A round-up of YA books based on mythology

It's no big secret that I LOVE all things mythology. I wanted to name my dog Zeus, but the hubs vetoed it. (Considering the alpha-male issues they seem to have with one another, I think the name was rather fitting.) While I was playing around on the internet the other day, I came across some awesome mentionings of mythology related books. Some are older and probably already well known and read, but some were knew to me (and hit the shelves later this year).

Bonnie over at A Backwards Story said I should make a list of the books (because she shares my obsession too). I know that I have moments of ADD, so I thought a list was a fabulous idea. Plus, it will help me keep up with all the books I want to add to my TBR pile.

This list ended up being a little longer than I thought it would (I had to take two books OFF), but that's ok. I've decided to feature my Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and "other" myth books on future posts. =)

Books based on NORSE mythology:

Seven o'clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins have been at the cellar again. Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith’s world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, faeries, magic—all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The “ruinmark” she was born with on her palm proves it—and makes the other villagers fearful and suspicious that she is a witch.

But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy’s mark not as a defect, but a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap that One-Eye can teach her about runes, cantrips, and glamours—every ounce of magic she can command—if she is to survive that destiny.
(Runemarks by Joanne Harris)

After her mother mysteriously disappears, sixteen-year-old Haley convinces her father to take her to Iceland, where her mother was last seen. There, amidst the ancient fissures and crevices of that volcanic island, Haley meets gorgeous Ari, a boy with a dangerous side who appoints himself her protector.

When Haley picks up a silver coin that entangles her in a spell cast by her ancestor Hallgerd, she discovers that Hallgerd's spell and her mother's disappearance are connected to a chain of events that could unleash terrifying powers and consume the world. Haley must find a way to contain the growing fires of the spell—and her growing attraction to Ari. (Thief Eyes by Janni Lee Simner)
CaptivateThis is the third book in Carrie Jone's Need series. While I wasn't a huge fan of the previous books in this series, the third book was a much better read. The story is a little complicated, so you would probably need to read the other books (at least the second one) to know what's going on. I'm throwing this book into my myth list because it does have a huge Norse mythology background. After all, the main character has to try to rescue her boyfriend from Asgard. 

Norse CodeIs this Ragnarok, or just California?

The NorseCODE genome project was designed to identify descendants of Odin. What it found was Kathy Castillo, a murdered MBA student brought back from the dead to serve as a valkyrie in the Norse god’s army. Given a sword and a new name, Mist’s job is to recruit soldiers for the war between the gods at the end of the world—and to kill those who refuse to fight.

But as the twilight of the gods descends, Mist makes other plans.
Journeying across a chaotic American landscape already degenerating into violence and madness, Mist hopes to find her way to Helheim, the land of the dead, to rescue her murdered sister from death’s clutches. To do so, she’ll need the help of Hermod, a Norse god bumming around Los Angeles with troubles of his own. Together they find themselves drafted into a higher cause, trying to do what fate long ago deemed could not be done: save the world of man. For even if myths aren’t made to be broken, it can’t hurt to go down fighting … can it?
(NorseCODE by Greg Van Eekhout)

American Gods: A NovelAfter three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the days, then the hours, then the minutes, then the seconds until his release tick away, he can feel a storm building. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But they are being pursued by someone with whom Shadow must make his peace. (American Gods by Neil Gaiman.)


Bookish Brunette said... .

Ooooh Norse Code looks awesome!!!

August 4, 2011 at 6:45 PM
flashlight_reader said... .

Yeah it does! American Gods is supposed to be fantabulous too! It's Neil Gaiman!

August 4, 2011 at 7:37 PM
A Backwards Story said... .

Added THIEF EYES and NORSE CODE to my GoodReads. Haven't read a lot of Norse mythology!

The first time I read AMERICAN GODS, I was so so...I think b/c it had been hyped so much and the beginning was more violent than I was expecting...and at the time, it was my first Gaiman novel. One day, I'm going to go back and re-read it and see if I change my mind! :)

August 8, 2011 at 11:09 AM

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