Author: Madeline Miller
Length: 385 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date: April 10, 2018
Content Disclaimers: Violence, Homosexual Relations,
Bestiality (implied & confirmed), Magic, Killing,
Rape & Attempted Rape, Child Abuse
Okay seriously? Why have we not heard about Circe like this before? I swear, the only Circe I really remember is from Percy Jackson (and not even really), and then when she was in Justice League Unlimited. I was not expecting to like this as much as I did, and now I’m kind of sad that it’s over?! Like… wow?
Circe was born to Helios and Perse. She is technically a Titan because Helios is a Titan, but Perse is a nymph and so her blood isn’t exactly pure, but she’s way stronger than her mother. However, her parents are real jerks because apparently she wasn’t destined to marry an Olympian or whatever, so her mom was like “eh, I’ll make better kids than this one.” Circe is technically the oldest out of her and her three siblings and yet they treat her like she’s trash. Every single day. It’s disgusting. Circe just… wow she grew so much. Her exile was almost a blessing so she could get away from her hateful relatives.
Aeetes is her youngest brother, and in the beginning he was like really loving and super nice to her, and then he freaking ditches her like she’s old news and like, was it all fake? I’m so confused, and it makes me angry because he was her first and only friend and then he just ditched her because he was destined to rule a kingdom and she wasn’t. Like, apparently Titans and Olympians only care about power? But it’s whatever because I don’t even KNOW him from before, so clearly Circe is superior.
Sooooo many Titans and Olympians. Not even worth mentioning in my opinion. There’s like a directory at the end of the book if you’re really interested, but honestly a lot of them come from what we learned in Greek Mythology. It just doesn’t make it Disney-fied like what we want it to be. Trust, these Gods are NOT fun.
Everyone is a bitch to Circe.
That’s literally the plot.
But seriously Circe gets punished because she told the truth about what happened to this other bitch nymph named Scylla (yeah, the monster) and then she’s forced to live in exile for all eternity? But then people like to randomly show up on her island because the rules didn’t say nobody can visit her, she just can’t leave the island. And then the gods start sending their naughty ass daughters to her island and she’s just sick of it. And then men come to the island trying to rape her and that’s why she turns them into pigs, and like. I feel you, Circe. I feel you, Goddess.
Circe is really the only one I liked in this whole book. Maybe Telegonus. Maybe Penelope towards the end. Maybe Telemacus. But for sure Circe. She was just a tender soul and yeah she could be a bad ass witch too but damn it she just wanted to be loved, okay?!
Oh and I loved her growth throughout the novel, and how it didn’t matter how many people would constantly demean her and strike her down, she never gave up. Never faltered. She kept going. That was truly inspiring.
Literally everyone is an asshole to Circe. Especially her shit mother.
I hated everyone. Wow. Poor Circe.
Don’t ever disrespect my girl Circe again.
I’m sorry guys. I know this wasn’t like beautiful or insightful or anything, but I was just pissed at literally every single immortal in this damn book for being a jerk to Circe. Like, she was the only character I rooted for, and honestly I hope that she does end up having a happy ending because she freaking deserves it!