Utterly Hilarious Tale of Immortal Deities Struggling to Save Contemporary Mankind

Although aimed at the 9-12 market, this comic tale had me in stitches. From Aphrodite running a dating agency to Mammon disguised as a despicable member of the Rich List, the myths of old are contemporised in such a fashion that no 9-12 year old reading it will ever again confuse the Goddess of Love with the Goddess of Wisdom. Mary Evans is the mistress of the witty one-liner - "as neutral as a magnolia sitting room in Switzerland"; "as rich as King Midas. Before he invested all his wealth in sea front property in Atlantis." I can't wait for the next one in the series.

Fiona McKenzie Johnston
Monday, 04 May 2015

Reminiscent of Roald Dahl At His Finest

Packed with "in" jokes for adults, WHO LET THE GODS OUT is the book equivalent of a Pixar movie, but it's not so grown up it'll fly over the kids' heads either. Mary Evans' writing is sharp, witty and wonderfully saucy, reminiscent of Roald Dahl at his finest and the illustrations cleverly evoke a Quentin Crisp-style feel to go with the text. This is a great, family friendly book for tweens that WON'T be a monumental drag for parents to read to their spawn - such a rare treat! Recommended.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Brilliant writing, a real discovery

I'm an adult but I have a son who is what they call a reluctant reader. So I'm always on the hunt for something that isn't dull, that will get him excited about rattling through the pages. I think Who Let the Gods Out is just such stuff. The only reason I haven't launched it on him yet is because I am too busy reading it myself! It's been a load of fun - Mary has a real talent for story telling and for humour, she has me grinning along practically the whole way. I do also read adult books but admit I still enjoy a really well told children's book too. And this is definitely one!
Dustin Brooks
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Fun thrill ride for all ages

This book has been exchanging hands in my family and for good reason. The plot is audacious: from the Greek gods' somewhat illegal, yet heroic schemes to Her Majesty's deployment of hidden talents, there isn't a dull moment in this story. Driving the thrill ride along is a superb and sophisticated flair for comedy. However, the author is not above a few gags about bodily functions which will be greeted with glee by her younger audience (and let's face it, the majority of her adult readers too). Great writing and a cracking story - what more could you want? Well, for me, what made this novel really work was the protagonist Elliot; a loveable rogue who truly has his heart in the right place and for whom you are rooting all the way. More please, Ms Evans.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Brilliantly funny and touching

Who Let The Gods Out is a fantastic read that is at turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, and consistently very, very funny. Elliot is a a lovable main character with the weight of the world on his young shoulders, and the contrast with the other worldly concerns of the immortals is hilarious. Hugely recommended.
Sunday, 11 May 2014

Fantastic, funny and fabulous fantasy book

My 14 year old son and I both loved this funny, inventive and deeply engaging book. The struggles of Elliot to cope with a difficult home life, troubles at school and then a god arriving in his cow shed kept us laughing out loud, turning pages and thoroughly gripped. I think it's a difficult act to pull off to have a story that is so funny, action packed and where you care a great deal about the main characters plight. And all of this plus the Queen making an even more surprising appearance that the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. It's the mark of any good book that I reluctantly finish it, wishing the experience didn't have to end, so I can't wait for the next instalment.

Sunday, 04 May 2014