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Getting sucked into a whirlpool, sleeping in monster-infested woods, and battling psycho sea-nymphs was not how Hailey planned to spend her first year of high school. But when you’re the only Zeus in the world, life tends to get a bit complicated… The Great Battle saw the world changed forever when humans killed the gods and absorbed their powers. One power was coveted Getting sucked into a whirlpool, sleeping in monster-infested woods, and battling psycho sea-nymphs was not how Hailey planned to spend her first year of high school. But when you’re the only Zeus in the world, life tends to get a bit complicated… The Great Battle saw the world changed forever when humans killed the gods and absorbed their powers. One power was coveted above all others: Zeus’s. Thirteen-year-old Hailey Woods is the first Zeus in over a century. Unlike everyone else, she hates her powers, because of an ancient prophecy that claims a Zeus will have to save the world someday.Hailey doesn’t want to save the world. She wants to be a normal teenager. Poseidon’s Academy, an underwater palace where her powers don’t work, was meant to give her that opportunity. But when she arrives, she discovers the sea-nymphs living there are plotting to resurrect the gods, and Hailey must find a way to stop them before they can enact the prophecy.So much for normal!*** Poseidon’s Academy is a middle grade Greek mythology fantasy series suitable for ages 9+.  Scroll up and click ‘buy now’ to join Hailey for high school in a magical palace where adventure, monsters, and vengeful gods await. ___________________________________________________________________________ Here's what readers are saying about this middle grade adventure series: “Funny fast paced good light read. Recommended to my kids can't wait to read the next one.” Heather, Goodreads ★★★★★“Sarah A Vogler leads us through a mind-boggling maze of Greek mythology, Gods and some serious villains. I’m in awe of such an entrancing story and can not wait to dive under the waters and beneath the pages of Hailey’s continued adventure.” Kellie, Goodreads ★★★★★“This story and the whole series is really good. I agree it is a great way to introduce kids to reading and encourage an early love of mythology and history. If any age enjoyed Harry Potter read this series you will enjoy it as well.” Vickie, Goodreads ★★★★★“What an incredible book!! I was swept away in this wonderfully written book. With the impulsivity you would expect from high school freshmen, we watch friendships grow and individuals learn who they are. It was a very unique spin on mythology with plenty of adventure. I think fans of Rick Riordan will greatly enjoy this book but it also has a bit of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer feel to it as well.’ Amy, Goodreads ★★★★★“A very fun read with lots of action and daring. I liked that a part of the message was facing one sphere no matter what.” Ciayrra, Goodreads ★★★★★


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Getting sucked into a whirlpool, sleeping in monster-infested woods, and battling psycho sea-nymphs was not how Hailey planned to spend her first year of high school. But when you’re the only Zeus in the world, life tends to get a bit complicated… The Great Battle saw the world changed forever when humans killed the gods and absorbed their powers. One power was coveted Getting sucked into a whirlpool, sleeping in monster-infested woods, and battling psycho sea-nymphs was not how Hailey planned to spend her first year of high school. But when you’re the only Zeus in the world, life tends to get a bit complicated… The Great Battle saw the world changed forever when humans killed the gods and absorbed their powers. One power was coveted above all others: Zeus’s. Thirteen-year-old Hailey Woods is the first Zeus in over a century. Unlike everyone else, she hates her powers, because of an ancient prophecy that claims a Zeus will have to save the world someday.Hailey doesn’t want to save the world. She wants to be a normal teenager. Poseidon’s Academy, an underwater palace where her powers don’t work, was meant to give her that opportunity. But when she arrives, she discovers the sea-nymphs living there are plotting to resurrect the gods, and Hailey must find a way to stop them before they can enact the prophecy.So much for normal!*** Poseidon’s Academy is a middle grade Greek mythology fantasy series suitable for ages 9+.  Scroll up and click ‘buy now’ to join Hailey for high school in a magical palace where adventure, monsters, and vengeful gods await. ___________________________________________________________________________ Here's what readers are saying about this middle grade adventure series: “Funny fast paced good light read. Recommended to my kids can't wait to read the next one.” Heather, Goodreads ★★★★★“Sarah A Vogler leads us through a mind-boggling maze of Greek mythology, Gods and some serious villains. I’m in awe of such an entrancing story and can not wait to dive under the waters and beneath the pages of Hailey’s continued adventure.” Kellie, Goodreads ★★★★★“This story and the whole series is really good. I agree it is a great way to introduce kids to reading and encourage an early love of mythology and history. If any age enjoyed Harry Potter read this series you will enjoy it as well.” Vickie, Goodreads ★★★★★“What an incredible book!! I was swept away in this wonderfully written book. With the impulsivity you would expect from high school freshmen, we watch friendships grow and individuals learn who they are. It was a very unique spin on mythology with plenty of adventure. I think fans of Rick Riordan will greatly enjoy this book but it also has a bit of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer feel to it as well.’ Amy, Goodreads ★★★★★“A very fun read with lots of action and daring. I liked that a part of the message was facing one sphere no matter what.” Ciayrra, Goodreads ★★★★★

30 review for Poseidon's Academy: A Greek Mythology Fantasy Adventure Series (Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kellie Davies

    Wow ... what a ride! Hailey and her friends can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble while attending their first year of Poseidon’s Academy - an underwater palace of the Greek God Poseidon, when he was alive! Yes ... the Gods are dead, humans have absorbed their powers and Hailey and her friends try to navigate a school that still has supporters of the Gods slithering the halls. Sarah A Vogler leads us through a mind-boggling maze of Greek mythology, Gods and some serious villains. I’m in awe Wow ... what a ride! Hailey and her friends can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble while attending their first year of Poseidon’s Academy - an underwater palace of the Greek God Poseidon, when he was alive! Yes ... the Gods are dead, humans have absorbed their powers and Hailey and her friends try to navigate a school that still has supporters of the Gods slithering the halls. Sarah A Vogler leads us through a mind-boggling maze of Greek mythology, Gods and some serious villains. I’m in awe of such an entrancing story and can not wait to dive under the waters and beneath the pages of Hailey’s continued adventure - Poseidon’s Academy and The Deadly Disease.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Although a reasonable read it unfortunately cannot help but be compared with Harry Potter and Hogwarts. On that note it just feels like a cheap copy with a lack of world building. Would certainly suit a young audience.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Effectively a YA supers story with a skin of Greek myth. The Greek gods were killed in a war with their human slaves centuries ago, and their powers distributed themselves across the human population, so you can be, for example, a Demeter and have the power to grow plants, or a Heracles and be really strong. The good: It's a fresh premise for a supers novel, and gives the opportunity to drop plenty of Greek mythic stuff, including all kinds of marvellous monsters. There's strong sensawunda in th Effectively a YA supers story with a skin of Greek myth. The Greek gods were killed in a war with their human slaves centuries ago, and their powers distributed themselves across the human population, so you can be, for example, a Demeter and have the power to grow plants, or a Heracles and be really strong. The good: It's a fresh premise for a supers novel, and gives the opportunity to drop plenty of Greek mythic stuff, including all kinds of marvellous monsters. There's strong sensawunda in the underwater school filled with beauty and magic. The bad: there are inevitable Harry Potter echoes whenever you have a magical school, but there are a few too many of them here: acceptance letter, magical plates that fill with whatever food you want in the dining hall, dorm rooms off a common room, staff with names like Madam Mendem (who is the school healer) and Guinevere Grayson. There's also a Sky High moment near the beginning, when the main character's best friend joins her on the roof by having a tree grow and deposit her there. I haven't read Percy Jackson, so I don't know if the parallels there are also too frequent and obvious; it wouldn't surprise me. There are two Convenient Eavesdrops that are essential to the plot. Two! Now, I realize that in YA, it's difficult to get the kids knowledge of the adults' plots without a plot device like this, but I still always roll my eyes and think of Five Go Mad in Dorset every time a plucky kid happens to be somewhere and overhear "Rhubarb, rhubarb, secret plans..." And when it happens twice, it's even worse. Coincidence and poor decision-making pretty much drive the plot, in fact. Even though at the end we're led to believe that key parts of it were orchestrated by the plotters, an important plot token is picked up through a series of events which the plotters couldn't really have influenced. There's not a lot of protagonism from the characters much of the time, and they get off too lightly when they break the rules and endanger their own and each other's lives. There are rather too many in the core cast, and I found myself struggling to remember who had which powers. There's a very early flashback, introduced by "Her mind flashed back to...". If you're flashing back that early, you're starting in the wrong place. In the pre-release version I read from Netgalley, there were also a number of awkwardly or incorrectly phrased sentences, which hopefully will be fixed up before publication. A few of them gave hilarious mental images because the literal meaning of the words just hadn't been thought through. One of the tests I apply to books that have some good and some not-so-good elements is: would I read a sequel? In this case, I think the answer is "no". While there are some well-staged moments and some bravery and determination from the characters, and it's a decently fresh premise, overall the plot is too expected and too reliant on coincidence, and the characters don't develop much depth or individuality. Combined with mediocre sentence-level writing, this adds up to a score of three stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    This book is great! I really enjoyed this book. I travelled with Hailey on her journey to save her friends and defeat Hades. Can't wait to read the next one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Book Gannet

    This book has a tough job to do. Any teen fantasy book set in a magical boarding school can’t escape the shadow of Hogwarts (especially when it opens up with an acceptance letter), while mentioning any kind of Greek god lands us in Percy Jackson territory, so to tackle both is pretty brave. Sadly, for me, it didn’t pay off. For one major reason: world-building. Or, rather, the complete lack of it. Both Harry Potter and Percy Jackson inhabit a secret world hidden within the one we all know so well This book has a tough job to do. Any teen fantasy book set in a magical boarding school can’t escape the shadow of Hogwarts (especially when it opens up with an acceptance letter), while mentioning any kind of Greek god lands us in Percy Jackson territory, so to tackle both is pretty brave. Sadly, for me, it didn’t pay off. For one major reason: world-building. Or, rather, the complete lack of it. Both Harry Potter and Percy Jackson inhabit a secret world hidden within the one we all know so well. In Hailey’s world everyone has magic. The Greek gods were killed some sixteen hundred years ago, and a little of their power went into every human being on the planet. And yet the world has developed exactly the same as ours, right down to English-speaking, white Australians and mean-girl white Americans, as if British colonialism happened exactly the same. I could probably write several essays about why this doesn’t ring true (if everyone has magical powers, what kind of weaponry – if any – would have developed? Would we have needed the same kind of tech we have today? Would industry have developed the same? Would Europe still have developed so much faster than everyone else, without the social and economic pressures of our mundane world?). All of which is a bit too deep for a middle grade adventure tale, but I still find it relevant. If you’re changing the whole world, change the whole world! Don’t be lazy. And, if we’re talking about world history, why did the defeat of the Greek gods happen at the same time as the collapse of the Roman empire? Where are those gods? Where are the rest of the world religions? Where are their gods? Where’s the rest of the world’s population? Did I imagine it, or are all the pupils Hailey interacts with white? Why are the five main characters all English in an international school? Why are the only other nationalities mentioned Australian and American? Why are they speaking English when they’re all part-Greek god? And why on Earth is Hailey accepted into a school in which her powers will be useless? If Zeuses are so rare and special, surely they’d be taken away and trained by some overriding power, just in case they grow up to save the world one day. It’s not like she’s hiding who and what she is. And why is there only one Zeus anyway? You’d think that as the most powerful god his magic would have spread the furthest. Then again I have no idea how the powers thing works, since it clearly isn’t hereditary as no one seems to have the same magic as their parents. Basically this book left me with a lot more questions than answers. Which might have been okay if Hailey hadn’t been so boring, her best-friend hadn’t been so annoying and her three male friends hadn’t been so interchangeable. They all also act a lot older than thirteen. If it wasn’t for the (refreshing) lack of romance, I’d have said they were sixteen at least. I put it down so many times in the beginning and didn’t feel much like picking it back up again, but the plot and action do get better as it goes along. But for someone so powerful and potentially important, Hailey isn’t the most compelling of heroines. So, sadly, this one wasn’t for me. It’s an easy enough read with magic and Greek mythology, but the characters aren’t very interesting and the lack of development in them and the world leaves it all a little flat and flimsy. Young readers might enjoy it, but if they come here looking for a female Percy Jackson (thanks to the Poseidon title) they will be disappointed. (Review copy provided by the author via NetGalley.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Kastermans

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Undoubtedly, this novel had an arduous task. Being created in the shadow of novels such as Percy Jackson (and the well-recurved spin offs) and Harry Potter, it works to incorporate the two main features; Greek Gods, and a Boarding School. I must say, it’s done so with many qualities I admire. Where this novel differs from the norm, is it’s construction and world-building. Hailey is not living in a shadow-world, in hers the Greek Gods are real - albeit slaughtered years ago in a Great War between Undoubtedly, this novel had an arduous task. Being created in the shadow of novels such as Percy Jackson (and the well-recurved spin offs) and Harry Potter, it works to incorporate the two main features; Greek Gods, and a Boarding School. I must say, it’s done so with many qualities I admire. Where this novel differs from the norm, is it’s construction and world-building. Hailey is not living in a shadow-world, in hers the Greek Gods are real - albeit slaughtered years ago in a Great War between the humans and Gods (read to find more on that). As a result their powers trickled to earth, and all humans from there have had a Gods power, or a variant thereof. It immediately sets this novel away from its counter-parts where the MC is forced to hide themselves, rather in this one, Hailey chooses to limit displays of her powers in search of anonymity (she is the only one inhibiting specific powers subject to a prophecy). I’ve noticed speculation regarding the lack of definitive diversity in the novel, and cannot help but disagree. It is the deliberate nature of not identifying the “race” of people that helps to bring this novel into higher-stakes. Too many novels lose themselves in an attempt at being diverse, pointing out the “Gay”, “Black”, “Asian” or other denomination which ‘seperate’ the person(s) from others. In this, the only thing which defines you is your power. It’s nice to be defined on attributes, rather than the stigma assigned to other aspects of ones self - as our society currently does, sore point, and point of contention I guess, I digress. While in admiration of the plot-building, character building and development, and world-building (Academy Centric for a reason, I suppose), I found myself frustrated by some of the generic qualities amongst the characters, and the way they defied the logical paths - aka. if you think there is a conspiracy, tell someone. It’s illogical to expect to deal with a centuries old prophecy when you’re young students, some of which unable to accurately weird their powers. That being said, they are teenagers, who - reminiscent to our own world, and my younger days - are notoriously rebellious, I appreciate the authenticity that develops within the characters and the way it works to define their personal characteristics. It also shows their active development, and areas of improvement to come. I was left with a fair-few questions (and obligingly eager for more). I look forward to our MC being developed into a more intriguing individual, and her counter-parts being worked into something more defining. Character development is seen throughout, but I love myself supporting characters who are well founded. As an avid reader of Percy Jackson, and Harry Potter (as a typical Millenial), I was not disappointed. Left-wanting, in some aspects. But intrigued and impressed, none-the-less. I’d love to read more. I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen Machamer

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book it was my first by this author but not my last. I highly recommend it to everyone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patricia A.Bunn

    Great Book Great Book I love it it was great and powerful and cute little book I love 💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘 Thank You For Letting Me Read This Book I love it

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    I received a free copy of POSEIDON’S ACADEMY by Sarah A. Vogler in exchange for an honest review. Hailey Woods lives in a society where humans defeated the Olympian gods and inherited their powers. Hailey has the weather powers originally owned by Zeus. It’s a really rare power type and comes with a “save the world” prophecy. That’s a lot of pressure for a thirteen-year-old, so Hailey applies to Poseidon’s Academy where she can live underwater where there is no weather and where, as a result, sh I received a free copy of POSEIDON’S ACADEMY by Sarah A. Vogler in exchange for an honest review. Hailey Woods lives in a society where humans defeated the Olympian gods and inherited their powers. Hailey has the weather powers originally owned by Zeus. It’s a really rare power type and comes with a “save the world” prophecy. That’s a lot of pressure for a thirteen-year-old, so Hailey applies to Poseidon’s Academy where she can live underwater where there is no weather and where, as a result, she can avoid the intense pressure her prior school placed on her. For someone who is trying to avoid saving humanity, Hailey gets into a lot of trouble by running to rescue her friends. This is account of all the adventures Hailey has during her first year. Expect more books. This was a fun book. Hailey has some less-than-admirable character traits, but she’s infected by powers previously wielded by Greek gods, who all also had some pretty big flaws. If you’re a fan of mythology and boarding school books, you might want to give this series a try. #PoseidonsAcademy #NetGalley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Glenda Dykstra

    A cute book! Safe for all ages It was a good book. Young teens will be captivated by the lack of sense and good fortune that save the protagonists.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Neen Cohen

    What a brilliantly written and fun read this adventure was. Vogler uses gorgeous description to throw you into this wonderful world that she’s created. If you enjoy Greek mythology and being completely consumed by another world, I recommend reading this book, no matter how old you are. I can’t wait to read the next adventure Hailey and her friends get up to.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Sechler

    Adventures Galore The author creates such rounded and richly detailed environment and characters. I really loved the detailed explanations of the monsters and creatures that appear throughout the story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sally Maxwell

    Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the arc of this book. I am a few years older than the intended age range for this book, but it was an ok read, I can see the age group it is aimed at enjoying it a lot more than my old self. I did enjoy the concept of how the author used the old gods and their powers, was very original.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Loved it Funny fast paced good light read Recommended to my kids can't wait to read the next one Sarah Vogler is a great author

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    What an incredible book!! I was swept away in this wonderfully written book. With the impulsivity you would expect from high school freshmen, we watch friendships grow and individuals learn who they are. It was a very unique spin on mythology with plenty of adventure. I think fans of Rick Riordan will greatly enjoy this book but it also has a bit of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer feel to it as well. I think it's partly because of the Scooby Gang that forms and the whole prophecy bit. As a parent, I What an incredible book!! I was swept away in this wonderfully written book. With the impulsivity you would expect from high school freshmen, we watch friendships grow and individuals learn who they are. It was a very unique spin on mythology with plenty of adventure. I think fans of Rick Riordan will greatly enjoy this book but it also has a bit of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer feel to it as well. I think it's partly because of the Scooby Gang that forms and the whole prophecy bit. As a parent, I enjoyed the lessons that were woven within the story and I didn't feel as though they were so obvious that it interrupted the story. However, it does give a parent, book club, or teacher excellent material for discussion with the reader. Overall, I highly recommend this story. I can't wait to read more. Thank you to Sarah Vogler, Aurora House, and NetGalley for allowing me the chance to read this book and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cary Morton

    I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. My review of Poseidon’s Academy by Sarah A. Vogler is a bit polarized. Although listed as Young Adult fiction, I assure you that this is very much a middle-grade book. The characters are 13-years-old, despite the fact that they’re on their way to high school. As a middle-grade book, if I were a middle-grade reader, I’d probably love this book. It was full of daring adventure, rule-breaking, and rev I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. My review of Poseidon’s Academy by Sarah A. Vogler is a bit polarized. Although listed as Young Adult fiction, I assure you that this is very much a middle-grade book. The characters are 13-years-old, despite the fact that they’re on their way to high school. As a middle-grade book, if I were a middle-grade reader, I’d probably love this book. It was full of daring adventure, rule-breaking, and revenge against bullies. As an adult reader, I do have some bones to pick, though. The editing of this book was lackluster. I came across various misused words, sentences that were incomplete, incorrect punctuation, and misspellings – and that’s taking into account and disregarding cultural differences, as the author is clearly from another country than my own. I found a time or two when the wrong tense was used, common says were butchered, and glaringly when the narrative contradicted itself on the first page. I’d venture to say that any middle-grade readers out there may not notice the majority of these mistakes, but as an editor, I was cringing. It should have been cleaned up. My next major qualm was the world building – which, again, if I was thirteen, I probably wouldn’t have noticed, but as an adult…. it was full of holes. To be honest, it was just flimsy in general. I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular, but for a book that was firmly rooted in a world very different from our own, a little more depth would have been nice. This was one of those books where the reader is presented with an outlandish world and expected to not question anything the author puts before them – and I find that hard to do. The characters, adults and children alike, lacked depth or any sort of individual characteristics to really make their personalities stand out. The adults often spoke and acted very much like the children – who acted older than they were. It was indistinguishable. Poor decisions and danger were around every corner, and there were no overall consequences…. and yet there was death and gore and torture – which, in combination with the rest of the lack of world-building, just kind of made it all fall apart. It was hard to distinguish the reading age meant for this book, other than the character’s own ages as an indicator. Did I enjoy the book? Sure. It was cute, I like the concept behind the story, and it was fairly easy to read – which is why I gave this three stars. The book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. If you like middle-grade fantasy stories in the vein of Harry Potter, you’ll probably like this book – but if you’re an adult, you probably won’t enjoy it as much as you are meant to.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    Greek mythology takes an interesting twist into an entirely new world, while keeping excitement and the difficult life of being a teenager in high gear. Hundreds of years before, the Greek gods were defeated during the Great Battle, and their powers showered on humans below. Since then, everyone has a power related to one of the earlier gods. Hailey is a Zeus and the only one on the entire planet. That also makes her the someday savior for the entire world according to a prophecy. But Hailey hate Greek mythology takes an interesting twist into an entirely new world, while keeping excitement and the difficult life of being a teenager in high gear. Hundreds of years before, the Greek gods were defeated during the Great Battle, and their powers showered on humans below. Since then, everyone has a power related to one of the earlier gods. Hailey is a Zeus and the only one on the entire planet. That also makes her the someday savior for the entire world according to a prophecy. But Hailey hates being stared at and pointed out. So, she enrolls into the Poseidon Academy. Since she requires the sky for her powers, no one will know her there. But excitement soon changes to tension and adventure as more awaits her there than she could have ever expected. This was a refreshing twist on fantasy and Greek mythology. The characters and scenes hit the teenage group extremely well and bring across the fears, thoughts and expectations in a way readers can easily connect to. Hailey's desire to get away from the stress is completely understandable, and her friends and relationships with others at the academy are easy to relate to. She makes mistakes and isn't always spot on with her thoughts and decisions, and that's exactly the way it should be. I enjoyed the world descriptions, and the author brought the beauty and fascination of the undersea world to life in a bright way which lets the imagination soar. Everything, especially at the beginning, is bold and sparkly hitting the atmosphere well. As the story goes on, the action and adventure takes over and pulls the reader in. It is a fun read and offers excitement until the last page. My problem with this book, however, is the world building. While it's a lovely adventure with great characters, the background doesn't hold well. It's not clear what happened with the gods or how the entire powers thing works in daily life. Especially when it comes to Hailey, there was a huge vacuum. She's supposedly the only one with Zeus powers and the center of a very important prophecy, a fact which appears to be well known. If this was so, she wouldn't have the freedoms or the possibility to 'hide' under the water. Plus, it's never clear why she's the last one or how powers are passed down or anything in this direction. Unfortunately, this lack of information fogs a little into everything. Still, anyone who simply wants an entertaining read with fun characters and a great adventure will enjoy Hailey and her friends, and wish they could attend Poseidon's Academy themselves. I received a complimentary copy and found the book enjoyable enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Wendt

    Young readers will find a lot to like here. My biggest observation was, boy, the author has done her research into Greek mythology. I enjoyed how she weaved this into her worldbuilding, characterisations, abilities and the overarching plot. It was a resounding feature of the story and the thing I enjoyed the most. The idea of everyone having a power, and those powers shaping society structure, is a good one and a lot of thought has gone into the different kinds of powers, the character’s roles in Young readers will find a lot to like here. My biggest observation was, boy, the author has done her research into Greek mythology. I enjoyed how she weaved this into her worldbuilding, characterisations, abilities and the overarching plot. It was a resounding feature of the story and the thing I enjoyed the most. The idea of everyone having a power, and those powers shaping society structure, is a good one and a lot of thought has gone into the different kinds of powers, the character’s roles in the story, and the way they relate to others. It reminded me a little of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, but in a positive way and with key differences - like a female protagonist - that make this a series in its own right. The voice is a little young but of course that comes with the territory of her age, the target audience (I’m a good 15-18 years older than ideal) and the general tone of the story. That said, the voice seems to mature throughout the first novel. First books in a series have the difficult task of balancing character establishment, world building and plot and so I found the first part of the story gets off to a slow start, however about half way through it kicks into gear and the foundation the author has created pays off. I can only imagine the next few books will continue the momentum built here. The only issue I found is that there are many characters introduced and I had a hard time keeping track of them all. Apart from the core group- Jayden, Hailey, Demi, Alec and Aaron- I found it hard to differentiate the others. Given the setting (a boarding school) and the fact this is book one it is only reasonable to expect a host of characters in the front and the background, and I am interested to see how they will be utilised in future books. The author has created a fascinating world from a very interesting concept that is sure to engage young readers. A great start to the series, 4/5 ⭐️ stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla Kraut

    This is a story that I felt the other was trying to overcome to major books and failed greatly. The promise of a magical academy reminded me of Harry Potter. The promise of Greek Gods reminded me of Percy Jackson. This took a lot of courage for the author to write this because of these authors who came before her. First the promise of the book sounded great, but it just did not deliver. This is because there is not building of the story world. It was so confusing to be because I just did not kno This is a story that I felt the other was trying to overcome to major books and failed greatly. The promise of a magical academy reminded me of Harry Potter. The promise of Greek Gods reminded me of Percy Jackson. This took a lot of courage for the author to write this because of these authors who came before her. First the promise of the book sounded great, but it just did not deliver. This is because there is not building of the story world. It was so confusing to be because I just did not know how this world came to exist. Why are the people not speaking Greek; how did these schools get teachers to teach students how to use their powers; how were powers handed out if not based on their family? I still have many more questions and that is just about world building. As for the characters, I felt like there were no growing happening or that I could not relate to them. I understand finding something and not wanting the teachers or other students to know about it. Why did this school except the main character if she is the only one with the power of Zeus? She felt like she was powerless because her teachers from her other school told her that she was powerless and now at this school she was very powerful. This story is a 2 star because all I have is questions and not a question was answered. I could not immerge myself in the book and it was hard to read. I was given a copy of this book through Netgalley for my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Reyes

    I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review. Now, I've read the Percy Jackson series and Harry Potter, and this has some of the elements I really liked of each. This book is set in an alternate world that Gods were real, and have since died but passed their powers on to others. Like Harry Potter, there are specialized schools, but like Percy Jackson, they have to learn each of the powers and that no one has quite the same gifts- but both leads have rare and unique powers. I like t I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review. Now, I've read the Percy Jackson series and Harry Potter, and this has some of the elements I really liked of each. This book is set in an alternate world that Gods were real, and have since died but passed their powers on to others. Like Harry Potter, there are specialized schools, but like Percy Jackson, they have to learn each of the powers and that no one has quite the same gifts- but both leads have rare and unique powers. I like that the book quickly gives a recap of how the world is different. And jokes that "of course there's always a prophecy.." In this case, she's the first Zeus in a while, but feels pressured by the people around her as they all want to see her perform. She's got confidence issues and sadly, an issue making stupid decisions which got on my nerves. I almost put it down, but I liked the plot too much. Gratefully, she realized she was making bad decisions and that maybe she needed to do better. I loved the personal growth and that the professor told her she was learning well when everyone previously had treated her as a failure. I felt like the headmistress could have been a little stronger- she felt like a bit of a pushover and I was confused about the worship angle, but hope that the contradictions will be addressed in the next book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Miss Ruark

    I received this book as an arc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The Greek Gods are dead and their various powers have been inherited by the humans who defeated them. 13 year old Hailey is a Zeus, the first in over a century, complete with a prophecy that a Zeus will save the world. Like the stories of Harry Potter or in the case of Greek Gods, Percy Jackson, it's a story about a child struggling to fit into a world that they don't quite feel part of. As a lover of greek mythology I received this book as an arc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The Greek Gods are dead and their various powers have been inherited by the humans who defeated them. 13 year old Hailey is a Zeus, the first in over a century, complete with a prophecy that a Zeus will save the world. Like the stories of Harry Potter or in the case of Greek Gods, Percy Jackson, it's a story about a child struggling to fit into a world that they don't quite feel part of. As a lover of greek mythology myself, (although by no means an expert) I enjoyed seeing the different creatures & monsters, some I knew others I hadn't heard of before. While I didn't LOVE this book, I do think it's a good book for middle graders. I could see some of my students really enjoying it as well. Some of the issues I had dealt with the poor choices the characters kept making, again and again in the story. Most of their successes came from "sheer, dumb luck" if I can quote other story about a magical school, actually a lot of the plot points could be categorized that way. Granted, I'm not the intended audience so I think my critiques aren't what an 11 year old might think reading this. Would I recommend this book to a student who loves mythology and adventure stories? Yes. Am I going to read the sequel? No.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    I have to say that this book honestly has a lot of competition and other books that it can be compared of off which makes it a little bit harder to get into just like any other book based in a boarding school that even has the slightest glimpse of the paranormal of greek gods & goddesses. The good thing about the book was that it gave so much new knowledge about greek mythology compared to several other books that aren’t historically based. The pacing of this book was fairly good but it wasn’t th I have to say that this book honestly has a lot of competition and other books that it can be compared of off which makes it a little bit harder to get into just like any other book based in a boarding school that even has the slightest glimpse of the paranormal of greek gods & goddesses. The good thing about the book was that it gave so much new knowledge about greek mythology compared to several other books that aren’t historically based. The pacing of this book was fairly good but it wasn’t the best due to weird flashes of fast pace and slow pace throughout the book and the amounts of flashbacks within it. The bad things about this book is that you could obviously see the parts where it has those themes in heavy emphasis. Even though it isn’t copying it line for line you can tell the similarity. Such as instances where the main character gets an acceptance letter, there are tables that have food magically appear out of nowhere and dorm rooms with a common room. Also while it had parallels towards Harry Potter it also had heavy similarities towards Sky High as well, due to a scene where the main character is sitting on a porch with their best friend and having a tree magically grow. Due to the book having overwhelming similarities towards Harry Potter and Sky High it really brought down the rating of the book but props to the author for writing it! 2/5 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christine Shrum

    A Greek Mythology Fantasy...... * Hailey is nervous about getting accepted into the Poseidon Academy. A high School for the gifted. * Basically when all the Gods died their powers rain down from the sky and humans begin to become Demigods. Now for generations humans have powers. * " Hailey was a Zeus. The only Zeus in over a century, to be exact, which meant her powers came with certain expectations. " * Hailey got accepted into the Poseidon Academy. * Hailey doesn't like her powers as being the only A Greek Mythology Fantasy...... * Hailey is nervous about getting accepted into the Poseidon Academy. A high School for the gifted. * Basically when all the Gods died their powers rain down from the sky and humans begin to become Demigods. Now for generations humans have powers. * " Hailey was a Zeus. The only Zeus in over a century, to be exact, which meant her powers came with certain expectations. " * Hailey got accepted into the Poseidon Academy. * Hailey doesn't like her powers as being the only Zeus can be stressful. She is under a lot of pressure to be the best since she is the only one left of her kind. The prophecy says, “the gods will one day return to claim back their thrones. Only the one born with the powers of Zeus, who can shoot lightning from their hands, will be able to defeat them”. * I love learning about the history of the Gods and how it's interpreted in this book. Greek Mythology always fascinated me. * Hailey and her friends have to deal with Sirens who are bullying them. Sirens used their power to control your mind. * Hailey and her friends run into some trouble when they are stranded on a island. This Reminds me of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, it definitely has that vibe to it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Redshidevil

    I love any books about Greek mythology and the Gods, so I was really excited to read this book. This book is a really neat take on how the humans have God powers after they defeated them. That means everyone has a power, which would be awesome! The main character, Hailey, has Zeus powers but doesn't really want them, while her friends love their own powers. They get accepted into Poseidon's Academy and the story is about what happens to them while they are there, along with a prophecy that seems I love any books about Greek mythology and the Gods, so I was really excited to read this book. This book is a really neat take on how the humans have God powers after they defeated them. That means everyone has a power, which would be awesome! The main character, Hailey, has Zeus powers but doesn't really want them, while her friends love their own powers. They get accepted into Poseidon's Academy and the story is about what happens to them while they are there, along with a prophecy that seems to be about Hailey, which she wants nothing to do with. The book was a fun read and had a lot of mythology about the Gods and creatures that have survived since that time. If you like mythology at all you will like this book! I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley for my honest opinion. #PoseidonsAcademy #NetGalley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Veselina

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange of honest review! As you can tell from the title the book involve elements from the Greek Mythology. The gods are dead and their ability rained upon the humans on Earth. Now each human has some godlike ability. But the main character is different she is the only Zeus on the Earth. She hates the pressure about it and the prophesy they try to connect her to. That's why she want to go to the Poseidon's academy w Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange of honest review! As you can tell from the title the book involve elements from the Greek Mythology. The gods are dead and their ability rained upon the humans on Earth. Now each human has some godlike ability. But the main character is different she is the only Zeus on the Earth. She hates the pressure about it and the prophesy they try to connect her to. That's why she want to go to the Poseidon's academy where she can escape the sky and her powers. But is this gonna be enough.... Nice start and good plot line. Just after the middle it felt as if the action stopped and it needed some tie to pick back up. I may say I did enjoy the book ans hope the second one is better.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    I feel like this is perhaps aimed at the lower end of YA, rather than older teenagers. ( or maybe it's meant for middle schoolers?) It was a fun read, but pretty juvenile in parts. There were some rather unrealistic actions the kids took, ie: taking off without telling anyone to a dangerous island, and other adventures. Overall I enjoyed it, and would read more in this series. I'd just be better prepared for the tone. There is certainly room to expand on how the human race got the powers, how th I feel like this is perhaps aimed at the lower end of YA, rather than older teenagers. ( or maybe it's meant for middle schoolers?) It was a fun read, but pretty juvenile in parts. There were some rather unrealistic actions the kids took, ie: taking off without telling anyone to a dangerous island, and other adventures. Overall I enjoyed it, and would read more in this series. I'd just be better prepared for the tone. There is certainly room to expand on how the human race got the powers, how they find out which power they have, that could be told in another tale. The world was well-developed, and the characters were engaging.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book reminded me of Rick Riordan books. True, the kids are not demigods, but they do have powers from the Greek gods. Of course, the ones that get power from Zeus are the most powerful and go an adventures and all that stuff. I would really like someone to write a book about kids with power from the gods and have the main character get their power from some really obscure god. There are a bunch gods and monsters that are never featured in any books. While I'm not sure I would read this book This book reminded me of Rick Riordan books. True, the kids are not demigods, but they do have powers from the Greek gods. Of course, the ones that get power from Zeus are the most powerful and go an adventures and all that stuff. I would really like someone to write a book about kids with power from the gods and have the main character get their power from some really obscure god. There are a bunch gods and monsters that are never featured in any books. While I'm not sure I would read this book again, I would like to read the second book to see what happens. Author: Sarah A Vogler Publisher: Aurora House Publication Date: October 29th 2018

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lawona

    Its great I gave this book a 4 star. It had me turning pages and before I knew it I was done. Sarah had you going on adventures with Hailey and her friends to places that they never dreamed of going.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Cute story. A little in the Harry Potter-ish realm, but enough differences to make it interesting. Would have liked to see more of the classes, but good friendships and interesting story line.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jar Starr

    Wow! Encase version of the season finale of my favorite things about q no one is going to be a great time!I love you too baby!I love the first two games of the season and Slave to a Vampire diaries season finale solo album is going well! 👋

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