A review by machuvicchu
Circe by Madeline Miller

adventurous emotional reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I'm familiar with the very basics of Circe's story so I didn't really know what to expect, but I truly loved it. I really loved Circe's character development - how she goes from someone who is waiting to be noticed to finding who she is on her own as a witch. I'm not very good at identifying bad writing vs good writing.. but this was GOOD writing. There were moments where it didn't really feel like reading for me. I took this book out at the library so there were so many times that I took pictures of the pages and marked them up on my phone - so many quotes/moments that are so beautiful.

I really liked this overarching idea questioning how valuable immortality is. Learning and exploring Greek mythology growing up, the gods being immortal was part of what made them so awesome and admirable. But Circe admires the fine lines that slowly form on humans, the scars and imperfections of mortals. And this perspective was developed so well, weaved in from the very moment Circe met Prometheus and began to wonder why he was willing to suffer for eternity for what he did for humans, to her curiosities about Daedalus and Odysseus, to the very end. I read this book like 2 weeks ago and just thinking of the ending again gave me CHILLS because it was so good.

OMG I'm so mad I forgot to leave a review a little sooner because these are the kinds of books where I want to document how I felt while and after reading.