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Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Bull by David Elliott

*An advanced reader's copy was provide by the publisher for an honest review*

I always enjoy when stories are told through poems rather than prose, and Bull brings to life the story of the Minotaur from the sassy sea-god Poseidon himself. I laughed at Poseidon's snarky and sassy nature, like a teenage girl ready to tear your hair out; Poseidon told the story fiercely and ruthlessly, with not much sympathy toward the cast of characters.

He was slighted, so he's a salty bitch.

And he would totally claim that title though!

While we get a much more modern air to the god of the sea, we also get some insight on the Minotaur as a person. The half-boy/half-bull has his own beautiful set of verse that follows him through childhood into the time Minos plants him in the maze. The way in which Elliott captivates Asterion's internal beauty juxtaposing the monstrous, inhuman features was done well through poetry. As well as the queen's fall into madness, and Ariadne's youthful voice coming through the pages.

A fast read. And one that fans of mythology and sassy narrator lovers would devour.

Three targets for salty Poseidon

Bull by David Elliott
Publication Date: March 28,2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 200
Genre: Mythology, Poetry, Retelling

Minos thought he could
Pull a fast one
On me,
God of the Sea!
But I’m the last one
On whom you
Should try such a thing.
The nerve of that guy.
The balls. The audacity.
I got capacity!
Depths! Darkness! Delphic power!
So his sweet little plan
Went big-time sour
And his wife had a son
Born with horns and a muzzle
Who ended up
In an underground puzzle.
What is it with you mortals?
You just can’t seem to learn:
If you play with fire, babies,
You’re gonna get burned.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology's most infamous monsters.