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Samantha Knox is back for another adventure in this 1920s female-driven mystery-adventure series! Sam Knox’s second adventure takes her to the island of Crete, just off the coast of Greece, where she discovers the ancient Snake Goddess’s golden girdle in the depths of a cave shrine that has been buried for decades. After having been belittled by her archaeology professor th Samantha Knox is back for another adventure in this 1920s female-driven mystery-adventure series! Sam Knox’s second adventure takes her to the island of Crete, just off the coast of Greece, where she discovers the ancient Snake Goddess’s golden girdle in the depths of a cave shrine that has been buried for decades. After having been belittled by her archaeology professor throughout her first college semester, Sam knows this triumph will prove her worth in the field, but before she can take credit for the find, the girdle is stolen and the island is hit with a series of earthquakes that don’t feel quite geological. Soon Sam, Bennett and Jo are embroiled in a wild hunt―one that takes them to tiny island shops, a glamorous auction party and a near fiery death―to find the girdle before someone can use it to raise an ancient goddess from her slumber. The final battle features gryphons, a labyrinth, the minotaur of legend and lots of snakes. Lots.


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Samantha Knox is back for another adventure in this 1920s female-driven mystery-adventure series! Sam Knox’s second adventure takes her to the island of Crete, just off the coast of Greece, where she discovers the ancient Snake Goddess’s golden girdle in the depths of a cave shrine that has been buried for decades. After having been belittled by her archaeology professor th Samantha Knox is back for another adventure in this 1920s female-driven mystery-adventure series! Sam Knox’s second adventure takes her to the island of Crete, just off the coast of Greece, where she discovers the ancient Snake Goddess’s golden girdle in the depths of a cave shrine that has been buried for decades. After having been belittled by her archaeology professor throughout her first college semester, Sam knows this triumph will prove her worth in the field, but before she can take credit for the find, the girdle is stolen and the island is hit with a series of earthquakes that don’t feel quite geological. Soon Sam, Bennett and Jo are embroiled in a wild hunt―one that takes them to tiny island shops, a glamorous auction party and a near fiery death―to find the girdle before someone can use it to raise an ancient goddess from her slumber. The final battle features gryphons, a labyrinth, the minotaur of legend and lots of snakes. Lots.

30 review for Rise of the Snake Goddess

  1. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Samantha Knox is back and ready for another 1920's antiquities-filled adventure, this time on the island of Crete off the coast of Greece. After the near death drama of the first book, Curse of the Specter Queen, Sam, Bennett and Jo headed back to their normal lives. Sam and Jo now joining Bennett at college. Sam has been looking forward to possibly being involved in a field expedition to Crete lead by her Archaeology Professor. Unfortunately, the Professor has other opinions and Sam is ultimately Samantha Knox is back and ready for another 1920's antiquities-filled adventure, this time on the island of Crete off the coast of Greece. After the near death drama of the first book, Curse of the Specter Queen, Sam, Bennett and Jo headed back to their normal lives. Sam and Jo now joining Bennett at college. Sam has been looking forward to possibly being involved in a field expedition to Crete lead by her Archaeology Professor. Unfortunately, the Professor has other opinions and Sam is ultimately excluded from participating. She's definitely disappointed, but have no fear, you know Sam is going to get all up in it nonetheless. After Sam, Bennett and Jo discover a letter asking for help with an ancient artifact, as luck would have it, located in Crete, the trio packs their bags and heads out. Sam will prove to her sexist Professor one way or another that she is worthy of her position in school. As a matter of fact, she just may be the most valuable student he has. Following a series of clues, Sam ends up discovering the artifact in question, the golden girdle of the Snake Goddess, buried deep in a tomb. Taking the girdle and proclaiming her find is not going to be easy though. In fact, dangerous incidents begin occurring almost immediately upon the object's retrieval. It's even stolen from Sam and she needs to get it back; to protect it and its legacy. The Snake Goddess has awakened and she's not happy. I'm happy to report there's no second book syndrome here! I actually enjoyed this more than the first book. To me it felt faster in pace and the writing has definitely improved. Overall, a good showing by Elder Moke. In this installment, I felt like I got to know Sam's character a lot more. Her motivations, aspirations and her steadfast dedication to her education and tasks. Jo again brought such humor. I love her as a best friend and sidekick. Bennett frustrated me a little bit in this one, but I still like the idea of his relationship with Sam. I also like how their romance doesn't overshadow the other plot points. I also enjoyed the themes of women's rights and power that Elder Moke brought to this story. The Snake Goddess was the perfect device for allowing that conversation to be had naturally. I loved the growth Sam displayed in this one as well. She's not a scared, uncertain little girl any more. She's a woman truly coming into her own and I'm here for it. I really hope we get to go on further adventures with Sam and her friends. I'm not sure how long this series is slated to be, but I'm truly hoping for more. Thank you to the publisher, Disney Books and Disney Audio, for providing me with copies to read and review. I really enjoyed this one!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Moke

    **UPDATE: COVER AND PRE-ORDER LINKS ARE LIVE NOW ON INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, B&N, AND INDIGO** Samantha Knox is back in another archaeological adventure!! Advanced readers copies are available for request on Edelweiss +, and will be available soon on NetGalley. If you've got questions, comments, or just want to scream with me, drop them here! **UPDATE: COVER AND PRE-ORDER LINKS ARE LIVE NOW ON INDIEBOUND, AMAZON, B&N, AND INDIGO** Samantha Knox is back in another archaeological adventure!! Advanced readers copies are available for request on Edelweiss +, and will be available soon on NetGalley. If you've got questions, comments, or just want to scream with me, drop them here!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Legends, Myths, Fables *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20... *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Legends, Myths, Fables *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Alvarez

    Fabulous, fun, and clever! Beloved heroine Samantha Knox is at it again, solving ancient puzzles and traveling around the globe with her best friend and her crush. This book features Moke's signature wit combined with an ancient "Indiana Jones-esque" adventure mystery along with nefarious characters and mythical creatures. A fantastic (and well-coiffed) adventure! I also like how in book two, Samantha Knox grapples less with her past and more with her future. Ambitious and often more intelligent Fabulous, fun, and clever! Beloved heroine Samantha Knox is at it again, solving ancient puzzles and traveling around the globe with her best friend and her crush. This book features Moke's signature wit combined with an ancient "Indiana Jones-esque" adventure mystery along with nefarious characters and mythical creatures. A fantastic (and well-coiffed) adventure! I also like how in book two, Samantha Knox grapples less with her past and more with her future. Ambitious and often more intelligent than her professors, she confronts not just a powerful snake goddess and a Minotaur, but her own darker side as well. This struggle add depth to the well-crafted story. Wise-cracking, brave Jo and sensible (handsome) Bennet are, as usual, a pleasure to hang out with. Recommended for everyone!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bellafleur

    MISS ELDER MOKE PLEASE NEVER DISCONTINUE THIS SERIES!!! Literally this was the PERFECT sequel. Sam is such a girlboss Jo is literally so iconic and Bennett is so sweet. Name a more iconic gallivanting trio I’ll wait. I loved how this book also featured men I could hate! I do hope this series will continue because I love these characters

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rafael Andrade

    From fighting Morrigan in Ireland to waking up a goddess in sunny Greece, Rise of the Snake Goddess has all the ingredients to please the adventurers. This time Sam, Bennett, and Jo will have to find a way to survive the wrath of a Goddess, woken up by accident. From a supporting character to a true force of nature, Jo has stolen the spotlight, and I am looking forward to reading more of her.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charity

    I enjoyed this only because it gave me Indian Jones / the mummy vibes. Without all the brutes and romance. Romance was very..... Stalking jack the ripper as in like nothing because I'm a lady and idk if he even wants me 🙄 but then you also get the generic rich pretty alcoholic flapper. Guess the love interest? Yeah the brother of the flatter who is also in the same field as the MC. I just didn't like the characters at all but the story was fun. This was the second book which I didn't realize unti I enjoyed this only because it gave me Indian Jones / the mummy vibes. Without all the brutes and romance. Romance was very..... Stalking jack the ripper as in like nothing because I'm a lady and idk if he even wants me 🙄 but then you also get the generic rich pretty alcoholic flapper. Guess the love interest? Yeah the brother of the flatter who is also in the same field as the MC. I just didn't like the characters at all but the story was fun. This was the second book which I didn't realize until it was to late 🤷🏼‍♀️ i don't think I really missed anything tho.

  8. 5 out of 5

    space queen of narnia

    10/06/21 Ahh okay so the cover hasn’t been revealed on Goodreads yet (it was only just revealed on Instagram this afternoon), but oh my gosh it’s absolutely stunning!! And the synopsis!! Sooo cool! I seriously can’t wait for this one 😍

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    Rise of the Snake Goddess was an action packed adventure! With mythology, treasure hunts and even a goddess, this book was a lot of fun. Fans of National Treasure and The Mummy should have a blast reading this book! "Isn’t that what drew us to this course of study in the first place? The promise of a discovery that would change the world?” “Last time we discovered something, it nearly ended the world,” Bennett pointed out. “Are you going to let that keep you from ever seeking adventu Rise of the Snake Goddess was an action packed adventure! With mythology, treasure hunts and even a goddess, this book was a lot of fun. Fans of National Treasure and The Mummy should have a blast reading this book! "Isn’t that what drew us to this course of study in the first place? The promise of a discovery that would change the world?” “Last time we discovered something, it nearly ended the world,” Bennett pointed out. “Are you going to let that keep you from ever seeking adventure again?” Sam asked. Our favorites Sam, Jo, and Bennett were together at college. When they intercepted a letter for Bennett's professor, who we met in Curse of the Specter Queen, it led them on an adventure of a lifetime. They ended up of traveling to Crete, yet not everything was at it seemed. Caves, treasure hunters, relics, mythology and puzzles filled the story making this a fascinating read! “It’s a secret passage,” she breathed in wonder. The characters made this story for me! Jo continued to crack me up with her antics and do what she wanted to do attitude. I loved how she could be so clever! But most of all I loved her and Sam's mended friendship and how they worked together as a team. They were the truest of best friends! Sam continued to impress me with her ability to not quit and her wits! Sam was so clever and smart, the adventure she led us on was one I won't forget! “Just once in this whole business, Bennett, I do wish you’d understand what I’m trying to do. I wish you’d understand me.” Bennett looked down in surprise. “Why do you think I don’t understand you?” “Because if you did, you’d help me, instead of constantly trying to stop me.” Shockingly I felt like Bennett was the one who needed to grow the most in this story. He always tried to see the best in others. And while that was an admirable trait, it also led him to put that trust in others blindly that didn't deserve it. I was so happy to see how far he had come from that first page to the last. Plus I loved seeing how much he cared for Sam and his sister, and the lengths he would go to to protect them. These walls weren’t built to keep something out; they were built to keep something in. The cast also included characters I absolutely loathed like Theo and one of the other professors, Professor Atchinson. There were others who I didn't know if we should trust or not. It kept me guessing and I loved that each one stood out and felt unique. Finishing that last page, I felt like the message in this book was only you can find your true self-worth. You can't let it be dictated by others and their expectations of you. Only you can forge your own path and love yourself truly. I was so happy that Sam, Bennett and even Jo encompassed those feelings on their journey! The Snake Goddess had risen. Stories were told, lies were spun and Sam, Jo and Bennett did everything possible to keep themselves not only out of trouble but alive too! There was a secret that came out from the first book that left me dying laughing! It was so perfect lol! So with a smidgen of romance and a ton of adventure, Rise of the Snake Goddess was a story not to be missed! *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* For more of my reviews, please visit:

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taiyeaba

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5⭐ It was okay. Sam infuriated so much in this one. I think she infuriated me in the first one as well. Can't remember it. But I get her emotionally in this one but her recklessness was costing others as well so I was agreeing with Bennett but understood her too. The last brainstorming they did on the labyrinth was eye rolling ott. I fell in love with these characters in the first book so I liked it anyway. Thank the writer for not creating any unnecessary drama between them. Overall it was a g 3.5⭐ It was okay. Sam infuriated so much in this one. I think she infuriated me in the first one as well. Can't remember it. But I get her emotionally in this one but her recklessness was costing others as well so I was agreeing with Bennett but understood her too. The last brainstorming they did on the labyrinth was eye rolling ott. I fell in love with these characters in the first book so I liked it anyway. Thank the writer for not creating any unnecessary drama between them. Overall it was a good sequel. And surprisingly I didn't feel lost and quite remember pretty much every important stuffs.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MazieBelle

    i love the use of greek mythology in this installment of the samantha knox series! again i had issues with the characters tho. i love jo, she is a hoot. this time i liked bennett! he just seemed like a tired dad who did not recover from the events of the last book. and sam was so violently obnoxious ❤️

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lacy

    This one just didn't hit the same as the first book. Bennett is extra annoying. And I don't like snakes. This one just didn't hit the same as the first book. Bennett is extra annoying. And I don't like snakes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Birdie

    i liked this a bit more than the first one, but i was still underwhelmed. i do wish there was going to be another book in the series though because they're still a fun and fast time. i liked this a bit more than the first one, but i was still underwhelmed. i do wish there was going to be another book in the series though because they're still a fun and fast time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Keelin Rita

    It might have taken me forever to read this, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy myself while I was! I love this series. It’s so fun and interesting, and a great way to escape.

  15. 4 out of 5

    J Wells

    A good sophomore effort but it just didn't have the thrill of the first in the series. Looking forward to seeing what comes next though... A good sophomore effort but it just didn't have the thrill of the first in the series. Looking forward to seeing what comes next though...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Etta (Chonky Books Review)

    Samantha (Sam) Knox returns for a new adventure set in the 1920s in Rise of the Snake Goddess. After being pulled from her job at an antiques bookshop, she was swept into an ancient mystery in the first novel, Curse of the Spector Queen. Here she is joined again by Bennett Steeling, her childhood crush and love interest and Bennett’s younger sister, and Sam’s friend, Joana (Jo). As the characters were established in the first novel, it is best for readers to experience the novels to connect more Samantha (Sam) Knox returns for a new adventure set in the 1920s in Rise of the Snake Goddess. After being pulled from her job at an antiques bookshop, she was swept into an ancient mystery in the first novel, Curse of the Spector Queen. Here she is joined again by Bennett Steeling, her childhood crush and love interest and Bennett’s younger sister, and Sam’s friend, Joana (Jo). As the characters were established in the first novel, it is best for readers to experience the novels to connect more to them and to gain additional background; however, a reader could fully enjoy this story as a standalone. After the Spector Queen chaos that occurred in Dublin previously, Sam is now back home and facing the aftermath of her newfound reputation at her university. She receives a letter from Professor Wallstone asking for help regarding an ancient artifact, the golden girdle, Sam cannot resist setting out on a new adventure. This adventure happens to take her to Greece, the same place that she was rejected from travelling to for a project by her misogynistic department head, Professor Atchinson. Sam is determined to prove Atchinson wrong and that she is worthy of being a top treasure hunter, so the adventure for the girdle, which is buried in an ancient tomb, begins. While it is coincidental that the two end up in the same place, this was something that I love about these stories as it just worked for me. Sam is the treasure hunter where she is the one able to solve the riddles and wants to find the answers. Jo is the opposite where she wants to have fun all the time with a nice dose of snark and sass while also being a friend to Sam. Bennett is the overprotective and more cautious one that wants to keep everyone safe. The combination of the three personalities is what I connect with most in the story as I love their dynamic. Each character brings something different, yet they all work well together, even if you prefer one over the other at any given time. As the main character, Sam is coming into her own in this story where she is becoming more confident and focused on her future. This adventure includes fun (and dangerous) obstacles including the Minotaur. The story includes an amusing adventure while also being character-focused as each character grows from the ones that were initially introduced. I loved the balance in this story as there was still the campy yet dangerous adventures yet there was still an effort for the reader to connect and watch the characters develop. As for romance, Sam and Bennett share a connection and care for each other while still focusing on trying to overcome every obstacle they face. I enjoyed the balance of the romance, friendship, individual character growth, and chaotic adventure in this story. Since the characters were initially introduced in the first novel, this one moved at a slightly faster pace yet still giving some recap for new readers (or those that need a refresh). With tons of ancient curses and mysteries around the world, there is room for the author to add more to the series with this fun group of characters. I am not sure how many novels are currently in the works, but I hope that there are more to come soon! (4.5 rounded to 5) **I want to give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Disney Audiobooks, for a review copy of this entertaining novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    A new adventure awaits for Samantha Knox and her friends! After her harrowing escape in Dublin Sam has returned to school and is finally looking forward to going on a student trip... except her Professor is misogynistic and outright hates her and has specifically excluded her from it. But when has that stopped her? When Sam discovers a letter asking for help with an ancient artifact her bags are packed and she is on her way. Along for the journey is her boyfriend Bennett and his sister her best A new adventure awaits for Samantha Knox and her friends! After her harrowing escape in Dublin Sam has returned to school and is finally looking forward to going on a student trip... except her Professor is misogynistic and outright hates her and has specifically excluded her from it. But when has that stopped her? When Sam discovers a letter asking for help with an ancient artifact her bags are packed and she is on her way. Along for the journey is her boyfriend Bennett and his sister her best friend, Jo. Sam is here to prove to her professor that she is more than what he thinks, that she is worthy. When she arrives in Crete, Greece she soon finds herself discovering an ancient Snake Goddess’s golden girdle in the depths of a cave shrine that has been buried for decades... yet something is not right about the girdle and soon she starts hearing things. The girdle isn’t a simple girdle and once again ancient powers are awakened. Now Sam, Bennett, and Jo will have to go on a wild hunt to stop the rise of an ancient goddess and a minotaur in a labyrinth. Can Sam and her friends make it out alive or will this be their last journey? Unfortunately for me this one just wasn’t as exciting as the first book and that is mainly due to how character focused this one was rather than journey focused, and by character focused I mean it heavily dealt with Sam’s struggle of being a woman in the field as well as her naive nature as well as her slipping under the pressure of constantly wanting to be right and risk everyone’s lives without caring and with Bennett, despite being the love interest, being a man who is privileged and can’t support or work with Sam. Bennett and Sam’s relationship struggles was prominent in this book, especially with them constantly butting heads but I do understand both their points of issue, Sam wants to be seen, she wants to make her place in the field, but she’s reckless, selfish, impulsive, and naive on the other hand Bennett is privileged, he can’t understand her struggles so he kind of undermines her and constantly sides against her, while worrying about not only her safety but all of their safety, because I mean, after Dublin I too would be concerned. Bennett just wants to make sure they aren’t destroying the world, risking their lives, or awakening ancient spirits or anything again, and thats valid. So while yes, I did enjoy getting to see them on their journey and getting a new artifact and adventure from them, this book struggled with being enjoyable since the characters were constantly at odds and fighting with each other or making dumb decisions. By the end of the book they all resolve their issues and do grow which is great and I hope the next adventure they go on in the next book will have more of a pleasant time for them and theirs more sweet fun moments for the trio in general. *Thanks Netgalley and Disney Publishing Worldwide for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I absolutely adored Curse of the Specter Queen and was so excited to read Rise of the Snake Goddess, but … it just didn’t deliver in the same way that the first book did. I can succinctly identify the problem I had with Rise of the Snake Queen: Samantha freaking Knox. In book one, Sam’s character felt so well rounded. She struggled with being stuck in her small town and the semi-estrangement from Jo. We saw her really come to life as the mystery unfolded and she continued to prove her intellect I absolutely adored Curse of the Specter Queen and was so excited to read Rise of the Snake Goddess, but … it just didn’t deliver in the same way that the first book did. I can succinctly identify the problem I had with Rise of the Snake Queen: Samantha freaking Knox. In book one, Sam’s character felt so well rounded. She struggled with being stuck in her small town and the semi-estrangement from Jo. We saw her really come to life as the mystery unfolded and she continued to prove her intellect and sharp analytical skills over and over again. Despite the character building in book one, book two immediately starts with Sam being a pain in the butt. Sam is bitter, reckless, obsessed with proving her by making a world famous discovery, and selfish. She doesn’t ever really stop to think any plan through or even how it might impact Jo and Bennet. She has a chip on her shoulder and all she really cares about is proving that she is the smart and the best at everything. The rekindled friendship with Jo and the relationship with Bennet are soured by Sam’s resentment towards the siblings for their upbringing and wealth, even though Sam has obviously benefited greatly from their father’s generosity towards her. Despite Sam not even being Mr. Steeling’s own child he has paid for so many things for Sam and has even pulled strings to ensure she is granted access to opportunities she would not have had access to on her own. Poor Bennet gets punished repeatedly by Sam for trying to be levelheaded, responsible, and safety minded, simply because she thinks he “doesn’t understand her” while she is once again being reckless and obsessive over earning archaeological fame. I understand Sam’s behavior gets worked into the plot, but it was just so unpleasant to read for the entire book. The whole “woe is me, no one understands me or my genius” trope is obnoxious and tired at this point. My smaller gripe with book two is that the riddle solving, code breaking, and overall discovery which helped book one to shine were just not present in this installment. The plot was kind of 1. Discover something of archaeological significance (and find it a bit too easily, at that), 2. Sam is reckless and fights with Jo and Bennet nonstop for about 60% of the book, 3. Mystical things happen and Sam only discovers the pattern/answer/solution because the things have happened and not because she worked them out from the clues she has found (probably bc there were no clues this time around). The actual mystery was not as well formulated or tied together this time, which was really disappointing. I rated Curse of the Specter Queen 4 stars when I read it last year, but I remember thinking it was a solid 4-4.5 star read for me. Rise of the Snake Goddess is 3-3.5 stars (I’m sad it’s so low bc I genuinely really like this series). Even though this series definitely suffers with the dreaded book two curse, I’ll be excited to continue reading the series as it comes out.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    I really enjoyed the book that started this series off, Curse of the Specter Queen. And so I was excited to see where the author would take our characters. As I mentioned in my review of the first book, when I was younger I really liked archeology myself, more specifically Egyptology, but all of it really was fascinating. This time we get some Greek history, connected to the minotaur and the labyrinth! Something that kind of clicked in my brain was how both books had the big bad as a queen or god I really enjoyed the book that started this series off, Curse of the Specter Queen. And so I was excited to see where the author would take our characters. As I mentioned in my review of the first book, when I was younger I really liked archeology myself, more specifically Egyptology, but all of it really was fascinating. This time we get some Greek history, connected to the minotaur and the labyrinth! Something that kind of clicked in my brain was how both books had the big bad as a queen or goddess, making these books very female-centric or touching on the strength of women. I mean your main character is a young woman in the ages when they were still fighting to go to college and make things of themselves. And the villain being a strong woman, or goddess in this case, who had been called just a “mother-figure” type of goddess by all the male archeologists, really hit home a lot of what the author is trying to put forth in these stories I think. Samantha Knox, or Sam, had to deal with the prejudice against females from the lead professor at her college, so much that he even cut off a normal scholarship she’d worked her butt off to win, just so he wouldn’t have to take her. Not to mention how even at times, Bennett, her boyfriend, and yes we do like him, he is a good guy, but you could see how he even somewhat unconsciously had a bias about her being able to do things or make decisions because of her being a woman. And yes, she did make some choices that weren’t necessarily wise at the time, or maybe the way she went about them wasn’t the best decision. But she also was young, and came from a different world than her best friend Joanna and her brother, Sam’s beau, Bennett. It was all of these different things coming together that led them on the adventure into a cave, to a party for antiquity smugglers, and finally the ascension of the snake goddess and a trip to the labyrinth to escape the minotaur. Another fun adventure that I’ll definitely recommend to my students! Review first posted on Lisa Loves Literature.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becca Mee

    I absolutely love this book series! Working in the field of archives and history, watching Sam and her friends in both book 1 and book 2 made my little heart so happy. Sam is in her first year of university, but she faces a lot of difficulties being taken seriously as a young woman and in the aftermath of what happened in Dublin. When Sam is denied an opportunity to study abroad by a sexist professor (who infuriated me throughout the novel, though he gets what's coming to him), she leaps at the I absolutely love this book series! Working in the field of archives and history, watching Sam and her friends in both book 1 and book 2 made my little heart so happy. Sam is in her first year of university, but she faces a lot of difficulties being taken seriously as a young woman and in the aftermath of what happened in Dublin. When Sam is denied an opportunity to study abroad by a sexist professor (who infuriated me throughout the novel, though he gets what's coming to him), she leaps at the chance to prove her worth to the field of archaeology by retrieving the ancient Snake Goddess's girdle, but in doing so she is propelled in a wild hunt filled with imposters, glamourous parties and ancient Greek myths come to life as the Snake Goddess rises from her slumbers and shakes the earth literally on its foundations. Moke's novels have a special quality about them in that she brings to life fascinating and endearing characters and combines it perfectly with historical intrigue and adventure. It's so easy to empathize with Sam as a woman who yearns to prove her worth in a world dominated by patriarchal privilege, and you can't help but adore her. Joana wins my prize in this book as my favorite character though, with the same loveable snark and sass that she delivers in the first novel evident once again in the second. And the friendship between the two girls is so rich. I enjoyed seeing Bennett challenged both as a man who has benefitted from that privilege loving a girl who struggles to be taken seriously and in their relationship. I also really loved the nuance with the Snake Goddess and how that overarching theme of women's rights and worth ends up playing out with Sam. It is ruthless male ambition that is the true villain of the novel as opposed to just one character. In the end, RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS is a story about feminism and not allowing your worth to be dictated by anyone other than yourself, and it marks a delightful addition to Samantha Knox's adventures!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I participated in the tour last year for the first book in this series, Curse of the Specter Queen (you can find my review here), and I really loved it, so I was excited to get back with Samantha and the crew for a new adventure! In the first book we went to Ireland with Samantha, Bennett, and Jo, and Rise of the Snake Goddess takes us to the island of Crete. As I mentioned in my review of book one, I am a sucker for all things 1920s. On top of that, I am “of an age” where Indiana Jones was a HU I participated in the tour last year for the first book in this series, Curse of the Specter Queen (you can find my review here), and I really loved it, so I was excited to get back with Samantha and the crew for a new adventure! In the first book we went to Ireland with Samantha, Bennett, and Jo, and Rise of the Snake Goddess takes us to the island of Crete. As I mentioned in my review of book one, I am a sucker for all things 1920s. On top of that, I am “of an age” where Indiana Jones was a HUGE franchise when I was growing up, and I’ve seen the movies many times. So if you tell me there’s a book that deals with misogyny and classism, with a feminist bent, set during the 1920s, *and* it’s an archaeological adventure?! I’m in! Samantha has to take on even more overt misogyny in this book, in the form of a professor at the university who kicked her out of his class in the first week of school (and continues to despise her, for some reason). Luckily, she has Joana and Bennett - at least to some extent - in her corner, to not only help her with the adventure but also to protect her from dismissive professors and classmates. As with the first book, I flew through this, just constantly turning pages to see what would come next. I defy you to NOT have a good time reading the Samantha Knox books! Just go along for the adventure and romance, and you even learn a ton along the way. Rating: 4 stars! **Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of this blog tour. This review is voluntary and reflects my honest rating and review of the book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    • Bookster Rahil •

    “So many snakes,” Joana breathed. “Well, she is the Snake Goddess,” Sam whispered back. “Thank you for the reminder,” Joana said icily. Same as the first book, I've had SO. MUCH. FUN reading Rise Of The Snake Goddess. God, these Indiana Jones stories- well, basically any tresure hunt story, or a quest featured book will never get old to me. I DIE for these. Absolutely MY JAM. Joana has the spirit of Jonathan from The Mummy (but more fierce lmao), i love them so much. They instantly make my head lig “So many snakes,” Joana breathed. “Well, she is the Snake Goddess,” Sam whispered back. “Thank you for the reminder,” Joana said icily. Same as the first book, I've had SO. MUCH. FUN reading Rise Of The Snake Goddess. God, these Indiana Jones stories- well, basically any tresure hunt story, or a quest featured book will never get old to me. I DIE for these. Absolutely MY JAM. Joana has the spirit of Jonathan from The Mummy (but more fierce lmao), i love them so much. They instantly make my head light with laughter. Always, doing or saying something either completely unrealistic, or abnormally stupid and I'm here for it! Bennett, as always the voice of reason. He's such a sweetheart as well, i want him protected at all costs. But one thing I'm happy about is that we got to see a bit depth to his character in this book. As well as Samantha's character. The plan girl. I always, and will always, love to see her brain works, especially the fact that she's not exactly physically strong and is super nice- well, i guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm glad she's not a Lara Croft but more of an ... Evelyn O'Connell. (Which is weird that i just clicked the two together. Also, the fact that Jo reminds me of Evelyn's brother, Jonathan? Lol) Oh, whatever, stories like these reminds me of my childhood and I'm so very lucky to have stumbled upon these books. Charming, the story was. It lived up to my expectations, and I'm sure the next (crossing fingers there will be another) will be even more wicked. Movie makers would LOVE Samantha Knox's series. (Finger crossed that will happen one day too!)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS is a riveting new 1920s archaeological story featuring Sam and her friends, Jo and Bennett. Sam is now at college and excelling - she knows she has the internship for the top student in the bag, which means a trip to a site in Crete for the summer. However, after a discussion with the professor who seems disdainful of her gender, her opportunity disappears in smoke. Upon discovery of a letter asking for help with an ancient artifact, Sam, Jo, and Bennett head to Crete to RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS is a riveting new 1920s archaeological story featuring Sam and her friends, Jo and Bennett. Sam is now at college and excelling - she knows she has the internship for the top student in the bag, which means a trip to a site in Crete for the summer. However, after a discussion with the professor who seems disdainful of her gender, her opportunity disappears in smoke. Upon discovery of a letter asking for help with an ancient artifact, Sam, Jo, and Bennett head to Crete to discover the Snake Goddess's Golden Girdle. However, nothing is quite so simple and ancient powers are at play and the Snake Goddess awakens. What I loved: This book was action-packed and fast-paced, and the suspense really keeps the pages turning throughout. Although this is second in a series, it could be read alone with a new mystery/artifact taking center stage. The writing and plot are even more gripping than the first, and the artifact and Snake Goddess are particularly enthralling. These really bring the feels, excitement/danger, and humor, reminiscent of The Mummy franchise, home in a big way. Sam, Jo, and Bennett are really fun main characters, and they play off of each other really well. Together, they present a great team, and they each bring something special to the table. The plot and events are quite clever too, with a mystery and danger that really grips the reader. Final verdict: A gripping and fast-paced sequel, RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS is a thrilling YA historical fantasy that is great for fans of The Mummy and Indiana Jones. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this ARC and ARC audiobook. Description from NetGalley: Samantha Knox is back for another adventure in this 1920s female-driven mystery-adventure series! Sam Knox’s second adventure takes her to the island of Crete, just off the coast of Greece, where she discovers the ancient Snake Goddess’s golden girdle in the depths of a cave shrine that has been buried for decades. After having been belittled by her archaeology professor throughou Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this ARC and ARC audiobook. Description from NetGalley: Samantha Knox is back for another adventure in this 1920s female-driven mystery-adventure series! Sam Knox’s second adventure takes her to the island of Crete, just off the coast of Greece, where she discovers the ancient Snake Goddess’s golden girdle in the depths of a cave shrine that has been buried for decades. After having been belittled by her archaeology professor throughout her first college semester, Sam knows this triumph will prove her worth in the field, but before she can take credit for the find, the girdle is stolen and the island is hit with a series of earthquakes that don’t feel quite geological. Soon Sam, Bennett and Jo are embroiled in a wild hunt—one that takes them to tiny island shops, a glamorous auction party and a near fiery death—to find the girdle before someone can use it to raise an ancient goddess from her slumber. The final battle features gryphons, a labyrinth, the minotaur of legend and lots of snakes. Lots. If you liked the first book, you will like this one. I love this trio but especially the relationship between Sam and Jo. They feel like life long friends with their dialogue and understanding. Sam’s relationship with Bennett also feels real. The adventure and the risks are front and present from the first page. I can’t wait to see what they do next and where they go because the description of Ireland and Greece were great. Overall: 4/5

  25. 5 out of 5

    Briauna Bias

    Rise of the Snake Goddess by Jenny Elder Moke ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Once again, Samantha Knox and Joana and Bennet Steeling have given me such a wonderful adventure. I cannot thank Jenny enough for the opportunity to read this before it’s release date in June! Upon reading Curse of the Specter Queen, I was really looking for some adventure after falling victim to so many romance novels and this series has really been so fun to read. A few of my favorite things from this second installment of the series were Rise of the Snake Goddess by Jenny Elder Moke ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Once again, Samantha Knox and Joana and Bennet Steeling have given me such a wonderful adventure. I cannot thank Jenny enough for the opportunity to read this before it’s release date in June! Upon reading Curse of the Specter Queen, I was really looking for some adventure after falling victim to so many romance novels and this series has really been so fun to read. A few of my favorite things from this second installment of the series were the amazing nods towards the pioneering of feminism as well as the underlying message of knowing your self worth. I can not begin to tell you how much I wanted to reach through this book and punch Sam’s professor in the nose. As for the story itself, it really captures one of the biggest early struggles of Archaeology: where do finds go once the hidden treasure is uncovered? So many museums today are still getting back stolen artifacts that were taken out of the country illegally. It’s so important to preserve and learn from the past. That being said, it is also very important to judge the past through unbiased eyes as much as possible in order not to manipulate history. I thoroughly enjoy this series and do hope that there will be a third installment! Fans of Indiana Jones, The Mummy Trilogy, and Inheritance Games, make sure you check out this amazing Fantasy Adventure series!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Sam, Bennett, and Jo are back in this follow-up to Curse of the Specter Queen. This time the trio is off to Greece where they discover a golden girdle which they soon find is tied to the not so mysterious earthquakes that keep happening and has the power to raise the Snake Goddess. What's worse Sam is facing disgusting sexism from a professor at the university, who believes women shouldn't be in academia. Can Sam survive all of this plus the creatures from Greek mythology out to get them? I had a Sam, Bennett, and Jo are back in this follow-up to Curse of the Specter Queen. This time the trio is off to Greece where they discover a golden girdle which they soon find is tied to the not so mysterious earthquakes that keep happening and has the power to raise the Snake Goddess. What's worse Sam is facing disgusting sexism from a professor at the university, who believes women shouldn't be in academia. Can Sam survive all of this plus the creatures from Greek mythology out to get them? I had a rough time with the first book. I found it a struggle to get through. This was not the case with Rise of the Snake Goddess. I enjoyed this way more, and I think that's because Moke darling, Joanna, was in every single chapter. I never cared for Sam, I started to hate Bennett in this book, but Jo, Jo is goals. I'm so glad Moke gave her her well-deserved page time. I listened to Rebecca Gibel narrate the first book, so I was glad to get the audio of this too. Her narrating was much better in this book compared to the first, but maybe that's because I liked the book better. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this ALC. This was a fun book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gailanne Smith

    If you’re looking for an entertaining fantasy based in the 1920’s with a female lead character, this is the book to read. It gives off Indiana Jones vibes, but with a younger female lead character who is the student, not the professor. Sam is an engaging main character, with determination, wit, and intelligence. Her companions in this novel, best friend Jo and her brother and Sam’s boyfriend, Bennett, are good foils to Sam’s personality. The three are caught in a mystery, trying to make an archa If you’re looking for an entertaining fantasy based in the 1920’s with a female lead character, this is the book to read. It gives off Indiana Jones vibes, but with a younger female lead character who is the student, not the professor. Sam is an engaging main character, with determination, wit, and intelligence. Her companions in this novel, best friend Jo and her brother and Sam’s boyfriend, Bennett, are good foils to Sam’s personality. The three are caught in a mystery, trying to make an archaeological find that will give them some fame, but also help them preserve artifacts of the Minoan culture. But Sam makes a discovery that threatens the safety of an entire community when she takes a golden girdle that belongs to the Snake Goddess, unleashing devastating circumstances that quickly get out of control. This novel is fast paced and creative, with humor mixed in with the adventure and mystery. There are a few curse words, but it is otherwise a pretty clean book for those not wanting to read a novel where teen sex plays a big role. This is the second book in a series featuring these 3 characters, and Moke should definitely keep entertaining us with more adventures to come.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Raji

    Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . Following their adventures in Ireland, the trio have returned to their normal lives, with Sam and Jo joining Bennett in college. Sam has been looking forward to the end of term archaeological expedition to Crete, but despite being top of the class the Professor, who hates her, excludes her from it. However, when Sam discovers a letter from an archaeologist in Crete asking for help with an ancient artifact, the trio waste no time i Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . Following their adventures in Ireland, the trio have returned to their normal lives, with Sam and Jo joining Bennett in college. Sam has been looking forward to the end of term archaeological expedition to Crete, but despite being top of the class the Professor, who hates her, excludes her from it. However, when Sam discovers a letter from an archaeologist in Crete asking for help with an ancient artifact, the trio waste no time in setting out for Greece. Their search leads them to a long buried cave shrine and the golden girdle of the Snake Goddess hidden in its depths, but before Sam can take credit for the find, which will surely make her reputation in the field, it is stolen. As several earthquakes begin to hit the island in close succession, they realize that the girdle holds a dangerous power, and they must retrieve and return it to the shrine before someone uses it to wake the Snake Goddess. Samantha Knox’s second adventure, this time in Crete, was just as exciting a read as the first installment. The mythology this time, was something I was more familiar with, though with some new twists that were a lot of fun to ponder over. The pacing was much better in this book too, and while the urgency of the adventure didn’t enter the story until the second half, I didn’t feel like any part of the narrative was rushed. The adventure wasn’t as fast paced this time, which allowed some time for character development. Sam’s arc was very well done, and she had a lot of growth. She starts off extremely reckless, determined to prove her worth after having been belittled by her misogynistic professor all year, which makes her rather annoying initially. Where she was rather overshadowed by the more exuberant Jo in the first book, Sam has come a long way and is no longer the quiet, uncertain girl any more, and it was wonderful to see her gaining confidence in herself and her abilities. I did feel like some parts of this book were a little predictable, especially towards the beginning when Bennett and Sam weren’t seeing eye to eye on how to go about things in Crete. Luckily, this didn’t continue throughout the book, and the ending turned out to be an action packed adventure that I could not put down. I was rather disappointed though, to find that the code breaking and solving riddles that were such a big part of what I liked about the first book, were completely missing in this one. The finding of the artifact also felt too quick and easy and then it descended completely into the mystical and mythological aspect which, while interesting was a bit of a letdown considering what I was expecting. Rise of the Snake Goddess was a fun read and I would definitely recommend this book to fans of both mythology and adventure novels. I’m really enjoying this series so far, and I’m curious to see what the setting of the next book will be. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment in Sam’s adventures!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evie

    4.5/5 Stars. To be released June 2022. Rise of the Snake Goddess gives me complete 1999 Mummy vibes (my all-time favorite movie), so naturally I had to read it. Three people stumble upon an ancient artifact and unknowingly start the process of reawakening an ancient goddess. We have Sam, our main character, who is headstrong and determined. Her best friend, Joana, who is our comic relief. And Sam's boyfriend (Joana's brother), Bennett, who is the voice of reason. (So, Evelyn, Jonathan, and Rick, 4.5/5 Stars. To be released June 2022. Rise of the Snake Goddess gives me complete 1999 Mummy vibes (my all-time favorite movie), so naturally I had to read it. Three people stumble upon an ancient artifact and unknowingly start the process of reawakening an ancient goddess. We have Sam, our main character, who is headstrong and determined. Her best friend, Joana, who is our comic relief. And Sam's boyfriend (Joana's brother), Bennett, who is the voice of reason. (So, Evelyn, Jonathan, and Rick, respectively.) I did not read the first book in the Samantha Knox series (this is the second) but this book was easily enjoyed if you pick it up to read first. You are easily filled in on what you missed and Rise of the Snake Goddess is a whole new adventure in itself. The writing was super fun and engaging while and the author did a great job at creating characters you really enjoy and ones you loathe (looking at you, Professor Atchinson). The blend of history and mythology was super well done and makes for a book you can't put down.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Sam is back at it again. This time, after being denied a place on the team going to Crete, she convinces her friends Jo and Bennett to travel with her to help an archaeologist in need. Once in Crete, she helps to find a hidden room and finding the room sets off a series of cataclysmic events. It is up to Sam to figure it out. Opinion Please note that I listened to the audio book and so my spelling of the names may be wrong. This book brought me back to my younger days of watching Indiana Jones. Re Sam is back at it again. This time, after being denied a place on the team going to Crete, she convinces her friends Jo and Bennett to travel with her to help an archaeologist in need. Once in Crete, she helps to find a hidden room and finding the room sets off a series of cataclysmic events. It is up to Sam to figure it out. Opinion Please note that I listened to the audio book and so my spelling of the names may be wrong. This book brought me back to my younger days of watching Indiana Jones. Reading/listening to it is a full on adventure that is fun from the word go. Even though the series is set in the 1920s, I could see it set today. The romantic tension between Sam and Bennett adds that little bit that was missing. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was able to keep me captivated. (I actually sat outside a store just so I could finish the book.) Many thanks to Net Galley and Disney Audiobooks for providing me with an ARC of this book.

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