What are the best modern adaptations of Greek mythology?

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    #1The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Last Olympian, the last book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, is centered on how Percy trained to fulfill his destiny and lead the heroes in protecting Mount Olympus against the Titan King, Kronos.


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    Anna Simmons
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "If you love Greek Mythology and you haven't read The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) then you need to get on with it! I absolutely love the rich mythology that is laced through every single page of these books. The characters are 3 dimensional and interesting, the plot is well paced and complex, and the mythology is spot on."
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    #2The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)

    The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)
    The Lost Hero, the first book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, is centered on three new demigods: Jason, Piper, and Leo who go on a journey with their newly discovered powers to look for a lost hero and fulfill a long-awaited prophecy.

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    Kevin Johnson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I wanted to read a good modern adaptation of Greek mythology and found The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus). This is from a very good author that writes really well and has great stories. The story has a lot of greek influence, yet is modern as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for greek influence in a story."
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    #3The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    Battle of the Labyrinth, the fourth book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, is centered on how Percy and his demigod friends braved a vast and dangerous maze to save Camp Half-Blood from an expected attack from the Titan Kronos. 

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    Benjamin Morgan
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I really love Greek mythology, and someone recommended the Percy Jackson books to me. I read The Battle of the Labyrinth after getting into the series and really enjoyed it. I enjoy Rick Riordan's modern take on Greek mythology."
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    #4The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 
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    Joshua Castro
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This series makes the Greek stories come alive. Not only are they entertaining, they personalize and humanize the characters from these ancient myths. These books are educational as well as entertaining."
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    #5The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles)

    The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles)
    Magical siblings Carter and Sadie Kane return in The Throne of Fire, the second book of the Kane Chronicles. In this book, the kids must beat an ancient monster, but the only god that can help them is the one god who's been missing for a long while.

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    Walter Duncan
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This was far better than I was expecting it to be. Greek/Roman mythology is not something I would go out of my way to read, but this author has done a pretty good job of making a potentially boring subject into something exciting and even a bit fun."
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    #6Acheron (Dark-Hunter)

    Acheron (Dark-Hunter)

    Acheron is the twelfth book in the series Dark Hunter. The book is about Acheron who is meant to be a God but is cursed by Fates. He brought destruction but everything is about to change the day she met the girl who is not easily intimidated by him. 

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    Matthew Guerrero
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "A pretty well written story and very emotional for me. It seems to go off the rails a bit in the second act though."
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    #7The Song of Achilles

    The Song of Achilles

    Song of Achilles is a book by Madeline Miller that tells a story of Achilles and his life story based from Homer's The Iliad. It contains all his sufferings and triumphs during Trojan war. 

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    Susan Cox
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "The Song of Achilles is on the short list of best modern adaptations of Greek mythology. The book was so convincing and realistic that I had trouble shaking off thoughts and feelings about the story once I finished reading."
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    #8Starcrossed

    Starcrossed

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini is a romantic fantasy novel originally published in 2011. This book tells the story of Helen Hamilton as she unlocks her identity revealed to be the Helen of Troy in today's world.

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    Alice Bennett
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "From the reviews it looks that you either love this book or hate it. I am going to lean toward the later, the story seems too unrealistically told to be worth a read. "
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    #9The Penelopiad

    The Penelopiad
    The Penelopiad is a book written by Margaret Atwood based on Homer's The Odyssey. It is about Penelope and his husband Odysseus who came back from the war and mysteriously killed her twelve maids. 
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    Ashley Boyd
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "The Penelopiad is about Greek mythology. It is about a woman who goes to war and comes back home to kill people."
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    #10Radiant Darkness

    Radiant Darkness

    Radiant Darkness is a book written by Emily Whitman. It is about the life of Persephone who's about to change because of a stranger's voice and she will be forced to discover who and what she really is. 

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    Megan Spencer
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "While this seems like a very interesting book it doesnt really fit the description of Greek mythology. The book seems like it belongs in another category."
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    #11Athena the Brain

    Athena the Brain

    Athena the Brain is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2010 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Athena. Athena the Brain is the first book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Ruth Little
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a great book because for one, it's about the goddesses instead of the gods for once, but also because it's a genuinely enjoyable story. Athena is a character full of spunk and passion, and my kid fell in love with her completely."
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    #12The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus)

    The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus)

    The House of Hades is the fourth book in Rick Riordan's fantasy adventure series for pre-teens and young adults, the Heroes of Olympus. It was released in 2013. It is about Percy and his demigod friends' search for the Doors of Death.

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    Samuel Carroll
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I love House of Hades! It's a modernized adaptation of Greek mythology that's much more entertaining than the extremely serious original stories. Just imagine it something like the Bible getting transformed into a modern day action story with monsters and badass battles. This is what you can expect from House of Hades! Definitely worth adding to your bookshelf!"
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    #13Persephone the Phony

    Persephone the Phony

    Persephone the Phony is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2010 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Persophone. Persephone the Phony is the second book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Angelina Espinoza
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "If you want to pass on a love for Greek Mythology to your young daughters, Persephone the Phony is the book you are looking for. The entire Goddess Girls series is a fantastic modern example of greek mythology."
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    #14Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse

    Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse

    Percy Jackson and The Titan's Curse is the third book in Rick Riordan's Greek mythology-based fantasy adventure series for children and teens. It was originally published in 2009. It is about Percy trying to hold off an ancient curse.

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    Arjun Verma
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is one of the few Percy Jackson books I really enjoyed. The story was pretty much a rescue mission, but it was a pretty good one. As I read the book I really wondered whether the main characters would succeed and survive, which is a great thing since it created tension. I read the book everyday after class and I would read multiple chapters daily. I even went out of my way to suggest it to friends, which I barely do. This book is much better than the second book in this series and is a great modern adaption of Greek mythology."
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    #15The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) is a young-adult novel by Rick Riordan. It follows the adventure of the demigod Percy Jackson. The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series.
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    Terry Oliver
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Greek Mythology is so interesting to read. There's all sorts of monsters and gods and many lessons to be learned and this is no different. This book was well written and is incredibly interesting."
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    #16Aphrodite the Diva

    Aphrodite the Diva

    Aphrodite the Diva is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2011 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Aphrodite. Aphrodite the Diva is the sixth book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Martha Day
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Aphrodite the Diva does not discussed the modern adaptations of Greek mythology. It has nothing to do with Greek Mythology. However, it is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams."
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    #17Aphrodite's Blessings

    Aphrodite's Blessings

    Aphrodite's Blessings:  Love Stories from the Greek Myths is a young adult mythology book written by Clemence McLaren. This fantasy fiction novel is published in 2002 by Atheneum Books. 

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    Nathan Knight
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Greek Mythology is a very interest subject, so reading modern adaptations of it is appealing to me. Aphrodite's Blessings consists of love stories written by Clemence Mclaren. Its an interesting take on the subject."
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    #18Cassandra the Lucky

    Cassandra the Lucky

    Cassandra the Lucky is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2013 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Cassandra. Cassandra the Lucky is the 12th in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Samuel Soto
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Greek mythology is vast and complex. They feature gods of every kind, from big to small, male-female, and even half gods. It honestly feels like Greek Mythology was the Marvel/DC of their time. With Superheroes or modern gods being so prevalent today. Where does Greek mythology fit in today? I think books like this will give us a good example of how to apply the gods of the past to today. "
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    #19Medusa the Mean

    Medusa the Mean

    Medusa the Mean is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2011 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Medusa. Medusa the Mean is the eight book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Joseph Barnett
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I absolutely love greek mythology so this book was right down my alley. I read it last year to our daughter while we were vacationing in the Bahamas so I could put her to sleep. The main character is modeled after the famous Medusa and her life in a training academy of the gods."
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    #20Athena the Wise

    Athena the Wise

    Athena the Wise is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2011 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Athena. Athena the Wise is the fifth book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Shreyas Chavan
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Very good book for young girls, it is clever, humorous, and inspired by the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena! Good lessons intertwined with a bit of magic and fairy tale world of mythology. It features well-known Greek mythology characters such as Aphrodite and Artemis. The setting takes place at the Mount Olympus academy. Wonderfully illustrated and colorful!"
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    #21Aphrodite the Beauty

    Aphrodite the Beauty
    Aphrodite the Beauty is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2010 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Aphrodite. Aphrodite the Beauty is the third book in the Goddess Girls series.
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    Carol Welch
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a good book for kids as it shows them the state of people and the world in an accurate way, rather than looking at the world as right and wrong, it displays people of being many shades of grey."
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    #22Where Three Roads Meet

    Where Three Roads Meet
    Where Three Roads Meet: The Myth of Oedipus is a contemporary fantasy book written by Salley Vickers. This historical fiction novel is first published in 2005. 
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    Brenda Flores
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Salley Vickers, author of "Where Three Roads Meet," knows how to draw you into his tales. Vickers gives a thrilling re-imagining of an ancient myth with a modern contemporary flare. While not all that different from the story of Oedipus Rex, readers will enjoy this tale none-the-less."
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    #23Persephone the Daring

    Persephone the Daring

    Persephone the Daring is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2013 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Persephone. Persephone the Daring is the 11th in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Jeffrey Graham
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "You can get the Kindle version for $5.99. Another book worthy of its author. "These classic myths from the Greek pantheon are given a modern twist that contemporary tweens can relate to." Fair enough!"
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    #24Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

    Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles
    Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles is a fantasy mythology book written by Jeanette Winterson. It is published in 2005 by Canongate U.S. 
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    Terry Brooks
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The best modern adaptation of Greek mythology is Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles written by Jeanette Winterson. It is a re-imagining of the myth of Atlas and Heracles (sometimes known as Hercules). Atlas has been punished by Zeus, and has to carry the weight of the world upon his back. Heracles makes a deal with Atlas that will relieve Atlas of his burden if he helps Heracles collect the Golden Apples of Hesperides."
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    #25Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

    Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

    Baba Yaga Laid an Egg is a fantasy mythology book written by Dubravka Ugresic. This fiction book is published in 2007 by Canongate Books. 

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    Phillip Foster
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This was supposed to be a book about Greek mythology and it's actually Slavic. I enjoyed the book, but I got this for a class about the Greeks and I had to buy something else to meet the course requirements. The stories were fun to read but not what I was looking for. If you want a book on Slavic mythology and folklore, this is probably the one to get."
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    #26Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

    Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

    Ragnarok: The End of the Gods is a fantasy mythology book written by A.S. Byatt. This historical fiction book is first published in 2011 by Canongate. 

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    Arthur Reyes
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt is an interesting retelling of Norse mythology in a fictional context. However it is not an adaption or retelling of Greek mythology at all since it focuses on Norse mythology instead. There are better options out there for one more interested in Greek mythology."
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    #27Athena the Proud

    Athena the Proud

    Athena the Proud is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2014 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Athena. Athena the Proud is the 13th book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Sean Delgado
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Cool book that includes mythology. 13th book in the Goddess Girl series, so you may want to check the other ones out prior. Anytime a series has that many books, it is usually worth reading, so thats all Im going to say about that. Go check out the series, youll be doing yourself a favor!"
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    #28Cupid's Bow

    Cupid's Bow
    Cupid's Bow is a romance fiction novel written by Heather R. Blair. This mythology retelling book is first published in 2018 by Amazon Digital Services. 
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    Christine Fernandez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Love this book. Cue has no desire to fall in love and the story is incredibly engaging!!"

Summary

Best What are the best modern adaptations of Greek mythology
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 29 Paid
2The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)Books 27 Paid
3The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 26 Paid
4The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 24 Paid
5The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles)Books 23 Paid
6Acheron (Dark-Hunter)Books 22 Paid
7The Song of AchillesBooks 21 Paid
8StarcrossedBooks 19 Paid
9The PenelopiadBooks 17 Paid
10Radiant DarknessBooks 17 Paid
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