Synopsis: Flying home from his beloved island home of O’ahu to Seattle, Max is confused and conflicted about where he’s headed and why. Talking about his feelings seems like an uncomfortable prospect, so he intends to just make it through the minimal two-week stay, then retreat to his comfort zone. As it turns out, two weeks is more than enough to change your life forever. 

Sarah works hard to coordinate her older brother’s first-time visit, and she is elated to finally meet him. Now that he’s here, though, Sarah’s summer plans are being derailed. Maxie seems anxious to leave—he’s brooding in his room and even fighting with other boys in the neighborhood! Sarah is desperate for a plan to keep Maxie safe and happy so she’ll have a chance at the sibling relationship she always dreamed of. She receives help from an unlikely source—Athena, Goddess of War and Wisdom. It appears Athena faces challenges with a brother of her own and, as a team, they may be able to foster some peace. 

Release Date: 1st February 2020

Format Read: Ebook

Genres: Teen, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Coming of Age

Pages: 128

Thank you so much to Booktasters and Stephanie & Ellie Collins for the ebook to read and review.

Review: Sarah desperately wants to have her brother in her life so she gets her dad to invite him for the summer, he arrives unenthusiastically making things harder for Sarah than she dreamt.

I really enjoyed this story, I wish we’d have had more interactions with Athena but the way the story was crafted was so creative and so unique and ingenious and you don’t even realise it’s happening. 

I loved meeting Sarah and Max they were such interesting characters and the complete opposites of each other. You could tell through the whole story he wanted to like her but was so heart hurt that he couldn’t connect. 

I loved that this one connected again to the previous books we met back up briefly with Mylee and Tyler and DJs gardening club was spoken of. I love that each book ties together. 

This was an absolutely wonderful last book in the series, though I’m actually sad that it is the last one, I could read so many more of these books. Author Ellie Collins really has such a talent and knack for writing an incredibly fascinating world. If you haven’t yet given this series a read you really should each book has been so unique and original, so creatively made incorporating the greek goddesses into the modern world to help out the protagonists. 

So cleverly written and so well thought out you’d love escaping into this world, I certainly did.


Where to buy: Amazon

About Author: Ellie Collins wrote this debut novel when she was turning eleven and just beginning sixth grade. She wrote amid a very busy extracurricular schedule, including a spot on both a gymnastics team and a trampoline and tumbling team, as well as taking weekly piano lessons. She’s an avid gamer who loves hanging out with friends. Her love of Greek mythology inspires her writing.


One thought on “Mad Max and Sweet Sarah – Teen Book Review

  1. Thank you so very much for your beautiful review and kind words! I’ll be getting Ellie up for gymnastics practice shortly and I can’t wait to show this to her; she’ll be positively thrilled! Thanks again, take care and have a wonderful weekend!

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