I absolutely adored Heather Lyon's A Matter of Fate. It was such a pageturner and kept me at the edge of my seat. While reading that book, the feelingI absolutely adored Heather Lyon's A Matter of Fate. It was such a pageturner and kept me at the edge of my seat. While reading that book, the feeling when I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was felt evoked once more. Heather Lyons has then became one of my must reads. Though I must point out that despite being blown off my feet by A Matter of Fate, the whole series did not end up on my favorites list as it wasn't able to follow through.
I liked the idea of Medusa as a victim. Medusa, if you change it to MAGDUSA, turns to a Tagalog word which translates as to suffer. Which she did. One couldn't help but feel remorse for her. During her pre-gorgon years, Medusa had good looks that transfixed people. But she would have gladly traded it for a talent for music or art. Hating the attention, she decides to become one of Athena's handmaidens. She takes care of a man and ends up having feelings for him. The man asks her to run away with her, but bound by her duties as Athena's handmaiden, she refuses. A couple days later, feeling a bit of regret for not coming, the man comes back and forces himself on her. And this man happens to be *drumroll* Poseidon, the king of the seas.
So as if it's not suffering enough to be raped, Athena, the goddess of "wisdom" comes in the scene and decides to curse poor Medusa for desecrating her temple. Thus Medusa ending with a serpentine body and snakes as hair. Medusa is exiled, with only her plants and "girls" aka the snakes on her head.
Despite being a monster, Medusa is not a monster at all. She abhors taking lives and grieves for them.
I am thankful for some respite in Medusa's suffering. She has found a friend Mikkos, a sailor who she managed to not freeze to stone as she sensed his presence and was able to alert him. A couple years down the road, Mikkos loses sight and decides to visit Medusa to thank her for sparing his life.
Another friend is Hermes. I could gush about how Hermes is the new Adonis but let me refrain from fangirling.
What makes this short of a five star read was the dialogue. The writing is beautiful and descriptive but the characters are thousand-year old greek gods. Medusa herself is 2,000 years old. However, the dialogue between characters are too slang, and too ungodlike.
It is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this bIt is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this book (e.g. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, friend, library), and read it, and finish it on the same day. Power of suggestion. Is it working?
A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons ★★★★★★★★★★ A RAVING TEN OUT OF FIVE STARS!! THIS IS MY FAVORITE READ FOR 2014. So far.
Look at that cover. It looks like a regular young adult contemporary romance book. *wrong buzzer sound*. There is no way this is a regular contemporary romance because this is an awesome magical one! And don’t forget the villains! It’s also action packed.
First let me point out that Heather Lyons’ writing is magical and lyrical. Beautiful use of adjectives and very superb storytelling, that I was like a hooked from the beginning.
The world the author builds is intriguing and yes, I was fangirling. Unfortunately, this book is sadly under the radar with only a couple reviews and there wasn’t much online either. What the author created was magical.
There are seven planes (human, dwarf, elven, gnome, fairy, goblin and Annar). There are magicals and non-magicals (AKA nons). They can live in either plane except Annar, which is exclusive for only the magicals. The nons do not know of the existence of the magicals, despite them being everywhere. There are different kinds of magicals and they are responsible for influencing events. A magical could either be an elemental, a seer, a storyteller, an intellectual, an emotional, a creator and many more. This story however focuses on Chloe, a creator. Creators are very rare and usually there are only two at a time. They are extremely powerful as they have the ability to create and destroy. Atlantis anyone? Chloe is next in line, as the previous creator is old and tired. He is very ready to relinquish his throne. But despite Chloe being the strongest magical around, she’s still a teenager and she’s stressed out of her head on how she can fit the bill of being creator. Destroying civilizations does not sit well with Chloe. Her parents also expect too much from her that her only refuge has been her dreams. She has fallen in love with a guy she dreamt of every night. Her dreams have been interactive until a couple of years ago, they just stop. This depresses her, until the guy in her dreams, Jonah, actually shows up in her class.
But Jonah doesn’t just pop up by himself. In tow is his twin brother Kellan. And let me just say that Chloe makes a connection with both of them.
You would think that a love triangle with twins would be disgusting. But let Heather prove you wrong. I don’t know which twin I am actually routing for, so I am team Switzerland.
I wish I could have made a better review, because I honestly think the books need to get out there cause it is very good. I encourage all Harry Potter and romance fans to get this book.
I've never read a comic book, but there was a kindle deal, so I decided to give it a try. Why not? It's Loki and I love Loki (at least Loki from the TI've never read a comic book, but there was a kindle deal, so I decided to give it a try. Why not? It's Loki and I love Loki (at least Loki from the Thor movies aka Tom Hiddleston).
But Loki in the comics does not resemble Tom Hiddleston one bit. Loki in the comics is wrinkly with saliva coming out from his mouth all the time. I really wanted a graphic version of Tom Hiddleston. I did not get that.
I continued on, since I am fairly curious to know what will happen to Loki. At this point, I have completely ignored the graphics and just read the bubbles. It was nice information to have, to know what will happen to Loki, but I did not enjoy this graphic novel.
The artwork, would have probably been really good if I was a boy, but I am sorry, I have ovaries and all....more
Too short for my liking, but still insanely good. This for sure is a classic Gena Showalter, with the steam and all that jazz. It would have been bettToo short for my liking, but still insanely good. This for sure is a classic Gena Showalter, with the steam and all that jazz. It would have been better if this was a full on novel rather than a novella....more
My loyalty to Gena Showalter is keeping me from giving this a three, so I'll go with 3.5. That's probably not very encouraging but, I stil3.5 /5 stars
My loyalty to Gena Showalter is keeping me from giving this a three, so I'll go with 3.5. That's probably not very encouraging but, I still dare you to try this book.
Wicked Nights is the beginning of a new series, The Angels of the Dark.
I adored Zacharel. He's an angel, and he's on the verge of falling from grace. I liked the entire idea of Zacharel leading a band of angels that are all on the verge of losing their wings. All of them are tortured souls. Zacharel is almost perceived as heartless. So when he goes soft on a human, his warriors are surprised.
Annabelle Miller has been locked up in a psychiatric ward. She was blamed on the slaying of her parents. And the fact that she sees demons, which in truth she does, only adds fuel to her being cuckoo.
Everything is not as it seems. There was a greater plan on things. The ending was a surprise.
At first, the book was pageturner. But, when I was nearing the end, the book became an eyeroller. There were plenty of eye rolling moments for me. The book just became too cheesy. And I don't like my popcorn too cheesy, because then it gets too salty and the cheese sticks to my hand.
The series holds much promise so I will sure be reading the next book....more
This was really close to being a five-star read, however, the endings of 2 out of the 2 books I read from Gena Showalter, was too worked out to have aThis was really close to being a five-star read, however, the endings of 2 out of the 2 books I read from Gena Showalter, was too worked out to have a happy ending. Even for a paranormal romance....more
All of us has our own demons. No one is an exception. But rather for the Lords of the Underworld, they literally have real life demons housed inside tAll of us has our own demons. No one is an exception. But rather for the Lords of the Underworld, they literally have real life demons housed inside them.
Initially, they were soldiers built by the Greek gods. However, when a woman was assigned by the gods to guard a box, the lords were overlooked and their pride more than scratched, so they retaliated. They took the box and unleashed all the evil it harbors, hoping they could manage to put the demons back in to prove their worth. However, they couldn't since the box went missing, so the Greek gods punished them and made them each house a demon.
Maddox, the lord who housed violence, couldn't control it. Violence took over him and killed the guardian of the box, Pandora. After the deed was done, he remained slightly in the shadows, still emerging once in a while to inflict violence on others, and left Maddox to take the blame. The gods punished Maddox further by making him die every night, the same way Pandora suffered under his hand, only to wake up in the morning and feel torment for having to endure the blasted ordeal again.
Ashling, a mere mortal, had demons of her own. She hears endless voices of the past. Haunting her and making her loose herself. However, she heard of the "angels" living in Budapest. She decides to find them and ask them to free or help her from her curse. But as she meets Maddox, she finally gains peace, for the voices stop when she is with them.
Peace isn't entirely one sided though. Maddox is quite able to subdue violence in Ashling's presence. But along the growing peace, lust and love also grow in a much accelerated pace.
First 3/4 of the book, I would have given 5 stars. Mythology has always been something to interest me. Not to mention handsome covers do the same to me as well. This book is good, a real hooker. The plot was exceptional and most of all, different. However, lack of star is due to two reasons: (1) the two or one-word sentences in the sex scenes disturbed me. It sounded much like baby talk in the middle of passion, like Mama. Milk. Now. (2) the ending was too happy for me, like it was forced out, just to have a happy ending. Dont get me wrong, I'm a sucker for happy endings, but for me, it doesn't work in this book. Gods literally had to intervene for a happy ending on this one. But still despite my two complaints, I could say I enjoyed the series immensely and it would be my life's mission to finish the series off. ♥...more
It's unfair to compare this book to the Harry Potter series.
This book had a different tinge of magic in it. I watched the movie first, and the book tuIt's unfair to compare this book to the Harry Potter series.
This book had a different tinge of magic in it. I watched the movie first, and the book turned out to be something very different. It was better compared to the movie.
I really, really liked the plot though. However, Rick Riordan's writing style wasn't very compelling. Blame it to my age of 22, or either to the fact that this is classified as a kid's book. So, it wasn't actually a pageturner. But reading it wasnt a torture either. It was just something in between. Something you could leave and not die of not knowing what would happen next. ...more