A Twisted Tale: Go the Distance by Jen Calonita

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There are some books that I’m just super excited to read, that drop my other current reads and read the one I’m excited for. Needless to say this was one of them.

Publication: April 6th 2021

Synopsis: What if Meg had to become a god?

After Hercules proves he’s a true hero and regains his godship, all seems right in the world. That is, until Zeus tells Meg that she can’t be with Hercules because she’s, well, mortal. Luckily, Hera has a solution, offering Meg a chance to prove herself worthy of a spot on Mt. Olympus–as a god. All Meg has to do is complete a mysterious quest.

The mission? Oh, just to rescue her ex’s current wife from the Underworld. The ex-boyfriend she saved by selling her soul to Hades. The ex-boyfriend who immediately moved on to someone else while she was stuck in the Underworld. Can Meg put her past behind her and use her quick-wit to defeat monsters and gods alike, including the nefarious Hades? Will she finally figure out her place and contribution to the world? Or will her fear of commitment have her running away from an eternity of godhood with Herc?

Review/Thoughts: You know that happy ending in the 1997 Disney movie ‘Hercules’. Herc says he’d rather be mortal and stay with Meg than to be a Greek god, for a life without her would be an empty one in comparison. It was truly a sweet moment. But in this book that’s all it is in this book, a moment and it last just as long before Zeus rips it to shreds by denying Herc his request. His reasoning behind his actions is the fact that Meg is a mortal, while his son his now a god and being as such they can not be together. Herc tries to reason with his father over the matter but to no avail does he change his mind, Hera on the other hand has a proposition for Meg that’ll help her stay with Herc.

The idea that Meg would have to become a Greek god was really intriguing to me. More accurately, how she was going to fit into that Mythology? Was she just gonna get another god’s title and replace them, and if not that angel, then what title would she’d have? You’d have make up one for her, and Greek Mythology has plenty gods already and pretty much everything covered as is. So, what would she then cover?

Meg’s character development was really good in my eyes. She starts out not wanting any help from any one. This is her quest and as such she will be the one to do it. She is more than strong enough to do so, and accepting help would make her seem weak in her eyes. As she goes forward in her quest you can see her slowly open up and accept help from a few others. She’s built up these walls around herself and even those slowly start to come down. Meg’s former flame was mentioned in the 1997 movie, but nothing more, in this book we actually get to meet him. Which I found rather neat. We also got to see a bit of her life before the movie, her parents, homes, hobbies and how her family got by in life. Getting to see all that also helped explained why Meg is so closed off, why she doesn’t trust and avoids help from others all together.

I’m super happy Phil made the book. Him and Meg never got along, that was no secret so for him to be included in the this book was everything! And the fact that Meg has to go to him for help only added to it all. His and Meg’s relationship stays the same for most of the book. In the end they are a little friendlier to one another.

I actually enjoyed Meg’s trip to the underworld. It was so well done in my eyes from paying Charon for passage across the river Styx, three-headed Cerberus guarding the entry to Hades himself. Definitely nailed the Greek Mythology with this book, though I supposed that is a must if you’re writing a retelling of Hercules. Hades still had his little nicknames for Meg, I’m glad those were included as well. An angle I did not expect was Hades and Persephone’s relationship. I did not see that coming, but it was nice to see their story and watching them end up together with conditions in place. (Because nothing it ever easy in Greek Mythology!)

I’m actually pretty pleased with what god Meg becomes. I think the title she was given suits her, especially after her journey and all that she learned from it. Plus, she didn’t have to replace any, nor was none done away with. She got a title that wasn’t already taken and it fits her in the end. It also looks like most assuredly that Phil’s retirement will have to wait. This book felt like it could be an actual Disney movie. A sequel to the film even, of course, with the exception of a small twist.

~Till the next Chapter~

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