Getting a date shouldn’t be this hard. Jordan Lake discovers an ancient bracelet in her grandmother’s house and uncovers a family mystery that links her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, a romantic movie, and an aunt she never knew. Jordan hopes the bracelet will bring her love. Instead, it brings one nightmare after another, unleashing Hathor, the Egyptian love goddess, who decides it’s fun to mess with the McKnight High School social scene. Jordan holds the key to vanquish Hathor, but will she figure out what it is in time to save her school, one of her best friends, and get a date to the Valentine’s Day dance?
Jordan and her BFF, Selena, have been trying to get their crushes to ask them to the upcoming Valentine’s dance. Jordan becomes tongue-tied, doubts herself around her guy, while Selena remains cool and collected. Her ex-BFF, the perfect Jessica, tries to swipe the boy of her dreams out from under her, she realizes that she must make an extra effort but she isn’t sure exactly what she needs to do, maybe wish upon a star or some other sort of magic. When her father insists that they go help her grandmother clean out the attic, Jordan has hopes that she might find something vintage that will catch this guy’s eye.
Her grandmother’s memory has been a little spotty lately and as they dig through dusty boxes, Jordan happens upon a unique box that contains a bracelet exactly like the one Audrey Hepburn wore in Tessa’s Treasures. All except the one that Audrey wore was a replica of this one and this bracelet has magic powers to summon the goddess of sex, Hathor, from ancient Egypt. Of course, Jordan manages to summon the goddess and wishes for romance. Nothing goes according to plan and the malevolent Hathor, creates havoc for the girls.
This is such a fun read and very suitable for even the youngest teens and more mature pre-teens. Jordan shows that a girl can be true to herself while still having adventure and learns that the most important things in life are friends and family. This is a fresh take on the paranormal adventures so common in YA stories and I am so glad that it is something I can recommend to even pre-teens. There is just enough tension and mystery to keep you reading through while also providing a lesson on growing up. If you like the Magic in Manhattan series by Sarah Mlynowski or the Dead Is series by Marlene Perez, you will enjoy this one as well!
About the Author
When writing No More Goddesses, Kim Baccellia watched almost all of Audrey Hepburn movies and learned to love this famous icon after watching and reading all she could on Audrey. She has also always had a secret desire to travel to Egypt and visit the pyramids. The closest she’s come to fulfilling this dream are her younger sister Autumn and Egyptian-national brother-in-law Eihab, who were kind enough to share some things with her, including a Hathor sistrum and some incense. Kim’s other works include Crossed Out, a YA paranormal, published by Lachesis Publishing, and a YA multicultural fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea, which will be re-released in March 2012 by Muse It Up publishing. A member of SCBWI, Kim is currently writing the sequel to Crossed Out. She’s also putting the finishing touches on a YA multicultural dystopian novel. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.