precision. Gill is meticulous throughout, a trait that has absolutely convinced me to read more of her work.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ekene

    I feel like your enjoyment of this collection will depend on how much you love hearing about every God and Goddess there is. For me, there are few that I was interested in reading about-namely Hades and Persephone, Medusa, etc-so going through the others, I didn't really care for. But what I can say is that they were all well-done

  22. 5 out of 5

    ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω

    Finally finished! Quite an enjoyable reading experience This gets a 4.75 to 5 whole stars I really, really loved this book of poetry! Modern poetry is very hit or miss with me, but Nikita Gill has this amazing skill with her phrasing that just captured me so completely! She painted such vivid scenes in my mind of the cosmos and birth of the gods. It was spectacular "from the bones of Chaos, rose a girl who built the universe, the stars, the planets, all because she was looking for a place to Finally finished! Quite an enjoyable reading experience 📖 This gets a 4.75 to 5 whole stars 🌟 I really, really loved this book of poetry! Modern poetry is very hit or miss with me, but Nikita Gill has this amazing skill with her phrasing that just captured me so completely! She painted such vivid scenes in my mind of the cosmos and birth of the gods. It was spectacular 🌌 "from the bones of Chaos, rose a girl who built the universe, the stars, the planets, all because she was looking for a place to dance. And she waltzed the earth awake and the rhythm of her feet fermented the stars alive, the synchronized sorcery of her fingers brought the solar system to life, and the flow of her arms looped around the sun and commanded him to open his eyes" - Eurynome: The Mother of All Things "As her cries filled up the darkness and comets escaped, her mother busily swaddled her in a blanket she had stitched from stardust." - Athena's Tale The poems in this are very staunchly pro-feminism, raising up the strength of the mortal women and the goddesses who always have taken a backseat in the typically "man-tellings" of mythology. It's so refreshing to see the women celebrated in these stories for a change. "And as she laughs, the cosmos ripples, And whole galaxies fall apart." - Chaos "Athena is born with a war cry on her lips, and her mother's promise in her heart. Fully clothed in robes made from the blood of planets, a helmet and a shield of steel that comes from the hearts of stars themselves, she looks like the blood moon at solstice." - Athena's Tale ⚔️🛡 Just reading about Athena was so enjoyable because of all the gods/goddesses she's the one I relate to most. And I love this following poem, relating a library to where Athena dwells in modern times. Like libraries are the new world temples for her 🛕📚Such a beautiful concept "Did you think Athena would just disappear when there are so many little girls she has yet to help become warriors too? She, who rewards wisdom and bravery; when my daughter asks how to fight monsters Athena is who I will tell her to look for. I will take her to the library, and introduce her to every librarian because they are where Athena lives now." Athena, After Also there were just good pieces of advice woven throughout the poems that just kept standing out to my eye. I think I needed these bits of wisdom. "You choose a different path than your blood demands. When no one aids you, you build your own legs. You learn how to be needed instead of the easiness of wanted." - Lessons from Hephaestus "You are not made of paper. If you were, you would have turned to ash a long time ago. You are more. Bone, and muscle, and beginnings and endings - evoke that when the world tries to convince you that you are small." Advice from Hestia to Girls "Every love does not have to be made of desire. Some loves are kept for the people who stand by you through everything. Some soulmates are sisters, not lovers. Some loves are for those who give you hope. And some for the strength, for wisdom, for dreams." - A Friendship: Demeter and Hestia 💞 And this is just one of my absolute favorites!! "There is something moon-soaked and dawn-flavoured about her. Something kissed by the wild and loved by lightning. She, the Goddess of storm hunting and wolves and moonlight magic. She, the queen of the forest, of womanhood more brutal than tragic." - The Moon Goddess 🌙⚡️💫 Sorry if I've over-shared content from this beautiful little volume. I just really can't say how much I appreciate its words! This is by far my favorite of modern poetry (which is evident since I actually bought a copy of it before I even finished!) 🥰 I did also love how we were given poems, which were more just stories than actual poems, of how the gods and goddesses would fit in today's modern world. It was so imaginative and fun, I adored it! As far as the mythology and accuracy go, I know there are a number of reviews that say these versions aren't 100% accurate, blah, blah, blah. Those are the hardcore mythology fans 🙄 For someone like me who doesn't know the stuff in-depth (other than what I learned from Percy Jackson/Rick Riordan, all hail Rick! 🙌🏻) this is a nice overview that helps you get your feet wet. And honestly I learned a ton. How? This book, just like watching historical fiction films, they may not be accurate, but they give you enough to pique your interest to go do some digging of your own. I took ages to get through this, despite its slim size, because I spent hours on Google taking notes 📝📓This book gradually provided me the names to start my research/learning, instead of overwhelming me with them like some books. And I am so grateful for it, cause otherwise I just didn't know where to begin! So I now have a book of notes so I at least know some things as I tackle more mythology books. Yay! So I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to start in the shallow end of Greek mythology before wading out in the deeps where you might flounder as a noob, like me 🙈 I also recommend it for lovers of modern poetry, because it really does have some stunning pieces in it! And I can't wait to read more from Nikita Gill! 💜

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Fay

    I read this a while ago, and what I expected versus what I got? I was blown away. This is, ladies and gentlemen, is actual poetry, GASP. All the stuff that we read nowadays, R.H Sin, Atticus, Rupi Kaur, etc all those Instagram poets, you know who you are, this is not that. I acknowledge that I may be extremely biased just because anything having to do with mythology I am so utterly and completely down for, but this is the poetry that I grew up knowing and loving. It actually tells a story and it’ I read this a while ago, and what I expected versus what I got? I was blown away. This is, ladies and gentlemen, is actual poetry, GASP. All the stuff that we read nowadays, R.H Sin, Atticus, Rupi Kaur, etc all those Instagram poets, you know who you are, this is not that. I acknowledge that I may be extremely biased just because anything having to do with mythology I am so utterly and completely down for, but this is the poetry that I grew up knowing and loving. It actually tells a story and it’s beautiful. I have enjoyed Instagram poetry in the past, but I feel that what poetry truly is has slowly been forgotten as a lot of those writing styles have become mainstream. Not that those writers don’t deserve credit, but so much of it is more or less the same and it’s so easy for me personally to get bored of it. I begin a book, blink, and it’s over. Great Goddesses, again, is not that. I highly recommend this, even if you aren’t a fan of poetry, these stories definitely have something to offer everyone that is a fan of myth. (Let’s all just laugh for a second at the fact that spellcheck changed myth to meth as I hit the “done” button, could also be accurate? LOL)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sonali Dabade

    It's 3 AM and I stayed up to finish this book. Now I have a lot of thoughts running through my head including the one that's leaving me torn between whether I should laugh or cry, one that wants me to read it for the first time (what's wrong with you, brain?), one that wants me to go give Nikita Gill a hug but since that's not possible, I'll go sit in a corner and cry and stew. What a fantastic book this is! A retelling of the Greek myths, I went in expecting so much and got so much more than It's 3 AM and I stayed up to finish this book. Now I have a lot of thoughts running through my head including the one that's leaving me torn between whether I should laugh or cry, one that wants me to read it for the first time (what's wrong with you, brain?), one that wants me to go give Nikita Gill a hug but since that's not possible, I'll go sit in a corner and cry and stew. What a fantastic book this is! A retelling of the Greek myths, I went in expecting so much and got so much more than that! Love, love, love this book! If I hadn't mentioned it before (I'm sure I have on Fierce Fairytales), but Nikita Gill is one of my favorite authors of all time. And if anyone wants to have a debate with me about it, I'm going to up and leave. THERE IS JUST NO ROOM FOR DOUBT!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    An absolutely wonderful collection of prose and poetry that sheds a whole new light in Greek mythology. Not only does Nikita beautifully bring the Greek Goddesses to life but she entwines issues that are still massively relevant today. A wonderful piece of feminist literature and one of my favourites of the year.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Jayne Tricker

    Beautiful, pleading prose. I started off slow as I don’t know that much about mythology. There is a good glossary which I stupidly found AFTER I read it. But I took my time and felt bound to these burning plights so soulful and important and reflective of us women today. I am now off to devour everything I can of these goddesses and myths.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mari Bianco

    This feminist retelling of mythology through some poetry, some prose is truly fascinating. Each myth is reimagined through an empowering perspective to create a world where the goddesses prevail. I’m definitely passing this one on to Miss Fio.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annie McDonnell

    I love this book! Sharing it with friends!

  29. 4 out of 5

    meghann

    I just can't get enough of Nikita Gill. Every book she releases is just amazing. This one was a new take on the Greek myths, and it was everything. Parts of it take place in the past, while others portray what it would be like for the gods today trying to fit in the modern world and being held accountable. The women are given a voice and power and recognition for their roles in the story. My favorite was definitely Persephone. I would read a whole book devoted to this retelling.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica M

    http://jessjustreads.com Great Goddesses is a collection of poems inspired by greek goddesses and deities — their hardships, their strengths, their determination and the lessons they faced that women today can learn from. This collection includes over 90 poems from Nikita Gill, all keeping the focus on women and their strengths and their value. Some of the poems touch on mythical tales that the reader will recognise, and some feel a lot more modern and unique, and unknown. Scattered throughout http://jessjustreads.com Great Goddesses is a collection of poems inspired by greek goddesses and deities — their hardships, their strengths, their determination and the lessons they faced that women today can learn from. This collection includes over 90 poems from Nikita Gill, all keeping the focus on women and their strengths and their value. Some of the poems touch on mythical tales that the reader will recognise, and some feel a lot more modern and unique, and unknown. Scattered throughout the book are full-page black and white illustrations to accompany some of the poems. The drawings are beautiful — emotive, visual and an additional element to draw in the reader and keep them engaged. I always love a book that incorporates hand-drawn elements, it makes the reading experience feel more authentic. “Centuries later, I will lose my son to Troy. In a battlefield scorched in crimson and steel, I will lift his lifeless body and hold him close, tears blurring my vision. He isn’t even a man yet, I will whisper, smoothing his hairless face with the same fingers I once used to smooth his father’s brow.” Nikita’s poems draw inspiration from ancient greek myths and legends, but present them with a new feminist twist — she focuses the lens on the strengths of women and their achievements. The women in the poems include ancient legends such as Medusa, Iphigenia and Briseis, unknown to some readers no longer. Some of my favourite poems are the ones towards the end of the book — the ones that resonate more with modern society and with my own experiences. They’re empowering and motivating, and inspiring. I feel drawn to these poems, and I find myself rereading them to savour the messages behind them. “Maybe that’s why you demonised them, turned them into monsters. because you think monsters are easier to understand than women who say no to you.” I’m no expert in poetry, but I didn’t feel like the poems in this collection worked collectively. The stories jump around a lot, jolting the reading. The syntax doesn’t quite flow, sometimes the vocabulary is a little off the intended meaning, and overall, I just didn’t find myself lost in the writing. I just like like I was reading it for the sake of reading, rather than really enjoying the experience. There were only a couple of poems that I really fell in love with, and the others? Well, I didn’t really feel like I was learning enough from them. Some of them were a bit vague, and some were very detailed but without that real theme at their core to drive home to the reader. “Remind him Remind him how you are still valid, still majestic despite his best attempts at your ruin.” Women will enjoy this read more than men, but that doesn’t mean men shouldn’t read this. The poems showcase the power and importance of women, the influence they have on the world and the impact they’ll leave on it. Mostly, I think this book is for fans of poetry. True fans of poetry will get more out of this read than people — like me — who aren’t regularly reading that medium of writing. Thank you to the publisher for mailing me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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