Tag: Myth

Book Review: Alchemy by K.J. Wignall

Posted September 20, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Alchemy

Author: K.J. Wignall

Publisher: Edgmont

Publication Date: September 2012

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:
After reading the first book in the series, Blood, I was interested enough to carry on to read Alchemy. I’m glad I did because Alchemy really raises the bar.

Eloise returns to her old school and Will stays close, visiting her at night and continuing to research his history and the mysterious forces of a sorcerer named Wyndham. But every step they take, they are being watched. And not by forces that intend to help them.

Alchemy’s fast pace drew me in and kept me reading. There are some scary scenes, reminding me of older vampire stories where the vampires do not sparkle. And that’s one of the best things about this series. These people are dangerous. Like in book one, there is a strong sense of unease and darkness waiting for them everywhere.

The third person narrative worked nicely in this story, as the first person was NOT Will but…. Wyndham. Yes, reader. You get a small peak into the inside of the sorcerer’s mind. Fun, well done and it played really well off of Will and Eloise’s adventures. It also gave more depth to Wyndham as a character and didn’t leave him as this flat, big baddie no one understands.

I still think Eloise and Will’s romance is a bit of a stretch. I don’t really feel the chemistry between them, and for Eloise to back up Will in these life and death scenarios seem far fetched. Yes, Will is dark, mysterious and sexy, so naturally all girls are going to fall for him. But the relationship still feels a little forced. 

Some questions are answered and more are revealed. I am now looking forward to reading Book Three.

If you like old fashioned vampire stories, real danger and creative scares, this is a great book for you! 

Rating 7 Pretty Cool, Would Recommend

Posted September 20, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Book Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

Posted August 27, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: The Goddess Legacy

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: HarlequinTeen

Publication Date: July 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Retelling

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book 2.5

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:

A beautiful collection of short stories from Aimee Carter, companion to her Goddess series.

The short stories add so much depth and warmth to these gods and goddesses. You see Persephone and Hades’s courtship from Persephone’s point of view. The events that took place that start the goddess test, and what happened to the girls before Kate Winters. And the first story is heartbreaking- Zeus’s love and eventual betrayal to his wife Hera and Hera’s change into Calliope.

I loved this idea. The tales really expanded the usually untouchable characters in the book, giving them new life and exposing their real motivations and heartbreaks. I had forgotten I hated Calliope/Hera during her story. And while I’m still not a fan, when I read Book Three in the series, I’ll keep her sad story in the back of my mind. 


Aimee Carter is doing such a fantastic job retelling these classic myths. Fun twists, real complex characters and complicated relationships entwine in so many ways.
You don’t need to read The Goddess Test series to enjoy this book, but I suggest you do.


Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted August 27, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Book Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Posted March 27, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Goddess Interrupted

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequinn Teen

Publication Date: March 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Myth

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two



Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:
Kate Winters has married her love, Henry, also known as God of the Underworld Hades. But the life she was hoping far seems to be dissolving away as Henry becomes more and more distant. And then, the unthinkable happens and he is kidnapped. Kate must muster all of her strength and courage to save him, and face their linked past. Because the one person who can help them, is his ex-wife, Persephone.

Can I just say that I don’t know why I waited to read The Goddess Test? Book one was such an amazing adventure, I immediately started Book Two as soon as I was done. And it did not disappoint.

Kate matures by leaps and bounds in this book. I loved her growth and I think I love this sequel MORE than the original. There. I said it. She stars out with this idea of marriage and love, and is totally confused by the aloofness and hesitation Henry offers her. I enjoyed reading her thought process in regards to her own insecurities and her dreams about Henry. I thought she became this really beautifully strong woman by the end, powerful and accepting. Hmm, just like a queen should be.

Henry is of course, the classic tortured hero. He pulls away from Kate, both for his own selfish reasons and in a lame effort to protect her. Or is it because he’s still in love with his ex-wife Persephone? I absolutely loved the drama between these two characters. Henry is so much older than Kate, complete with all of his own insecurities and baggage. It was heartbreaking and emotional to read their conversations- they were so totally true and real to me. Sometimes, we have to accept that the person is loving us the best they know how and this is true for Kate and Henry. Kate’s ideas of their marriage and partnership are very different than how Henry is acting. Add in Persephone to the mix and all hell breaks loose.

The book broke my heart several times, and knit the pieces back together. Besides loving the ups and downs between Henry and Kate, I loved the other characters coming to play. We had more information on other members of the family, how they react, who are married, who were married… It created a full family dynamic.

And the end…
WHAT?! What! What!?!

Well, thankfully Book Three will be out in October. Seven long months away. Until then, I’ll try to be content with re-reading books one and two.

Rating 10 One of The Best

Posted March 27, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Book Review: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Posted March 20, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Title: The Goddess Test

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequinn Teen

Publication Date: April 2011

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Myth

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One




Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley Review.

Review:

To save her mother and her new frenemy, Kate must embark on a series of tests to prove she can be the new Persephone, wife of Hades and goddess of the Underworld. But as she delves deeper into this world of half truths and deception, can Kate really tell who friend is from foe? Who is trying to kill her? And if this is will be worth it in the end?

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this. A number of recent releases have been of retelling of the old gods, some good and some bad. And while a few have left me flat, I was happily surprised by The Goddess Test. I liked Kate’s character. She was strong, worried too much and had a decent head on her shoulders. I loved the scenes between he and her Mom. They were so natural and loving, like a real mother-daughter relationship. 

All of the characters were well developed and had their own personalities. Ava and James especially. Of course, I loved Henry. His dark, tortured soul and impossible task ahead. I know she’s a teenager and he looks like a teenager, and he’s really friggin old. But I sorta liked that. I liked Henry as an older, wiser, gentle god . Flawed, passionate, misunderstood. He reminded me of a classic hero from a romance novel, not in a bad way. I was rooting for Henry the whole time, and yeah I see the love triangle that may be happening but I am not buying it. No sir-ee bob.

Kate has seven tests to pass and she has no idea what they are. I loved that. I liked not knowing what she was being tested on until the end. It made more sense that they were judging her on her character than on random physical tests he had to pass.

Overall, The Goddess Test is a fun, fast read. I fell in love with Kate and everyone in that world. I can’t wait to read the second one. Luckily, I don’t have long to wait!

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted March 20, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments