Number of pages: 400
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 4
Release Date: April 10th, 2018
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I was sitting in my dorm room on April 23rd after having finished writing 2 exam, and I got an email from Netgalley saying I had been approved for Circe by the publisher. I was in shock. I mainly wasn’t sure if someone had made a mistake or not, but I was certainly going to take advantage of it. Most of what I request on Netgalley is stuff I’m convinced I will never be accepted for, and Circe was no exception. I knew the author was super popular, and I had heard about Circe until pretty late in the game. Sometimes miracles do happen.
I haven’t read The Song of Achilles. I have no interest in reading The Song of Achilles. Achilles was never someone who interested me. Circe, however, was 100% someone who interested me. You had this powerful witch that transforms men into pigs, who we really don’t get to learn enough about in the Odyssey. The sad thing is that I never went out and learned more about her. I had no idea her father was Helios, and I certainly knew nothing of her siblings. She was just the witch Odysseus “outwits” in the Odyssey.
Circe is a very character-driven book, so if you are a person who likes more plot-driven books, this book is not for you. You really have to care about Circe to continue reading. I also think that you need to go in with an interest in Circe, or at least Greek mythology. Otherwise, I just don’t think reading Circe will be enjoyable
Speaking of Circe herself, her story was really heartbreaking. She’s constantly put down by those around her, and every time she found someone she cared about, they were taken from her for one reason or another. It was so heartwarming watching her discover her power and master it. Also, I will issue a content warning for rape. It’s told in first person, so if this will be harmful for you to read, I recommend holding off.
I think Circe is perfect for fans of Greek mythology and those who know nothing about it. Actually, I think it might be a good introduction to Greek mythology. You get to see a lot of famous Greek myths get played out and be explained. Circe also does a great job at show how a lot of the Greek myths are interconnected.
Something I found really interesting in Circe is that you get to see the Olympians in a more negative light. The Olympians are never really portrayed as saints anywhere, but you get to see how much hatred the Titans have for them. I tend to prefer the Olympians over the Titans, so it was really jarring and intriguing for me to see what I think might be the most negative portrayal of the Olympians I’ve read.
Overall, I found Circe fascinating, earning it 4 out of 5 stars.