I'm reading this book called The Goddess Test by: Aimee Carter---excellent book to read. The characters are based on Greek Gods and Goddesses. I've heard the names of these Gods and Goddesses, but I've never read about them.
I was wondering if there are any recommendations that anyone could give me.
The standard is the Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan, and it's sequel/spinoffs, the Heroes of Olympus series and the Kane Chronicles. KC deals with Egyptian mythology, but takes place in the same world as Percy Jackson.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan is a good book about Greek mythology. There is also The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan which combine Greek and the Roman Asspect of Greek mythology. The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan which is about Egyptian mythology and it take place in the same world as Percy Jackson.
The Alchemist by Michael Scott is a great book, it mixes alchemy and magic with powerful beings that were worshipped as gods by different civilizations throughout history. I think there are gonna be six books total, Ive got the first four so far.
I actually read the first two books of the Orphans of Chaos series a number of months ago, at the insistence of one of my closest friends. I was surprised to discover that they were, in fact, quite enjoyable as examples of young adult fiction. Although the books occur in a more modern setting, they are very solidly grounded in the Greek mythos, even including a number of lesser-known figures, such as Nausicaa and Boreas . The author blends mythology and science fiction in a number of innovative, even brilliant, ways; I was extremely impressed by his creativity; I'm surprised that it hasn't received more attention.
Neil Gaiman's Sandman series also draws heavily from Greek mythology--I especially love how he handles the story of Orpheus--although you should note that it is a comic series and comprises a number of other fictional and mythological traditions.
there's percy jackson & the olympians by rick riordan. there's also oh. my. gods. but i can't remember who wrote it...
as for books on greek mythology, edith hamilton's a good starting point. robert graves's greek mythology has a new edition coming out this month.
Hey, someone else knows about Robert Graves! Seriously, his last edition was so helpful during my degree, I can't even name how many times I've looked people up in there.
If you want information about the gods (as in, original myths, who's who, interpretation), Graves is as comprehensive as you're likely to need. If you're after fiction, there's a ridiculous number of takes upon the Trojan war from pretty much every perspective you could want. Margeret Atwood has also written a novella called 'The Penelopiad', which is about Odysseus's wife, and a good read.
Percy Jackson sucked complete a** as far as I am concerned.
If you want to know about the Greek Myths try looking up archaeology articles or just go to the bookstore. There are always tons of myth books that explain the 'characters/gods' and their interactions and stories. I have a giant red book called "Mythology" and a little black one of the same name. That is pretty much where I've gotten my greek god stories from.
The best way to read about Mythology is to actually get books that are called "classic mythology" or "Greek Mythology." reading fiction books that are set in the world of the gods are good but most of the time i find they get the myths wrong.
I liked the Pandora series, tho I keep forgetting to reserve Pandora Gets Vain so that I can keep reading. Warning it is in the children section and I know some people refuse to touch anything from there. I don't know why, a good book transcends it's target demography.
If you want stuff written by people around the time, well you could get yourself a modern translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses or Virgil's Aeneid (or any other of a number of contemporary writers). They were Roman authors, but a lot of Roman mythology is just absorbed from conquered cultures, like the Greeks. And of course, you could try to battle your way through the Illiad.