BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Rise of the Snake Goddess by Jenny Elder Moke (BOOK REVIEW) || Higher education can be scary!

Just as I had enjoyed the first book, I absolutely love the second book! Jenny Elder Moke is a fantastic author and I definitely need to check out her other book, Hood, which is about Robin Hood and Marian’s kid! Here’s my review of the first book!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS by Jenny Elder Moke Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 


About the Book:
Title: RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS (Samantha Knox #2)
Author: Jenny Elder Moke
Pub. Date: June 7, 2022
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 320
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, AudibleB&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD,

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.


Reviews: “Another action-packed, romance and mythology filled mystery… Themes of wealth, power, and chauvinism are skillfully woven throughout the story while readers are provided with a cast of characters they will easily find themselves rooting for!”―School Library Connection

“Billed as the heir apparent to Indiana Jones, Samantha is a witty and wise adventurer, and it feels as though Moke is building towards an eventual greater purpose for her heroine.”―Booklist

“Jenny Elder Moke has done it again! Witty banter, ancient mysteries, thrilling action, and a mix of clever and dubious characters will keep you up all night in book two of the Samantha Knox series. A fantastic adventure!”―Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of Lies Like Wildfire

“Sam’s response to misogyny and classism propels the book’s action but also, in the deft hands of the author, provides readers with insights into the complexities of identity, self-awareness, and right action. While never becoming preachy, the book also thoughtfully explores issues related to the ethics of the acquisition and ownership of antiquities…Another satisfying supernatural adventure featuring an intrepid solver of puzzles.”―Kirkus Reviews

“Ahead of her time and a force to be reckoned with, Samantha Knox is the female Indiana Jones we’ve long been waiting for! You haven’t lived until you’ve read a Samantha Knox novel.”―Jen Calonita, New York Times best-selling author of the A Twisted Tale series

The friendship between Jo and Sam was fun to see again and I very much enjoyed getting to know their characters more. Last book I thought Sam was my favourite character and now it’s definitely Jo. Jo knows who she is and what she wants. Plus she’s not afraid to speak her mind and insult others – I love her for that.

Sam grew from the previous book. She stands up more for herself, tells off the male characters who think she can’t do much because she’s a woman. Which is a lot of Sam figuring out what all kinds of clues while the men are left scratching their heads. I’m all for girls doing things and leaving the men in the dust.

Bennett annoyed me a bit this time around 😅. He annoyed me last book, but more in the second book. It’s like he knows how Jo and Sam are yet he acts like they’re going to change because he says some words.

The action was amazing. Once again it felt like I was watching a movie, which was just great. Sometimes I want those fast-paced, action-packed books and this definitely delivered.

This time around it was Greek mythology, which, yes! Jenny Elder Moke melds history and mythology together so well you don’t even realise you’re actually learning things!

I don’t know if the series will have more books but I’m definitely up for at least 8 more! This feels like a series that won’t be complete with only 2 books (or at least I hope so!).


About  Jenny Elder Moke: Jenny Elder Moke writes young adult fiction in an attempt to recapture the shining infinity of youth. Her debut novel, Hood, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Mayor’s Book Club selection, and received critical acclaim.

When she is not writing, she’s gathering story ideas from her daily adventures with her two irredeemable rapscallions and honing her ninja skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jenny lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two children.

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Giveaway Details: 1 winner will receive a finished copy of RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS, US Only. Rafflecopter link

Tour Schedule:

Week One:






IG Review 


Just Another Teen Reading Books

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Review Thick And Thin

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Week Two:


A Court of Coffee and Books

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Karen Dee’s Book Reviews 

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More Books Please blog

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Lisa Loves Literature

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TikTok Review/IG Post


DB’S Guide to the Galaxy


Week Three:



IG Review/TikTiok Review


Read With Serena 

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YouTube Review/IG Post/TikTok Post


Star-Crossed Book Blog

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Fire and Ice

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Week Four:



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The Real World According To Sam

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@jacleomik33 The Page Ladies 

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The Reading Devil

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The Girl Who Reads

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Lifestyle of Me


Week Five:


Two Points of Interest



The Momma Spot

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Library of Alexandria Archives

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I just know that Jo would love Florence and the Machine. I think I should find a time machine and send some albums back 😅 Just need to save up for all that vinyls 😵

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