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I don t venture much into self published territory, but I had to after reading the synopsis for The Dig, by Audrey Hart Time travel Mythology Sexy Zeus Yes, please But I ve got to say that I was really disappointed in this one While the MC had a cute, spunky voice, I just couldn t get behind the intense insta love, the egregious historical inaccuracies, and the mismatched plot and pacing.First, let me give you my schpeal on historical fantasy and time travel novels yes, this is fantasy I know that your protagonist is a time traveler I also know that you don t want to write in an archaic style But why do you have your historical characters talking and acting like modern people with modern sensibilities This is the first rule in historical fiction YOUR SETTING ISN T MODERN SO WHY ARE YOU WRITING LIKE IT IS I found this to be true in both The Dig and the other self published novel I recently read, Destined, by Jessie Harrell though at least Harrell s novel was well paced and had an interesting storyline.It really irritated me that all the Greek gods and the nymphs and everything threw around words like boyfriend and cantina UhhI m pretty sure that cantina is a Spanish word, and as this is supposed to be ancient Greece, I m gonna go out on a limb and say they didn t have that word.So yeah, I was really tripped up by the historical inaccuracies But I was also bothered by the almost product placing Seriously, Apple should have paid Hart for publishing this book It s practically a commercial for the iPhone She s always talking about all the cool apps it has, and a freakin iPhone is what transports her back in time Wow, I didn t know they had an app for that It was all very weird, that.Then there s the issue of characterization While I enjoyed reading about Zoe because she was a little snarky and funny, I really kind of hated all how all the other characters are portrayed I was excited to see that Zeus was gettingfacetime in this book, as he s usually overlooked in YA But what I found here was a spineless teeny bopper that magically falls in love with our average heroine, playing into the ultimate YA stereotype He s supposed to be centuries old, but all I could see was a ninth grader who s too cute for his own good He s so cookie cutter, it hurt my heart a little This is Zeus, a.k.a god of lightning and king of the Pantheon who s a classic womanizer and castrated his dad for rule of Olympus SUCH good material to work with here But it was all wasted in The Dig.And while I m on the gods, can I just say that Hermes was not a girl WHAT I understand that this gender reversal was used as a plot device so that everyone could be all matchy matchy, but if you re going to do that, just swap him out for a goddess or something I mean, that s practically blasphemy wellit would have been if this were ancient Greece, I suppose And while I appreciated that Hera was the vengeful shrew that she often is in myth, I felt like she was shrunken so much that she became petty In fact, they were ALL petty It was just weird.And do I even have to mention the bit about Kim Kardashian And Rihanna Oh, andiPhones Yeah, I don t think so You re getting the picture All these really weird elements came together in an awkward plot with bad pacing and too much telling, and it was just all around NOT entertaining The beginning had promise Hart should have just kept Zoe in modern times This book needs some SERIOUS renovations before I would recommend a big time publisher picking it up but then again, books get published every day that I don t think should have beenI almost feel bad giving such a scathing review, but this one pushed my buttons I had high hopes, and I love to support authors who don t get hype But I m sorry This one wasn t for me. A 3.5 Review My son once asked me why I love to read He sat there, perched on the edge on my bed, me sprawled out with my Kindle, and just laid it on me Tell me mom tell me the truth So I did I like to read because it takes me away from here First of all not the best response when you are talking to a 5 year old I meant I get to visit cool and exciting places from the comfort of my own bed He heard Mommy doesn t want to be here with him Not a fun thing to back peddle from, I assure you But yesterday, almost 3 years later something clicked with him, and he got it See B is now a reader Much to the dismay of my husband, who is not a reader, and would rather he be knee deep in Boy Scout dirt B never goes anywhere without a book He likes the adventure of it all, loves to learn new things and paint pictures in his head.Why is this important Well besides the obvious, watch what you say around your kids The Dig is a very good example of escapism Zoe Calder has always been an outsider Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete, Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports her to ancient Greece As Zoe quickly learns, the Olympian Gods are real, living people humans with mysterious powers Powers that Zoe quickly realizes she has come to possess, as well However, when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian, the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world No matter what Zoe is forced to play a confusing and dangerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her all except for Zeus, the beautiful, winged young god who risks everything to save her Some books are designed to tug on your heart strings Some are designed to teach you a lesson, or convey a message Some are designed to scare the living bejeezus out of you, and some are meant for one and one thing only entertainment The Dig by Audrey Hart is not going to change the world, or end life long suffering, but what it will do is take you away from reality s harsh existence for a while Is this a bad thing Of course not Reading shouldn t be a chore, and while it s self fulfilling to dive into deep books like The Book Thief or The Storyteller from time to time, because they ARE deep and meaningful sometimes it s necessary to reboot Oh dear Lord I sound like my husband One of the best ways to do this is with a book that is fun And what isfun than a bunch of pissy Greek Gods, and a girl all hopped up on Ambrosia Now, while this book is in no way perfect, She travels through time by way of a 7ft iPhone Really and does have a few holes, I d REALLY like to fall in love that fast that doesn t by any means make it bad Just quirky As a matter of fact it was very reminiscent of Rick Riorden s Percy Jackson series, in a let s throw every thing but the kitchen sink at this girl and see what happens sort of way It was funny in some places, serious in others, and without a doubt, 100% action packed I think that with a littletime, and maybe a tadfocus on the development of the characters inside the story, this could have been a great book Instead, you have a fun little read that is sure to entertain you when you are feeling blue Just remember to not take it too seriously if you do, you ll be disappointed.My overall thought this would be a GREAT book for younger female audiences say around 12 13 It will teach them to respect themselves, as well as whisk them away into hot boy territory, which let s be honest all 12 13 year old girls LOVE Happy Reading my fellow Kindle ites and remember if you can suddenly form the Grand Canyon with your MIND chances are you re not normal Norma from Normandy geez that was lame, even for me sigh Que me ha encantado Si,fueron 100 paginas para conocer a Blondie pero oh como lo ame Amo totalmente libros sobre dioses, no soy experta en ellos,es mas solo se lo que representan algunos pero es que tienen unas batallas de lo mas interesantes Obviamente tenia otra imagen de los Dioses Sherrilyn hizo de Artemisa una diosa perra, guaperrima pero super mala aqu es mala hippie..loco pero le queda Jajaja.Ares lo acabo de leer, bueno por el que tomo el nombre pero que odioso Apolo es un cerdo en Dark Hunters as que todo bien SPOILER por si te interesa empezar con DH pero no lo has hechoAfrodita tiene sus etapas bipolares pero la amo porque es la madre de Julian de Macedonia En fin Zeus totalmente nada que ver con lo que he le do de el pero Oh como lo ame Blondie es una cosita tierna, divina, carism tica pero con ese liderazgo propio de un Dios Lo odie en algunas partes,pero ash t picos de los hombres tener dos caras pero esos ltimos momentos luchando fueron lo mas Zoe me agrado, a mi tambi n me habr a shockeado viajar 1000 a.C descubrir que tengo poderes luego ver a Artemisa as en vivoen directo HORROOOOOOR Pero aw la forma en la que lucho con Zeus, como enfrento los sentimientos..hermoso lo repito El amor esta donde menos lo esperas quiero los otros dos libros ya porque se que Hera encontrara la manera de perseguirlos I LOVED THIS BOOK Zeus is adorable I never ever thought that I would ever say type think that but there it is He s a hottie with a sensitive side that makes me want to ship him and Zoe until I can t possibly fangirl any Zoe is so strong, internally She s a great heroine and I admire her selflessness and wonderful modern way of thinking The jokes were hilarious Every story I read about the Greek Gods, Hera is always the nasty itch Always And this book is no different I can t wait to read book 2 ( Free Ebook ) ♧ The Dig (Zoe and Zeus Trilogy, #1) ☢ Zoe Calder Has Always Been An Outsider Stashed Away In Boarding Schools Since Her Parents Died, Zoe Buries Herself In The Study Of Ancient Worlds Her Greatest Thrill Is Spending Her Summers With Her Archeologist Aunt And Uncle On Digs Around The World And One Day, While Investigating A Newly Unearthed Temple In Crete, Zoe Discovers A Luminous Artifact That Transports Her To Ancient GreeceAs Zoe Quickly Learns, The Olympian Gods Are Real, Living People Humans With Mysterious Powers Powers That Zoe Quickly Realizes She Has Come To Possess, As Well However, When The People Of Ancient Greece Mistake Zoe For An Olympian, The Gods Must Restore The Balance Of The Ancient World No Matter WhatZoe Is Forced To Play A Confusing And Dangerous Game As Hera Rallies The Gods Against Her All Except For Zeus, The Beautiful, Winged Young God Who Risks Everything To Save HerOut Of Time And Out Of Her Element, Teenager Zoe Calder Finds Herself In Ancient Greece, Battling Against The Power Of The Olympians And The Vengeance Of A Scorned Goddess All For The Strange And Mysterious Boy She Has Come To Love Zoe Calder tiene diecisiete a os y como todos los veranos, desde que sus padres fallecieron, se va con sus t os de excavaci n a Creta Desobedeciendo a los adultos y movida por la curiosidad y la verg enza , entra al templo recientemente descubierto, en d nde encuentra un extra o objeto que la lleva a la Antigua Grecia Desorientada y con ganas de ponerse a llorar, las cosas empeoran cuando al salvar una ninfa ocurre un extra o accidente y los habitantes de Grecia la consideran una diosa Puedo ser eso verdad A Zoe no le parece alucinante y ni siquiera le importa, s lo quiere volver a casa Pero claro, no ser tan sencillo Zoe es una chica sarc stica, t mida y solitaria, que tiene una fascinaci n por los libros y la arqueolog a, una rom ntica empedernida En un principio me agradaba, aunque era demasiado rom ntica para mi gusto, en muchos pensamientos me sent a identificada con ella Y cuando enfrenta situaciones desesperantes tiene una actitud fuerte que es admirable Pero de la nada, se pone incre blemente incoherente e irritante En vez de crecer, como se supone que hacen los h roes en las aventuras, yo sent que retroced a Me agradaba pero termin detest ndola Y mejor no hablemos de Zeus, es un personaje tan plano y rid culo Dos d as y ya ama a la protagonista Claro, porque ni siquiera hace falta que la conozcas para jurarle amor eterno Por favor El libro empieza realmente bien, con buen ritmo, misterios y una actitud heroica de parte de la protagonista Lamentablemente decae hacia la mitad, se pone pesado, pat tico y predecible, las ganas de seguir leyendo desaparecen Los ltimos cap tulos los sent de puro relleno, p rrafos que dec an una y otra vez lo mismo.Es que el problema principal es el mundo cre la autora Quiero decir, entiendo que cada autor quiere darle su toque, es su libro claro Pero eso no significa que puede patear a un costado todos los mitos griegos, destrozarlos y convertir a los dioses en adolescentes bobos sin ninguna explicaci n razonable No No No No No Poseid n con Atenea Artemisa con Ares Hermes mujer Hera diosa de la oscuridad Eh, no Y podr a seguir y seguir con cambios sin raz n Dios, que ganas de llorar Otro problema es la falta de desarrollo hab a temas que pudieron sacarse mucho m s jugo y de descripciones, la obsesi n de la autora por las marcas y por emparejar a todos los dioses con alguien, y los pat ticos mon logos de la protagonista Ha sido una lectura decepcionante, porque como dec a, ven a muy bien, lo estaba disfrutando y entonces todo se derrumb , vino el dolor de cabeza y las ganas de llorar Continuaci n No, gracias, no la quiero He tenido suficiente. My review Cover I adore the cover It s cute and represents the story The little wings on the feet is CUTE I love how the way the title and the picture is set on the cover 4 Forget me not flowers for the cover Story Indiana Jones meets Percy Jackson with a sweet romance When Zoe first arrived in Ancient Greece, the book progressed quite slowly, with Zoe meeting some new characters and trying to adapt with her new situation I almost didn t enjoy it since I really wanted Zeus to appear and read the romance I know, I know, I m so silly for wanting the romance barely in the beginning already There s a character who Zoe called Blondie and I didn t expect he was going to be the main character I am surprised After Zoe meets with Zeus, I am completely into this book I loved meeting the Greek gods and godesses as young adults about seventeen years old Even though the gods are remake by making them younger, unlike the Greek myths illustration we ve seen with Zeus and his beard, it is still true to the mythology like how Zeus likes to disguise as a regular mortal and he had a jealous wife or girlfriend , Hera who became an antagonist in this novel I also enjoyed reading about the use of modern technology back in ancient times such as how Zoe uses her iPhone for compass to help her escape the labyrinth It s an interesting blend of modern and ancient times Zoe uses phrases like FB, Twitter in the book and even singing Umbrella by Rihanna song with Zeus The book is filled with adventures and I really enjoyed it after Zoe meets Zeus Characters I love every single characters in this book, particularly Zoe and Zeus of course I love their relationship, they are so cute together and their powers Their story of when they first met was simply funny and interesting Zeus being young compared to how we originally know the Greek myths make me like him a lot He seemed innocent, kind and loving Zoe is also a very funny character who also has powers like the gods Reading about their relationship makes me really enjoy the book Overall Indiana Jones meets Percy Jackson with a sweet romance I really enjoyed it I am looking forward to the sequel and the ending was great If you love Greek Mythology, you ll love this book as much as I do 5 Forget me not flowers for The Dig I have always had a love of Greek mythology I don t consider myself an expert on it or anything, but the stories of the gods and all the crazy creatures has fascinated me for as long as I can remember I ve seen a whole lot of interpretations of the stories, and the The Dig is definitely one of my favorites All of our favorite gods are there Zeus, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, Aphrodite, Hermes but they re human teenagers I really love this idea, because I always felt like the gods seemed like big, powerful teenagers anyways, with their scrabbling over stupid things and falling in love with their own reflections Audrey Hart has incorporated all of the things we love about Greek mythology within the coming of age story of Zoe Calder, and it s a fun ride.Zoe was definitely a highlight of the book I know there are a lot of introverted young adult protagonists, but Zoe felt like the most genuine and realistic interpretation of this, and I felt like she and I would get along She s smart and intuitive Sure, she freaks out about somehow ending up in ancient Greece, but she doesn t whine about it for the whole book she does something about it Her insecurities felt real and much like how I felt in high school She doesn t have the same interests as her classmates, and can t quite relate, but somehow knows there s really nothing wrong with that At the same time, Zoe s journey is a trip to find herself Though she knew she was strong, she never had to really show it, and she learns just what kind of person she is.I also thought the relationship between Zoe and Zeus was well developed, which is a rarity recently In true teenager fashion, Zoe rushes into labels for what they are and thinks she s wayin love than she really is, but their real relationship not the one in Zoe s head moves at a good pace There s no insta love, just attraction, and their relationship develops over time spent together having a good time, not brooding stares Zeus is also a very worthy love interest I m definitely looking forward toof him The Dig is a very fast paced and fun read At just above 200 pages, you can read it in one sitting and be very satisfied with how you ve spent your last few hours It is packed full with action, mythology, and romance that all blend together for a great adventure, and I can t wait for the rest of the trilogy A big thanks to Audrey Hart for contacting me and providing me with an advance copy of The DigYou can readreviews and other fun stuff on my blog Paper Cuts. Finally a female Percy Jackson I have been waiting and waiting and wondering when an enterprising author would hit upon the idea and I have finally found it Zoe is all the best of Percy funny, spunky and prone to a lot of trouble which made for one great read.After wandering into a forbidden temple while on a trip with her archaeologist uncle and aunt, Zoe is transported to ancient Greece Really ancient Greece 1000 BC or so To find her way back, she must travel to the oracle isn t there always an oracle and follow said directions Of course, along the way, she must endure trials on Mt Olympus, rescue various creatures from destruction and get in a catfight with a teenaged Hera.Did I mention she also meets and falls in love with a cute teenage boy who saves her onthan once occasion Maybe because he s Zeus and, like, the god of everything His friends and girlfriend Hera are not happy with the arrangement and throw evendeadly obstacles in the path of the star crossed lovers There is so much to like about this book Right away, from the very first paragraph, I felt like I knew Zoe and she was talking straight to me That kind of connection isn t often found in books and I relished it, reading way past the time I usually give to myself and burning a few dinners in the process It has a great message in it for young girls and isn t just mindless drivel like many of the girly books out there This is one heroine a young girl could really sink her teeth into and learn a valuable message about to boot namely, that, the trials and obstacles in life often teach us about what we are made up of and teach us what we want in life and what is really important The perfect combination of romance and adventure.The book is a first in a trilogy so be prepared to keep reading the first one ends in a cliffhanger that wasn t satisfying at all Now, I just have to wait for the next installment Wow, het is alweer een tijdje geleden dat een boek zoveel negatieve gevoelens bij mij wist op te roepen Dit kwam voornamelijk door onze o zo geweldige hoofdpersoon zombie en de manier van schrijven Met beide kon ik het totaal niet vinden Voeg daar nog insta love en een totaal onteerde Olympische geschiedenis aan toe en je hebt iets wat ik graag naar het andere eind van de kamer wil gooien. 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