Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: Hades Speaks! by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Title: Hades Speaks!: A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead
Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter
Illustrations: J.E. Larson
Publication: September 1st 2014 by Boyds Mills Press
Genre: Nonfiction ~ Middle Grade ~ Greek Mythology
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Cover Rating: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Hades, god of the dead, welcomes readers on a dangerous tour of his underworld kingdom, filled with monsters, furies, giants, and vampire demons. Along the way, he reveals ancient death rites and sinister curses, tells hair-raising stories, and cracks jokes to die for. With his witty voice and ghoulish sense of humor, Hades is the perfect guide through this fresh and imaginative work of nonfiction that reads like a novel. Includes a glossary, bibliography, and index.

I loved Hades Speaks! I don't remember the last time I've laughed so much with a book. It was so hilarious and I only wish when I was younger there were books like this teaching me about history and mythology. That would've made things a whole lot more interesting.

Just like with Anubus (Speaks!) I laughed my ass off with Hades. I love how the author portrays and writes these gods and lets them take us on a tour through their world. I simply adore it. It's even better because I'm so fascinated by ancient Greece and their mythology. The book is written in a fun yet informative way and there were lots of pop culture references such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson - I loved that. 

The illustrations are wonderful. I loved the way Hades and everything else was drawn. This is why I want these books (Anubus Speaks and Hades Speaks) in a physical copy. I'm sure they'll be gorgeous to look at. Ah, someday!

Like I said before, this book is hilarious and Hades made me laugh out loud too many times to count. The comical part of this book is what makes this book so good—that and learning more about ancient Greece, the gods and everything in between.

Funny, interesting, quick and with beautiful illustrations, Hades Speaks!: A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead by Vicky Alvear Shecter was a fantastic read, one of my favorites of 2014 and I would recommend it to absolutely everyone! Seriously, go read it now!

Favorite Quotes:

I'm sorry, but you dont see me sending my minions up there to "help" polish Zeus's lightning bolts or fluff up his storm clouds, now, do you?
Oh, also, do not eat any of the luscious pomeganates that grow near my palace, because if you do, you will never return to the land of the living. Why rush things, right?
Most people picture my dog with three heads, but that is wrong, wrong, wrong. He is way cooler than that. Some poets claimed he had fifty heads and some poets called him the "hundred-headed" beast. Others described him with not only multiple heads, but with a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes, and lion's paws.
Whatever. I call him awesome.

About the Author:

Vicky Alvear Shecter is the award-winning author of Curses and Smoke, Cleopatra’s Moon, Hades Speaks! A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead, and other books about the ancient world and mythology.

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