Book Review | Circe By Madeline Miller

Circe‘ by Madeline Miller is my second read for this month. After reading ‘The Song of Achilles’ I had this crazy urge to read everything Madeline has ever written. A lot of you, also, recommended the book in my review post of ‘The Song of Achilles’ . And so with really high expectations, I sat down to devour this book.

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PLOT: Circe is the daughter of the all powerful sun God, Helios. Despite being born to a powerful Titan and a beautiful nymph mother – Circe shows no signs of power or beauty. Shunned by her family, mocked by everyone – Circe grows up lonely in the godly halls of her father. Put down by the immortals all around her, Circe turns to comfort from a mortal that she happens to meet. When she chances on a mortal, she can’t help but fall in love. It is this love that sets into motion her life’s journey when she discovers she isn’t an ordinary immortal but infact is a gifted witch as she transforms him from a mere mortal into a God. Her powers scare the most powerful Olympian God, Zeus, who banishes her to exile on the Island of Aiaia. The story follows her journey – a journey of self discovery and love where she crosses paths with Gods, monsters and mortals to become the Goddess of sorcery and Aiaia.

REVIEW: As with ‘The Song of Achilles’, Madeline’s story telling had me sucked into the Circe’s world. Every time I’d put my Kindle down – I felt like I was suddenly pulled out of a vortex back into reality. With every page I read, I wanted to read even more. Circe’s tale is a beautiful story of the coming of age of a young Goddess who grows up in the shadow of her all powerful God father, her beautiful nymph mother and her powerful siblings. Her childhood seemed all so relatable to me – growing up as the ‘chubby’ child – I was often made fun of for being fat. Infact while reading the first quarter of the book – I was perpetually tearing up because I could understand what Circe was going through. Following her journey felt like such an exciting journey and so relatable as a woman growing up to become her own person – from a person constantly looking to please other people and craving for love to becoming a woman who stands up to the most powerful Gods and accepts herself with all her flaws and writes her own destiny. I promise her story will entertain you, move you and keep you hooked. There are so many beautiful moments and quotes in the book – I highlighted so many to refer to later. It is a very well written, entertaining yet heart warming story.

VERDICT – This is a must read! I loved the book so much. I promise you will lose yourself in Circe’s world! Madeline’s writing is bound to impress you. Did I love The Song of Achilles more? Yes! But only because I am a sucker for romantic stories and it has been a while since I found a love story that moved me THAT much. I read both the books on my Kindle but I’m going to buy both the books as well to re-read later. Adding Madeline Miller to my list of favourite authors. 10/10

Checkout the book HERE. (It’s on 50% off on Amazon India as of today)

What are you reading currently? Leave your book recommendations below – I’d love to read more mythology based fiction!

PS: I don’t write a lot about the story line in my reviews because I don’t want it to spoil it for someone who plans on reading the book.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. imifarm says:

    One of my all time favourites 💫

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Happy Panda says:

      I’m adding The Song Of Achilles to my all time favourites.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. inspirechief says:

    An excellent write up. Your excitement can be felt in your review. You make the reader want to purchase immediately. Thank you for your review. Stay safe. Scott

    Liked by 1 person

  3. tanvibytes says:

    This sounds like an amazing book, I’ve never read it, but I’m going to place a hold! 🙂😁✨

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Happy Panda says:

      It is!!! I’m sure you will love it. I’m still reeling from how amazing the took books by Madeline were.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Sheri Dye says:

    I’m really going to have to check this author out, all I hear are good things. Thank you for the review!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Happy Panda says:

      She is brilliant! Definitely checkout both her books. My favourite out of the two is ‘The Song of Achilles’ but ‘Circe’ is damn good too. Thanks for reading. ❤️


      1. Sheri Dye says:

        Alright. I’ve seen that one around lately but haven’t heard much about it, I’ll check it out! Thank you. 😁

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Shahrin says:

    This is on my “to-read” list.

    I just finished reading “Where The Crawdads Sing” and my god —I am in love!! What a book, will recommend it with all my heart 💓 xx

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Ahh, someone recommended that book to me but seeing a few reviews on Goodreads had me on the edge (despite the overall rating being pretty good). I don’t enjoy a lot of descriptions and someone wrote that the first part is just descriptions of nature. Should I add it to my TBR?

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      1. Shahrin says:

        Yes, I would. I first thought a bit descriptive but when you read it, you realise it’s a unique narrative, a bit of murder mystery wrapped in sweet love story! I honestly had the most fun reading it.

        Are you sold yet😂🤞🏽x


  6. Happy Panda says:

    Thank you, Scott! 😊


  7. Scribblings says:

    Madeline Miller’s writing is unbelievably beautiful. I fell in love with it after reading Song of Achilles and read Circe right when it came out. Circe is one of my favorite books because of how Miller depicted a woman who doesn’t quite fit in, but demands respect because of how true she is to herself. Thank you for this review, I truly enjoyed it 🙂


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