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Review: Nice Shot, Cupid! by Kate McMullan

Monday, June 20, 2011
4 Stars: A Great Read
Illustrator: Denise Zilber
Series: Myth-O-Mania #4
Hardcover: 199 Pages
Publication: August 1, 2011 by Stone Arch Books

What a myth-o-maniac (that's old Greek-speak for "liar")! Zeus's version of the myths is completely wrong. It's time to set the record straight. For the first time ever, Hades, King of the Underworld, reveals the true story behind the myths.

That story about Cupid falling in love with the beautiful Psyche? What malarkey! He did accidentally prick himself with one of his own arrows and fall in love — but with himself!

Reading Nice Shot, Cupid! reminded me of how much I love McCullan’s Myth-O-Mania series, where Hades tells us the ‘true’ stories behind Greek myths. She has modernized the Greek gods and goddesses, giving them unique personalities and very human problems. While it isn’t the best series to offer children when you want to teach them what we know as the Greek myths, it does make for an enjoyable read, especially when you already know the stories!
In this story, Cupid isn’t as hot as you think the god of love should be. In fact, he’s suffering from normal teenage beauty problems—pimples and braces and a gangly teenage body. Of course, since Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty, she does everything in her power to provide beauty products for him, making him feel disheartened by his appearances. So when he falls in love with Psyche, a beautiful mortal princess, he decides not to take chances courting her in person. Instead, he kidnaps her and doesn’t let her look at him.

The story follows Hades as he does everything in his power to help Cupid gain more confidence in himself and arrange a happily ever after for Cupid and Psyche. I love how Cupid reminds us of any teenage boy suffering from puberty. I love how strong and beautiful Psyche is, and how true she remains to her love even after seeing Cupid in all his teen glory. And I love the sense of humor that Hades possesses. I recommend this for those looking for a fun, light-hearted read at the middle-grade and even elementary-grade level.


A copy was provided for review by the publisher.
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