When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, Emily’s life changes forever. Suddenly allied with a winged horse she’d always thought was mythical, Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. Emily must team up with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a boy named Joel in order to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from a certain death.
Along the way, Emily and her companions will fight monsters, run from a government agency that is prepared to dissect Pegasus, and even fly above the Manhattan skyline—all as part of a quest to save Olympus before time runs out.
Let me tell you a little bit about my friend Frances.
- You know how we all have that one crazy friend? Yeah, well, that’s Frances. The hyper, happy ball of energy.
- She’s artistic. Loves art; drawing, painting, sketching, she goes for all that stuff.
- She loved the Warriors series by Erin Hunter and falls in and out of reenacting scenes from the book or making up her own with her friends.
- She’s a great skier, swimmer, hiker and, above all else, biking. BMX and the works.
Now that you know a little bit about her, I want to put in that when she asked me to review this book, I thought she was kidding from the cover.
And then when I read, When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, Emily’s life changes forever. Suddenly allied with a winged horse she’d always thought was mythical… I was like, Oh please, why? I thought this book was one of those goody-too-shoes, slice of life, cute, heartwarming, guaranteed happily ever after ending books.
And it is. In some aspects. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This is a cute, well-written book with notes of adventure, mythology and action. It’s not that mature though. An eight year old could read this and have a ton of fun. (Again, don’t mean that in a bad way). This book is perfect for third, fourth, fifth, sixth grade probably. It’s not a YA though, just FYI. Even as an adult, this book is amusing, cool and I mean–unicorns, guys. Unicorns. I spent seventh grade in a middle school with twenty one kids, three of them being die-hard unicorn fans. You think you know everything about everyone in a town with sixty people? I grew up with half of those kids to begin with.
I’m not saying that unicorns make a good book–or are better than zombies–but there are not many decent books centered around unicorns, so for unicorn fans–this is a definite win. Another note, I’ve heard this book was “perfect for Percy Jackson fans”. Yeah, uhmm, no. Please, please, please stop comparing some of my favorite books to other books! Please just appreciate Percy Jackson and Suzanne Collins and Harry Potter and yes, even Twilight, for what they are! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G B-O-O-K-S. And if any books deserves the title of “perfect for fans of Percy Jackson”, it’s the Heroes of Olympus books–also by Rick Riordan.
All in all, a great middle-grade book. 4 stars. Those who aren’t really big fans of unicorns (a.k.a. people who would rather stab unicorns in the eye with their horns but still love mythology), I suggest you try Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver or The Fire of Ares by Michael Ford.
pg count for the paperback: 344
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