Aphrodite’s Curse

By: Luciana Cavallaro Format: eBook. Read: April 2013.

Phaedra has just poisoned herself with hemlock and with her last few breaths, she struggles to tell the world her family’s tale. Her family has seen many ups and downs, after all her father was King Minos and she is married to King Theseus. However her half-brother is what is known as the Minotaur and she has fallen for her husband’s son, Hippolytos. She pleads to the goddess, Aphrodite, in hopes that Hippolytos will return her advances. Unfortunately for her, he has pledged himself to the goddess, Artemis, and thus, poisoning is her only option.

Luciana Cavallaro demonstrates a powerful gift, when it comes to telling the lesser known tales of Greek Mythology. The narrator, Phaedra, comes from a powerful family and plays a small role in several ancient stories, yet in this book Cavallaro shares her side. Cavallaro provides a poetic balance between all of the various stories and characters, while giving just enough of an explanation so the readers understand. Fans of Greek Mythology must take notice Luciana Cavallaro, as they will quickly become life-long fans. Aphrodite’s Curse contains a few minor grammar errors, but the storyline flows with ease. This is definitely a must-read for everyone, even those that just want to get a taste of Greek Mythology.

I know I have said this before, but I absolutely love Greek Mythology. It was one of my favorite subjects (and yes there were many subjects that I loved.) I thoroughly enjoy how Luciana Cavallaro tells the same myths, but from new perspectives. Both of her short stories has a unique vibe, that will leave readers wanting to read more of her work. Have you read any of Luciana Cavallaro’s work? Do you have a favorite author that gives a new twist on ancient tales?


The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.


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