O Audrey Hart for contacting me and providing me with an advance copy of The Dig You can read reviews and other fun stuff on my blog Paper Cuts I LOVED THIS BOOK Zeus is adorable I never ever thought that I would ever saytypethink that but there it is He s a hottie with a sensitive side that makes me want to ship him and Zoe until I can t possibly fangirl any Zoe is so strong internally She s a great heroine and I admire her selflessness and wonderful modern way of thinking The jokes were hilarious Every story I read about the Greek God Finally a female Percy Jackson I have been waiting and waiting and wondering when an enterprising author would hit upon the idea and I have finally found it Zoe is all the best of Percy funny spunky and prone to a lot of trouble which made for one great readAfter wandering into a forbidden temple while on a trip with her archaeologist uncle and aunt Zoe is transported to ancient Greece Really ancient Greece 1000 BC or so To find her way back she must travel to the oracle isn t there always an oracle and follow said directions Of course along the way she must endure trials on Mt Olympus rescue various creatures from destruction and get in a catfight with a teenaged HeraDid I mention she also meets and falls in love with a cute teenage boy who saves her on than once occasion Maybe because he s Zeus and like the god of everything His friends and girlfriend Hera are not happy with the arrangement and throw even deadly obstacles in the path of the star crossed lovers There is so much to like about this book Right away from the very first paragraph I felt like I new Zoe and she was talking straight to me That Sweet Bags kind of connection isn t often found in books and I relished it reading way past the time I usually give to myself and burning a few dinners in the process It has a great message in it for young girls and isn t just mindless drivel like many of the girly books out there This is one heroine a young girl could really sink her teeth into and learn a valuable message about to boot namely that the trials and obstacles in life often teach us about what we are made up of and teach us what we want in life and what is really important The perfect combination of romance and adventureThe book is a first in a trilogy so be prepared toeep reading the first one ends in a cliffhanger that wasn t satisfying at all Now I just have to wait for the next installment My reviewCoverI adore the cover It s cute and represents the story The little wings on the feet is CUTE I love how the way the title and the picture is set on the cover4 Forget me not flowers for the coverStoryIndiana Jones meets Percy Jackson with a sweet romance When Zoe first arrived in Ancient Greece the book progressed uite slowly with Zoe meeting some new characters and trying to adapt with her new situation I almost didn t enjoy it since I really wanted Zeus to appear and read the romance I England in America, 1580-1652 know Inow I m so silly for wanting the romance barely in the beginning already There s a character who Zoe called Blondie and I didn t expect he was going to be the main character I am surprised After Zoe meets with Zeus I am completely into this book I loved meeting the Greek gods and godesses as young adults about seventeen years old Even though the gods are remake by making them younger unlike the Greek myths illustration we ve seen with Zeus and his beard it is still true to the mythology like how Zeus likes to disguise as a regular mortal and he had a jealous wife or girlfriend Hera who became an antagonist in this novel I also enjoyed reading about the use of modern technology back in ancient times such as how Zoe uses her iPhone for compass to help her escape the labyrinth It s an interesting blend of modern and ancient times Zoe uses phrases like FB Twitter in the book and even singing Umbrella by Rihanna song with Zeus The book is filled with adventures and I really enjoyed it after Zoe meets ZeusCharactersI love every single characters in this book particularly Zoe and Zeus of course I love their relationship they are so cute together and their powers Their story of when they first met was simply funny and interesting Zeus being young compared to how we originally Battle Scars: A Story of War and All That Follows know the Greek myths make me like him a lot He seemed innocentind and loving Zoe is also a very funny character who also has powers like the gods Reading about their relationship makes me really enjoy the bookOverallIndiana Jones meets Percy Jackson with a sweet romance I really enjoyed it I am looking forward to the seuel and the ending was great If you love Greek Mythology you ll love this book as much as I do5 Forget me not flowers for The Dig I don t venture much into self published territory but I had to after reading the synopsis for The Dig by Audrey Hart Time travel Mythology Sexy Zeus Yes please But I ve got to say that I was really disappointed in this one While the MC had a cute spunky voice
I just couldn t get behind the intense insta love the egregious historical just couldn t get behind the intense insta love the egregious historical and the mismatched plot and pacingFirst let me give you my schpeal on historical fantasy and time travel novels yes this is fantasy I The Economics Of Business Enterprise know that your protagonist is a time traveler I alsonow that you don t want to write in an archaic style But why do you have your historical characters talking and acting like modern people with modern sensibilities This is the first rule in historical fiction YOUR SETTING ISN T MODERN SO WHY ARE YOU WRITING LIKE IT IS I found this to be true in both The Dig and the other self published novel I recently read Destined by Jessie Harrell though at least Harrell s novel was well paced and had an interesting storylineIt really irritated me that all the Greek gods and the nymphs and everything threw around words like boyfriend and cantina UhhI m pretty sure that cantina is a Spanish word and as this is supposed to be ancient Greece I m gonna go out on a limb and say they didn t have that wordSo yeah I was really tripped up by the historical inaccuracies But I was
ALSO BOTHERED BY THE ALMOST PRODUCT PLACING SERIOUSLY APPLE bothered by the almost product placing Seriously Apple have paid Hart for publishing this book It s practically a commercial for the iPhone She s always talking about all the cool apps it has and a freakin iPhone is what transports her back in time Wow I didn t Comparative Contract Law, Second Edition know they had an app for that It was all very weird thatThen there s the issue of characterization While I enjoyed reading about Zoe because she was a little snarky and funny I reallyind of hated all how all the other characters are portrayed I was excited to see that Zeus was getting facetime in this book as he s usually overlooked in YA But what I found here was a spineless teeny bopper that magically falls in love with our average heroine playing into the ultimate YA stereotype He s supposed to be centuries old but all I could see was a ninth grader who s too cute for his own good He s so cookie cutter it hurt my heart a little This is Zeus aka god of lightning and ing of the Pantheon who s a classic womanizer and castrated his dad for rule of Olympus SUCH good material to work with here But it was all wasted in The DigAnd while I m on the with here But it was all wasted in The DigAnd while I m on the can I just say that Hermes was not a girl WHAT I understand that this gender reversal was used as a plot device so that everyone could be all matchy matchy but if you re going to do that just swap him out for a goddess or something I mean that s practically blasphemy wellit would have been if this were ancient Greece I suppose And while I appreciated that Hera was the vengeful shrew that she often is in myth I felt like she was shrunken so much that she became petty In fact they were ALL petty It was just weirdAnd do I even have to mention the bit about Kim Kardashian And Rihanna Oh and iPhones Yeah I don t think so You re getting the picture All these really weird elements came together in an awkward plot with bad pacing and too much telling and it was just all around NOT entertaining The beginning had promise Hart should have just ept Zoe in modern times This book needs some SERIOUS renovations before I would recommend a big time publisher picking it up but then again books get published every day that I don t think should have beenI almost feel bad giving such a scathing review but this one pushed my buttons I had high hopes and I love to support authors who don t get hype But I m sorry This one wasn t for me. Angerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her all except for Zeus the beautiful winged young god who risks everything to save herOut of time and out of her element teenager Zoe Calder finds herself in ancient Greece battling against the power of the Olympians and the vengeance of a scorned goddess all for the strange and mysterious boy she has come to lo.
Audrey Hart á 1 DOWNLOADOne Big Damn Puzzler kinda went downhill from thereBut to avoid gettingwell overly rant y we re going to look at this in terms of the story As the summary above suggests The Dig follows Zoe a girl who travels to Greece for the summer to assist on her aunt and uncle s archeological dig Once there she intentionally wanders off on her first day to explore and ends up in a room with a giant iPhone mounted on the wall Except of course it s not an iPhone just some sort of doorway that inexplicably looks like an iPhone and again inexplicably transports Zoe thousands of years in the past to ancient Greece There she discovers a new found ability to manipulate the earth which gets her mistaken for a godYes she was transported back in time by a not iPhone And no it doesn t really make any sense nor do we ever get any explanation whatsoever as to why it looked like that or why Zoe traveled back in time in the first place But that didn t bother me very much because let s be honest any reasoning we get is just going to be an excuse The author wanted to set a modern story in ancient Greece it sounded fun and the rest is just window dressing Of all the as yet unfulfilled plot holes that concerned me the leastPlot hole that did bug me a bit The language Zoe speaks Greek I get that but she mentions briefly that the people she encounters in this ancient era are speaking a much older version of Greek than the one she understands Her first few conversations are pretty rocky coming down to awkward one word exchangesand then that issue just sort of disappears Her conversations with every other important character is flawless natural to the point that I seriously wondered Did I miss some scene where they said that everyone started speaking EnglishInow that language is another one of those time travel details that gets excused away but after the initial shock there s not even an attempt made here at any sort of communication difficulties or olde speak Characters are only confused by the most obvious technological references movies Facebook and many utilize modern idioms and slang My personal favorite example of this is probably the way the goddess Hera speaks like the teen ueen she s supposed to be passive aggressively insulting Zoe s clothes and condescendingly calling her sweetie and dear Does ancient Greek even have an euivalent to those words with the same ind of catty connotations And if it did would Zoe understand it Dialect is a tricky thing Ask anyone who s taken a high school Spanish class and then tried to use it in MexicoThen there s Zoe As far as protagonists go she inda gave me trouble from the start While her characterization is fairly typical for heroines of the YA genre a Pretty Ugly loner who doesn t feel she fits in with other girls her age we re blatantly and repeatedly told that this is what Zoe is from the start By Zoe Without getting the chance to suss it out for ourselves It gets old fast and gives her a serious likability problemI ve said it before but it s incredibly irritating when otherwise potentially likable characters feel the need to drone on and on about how much they don t fit in with other people and doubly so when they do it with a haughty
attitude According to Zoe she t like other girls you see because other girls are vapid bimbos only concerned with things like Gossip Girl and boys and makeup and celebrities where as our heroine is sooooooo much better because she s interested in important and deep things like archaeologyURGH This really is the single most unlikable attitude a heroine can have and I really can t tell if Hart is trying to portray this as Zoe s rationalization for isolating herself from everyone or if she s honestly trying to capture and express the feelings of neglected bookworms and nerds trying to capture and express the feelings of neglected bookworms and nerds teenagers outside the mainstream Either way it s incredibly annoying It turned me off of Zoe s character almost instantly and the way the plot ultimately ended up going only exacerbated the problem for meFortunately Zoe s relatively decent sense of humor NORJAK kept me from wanting to continuously strangle her She generally reacts to her situation like a normal teenager sarcasm fear despair and you can relate to her sense of displacement Her likability issue flares mostly when she has time to reflect on her life at home so when she sept otherwise occupied by the plot and other characters Zoe is generally a tolerable character Unfortunately once we hit the romance portion of the book her actions become a little less relatableIn a bid to get back to her own time Zoe is told to seek out the Oracle and of course she meets a boy along the way Almost immediately Zoe s attraction to the boy begins to detract her from her uest to get homeRead at You re KillingUs 47 stars I liked the spin on the gods and goddesses it was interesting Zoe and Zeus were cute together I d really like to read the next one I have always had a love of Greek mythology I don t consider myself an expert on it or anything but the stories of the gods and all the crazy creatures has fascinated me for as long as I can remember I ve seen a whole lot of interpretations of the stories and the The Dig is definitely one of my favorites All of our favorite gods are there Zeus Hera Hades Poseidon Aphrodite Hermes but they re human teenagers I really love this idea because I always felt like the gods seemed like big powerful teenagers anyways with their scrabbling over stupid things and falling in love with their own reflections Audrey Hart has incorporated all of the things we love about Greek mythology within the coming of age story of Zoe Calder and it s a fun rideZoe was definitely a highlight of the book I now there are a lot of introverted young adult protagonists but Zoe felt like the most genuine and realistic interpretation of this and I felt like she and I would get along SheCONDESCENDING ATTITUDE ACCORDING TO ZOE SHE
S Smart And Intuitive Suresmart and intuitive Sure freaks out about somehow ending up in ancient Greece but she doesn t whine about it for the whole book she does something about it Her insecurities felt real and much like how I felt in high school She doesn t have the same interests as her classmates and can t uite relate but somehow nows there s really nothing wrong with that At the same time Zoe s journey is a trip to find herself Though she The Outside knew she was strong she never had to really show it and she learns just whatind of person she isI also thought the relationship between Zoe and Zeus was well developed which is a rarity recently In true teenager fashion Zoe rushes into labels for what they are and thinks she s way in love than she really is but their real relationship not the one in Zoe s head moves at a good pace There s no insta love just attraction and their relationship develops over time spent together having a good time not brooding stares Zeus is also a very worthy love interest I m definitely looking forward to of him The Dig is a very fast paced and fun read At just above 200 pages you can read it in one sitting and be very satisfied with how you ve spent your last few hours It is packed full with action mythology and romance that all blend together for a great adventure and I can t wait for the rest of the trilogy A big thanks Ports her to ancient GreeceAs Zoe uickly learns the Olympian Gods are real living people humans with mysterious powers Powers that Zoe uickly realizes she has come to possess as well However when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world No matter whatZoe is forced to play a confusing and 25 Stars So let me start off by saying I am a huge Mythology buff It s to the point where i wonder myself why i haven t sat down to write my own spin on the infamous Greek GodsI remember picking up one book of Percy Jackson and the Olympiansfinishing it and the second onebut by the time i reached the third book i couldn t take it anyIt lost me Why No ideait was probably the only bookmovie that tried to stick to the century old storiesyet it failed somehow during the end for me With that being saidThe Digi m so thoroughly confused I honestly have no opinion I didn t dislike itnor did i like it persay Here are my reasons1 As stated before i am an avid historicalmythological nerd I feel as though some stories are so old and well Loving James (Surviving Elite High, known they just should not be touched I loved the idea of The Dig but i wasn t too hyped about the idea of all the Gods being viewed as stuck up snobby teenagers We just deleted an entire history with this book In almost every story that i ve ever readZeus is who he isZeusthe unfaithful hardly ever loyal unrepentant God of Thunder Yet in thishe is not seen as suchthat didnt bother me as much I thought the love between Zoe and Zeus were cutehonestly i liked the side of Zeus when it came to Zoebut i m getting track We ve just deleted stories and stories and stories of mythology in 200 pages They ve obviously lived 500 years in this bookso why is Hera Zeus s girlfriendand why on earth is it that Zoenew Hera as the Goddess of Marriage but it escapes her mind that Zeus has a girlfriend Why is it that Zeus and Hera have no Bedford Square (Charlotte Thomas Pitt, kids When wenow darn well that everyone on Mount Olympus is related in some I See Rude People kind of way I don t fault Audrey Hart for the changes that she s made For some of you this may not be such a big dealbut for me itilled my fire for this book Another aspectThe Giant Iphonewas not even half way explainedwe still HVAC Design Sourcebook know nothing of itthere were things that just weren t explained as well I feel as though NOTHING happened in this entire book Zoe was transported back in timeshe did 3 uick testswater fire air 4 if you include the hydraand then the rest of the book was mostly metaphors and reminiscing about things that in no way helped us understand how or why Zoe was transported to ancient greece with the power of the gods If we took out half of the random memories she brought on during something as simple as a peanut butter sandwhichthe book would be 10 pages long The first page captivated me for some reason I immediately bought it after reading the first page I never do that But the rest of the book is exactly like those first couple of pages full of comparisons and too short a story She literally tells us how she feels about every single thing and how it all relates back to present day Earthwhich was all finebut if you re going to fill the book with metaphorsplease add an extra 200 pages so that i can walk away feeling like i learned about her situation I m in the exact same spot i was before i started the book So assuming i assuming i remember to read book 2please give us a little background Right now i don tnow if Zoe was what she was simply because she found the small circular disk ojector if her history somehow already indicates that she would have been a god anyways I also didn t enjoy watching how utterly scared and defenseless Zeus seemed He s the King of Gods I mean of course in every aspect of Greek Mythologyhis family goes against himbut they are damn well smart enough to do it behind his back than to his faceknowing Zeus could literally smite them with a blink of an eye So many Gods were missingit was as if Mount Olympus only had 12 Godswhen we all Melvin Menchers News Reporting and Writing know there were many missing Which is fine because hey this was only book 1 But she never even so much as mentioned the other Gods It s like she literally had no uestions She was the a lone leafshe just went wherever the wind took herSooooo to sum it all up This was not an awful book though inow my previous writing will have you raising your eyebrows asking me if i ve bumped my headbut it wasn t I am just an extremely biased i guess harsh critic because it is dealing with mythology Its a hit or miss for me It was a uick readi read it alli haven t refunded my moneythat s an extremely good sign for me Just if you are an A V I D mythology fango into this book with wary eyesif not and you re just here for the fantasy elementyou ll probably enjoy it Dig is perhaps the most annoying and ridiculous book I d ever read And I read over thousands of books so this is saying something Of course there are tons of annoying books but none of them are as ridiculous as this one Oh by the way I m following the genres of Greek Mythology or storiesbooks based on Greek Mythology I m going back to Percy Jackson There is a
of fangirls and Jackson fansDig ignores everything of Greek Mythology The author horribly bashed Greek Myth in the hea A 35 ReviewMy son once asked me why I love to read He sat there perched on the edge on my bed me sprawled out with my Kindle and just laid it on me Tell me momtell me the truth So I did I like to read because it takes me away from here First of allnot the best response when you are talking to a 5 year old I meant I get to visit cool and exciting places from the comfort of my own bed He heard Mommy doesn t want to be herewith him Not a fun thing to back peddle from I assure you But yesterday almost 3 years later something clicked with him and he got it SeeB is now a But yesterday almost 3 years later something clicked with him and he got it SeeB is now a Much to the dismay of my husband who is not a reader and would rather he be The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans, knee deep in Boy Scout dirt B never goes anywhere without a book He likes the adventure of it all loves to learn new things and paint pictures in his headWhy is this important Wellbesides the obvious watch what you say around yourids The Dig is a very good example of escapism Zoe Calder has always been an outsider Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world And one day while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports her to ancient Greece As Zoe uickly learns the Olympian Gods are real living people humans with mysterious powers Powers that Zoe uickly realizes she has come to possess as well However when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world No matter what Zoe is forced to play a confusing and dangerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her all except for Zeus the beautiful winged young god who risks everything to save her Some books are designed to tug on your heart strings Some are designed to teach you a lesson or convey a message Some are designed to scare the living bejeezus out of you and some are meant for one and one thing onlyentertainment The Dig by Audrey Hart is not going to change the world or end life long suffering but what it will do is take you away from reality s harsh existence for a while Is this a bad thing Of course not Reading shouldn t be a chore and while it s self fulfilling to dive into deep books like The Book Thief or The Storyteller from time to time because they ARE deep and meaningful sometimes it s necessary to reboot Oh dear LordI sound like my husband One of the best ways to do this is with a book that is fun And what is fun than a bunch of pissy Greek Gods and a girl all hopped up on AmbrosiaNow while this book is in no way perfect She travels through time by way of a 7ft iPhone Really and does have a few holes I d REALLY like to fall in love that fast that doesn t by any means make it bad Justuirky As a matter of factit was very reminiscent of Rick Riorden s Percy Jackson series in a let s throw every thing but the itchen sink at this girl and see what happens sort of way It was funny in some places serious in others and without a doubt 100% action packedI think that with a little time and maybe a tad focus on the development of the characters inside the story this could have been a great book Instead you have a fun little read that is sure to entertain you when you are feeling blue Just remember to not take it too seriouslyif you do you ll be disappointedMy overall thoughtthis would be a GREAT book for younger female audiencessay around 12 13 It will teach Zoe Calder has always been an outsider Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world And one day while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that trans. .Bunch Of Fangirls And