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Book Review: Bull by David Elliott

As a pre-teen, years ago, I was obsessed with Greek mythology. I completely absorbed myself into every epic poem, stage play, television show, video game and (age appropriate) book I could find. So seeing a new book which promised a whole new light on Theseus and the Minotaur had me at hello. The cover is a pretty awesome selling point too.

30969875Entering the book itself, I was ready to go. And immediately greeted with something completely unexpected. First the listing of the cast of characters… this part makes sense, much like in a play, you want to know who the main characters are. The descriptions are a little funny, and I’m good with that. Like:

“Poseidon, King of the Sea. He may be a god, but he’s not unreasonable, and when he is, so what?”

Okay. True. And cheeky. Then we move on to the tale itself.

“Whaddup, bitches?
Am I right or am I right?”

OH I SEE HOW THIS IS GOING TO GO. It’s modern verse. Gotcha. So scrap the idea of a new Greek myth re-telling, enter Hamilton-esque expectations.

But I did have a moment of… should I keep reading this? No, let’s not… yes, let’s… no… yes…


… it’s a book just read it! So I committed and I was in.

The verse was enjoyable and very entertaining. Some f-bombs and such. I liked it for how contemporary it really was overall, and could see it being a great complementary piece to the original myths for discussion in classrooms. It’s not something I would crave to read again, personally, but it was a fun and short read.

Note: Thank you to NetGalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for a copy in exchange for an honest review. Bull by David Elliott is available for pre-order and scheduled for release on March 28, 2017.

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