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Just like Percy Jackson series
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2019
I'm torn on whether this is a pro or con... if you swapped out God names this could be a Percy Jackson (based on Greek mythology) or Valkyrie (based on Norse mythology) book. My 10-year old daughter and I loved reading Percy Jackson, but by the end of the series we were utterly bored because they were sooooo predictable and cookie cutter. The Valkyrie series changed it up a lot more, added in girl power and we made it through the full series without getting as bored.
Had we not read both of these series first, we'd give it at least a 4 or a 5 stars. Although as a Latina I'm really disappointed that a piece of our heritage and culture was depicted in such a Greek mythology Percy Jackson knock-off kind of way.
If I didn't know better, I would have assumed this was the same author (it's not) and same series (it's not). As a Latina, I loved the idea that it was about Mayan Gods but the characters are so close to the Greek Gods and do so many of the same things -- (spoiler alert) Gods are always fighting, Gods slept around, hero is a half breed God and human that is bullied and on a quest to find their father while saving the world, father is a major deal kinda god, hero forgives father, saves the world, obliterates the bad guys in an epic battle with his girl side kick. The only difference is that this book has Mexican hot chocolate vs ambrosia. It's so close to Percy Jackson which is based on Greek mythology that it makes me question how authentically Mayan it is. I so wanted to learn something new about Mayan culture. Maybe it was there and I missed it in the cookie cutter way the story line rolled out.