Aphrodite's Blessing

Aphrodite's Blessing

by Clemence McLaren
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Aphrodite's Blessing 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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This was one of the first books i fell in love with. I used to hate reading and no books interested me. But when i read this i realized that i do like to read. I just had to find the right books. I can really get into McLaren's writing. It keeps me interested and i can picture the story in my head so well. I love this book. I've read it 4 or 5 times and i'm thinking of reading it again soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aphrodite's Blessing is a very interesting book. I usually get really bored reading books, but with this one, I was excited to do my school reading. I loved the stories that Clemence Mclaren and Robert Goldstrom wrote. They all were very romantic, and left my heart tingling with love. I highly recommend you to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was wonderfully written. There were many twists and turns and parts that motivated me to keep on reading. I loved the intense parts and when all of the princesses found her true love. This book truly made me smile and I recommended it to all the heart-throbs out there. :]
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that 'Aphrodite's Blessing' was an interesting read with some unexpexted plot lines. Usually when I think of Greek Mythology, I think of violent wars and long mysterious journeys. When I was assigned to read this book for school, I was pleasently suprised. It was not like that all. I felt as if i could relate to these cliche but intriging love stories, but also i had never heard anything like them. I would definantly recommend this book for anyone who does or does not like to read Greek Mythogogy, because there is alittle something for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was extremely pleased when I found out that I was to read 'Aphrodite's Blessings' as my literature circle book. Before reading, I looked the book up online and researched some reviews from other readers. Many of the reviews stated that they enjoyed reading a book where the females were intelligent and thoughtful. I could not agree more! This easy read grabbed my attention from the very first sentence of the first of three stories, 'A marriage offer started the series of death races that have made me famous,' (page 3). The author, Clemence McLaren, did a fantastic job of creating the sharp ironicalness between the ancient Greece setting and the dominant female heroines. Unlike the true ancient Greece, the female protagonists of this book were extremely dominant, powerful, and independent. Although in ancient Greece, women were not allowed to take part in half of the activities men were. Therefore, this book would be a great choice for all ages of girls who love reading of strong feminists. In addition, this trilogy of stories would be an extraordinary choice for all who love to read romance novels. Each story within the book centered on love. The first story of Atalanta revolves around her fear of arranged marriage. Atalanta, the only female athlete of her kingdom, is an extremely talented runner. Therefore, her father sets up races for her love. Atalanta literally runs from marriage, until she meets that special man who she falls in love with. Next comes Andromeda. Andromeda is to wed Fineus against her will. Because her mother, the queen of their kingdom, compares her beauty to the daughters of Poseidon, the gods force Andromeda to be sacrificed to a sea monster. She falls in love with her rescuer. Last is Psyche. Psyche is a young girl of marriage age, although she has not received any marriage offers. Because of this, her father relies on an oracle. The oracle states that Psyche is to marry a man she does not know by sacrificing herself. She finally meets her husband, but cannot physically see him, although she does love him. Her sisters become worried and toy with her mind, causing her to disobey her husband. Because of her love, Psyche then does everything in her power to receive the love of her husband back. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. Like most of the other readers of this book, I love reading about independent females and love therefore, I was drawn in immediately. This book was extremely easy to read, so I finished it quite quickly. I only gave it a rating of four stars because of its easiness. If it had been a little more challenging, or just a bit longer, it would have gotten all five stars! In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this book to all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was quite enjoyable. The stories capture your attention with their unique plots and the deep moral decisions that the characters are forced to make. Although somewhat cliche, the romance in the stories introduce modern ideas of love into a society based on arranged marriages. While they may not be too exciting, at least give them a chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aphrodite's Blessing is a collection of three tales from the time of the ancient Greeks, pertaining to the goddess Aphrodite and the power of love. I thought that the book had many splendid life lessons like believing in love, and to never lose hope in the face of adversity. However, as an overall book, the plot was a little weak. The conflicts were a little dull and most of the book was simply speculation and foreshadowing by the characters of what to come. Personally, it was a book worth reading, but only on a bus or plane, and not the first book I would pick at home in my spare time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are someone who like to read romance stories with a happy ending, I would recommend that you read this book. It's a well written story thatc make Greek characters come to life. Most Greek romance stories are usually short with unhappy ending. However, this book would leave the readers with a smile on their face when they are done. This book would be great for both male and female, but I think women would appreciate this book more because this book focus more on women than men It's different from other Greek stories that only protray male hero. It's quite an extraordinary book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the three short stories in this book are wonderfully crafted. the concepts are easily related to while at the same time containing a trace of ancient greece. being a fan of greek mythology, i really enjoyed reading these stories. [i finished in a couple days!] all three women each have their own outlook on marriage, and all face very interesting obstacles. the only thing is i was hoping for more twists in the plot. too many happy endings kind of gets old after a while. these stories are targeted more for women, and is fairly easy to read. i would definitely recommend this book to somebody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book on the train. and I almost had a tear fall out of my eye. It was beautiful how in all three stories it was destiny that brought them together. It was or a rescue, or sacrafice, or a competition, but it brought the coulples together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 3 times already, and everythime I fall in love with the characters, the plot line, everthing. I give this book 5 stars because it deserves ever single star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book, and I must say that I actually liked Atalanta's story the best because it was energetic and it kept me interested. Then it kind of went downhill, but still, it started out with 'Great! I love this book!' to 'It's pretty good', so that's not a big drop.