Friday, 3 February 2017

The Perfect Present For ... by Maz Evans

As part of the Who Let the Gods Out blog tour, I am so please to welcome author Maz Evans onto the blog. Maz is taking part in my brand new feature Perfect Presents For... where she has to pick the perfect presents for the characters in her book, Who Let the Gods Out. 
Elliot Hooper – Elliot is a 12-year-old boy, so the first thing that springs to mind is some kind of digital device. That said, I need him to save the world, so if my parental insight is any judge, Minecraft could prove a fatal distraction for mortalkind. Like his creator, Elliot is chronically averse to early mornings, so an alarm clock – preferably one of those cartoon ones containing a mallet – would be handy. 
Virgo – Virgo, a constellation from the Zodiac Council, is struggling to get her head around mortal existence, so perhaps some guidance from a great philosopher? A Complete Collection of Winnie the Pooh could offer her some much-needed wisdom. I shall ignore Elliot’s suggestion of “a muzzle”. 
Zeus – What do you buy the God who has everything? Zeus is an omnipotent ruler with mighty powers… but after several hundred divorces, perhaps Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus could provide the insight that several millennia haven’t given him into women. Unless there’s a divorce lawyer who does gift vouchers? 
Athene & Aphrodite – These bickering sisters can’t agree on anything, so it would make sense to get them the same gift. A Frozen DVD might remind them of the importance of sisterly love. Although condemning someone with immortality to Let it Go for the rest of their endless days doesn’t feel like much of a present…
Hermes – The self-confessed God of Fashion likes to stay in shape, so I’d sign him up to The Body Coach’s Lean in 15 plan. Is it cheating to lift weights when you can fly?
Thanatos – The Daemon of Death has been imprisoned beneath Stonehenge for 2000 years, so he’s missed out on a great deal. A boxed set of The Gilmore Girls would not only catch him up on millennial pop culture, but the hours spent in Stars Hollow might chill his maniacal ambitions out a bit. So long as he doesn’t watch A Year in the Life…

Summary
Elliot's mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo - a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world - and solving Elliot's problems too?

Published by Chicken House in January 2017
Waterstones Children's Book of the Month. 

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