I was lucky enough to receive two books from the Hopeless Heros series by Stella Tarakson to review and now it’s my turn on the blog tour to let you know what I thought of them!
Hopeless Heroes: Here Comes Hercules– By Stella Tarakson, Publication date 22nd February 2018
‘When Tim Baker breaks his Mum’s favourite vase it’s the least of his problems. The Greek hero he frees from inside is in danger of doing far worse. To the flowers, the rug-Oh no! Not the kitchen! Hercules is only trying to be helpful but he is just hopeless! It’s time to send this dim demigod home before Tim becomes ancient history.’
The vase was the last thing that Tim’s Dad had given his Mum before he died, even though they needed the money and it was worth a lot she still didn’t want to sell it because it was so important to her so when Tim accidently breaks it he is desperate to get it fixed before she gets home from work. Tim is quickly distracted though when he hears the words FREE AT LAST and finds a tall man towering over him. Tim soon realises that Heroes might be cool and Hercules certainly is strong but a genie might have been more useful!
Hercules manages to destroy the garden and eat the roast chicken that was meant for dinner even before Tim’s Mum gets home but surely she will understand that heroes get hungry. Except…it turns out Tim is the only one who can see him
Allsorts of strange things happen and no one believes in Tim’s hero so he gets the blame as well as having to deal with worrying about being bullied by a boy from school. Hercules is struggling too- he misses his wife and daughter and wishes there was a way to get back to them. Can they work together to help Tim’s Mum and get Hercules home? What about Leo the bully and Queen Hera, Zeus’ evil wife who cursed Hercules?
Hera’s Terrible Trap, by Stella Tarakson- Publication date 22nd February 2018
Tim Baker thinks his adventures are over until he hitches a ride to Ancient Greece on a stolen vase. Soon Tim finds himself trapped with an Army of Peacocks and a hero who can’t stop admiring himself. PUT THAT MIRROR DOWN, THESEUS! Thank the God’s his new friend Zoe is there to help. Just don’t tell her Dad…
In the second book in the series we see Tim being transported to Ancient Greece on the vase that Hera has stolen back. The evil Hera wants to trap Hercules and Tim is expected to help, Tim ends up on the run and bumps into Hercules. Tim ends up meeting his daughter Zoe and they get to work together hatching a plan to stop Hera.
I really like these books from the Hopeless Heroes series, they are funny and they cover issues like bullying really well. I enjoyed how they link to actual Greek Myths and learning a bit more about the people you hear about in mythology. I like the way the names are brought to life but it is still a story so you feel you are enjoying a book while you are learning rather than reading something for school.
The character of Hercules was great, he is a bit of a disaster but very kind to Tim and he makes me laugh. I really liked it when Zoe arrived in the second book as she was brilliant.
If someone told me to read a story about Greek Mythology I probably wouldn’t have wanted to but I really enjoyed both these books- it was very easy to loose yourself in the story and I read them both very quickly. I loved the way the books were set up- there was lots of Greek style writing which caught your eye and broke it up a bit. The illustrations by Nick Roberts were brilliant, I thought they really made you think of Ancient Greece and they looked like something that should have been on a vase like Tim’s Mums one.
I really enjoyed these books and am looking forward to the rest of the series coming out- there is 10 in total, so plenty to learn and enjoy!
I would say children as young as 6 would enjoy the Hopeless Heroes series but perhaps with a bit of adult help and that children older than me would also like the stories. I think they are perfect for my age (10) and my Mum thinks they would be good for people who aren’t too keen on reading as they are broken up into manageable chapters with plenty of illustrations to keep your attention as well as being funny enough to appeal to most children.
Thanks to Sweet Cherry Publishing for introducing us to this series and allowing us to be involved with the Hopeless Heros Blog Tour. Don’t forget to see what other bloggers thought of them on the tour!
Disclaimer: We were kindly sent the proofs for these books by Sweet Cherry Publishing but all thoughts and opinions are our own.
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