A round-up of YA books based on mythology (part 2)

This is the continuation of my list of YA books based on mythology that I have happened upon while stalking the virtual bookshelves of Amazon and Goodreads (among other places).

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.

Yesterday I mentioned a few books based on NORSE mythology (one of my faves), so today I decided to focus on Greek and Roman myth based books.

PegasusBecause of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pagasi, Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own Pegasus, on her twelfth birthday. The two species coexist peacefully, despite the language barriers separating them. Humans and pegasi both rely on specially-trained Speaker magicians as the only means of real communication.

But its different for Sylvi and Ebon. They can understand each other. They quickly grow close-so close that their bond becomes a threat to the status quo-and possibly to the future safety of their two nations.

The Titan Prophecy - Rise Of The Dark One  THERE was a time, long before men walked this world, when the Titans ruled the universe. Then a Prophecy foretold that they would be overthrown by the Gods who followed them. A great war ensued — the Titanomachy — and the Earth burned for ten years. Defeated, the Titans were then imprisoned in the hell realm of Tartaros, where they have languished ever since. Yet mankind’s reckless abuse of the world has now so weakened the foundations of Tartaros that the Titans could soon escape.
  For there has been another prophecy — The Titan Prophecy — warning of an even greater and more catastrophic war to come. A war that will be fought on Earth: a war that could destroy the whole universe. And, says this new Prophecy, the only hope of salvation lies with a Destined One.
A Boy...
  Of course, Charlie and his best friend, Max have no idea about Prophecies, Gods or Titans. So when they find themselves taking a short cut through the forbidden grounds of a remote, gothic mansion, little do they know that they will soon be caught up in a frightening adventure neither of them could ever have imagined...in any time or place.

Olympia Heights: The Pantheon (Volume 1)They say that lightning never strikes the same place twice, but for Zach Jacobs, that just isn’t true. It’s hard enough being seventeen-- juggling school, football, friends, and teenage romance-- but Zach’s about to find out just how complicated it can get when he begins to suspect that maybe he was the lightning. Teenage woes hardly seem significant when you’ve got lightning shooting from your fingertips and a couple of murderous Titans trying to settle an ancient score.

DestinedWhen Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.

As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.

Destined is a fresh and heartachingly romantic retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth from debut novelist, Jessie Harrell
Starcrossed   How do you defy destiny?
   Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
Goddess of YesterdayTaken from her home on an Aegean island as a six-year-old girl, Anaxandra calls on the protection of her goddess while she poses as two different princesses over the next six years, before ending up as a servant in the company of Helen and Paris as they make their way to Troy.

Obviously, there are so many more books out there based on Greek/Roman myths, and I could not possibly mention them all here. If you know of other books in this category, I would love to hear about them. I am such a huge fan. =) 


SusieBookworm (Susanna) said... .

Goddess of Yesterday is a great book. I read it back in fifth grade and it's one of my two favorites of Cooney's; her historical fiction novels are better than her others. :)

August 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM
A Backwards Story said... .

Still want to read GODDESS OF YESTERDAY. I've had that on GR since the last time you talked about it! STARCROSSED was okay, but I'm hoping the second book will have a lot more to love :) You're right: DESTINED does sound really good!!

August 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM
A Backwards Story said... .

And I had no clue PEGASUS was based on mythology. Waiting to read my copy is REALLY hard, but I know I'll hate myself if I don't wait to read it back to back with the second book! lol

August 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM
flashlight_reader said... .

Second book? Whaaaaaat? What's it called? I think I have an extra copy of GODDESS OF YESTERDAY at school. When I unpack my room next week I'll check. Would you want it?

August 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

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