What if Meg had to become a god?
After Hercules proves he’s a true hero and regains his godship, all seems right in the world. That is, until Zeus tells Meg that she can’t be with Hercules because she’s, well, mortal. Luckily, Hera has a solution, offering Meg a chance to prove herself worthy of a spot on Mt. Olympus–as a god. All Meg has to do is complete a mysterious quest.
The mission? Oh, just to rescue her ex’s current wife from the Underworld. The ex-boyfriend she saved by selling her soul to Hades. The ex-boyfriend who immediately moved on to someone else while she was stuck in the Underworld. Can Meg put her past behind her and use her quick-wit to defeat monsters and gods alike, including the nefarious Hades? Will she finally figure out her place and contribution to the world? Or will her fear of commitment have her running away from an eternity of godhood with Herc?
Written by the author of Mirror, Mirror and Conceal, Don’t Feel, Jen Calonita’s latest twist is sure to delight and surprise.
Title: Go the Distance (A Twisted Tale: Hercules)
Author: Jen Calonita
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
This book was cute and enjoyable and my first twisted tale to read! Jen Calonita is one of my favs so I’m glad she was the one to bring stubborn and relatable Meg to life.
I love that Meg got her own quest in this book! I loved getting to know her in the Hercules movie, but I felt like her journey ended too quickly. I’m happy I was able to get a continuation of it here.
Meg felt very much like Meg in this book. That means she was stubborn, and rash, and desperate at times, but completely loyal to Hercules. Sometimes Meg’s rash acts could be frustrating, but it all still felt like something she would do. Plus, her acts just showed how very real of a character she is. She makes so many mistakes to try to protect those she loves which makes her more relatable than most Disney characters.
Some of the book did feel kind of young. I thought maybe there would be some darker moments, but it never really got too dark. It had that vague Percy Jackson and the Olympians (in the early days) feel where things happened and people were hurt, but things didn’t get *too* bad.
Overall, I enjoyed getting to focus more on Meg in this book and reading a continuation of her and Hercules’ future together. This was a very fun and exciting trip to take with one of my favorite (and most relatable) Disney characters.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.