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Meet Phoebe Katz, a twelve-year-old foster kid from New York City who’s been bounced around the system her entire life. Things happen around Phoebe, but it’s not like they’re her fault! But when a statue of Athena comes to life, Phoebe gets the stunning news she’s the daughter of Zeus, has a twin brother named Perseus―and was sent away from ancient Greece as a baby to stop Meet Phoebe Katz, a twelve-year-old foster kid from New York City who’s been bounced around the system her entire life. Things happen around Phoebe, but it’s not like they’re her fault! But when a statue of Athena comes to life, Phoebe gets the stunning news she’s the daughter of Zeus, has a twin brother named Perseus―and was sent away from ancient Greece as a baby to stop a terrible prophecy that predicted she would one day destroy Olympus. Athena warns Phoebe to stay in hiding, but when the vengeful god Ares kidnaps her beloved social worker, Phoebe has no choice―she has to travel back to ancient Greece and rescue him! There, Phoebe and her friends Angie and Damian discover a new prophecy, one that may fix everything. The catch: Phoebe has to collect talismans from six Greek monsters, including the fang from a nine-headed hydra, a talon from the Nemean lion, and a feather from the sphinx. No problem for a girl with the power to call up lightning bolts and change the weather! But can Phoebe collect them all and stop the prophecy before she destroys Olympus?


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Meet Phoebe Katz, a twelve-year-old foster kid from New York City who’s been bounced around the system her entire life. Things happen around Phoebe, but it’s not like they’re her fault! But when a statue of Athena comes to life, Phoebe gets the stunning news she’s the daughter of Zeus, has a twin brother named Perseus―and was sent away from ancient Greece as a baby to stop Meet Phoebe Katz, a twelve-year-old foster kid from New York City who’s been bounced around the system her entire life. Things happen around Phoebe, but it’s not like they’re her fault! But when a statue of Athena comes to life, Phoebe gets the stunning news she’s the daughter of Zeus, has a twin brother named Perseus―and was sent away from ancient Greece as a baby to stop a terrible prophecy that predicted she would one day destroy Olympus. Athena warns Phoebe to stay in hiding, but when the vengeful god Ares kidnaps her beloved social worker, Phoebe has no choice―she has to travel back to ancient Greece and rescue him! There, Phoebe and her friends Angie and Damian discover a new prophecy, one that may fix everything. The catch: Phoebe has to collect talismans from six Greek monsters, including the fang from a nine-headed hydra, a talon from the Nemean lion, and a feather from the sphinx. No problem for a girl with the power to call up lightning bolts and change the weather! But can Phoebe collect them all and stop the prophecy before she destroys Olympus?

30 review for The Eye of Zeus (Legends Of Olympus, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jess Harrison

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am sorry to say that I couldn’t enjoy this book. To me it felt very much like a knock off version of Percy Jackson. There were far too many similarities between them for me to overlook. I’ve decided to outline just a few of these as examples. Phoebe is a twelve year old kid, living in New York, with a rough home life and a tough time at school, who is just about to find out she is actually a demigod. Percy is a twelve year old kid, living in New York, with a rough home life and a tough time at s I am sorry to say that I couldn’t enjoy this book. To me it felt very much like a knock off version of Percy Jackson. There were far too many similarities between them for me to overlook. I’ve decided to outline just a few of these as examples. Phoebe is a twelve year old kid, living in New York, with a rough home life and a tough time at school, who is just about to find out she is actually a demigod. Percy is a twelve year old kid, living in New York, with a rough home life and a tough time at school, who is just about to find out he is actually a demigod. Phoebe is at school one day when chaos breaks out and TWO of the faculty members turn into furies Percy is at school one day when chaos breaks out and ONE faculty member turns into a fury. Phone cuts off the hydras head causing even more to sprout out, making the defeat more challenging. Percy cuts off the hydras head causing even more to sprout out, making the defeat more challenging. Phoebe has Carl, a man who she cares for as a father figure, kidnaped by a god and told that she won’t see him again unless she helps the god out with something. Percy’s mother is kidnapped by a god and told that he won’t see her again unless Percy helps the god out with something. Phoebe and her two friends start a quest that has them battling monsters and retrieving items to help them. Percy and his two friends start a quest that has them battling monsters and retrieving items to help them. Phoebe hears that an Oracle told a prophecy that she will one day destroy Olympus. Percy heard that an Oracle told a prophecy that he will one day destroy Olympus. Phoebe and her friends have to make a deal with Hades to get out of the underworld, they make it out but someone has to pay a price. Percy and his friends have to make a deal with Hades to get out of the Underworld, they make it out but someone has to pay a price. Phoebe has a friend they affectionately call Sun-Brain. Percy is affectionately called Seaweed-Brain. There are many, many other similarities but I just wanted to point out a few that stood out to me. I sincerely hope that the next book in this series will take its own original form.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Read- April 2020 for the O.W.Ls Magical Readathon - The Eye of Zeus is a fun middle grade adventure/quest story centred around the Greek gods. We follow 12 year old Phoebe Katz, a foster kid who has been bounced around from family to family since she was found on a New York City bus stop as a baby. She tries her best to lead a normal life but things just always seem to go wrong whenever Phoebe is around and she doesn't seem to know why. All starts to make sense when a statue of Athena comes to l Read- April 2020 for the O.W.Ls Magical Readathon - The Eye of Zeus is a fun middle grade adventure/quest story centred around the Greek gods. We follow 12 year old Phoebe Katz, a foster kid who has been bounced around from family to family since she was found on a New York City bus stop as a baby. She tries her best to lead a normal life but things just always seem to go wrong whenever Phoebe is around and she doesn't seem to know why. All starts to make sense when a statue of Athena comes to life and lets her now that she is the daughter of Zeus and sister to Perseus. That's not all she learns though, she also discovers that the reason she was sent away from Greece as a baby was because there was a prophecy made about her, a prophecy that said she was going to destroy Olympus. A long with her best friends Angie and Damian she travels to Greece to rescue her beloved social worker and there discovers a new prophecy that could solve everything. All she needs to do is collect six talismans from six different Greek monsters. Sounds easy enough, right? Well it shouldn't be any problem for a girl who has the powers of Zeus, right? I highly implore everyone to pick up this book, it was such a fun adventure story with underlying themes that are very important to talk about. I'm actually really sad that I have to wait an entire year for the second book in this series, I already want to be back with these characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    BrittsBookClub

    I’ve read a couple of Alane Adams’ books before and I can say this one is definitely my favorite. I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology, so I was more than pleased that Alane chose to go this route for her newest novel. It could be for anyone ranging from middle age to adults if you’re looking for a light and fresh novel to read. It definitely gave me all the Percy Jackson vibes in a totally good way, so if you’ve been looking for your next Percy Jackson series, this could be it! The Story: The story I’ve read a couple of Alane Adams’ books before and I can say this one is definitely my favorite. I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology, so I was more than pleased that Alane chose to go this route for her newest novel. It could be for anyone ranging from middle age to adults if you’re looking for a light and fresh novel to read. It definitely gave me all the Percy Jackson vibes in a totally good way, so if you’ve been looking for your next Percy Jackson series, this could be it! The Story: The story was completely action packed and filled with so many adventures. There was never a dull moment. Phoebe went from fighting a hydra to a lion with an impenetrable hide to a dog with three heads and more! I thought the story was so fun and I was captivated from start to finish. And as I said before, I love Greek mythology, so I was obviously so thrilled to be reading this take on it. The Flow: The book was fast-paced and a quick read. The story flowed from one adventure to the next, not wasting time on the minute details and sticking to the larger events. It was longer than some of her other books, but I still went through it pretty quickly and read it in just a couple of days. The Characters: I loved all the characters. Each one had their own personality and it was so fun to see how different they were from one another. There were so many different characters involved and I felt that Alane Adams did a wonderful job of separating each of the characters from the other. The Writing: I thought this novel was well written. It was told using a single narrative throughout the novel. There wasn’t anything extraneous or overachieving about the writing. It was simply written, which is perfect for the intended audience. I loved this book and can’t wait for more books to come in the series. I’m so excited to see where Alane Adams decides to take Phoebe and her friends next! *Thank you to Booksparks and Alane Adams for an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessika

    Thank you to BookSparks and Alane Adams for the free finished copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! When in times of stress, sometimes you just need a good, old-fashioned adventure story, and The Eye of Zeus definitely fits the bill! Alane Adams' writing skill shines through this story, as she takes readers to ancient Greece alongside Phoebe and her friends, Damian and Angie. The plot moves continuously forward in a way that will draw even the most reluctant reader, and Adams uses Thank you to BookSparks and Alane Adams for the free finished copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! When in times of stress, sometimes you just need a good, old-fashioned adventure story, and The Eye of Zeus definitely fits the bill! Alane Adams' writing skill shines through this story, as she takes readers to ancient Greece alongside Phoebe and her friends, Damian and Angie. The plot moves continuously forward in a way that will draw even the most reluctant reader, and Adams uses description in a way that's light so as not to bog down the story while still bringing the adventure vividly to life. Phoebe is a spunky and funny protagonist, and the reader will find it easy to relate to her while still being amused by the antics of Phoebe and her friends. I haven't read Percy Jackson, so I can't really speak as to how these two stories compare, however I think it's safe to say that if you have a reader itching for another book involving Greek mythology, The Eye of Zeus is a solid and accessible tale of ancient Greece. Told with tons of heart and humor, this book was a fun way to spend a weekend!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Thank you to NetGalley, Alane Adams, and SparkPress for the opportunity to read The Eye of Zeus in exchange for an honest review. Cute for middle grade. I know everyone has said this, but even just the book blurb shouts "Percy Jackson Knockoff." While there are many similarities, there is more than enough difference to make this book unique. I really liked Adams' The Legends of Orkney series. I would actually rather see a mythology tackled by this author that we don't really see as often in liter Thank you to NetGalley, Alane Adams, and SparkPress for the opportunity to read The Eye of Zeus in exchange for an honest review. Cute for middle grade. I know everyone has said this, but even just the book blurb shouts "Percy Jackson Knockoff." While there are many similarities, there is more than enough difference to make this book unique. I really liked Adams' The Legends of Orkney series. I would actually rather see a mythology tackled by this author that we don't really see as often in literature for younger readers, rather than the over-done Greek mythology. About the plot: Phoebe Katz is the daughter of Zeus. When Ares takes her caseworker, Carl, she learns of her heritage and sets out on a quest to save him. There is a prophecy that Phoebe is fated to destroy Olympus. Somehow, with the magic of Olympus, Phoebe and her two friends, Angie and Damian, hitch a ride on a pegasus and end up in Ancient Greece. Disaster seems to follow Phoebe throughout her travels in the ancient land. The trio set out on a quest throughout the lands of ancient Greece to find six items to place into the Eye of Zeus, a mirror-like object that is meant to help Phoebe save Olympus...and Carl. They must defy fate, solve the riddle of the Sphinx, slay a hydra (and a lion and a boar and a chimera), and cut off just a small piece of Cerberus' tail. Prophesies are often misconstrued. Can Phoebe read between the lines and twist the fate that everyone believes she must fulfill? Two things I really like about this book: 1. The humor and 2. the illustrations. There are plenty of funny moments that made me actually laugh aloud and I had to read that part to my husband. Throughout there are also gorgeous illustrations of the various monsters and characters throughout Phoebe's journey. One thing I didn't like: much of the dialogue felt flat and even a bit boring at times, though descriptions of events and creatures were interesting. For the most part, a fun middle-grade adventure to the ancient land of Greece. A nice dive into mythology for young readers who have not yet been exposed to Greek mythology. Also, check out the publisher's book trailer. It's very well done, more effort than many of the book trailers I have seen and relays the premise better than the book blurb!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alane Adams

    It’s interesting to read your own reviews. Everyone has an opinion about whether or not I had the right-the audacity-to write a middle grade book about-gasp-Greek mythology-after the amazing Rick Riordan did so ten years ago. To think that I dared include hydras in my book when he did as well-as if he had personally crafted these mythological creatures—is beyond reason. A prophecy? How dare you—oracles were-wait—the very basis of most of Greek mythology. But wait-you included a character named P It’s interesting to read your own reviews. Everyone has an opinion about whether or not I had the right-the audacity-to write a middle grade book about-gasp-Greek mythology-after the amazing Rick Riordan did so ten years ago. To think that I dared include hydras in my book when he did as well-as if he had personally crafted these mythological creatures—is beyond reason. A prophecy? How dare you—oracles were-wait—the very basis of most of Greek mythology. But wait-you included a character named Perseus! Ripoff! Right. Because the actual son of Zeus from mythology that slayed Medusa-right-he was a character from—what was it—mythology—not Percy Jackson. No matter what I write if it includes threads of actual Greek mythology—which is what we authors all do—including mega movie makers—the smaller of us are accused of copying from someone more famous—as if they had invented it all on their own. I am proud of my story which was formed on one predicate—what if Perseus—THE Perseus from myth had a twin and their own prophecy—what would that look like. I wrote it from the POV of an abandoned girl who has to find her way. I wrote it for kids hungry for new stories on old tales. Read it. Don’t read it. But don’t assume because Hades or Ares appears in my story that I copied from these other great authors. It is all of us who have absorbed the great mythological pantheon that’s permeates our hearts. Writers speak through their characters and it is they who lead us through the story. Phoebe, Damian, Angie, and Macario are my hero’s. I hope they become yours.

  7. 4 out of 5

    K.C. Finn

    Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Eye of Zeus is an adventurous and fun work of children’s fiction penned by author Alane Adams. Set in the mythologically-based fantasy genre, this novel forms the first book in the Legends of Olympus series. Aimed at middle grade readers, our protagonist is the feisty twelve year old Phoebe Katz, for whom life hasn’t been very lucky so far. But when this precocious foster kid discovers that the reason she is fostered is because her father is actuall Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Eye of Zeus is an adventurous and fun work of children’s fiction penned by author Alane Adams. Set in the mythologically-based fantasy genre, this novel forms the first book in the Legends of Olympus series. Aimed at middle grade readers, our protagonist is the feisty twelve year old Phoebe Katz, for whom life hasn’t been very lucky so far. But when this precocious foster kid discovers that the reason she is fostered is because her father is actually the Greek god Zeus, the true adventure begins. Phoebe and her friends embark on an epic and dangerous quest to fulfil an ancient prophecy and save her beloved social worker all at once. This is a seriously fun book for mythology fans old and young, as we rediscover the Greek gods and their wickedly powerful ways through a new viewpoint. Phoebe is a modern heroine with true New York City grit, and it’s this powerful personality which really gives the book its charm amid a genre that has a lot of similar stories. The plot really takes off into the stratosphere with the six talismans challenge, and author Alane Adams pitches the action scenes with superb prose that is sharp and highly visual. As readers experience the fantastic beasts and epic lightning fights, there’s also a sensitive character arc developing for Phoebe and her young friends which is sure to build and grow as the series goes on. Overall, The Eye of Zeus is a superb series-starter from an accomplished author, and a highly recommended MG read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Axtman

    I was chosen to be a host in the pop up book tour for The Eye of Zeus by Alane Adams (thank you BookSparks and Alane Adams for the free copy of this book!) It’s been a while since I’ve read a middle grade book; with my little quickly growing up, I figure now is a good time to get back to them, and the Eye of Zeus was the perfect one to start with. • The Eye of Zeus was a nice escape from reality for a little while. The main character is a feisty 12-year old girl, Phoebe, who quickly discovers that I was chosen to be a host in the pop up book tour for The Eye of Zeus by Alane Adams (thank you BookSparks and Alane Adams for the free copy of this book!) It’s been a while since I’ve read a middle grade book; with my little quickly growing up, I figure now is a good time to get back to them, and the Eye of Zeus was the perfect one to start with. • The Eye of Zeus was a nice escape from reality for a little while. The main character is a feisty 12-year old girl, Phoebe, who quickly discovers that she is the daughter of Zeus. She had been sent to NY as a baby to try and keep the prophecy saying that she would destroy Olympus from coming true. When someone Phoebe cares deeply for is taken to Olympus by a god with nefarious intentions, she and her two friends travel there themselves to attempt a rescue mission and face trials of their own. • This was a fun take on Greek mythology. I personally always find it fun to read a modern take on an old story. I’ve read that there are a lot of similarities between this and Rick Riodan’s series. I have not read Riodan’s series, so I can’t speak to how similar the stories actually are, but considering that they’re both based on Greek myths, it seems to me that it should be a given that there will be at least some crossover. Same source of background myth. • The characters in the Eye of Zeus are fun. I do wish there had been a little more backstory with Phoebe and her friends, but that may come in later books (and as I write this, 12 year old loyalty and connection happens fast, so it may not be far fetched that they’ve only known each other a couple months and have such a strong friendship. I say this because Phoebe bounces from school to school, and this is a newer school to her, so without the background, I made the assumption that the kids had only known each other a short time.) • The story is quick-paced, making this a quick read. The plot never stalls, it just keeps moving from event to event. Perfect for keeping the attention of a younger audience. And there is wonderful artwork scattered throughout, showing some of the interesting creatures they encounter along the way! • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ this is a fun escape. If you have middle-grade kids or just enjoy middle-grade stories, I recommend picking it up! This book will be published 4/7/2020.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Yung

    This is a fun, fast-paced adventure, but it really does read like Percy Jackson fanfiction. It's not just the similar conceit (12-year-old foster kid who has a tough home / school life and inexplicably causes trouble finds out they're a demigod, sire of one of the Big Three), it's that the tone, quests, and characterizations (of Ares, of the giants, of the furies... I could go on) are far too similar. Perhaps later installments will branch out, but for now, I can only imagine this being enjoyabl This is a fun, fast-paced adventure, but it really does read like Percy Jackson fanfiction. It's not just the similar conceit (12-year-old foster kid who has a tough home / school life and inexplicably causes trouble finds out they're a demigod, sire of one of the Big Three), it's that the tone, quests, and characterizations (of Ares, of the giants, of the furies... I could go on) are far too similar. Perhaps later installments will branch out, but for now, I can only imagine this being enjoyable for those who haven't read PJ or who don't mind very, very close homage.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.** If your kids liked Percy Jackson then this could be the next series for them. Darling quests, ambiguous prophecies, and epic battles are all par for the course when reading this middle grade adventure novel. There are some definitely strong similarities between Percy Jackson and this book, for example: - Hydra Fight - Parent being kidnapped - Hard home/school life - Her **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.** If your kids liked Percy Jackson then this could be the next series for them. Darling quests, ambiguous prophecies, and epic battles are all par for the course when reading this middle grade adventure novel. There are some definitely strong similarities between Percy Jackson and this book, for example: - Hydra Fight - Parent being kidnapped - Hard home/school life - Hero & 2 friends going on a quest - Prophecy about said hero - Having to make a deal with another god (why is it always Hades and the underworld?) That being said, it was an enjoyable read. Katz has a rough life, school is terrible and she is just about to find out that she is a demigod: the daughter of the king of the Greek gods, Zeus. This leads into the quest of her life. If your kids like Percy Jackson or Greek mythology in general then this is a good book for them, however as an adult reader I felt like it had been done before and was a slight rehashing of a common theme.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thank you @alaneadamsbooks and @booksparks for sending a copy of Eye of Zeus and all these goodies. Most of the box was immediately enjoyed by my son but these pins and the even more precious hand sanitizer are perfect for my favourite Book Bed! Eye of Zeus is a fun middle grade book publishing in April. Phoebe Katz and her friends Angie and Damian discover she wasn’t left on a bus stop by just anyone, she is actually the daughter of Zeus, sent away to protect Ancient Greece from a dangerous prop Thank you @alaneadamsbooks and @booksparks for sending a copy of Eye of Zeus and all these goodies. Most of the box was immediately enjoyed by my son but these pins and the even more precious hand sanitizer are perfect for my favourite Book Bed! Eye of Zeus is a fun middle grade book publishing in April. Phoebe Katz and her friends Angie and Damian discover she wasn’t left on a bus stop by just anyone, she is actually the daughter of Zeus, sent away to protect Ancient Greece from a dangerous prophecy. When Phoebe and her friends travel to Ancient Greece, they fight 6 Greek monsters to save a friend. A fun and fast read, Eye of Zeus is perfect for fans of Percy Jackson or Greek mythology.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Crouch

    Thank you to the author for sharing a copy of The Eye of Zeus with Collabookation. This book was a definite change of pace for me, a realistic fiction loving reader. If you have kids who are interested in Greek mythology, The Eye of Zeus is full of adventure, friendship, and mystery. I think kids will love the fast-paced action, with every chapter introducing a new character or danger. Recommended for fans of mythology and adventure!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Merricat

    This was so expertly written to be enjoyed by children. Alane Adams has delivered a book full of adventure, mythology, and adoption representation (!!!) that elevated these themes in such a pitch perfect way for the target age group. I enjoyed this immensely and I'll be recommending it at work for every kid who just can't get enough of mythology. The interpretations here felt fresh and exciting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Guerrero

    Very similar to Percy Jackson. Only real difference is the lead is female. It would be a good book for young girls.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Huck Leberry

    While the writing was great, and it was an enjoyable read, to me it just felt like a gender swapped Percy Jackson. If I hadn't read Percy before, I would've definitely given this book 5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beth Mendelsohn

    I received this e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Phoebe Katz, age 12, is a foster kid in New York City. She was found as a baby on a bench outside a bus station. Strange things happen around her, especially when she gets angry or upset. After a disaster that Phoebe may or may not caused at school, she and her friends Damian and Angie meet the goddess Athena in a park. Turns out that Phoebe is a daughter of Zeus, has a twin brother that she has never met, and was sent to the I received this e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Phoebe Katz, age 12, is a foster kid in New York City. She was found as a baby on a bench outside a bus station. Strange things happen around her, especially when she gets angry or upset. After a disaster that Phoebe may or may not caused at school, she and her friends Damian and Angie meet the goddess Athena in a park. Turns out that Phoebe is a daughter of Zeus, has a twin brother that she has never met, and was sent to the modern world to prevent a prophecy from coming true. When Ares kidnaps her social worker, Phoebe and her friends go to ancient Greece to rescue him. She must collect talismans from several monsters to hopefully prevent the destruction of Olympus. Not an easy task but Phoebe, with her new-found power of Zeus, is up for the challenge. This is the first book in the new Legends of Olympus series. It is a different take on the Greek gods that many middle grade readers are used to (Percy Jackson). There is adventure, danger, riddles to figure out, and much more on this quest. I would definitely recommend this book for middle grades 3 – 6. #EyeOfZeus #Edelweiss

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Danks

    11 yo review= POSSIBLE SPOILERS - This book is about a young girl that has been in foster care all her life. Her name is Phoebe Katz and she seems to have paranormal abilities. After a two-headed dog appears at her school and a statue of Atlas starts talking to her, she realises something is up. When her carer Carl is kidnapped, Phoebe has to destroy Olympus to save him. I thought the idea was a little done, orphan girl with power but doesn't know it, but as the book progressed, the plot became mo 11 yo review= POSSIBLE SPOILERS - This book is about a young girl that has been in foster care all her life. Her name is Phoebe Katz and she seems to have paranormal abilities. After a two-headed dog appears at her school and a statue of Atlas starts talking to her, she realises something is up. When her carer Carl is kidnapped, Phoebe has to destroy Olympus to save him. I thought the idea was a little done, orphan girl with power but doesn't know it, but as the book progressed, the plot became more interesting, making the book more enjoyable. I loved the friendship between Macario and Phoebe (plus her loyal friends Damian and Angie) and how phoebe would do anything for Carl, the person who found her on the street. I loved the characters in the story and found myself really connecting with them. I also enjoyed the illustrations. 4.5/5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Percy Jackson who? Don’t know her.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Phoebe is the hero I’ve been waiting for! She’ll have you cheering her on, along with her wonderful friends! I can’t wait for book 2!

  20. 4 out of 5

    S.K. Gregory

    An entertaining read for loves of Greek myth. Highly recommended.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    A BIG Thank You to Netgalley and Sparkpress Books for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of “The Eye of Zeus ” for my review. Oh boy, I can just see the controversy surrounding this book on how it is a rip-off of Percy Jackson. Initially when you pick up this book, you feel like you are re-reading "The Lightning Thief" all over again. A teen in New York who realizes that they are a demi-god to the Greek mythology? To be honest though, I really appreciate the author for trying to tell a mi A BIG Thank You to Netgalley and Sparkpress Books for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of “The Eye of Zeus ” for my review. Oh boy, I can just see the controversy surrounding this book on how it is a rip-off of Percy Jackson. Initially when you pick up this book, you feel like you are re-reading "The Lightning Thief" all over again. A teen in New York who realizes that they are a demi-god to the Greek mythology? To be honest though, I really appreciate the author for trying to tell a middle grade adventure story surrounding the Greek mythology, without making it sound like it is copying off Percy Jackson. It seems like a difficult task to accomplish. I actually enjoyed reading this book for the most part! I thought she brought her own spin into the story-line and really enjoyed some of the plots. Also, I loved the characters. Phoebe is great as the protagonist! Damian, Angie and Phoebe make a great time, in addition to the charming Macario. Macario was written very well as one of those characters who I hated in the beginning but grew to like eventually. On a side note, even the illustrations are very nice and detailed and compliment the story very well! While I really enjoyed the adventure elements, I felt the author could have written it better. My main problem with this story is how Phoebe instantly knew all the incantations and what to do without any prior training. If I just realized I had super powers, I would have trouble figuring out how to use it properly. Secondly, a lot of the battles that they fight for the 6 items seemed repetitious at times. Damian would be bait, while Angie would be on the side, and Phoebe would miraculously defeat the demons. I wished the author had spiced it up a bit and made the battles more different to one another. And yes, perhaps the author could have also lowered the similarities as much as possible to not have it connected to the Percy Jackson novels. Leaving the Greek mythology aside, the setting need not have been in New York City nor have the protagonist parent/guardian kidnapped. This just made the book feel further connected to the Percy Jackson series. Overall, despite its flaws, this is a fun book, and I am definitely interested to see how it continues!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Jorquera

    I mean, fantasy and mythology and an unlikely, unsung heroine? SIGN. ME. UP. I binged this in a day and a half it was that GOOD. This book truly found its way to me in a time when I needed to be transported, and Ancient Greece was the perfect place to go. First of all. Phoebe Katz is a great character. She has a spit fire attitude and her love for her friends and Carl just had my heart bursting. She may seem a little rough around the edge, but getting some minor background on her character and wh I mean, fantasy and mythology and an unlikely, unsung heroine? SIGN. ME. UP. I binged this in a day and a half it was that GOOD. This book truly found its way to me in a time when I needed to be transported, and Ancient Greece was the perfect place to go. First of all. Phoebe Katz is a great character. She has a spit fire attitude and her love for her friends and Carl just had my heart bursting. She may seem a little rough around the edge, but getting some minor background on her character and where she’s from — wink wink nudge nudge — really helps place her. She’s a 12 year old foster kid that had bounced around from place to place with her only consistent being Carl, her social worker and the one who found her all those years ago near a deli, named KATZ. OKAY — CUTE. Phoebe and her squad of misfits, Damian and Angie, find themselves faced with a very peculiar predicament. Phoebe is a demi god and the daughter of Zeus. Vengeful Ares comes to her and disrupts everything she thinks she has some sort of grasp on, and ends up kidnapping her one solid foundation she has: Carl. Immediately they set after him and end up in Ancient Greece, trying to fulfill — or not fulfill — her original prophecy (which was her being the destroyer of Olympus!!!) In order to do so, Phoebe has to collect talisman from six different Greek monsters. And YES they are all the good ones we are wanting to see. Phoebe is thrown into this unknown and it is such a fun journey she gets to go on and watching her find her identity was so empowering for a young character. That was one of my favorite parts of this book. This book was such a fun read. It was fast paced and had me moving from one point to the next. I have not read the Percy Jackson books but I have studied loads of mythology through out my Masters and undergrad, and it was such a fun story to see play out. Loved the bending and blurring of the myths and our heroine. ☆ A huge thank you to @booksparks and the wonderfully talented @alaneadamsbooks for this advanced copy!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leighellen Landskov

    What a fun escape! If you have Middle Grade kiddos that enjoy fast action, greek mythology, and kids going on quests with their buddies then this is the book to get for them! My kids are home from school because of the pandemic so this was the perfect escape from reality for them without being too heavy. This book follows an orphan named Phoebe who's bounced around the foster care system. One day at school, things get a little weird and she finds out she's actually the daughter of Zeus! She has t What a fun escape! If you have Middle Grade kiddos that enjoy fast action, greek mythology, and kids going on quests with their buddies then this is the book to get for them! My kids are home from school because of the pandemic so this was the perfect escape from reality for them without being too heavy. This book follows an orphan named Phoebe who's bounced around the foster care system. One day at school, things get a little weird and she finds out she's actually the daughter of Zeus! She has to head to Olympus to try to break a prophecy. Two of her best buddies go with her, providing depth and humor to the story. Personally, I loved that we had a female protagonist! There are plenty of hero action books with male leads so it was fun to see a young girl in this role. Phoebe is sassy and funny and tough without being brash. I enjoyed that this book felt light and wasn't bogged down with crass humor, poor language, or negative stereotypes. We also weren't distracted by some side story romance. I also enjoyed how loyal Phoebe was and that she leaned on her friends for help as they solved riddles and collected talisman. Yes, there's plenty of comparisons to Percy Jackson but it's Greek Mythology - those stories are as old as time so presenting them to a fresh new crop of kiddos is a great idea. Any time we can reach readers with whit and whimsy and a little education thrown in, I'm all for it! If your kids loved Percy Jackson, Charlie Bone, or The Last Kids on Earth series they should enjoy this. Or if your kiddo loves mythology, this is a fun way for them to learn more!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog

    The Eye of Zeus follows Phoebe Katz as she ventures to Olympus in order to save a long time friend and parental figure with her friends. It is a fast-paced, bold adventure, with mythology, monsters, and lots of fighting. I really enjoyed this book, it follows a female main character battling monsters to save a friend, destroying almost everything else around her to to do so. She is strong, stubborn and brave, but mostly stubborn and resilient for being a foster kid of so long. The book is action The Eye of Zeus follows Phoebe Katz as she ventures to Olympus in order to save a long time friend and parental figure with her friends. It is a fast-paced, bold adventure, with mythology, monsters, and lots of fighting. I really enjoyed this book, it follows a female main character battling monsters to save a friend, destroying almost everything else around her to to do so. She is strong, stubborn and brave, but mostly stubborn and resilient for being a foster kid of so long. The book is action packed and takes Greek mythology tales and turns them on their heads a bit. This is the first book in a series and it starts so quickly, you meet Phoebe and then she starts getting attacked almost immediately. Luckily she has two friends to help her, Angie and Damian. Angie is always hungry and a great character for comic relief in the rough times, and Damian is a know it all, which actually comes in really handy in order to defeat monsters. There are even a few demigods that help as well. So why only 4 stars and not 5, well.... this book it eerily similar to Percy Jackson, which is fine because I enjoyed that one a lot too. This book does change a few key things but there were a lot of very striking similarities throughout. Overall, if you or your children enjoyed Percy Jackson, this would be a great read. I think it could resonate more with girls, as it is a girl main character and let's be realistic, as a female sometimes I wish there were more books with brave, battling female main characters like this one had. I appreciate it even though the tale is similar.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I won this book on one of the Goodreads giveaways. This book was a fun and engrossing read. From the moment I started reading, I was interested in the characters and what they were doing. The author does a fantastic job of making you care about these kids and their quest. The story flows smoothly from one scene and location to the next. I ended up reading it entirely in an evening. Phoebe isn't the standard heroine. First of all, she's the daughter of Zeus who has spent her entire life on Earth I won this book on one of the Goodreads giveaways. This book was a fun and engrossing read. From the moment I started reading, I was interested in the characters and what they were doing. The author does a fantastic job of making you care about these kids and their quest. The story flows smoothly from one scene and location to the next. I ended up reading it entirely in an evening. Phoebe isn't the standard heroine. First of all, she's the daughter of Zeus who has spent her entire life on Earth as an abandoned foster child. We find out right away that there is something very special about this rebellious young lady. Her unlikely friendship with two other misfits proves to be part of her strength and internal power. The adventure these three embark on takes us through ancient Greece. The historical side of the story is shared with humor and a light touch. Ms. Adams does a fantastic job of teaching the reader about the mythology and history of the Greek gods. Those familiar with the tales will enjoy the refresher course while young readers won't realize they're learning while enjoying the trek to save Olympus - or destroy it. That part is a little muddled. I highly recommend this book for young and old(er) readers alike. It is a fun romp through history with an unlikely and of heroes and yes, misfits. I'm looking forward to the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    The Eyes of Zeus by Alane Adams is the first book in a new middle grades fantasy series, The Legends of Olympus. The main character is Phoebe Katz, a girl who was abandoned by her parents when she was a newborn. She has been bounced around the foster system for years. and has experienced some trouble in school. Phoebe is having an ordinary day at Dexter Academy until she starts seeing some things that are definitely not typical, such as a two headed dog, a hydra, harpies, and talking statues. Ph The Eyes of Zeus by Alane Adams is the first book in a new middle grades fantasy series, The Legends of Olympus. The main character is Phoebe Katz, a girl who was abandoned by her parents when she was a newborn. She has been bounced around the foster system for years. and has experienced some trouble in school. Phoebe is having an ordinary day at Dexter Academy until she starts seeing some things that are definitely not typical, such as a two headed dog, a hydra, harpies, and talking statues. Phoebe quickly discovers that she is not an ordinary girl. She is in fact a daughter of Zeus and the twin sister of Perseus! She is really Princess Phoebe of Angos and she was gifted the power to call lightning. She was sent away from Olympus because of a prophecy. At first Phoebe wants nothing to do with Olympus or the Greek gods, but Ares wants Phoebe to fulfill the prophecy and forces her to enter the magical world of ancient Greece or she would face consequences. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast easy read and very appropriate for the intended audience. It could definitely be used to help teach about Greek mythology in a fun manner. It did feel a bit like I was reading Percy Jackson combined with Narnia, but the story is genuinely entertaining.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sammantha

    The Eye of Zeus is the story of Phoebe Katz's journey to save her social worker, Carl, who has been kidnapped by Ares who is trying to overthrow Zeus (who also happens to be Phoebe's father). Phoebe and her two friends, Angie and Damian travel throughout Ancient Greece to fulfil an ancient prophecy in the hopes of stopping Ares. Phoebe learns she is a daughter of Zeus and can conjure lightning which proved to be both helpful and harmful during the course of this book. I enjoyed reading the story The Eye of Zeus is the story of Phoebe Katz's journey to save her social worker, Carl, who has been kidnapped by Ares who is trying to overthrow Zeus (who also happens to be Phoebe's father). Phoebe and her two friends, Angie and Damian travel throughout Ancient Greece to fulfil an ancient prophecy in the hopes of stopping Ares. Phoebe learns she is a daughter of Zeus and can conjure lightning which proved to be both helpful and harmful during the course of this book. I enjoyed reading the story from Phoebe's point of view. She also has two great friends who believed her pretty quickly that she was a demigod. I loved Damian since he's a big mythology nerd like me. He knew more than me since I'd never heard of Erinyes before reading this. My favorite aspect of this book though was the Ancient Greece world. Since I'm use to reading a certain Greek mythology series that has the gods in our world, I thought the way the characters entered Greece was a new take on a present day mythology story. Overall I'd give this book 4 stars since it was so fun to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bayley Pepper

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I'm giving this book 4.5 stars, rounding it up to 5. I really enjoyed this book! It has definitely got Percy Jackson vibes which I really liked; I LOVE Greek mythology! The characters were so much fun and I adored the voice in this book. My only quibbles were that some of the words the MC used took me out of the story a bit, as they didn't always sound like something a middle grader would say (like Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I'm giving this book 4.5 stars, rounding it up to 5. I really enjoyed this book! It has definitely got Percy Jackson vibes which I really liked; I LOVE Greek mythology! The characters were so much fun and I adored the voice in this book. My only quibbles were that some of the words the MC used took me out of the story a bit, as they didn't always sound like something a middle grader would say (like referring to your home as your "crib") and it reminded me that the book is written by an adult--which of course it is. Also, one of the characters is nicknamed "sun-brain", which for me was just a tad too close to Percy Jackson's nickname "seaweed-brain". Overall, I really enjoyed THE EYE OF ZEUS. If you liked Percy Jackson and want a little bit of a twist with a female protagonist, I'd definitely recommend this book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jaymie

    [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.] Fans of Rick Riordan's mythology stories (or the ones from his imprint) or those of Kate O'Hearn should enjoy this story that has a Percy Jackson feel to it. There's a pre-teen demigod, monsters, a quest, and a prophecy. I enjoyed the ensemble in this, although Phoebe's friends were inconsistent at times whether they were going to be cautious and reluctant or all in for th [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.] Fans of Rick Riordan's mythology stories (or the ones from his imprint) or those of Kate O'Hearn should enjoy this story that has a Percy Jackson feel to it. There's a pre-teen demigod, monsters, a quest, and a prophecy. I enjoyed the ensemble in this, although Phoebe's friends were inconsistent at times whether they were going to be cautious and reluctant or all in for the adventure. My other disappointment was with how quickly and easily Phoebe understood her powers. There's no mentor or camp or brochure to tell her how they work. She just knows magical words and what powers are in her repertoire instinctively, I guess. The mythology is spot on and the quest includes sufficient danger to keep readers engaged and flipping pages. Mythology fans should check out this series launch.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elisa (The Overflowing Bookshelf)

    How would you feel if all of a sudden you went from being a scrappy foster kid living in New York City to a lightning bolt-wielding prophecy? Have I got your attention yet? In Alane Adams’s new novel, The Eye of Zeus, our protagonist finds herself in this exact situation. Meet Phoebe Katz, a twelve-year-old foster kid from New York City who’s been bounced around the system her entire life. Things happen around Phoebe, but it’s not like they’re her fault! But when a statue of Athena comes to life, How would you feel if all of a sudden you went from being a scrappy foster kid living in New York City to a lightning bolt-wielding prophecy? Have I got your attention yet? In Alane Adams’s new novel, The Eye of Zeus, our protagonist finds herself in this exact situation. Meet Phoebe Katz, a twelve-year-old foster kid from New York City who’s been bounced around the system her entire life. Things happen around Phoebe, but it’s not like they’re her fault! But when a statue of Athena comes to life, Phoebe gets the stunning news she’s the daughter of Zeus, has a twin brother named Perseus―and was sent away from ancient Greece as a baby to stop a terrible prophecy that predicted she would one day destroy Olympus. Athena warns Phoebe to stay in hiding, but when the vengeful god Ares kidnaps her beloved social worker, Phoebe has no choice―she has to travel back to ancient Greece and rescue him! There, Phoebe and her friends Angie and Damian discover a new prophecy, one that may fix everything. The catch: Phoebe has to collect talismans from six Greek monsters, including the fang from a nine-headed hydra, a talon from the Nemean lion, and a feather from the sphinx. No problem for a girl with the power to call up lightning bolts and change the weather! But can Phoebe collect them all and stop the prophecy before she destroys Olympus? This was a super cute and fun middle grade book! It was action packed and full of adventures that are pulled straight from the history books. The mixing of Greek Myths to form the plot of this story was really unique and fans of Greek mythology will love this book! All of the characters were unique in their own ways and helped make this story so much fun to read. Between Phoebe’s determination, Damian’s intelligence, and Angie’s fierce loyalty, these characters are not only enjoyable to read about, but provide good role models for children who may be reading this book. I found the book to be very Percy Jackson-esque and brought back nostalgia from when I first read The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. While the two stories are very similar, a lot of readers will enjoy hearing about a new group of heroes who go on great adventures that will take you away from the mundaneness of real life. While this could be a fun stand-alone book, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series! *I received a copy of the book from BookSparks in exchange for my honest opinion.

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