To be honest, it was quite some time since I read the blurb. I knew very roughly what the story was about when I started reading, but was perplexed when I first encountered Leith. I originally thought he would be the "person of interest" (one of the biggest mistakes of my life) and was confused with Forest's reaction to him. That wasn't as it's supposed to be. That was pure hatred. She honestly wanted to kill him? What happened to the underlying attraction? It bothered me that much that I even thought about not finishing the book. But I'm glad I took the time to reread the blurb and continue reading. Cause with the understanding out-of-the-way it was a very enjoying read ^^
And it made me discover Syrus. The moment I met him everything became clear and he quickly became one of my all time favorite male protagonists ever. If only he could be real *very deep sigh.* Strong and at the same vulnerable. He's also very sincere and so cute when he discovers new things. Especially new things from Earth. It also helps that he's got a great build and handsome features. Minutes after meeting him he already had me wrapped around his finger and woe to anyone who dares to hurt him!
Oh let's not forget about Forest. She was also a delight to read about. Except for her temper, that was a bit too fiery at times. At the same time totally understandable after everything she's been through. I was too shocked for words when I found out and I couldn't have been more wrong with my earlier assumptions. And I admire her for pulling through. She's a real fighter and I'm glad she was finally able to meet Syrus. Besides I like it when they argue ^^
There was another thing that kept me reading till I finished: a beautiful world, full of paranormal creatures and dazzling nature. The story was also very captivating. Full of action and scorching scenes. I could really feel the heat (therefore me putting this in the new adult genre instead of YA). Oh and the ending! Just when you think everything is okay, there is a happily ever after, or at least some rest until the next book, it happens. BAM! And gone is that feeling. What rests is the dying need to get my hands on the next book. It's not fair to keep me hanging like that!
Conclusion: 4 hearts. A well written book, that initially set me on the wrong path, but made more than up to it. It has two amazing main characters, who made me love the story more and more. Especially Syrus had me in no time under his spell. How could I not? He's too adorable and at the same time so fierce... Oh and be warned for the end. It will make you crave more, make you wish the next book will come out asap. It will leave you hanging for a very long time...(less)
As soon as I read the blurb, I knew. This was a book I just had to read. Nothing however had prepared me for Hera, Queen of the Gods. The book exceeded even my most wildest expectations And went somewhere not a lot of books have gone: the top of my all-time-favorite list. I had no other choice. With every word I read I was sucked in more and more. I couldn’t stop to catch my breath, or do other things. I could do nothing but sit back and enjoy the ride. And what a ride it was!
The book took off with a well-designed story and even greater world-building. There were explanations for everything. From how gods are able to walk among humans to how mortals were unable to detect the humans. Everything fit. Even the smallest details were taken care off. And those were what made it so interesting! There were also some very interesting new aspects that made the book even better. I won’t elaborate, this is something you’ll have to read yourself .
The story was also brilliant. In this book it’s all about one question: where are the Fates? Without them the world will crumble. And why would someone take them? The answer to those two questions are slowly revealed throughout the story. At least the why and what a well-thought why it was! The who remained a mystery till the end. Till the big show-down. And made my mouth drop open from surprise. It was so not who I thought it would be! Which made me like the book even more.
This book is also not as “fluffy” as I thought it would be. A Disney fairy-tale where only the bad guys die and everyone has a happily ever after. No, there are hard choices to be made. Choices that sometimes are not easy at all and have deadly consequences. There were multiple times where I had to blink my tears away. And some events baffle me still. Events I’ve never would have thought of, events that have far-reaching consequences. And I’m very curious how T.D. Thomas will process this in the next book!
And now something about this book’s protagonist: Hera. The Queen of Gods. To be honest this is the first book, that I can remember, where she’s the good guy. A nice person, instead of the bitter, jealous wife of a cheating husband. I liked seeing her from another point of view. I finally got to know her in this book. I could finally see the real person goddess behind all the bitterness. All the suffering she felt every time Zeus cheated on her. And the sacrifices she has made over the eons. How she’s willing to do so much for other people. Even if this means she will be unhappy and lonely. This book was a real eye-opener for me! From now on Hera will be a kick-ass goddess for me, instead of the jealous wife. Someone willing to die for the greater good. She’s one of the best goddesses to have around. Even if she can be haughty
Hera also grows tremendously in this book. From a very superior, detached queen of the gods she slowly becomes more human Or at least willing to talk to humans. I could actually see this progress happening from the way she spoke and her thoughts. At the beginning of the book she sounded like an ancient Goddess. This changes throughout the story, till you feel you’re dealing with a very mature teenager. She became more human and I was very glad for her. She doesn’t have to seclude herself! She too deserves some happiness!
Hera didn’t change on her own, no there was a reason for this transformation: Justin. He shows her isn’t alone. That she has friends and that she doesn’t have to keep everything inside. It’s okay to talk about problems with other people. That she can open her heart. That she doesn’t have to stay with her cheating scumbag of a husband (something I’ve always wondered: why didn’t she leave him?) And I’m so grateful to Justin for doing so. Hera deserves every happiness she can get!
Conclusion: 5 hearts. This book deserves no less. The story is handled very well. Everything fit and ran seamlessly. It was full of action and surprises. It held me captivated till the and. I finally got to know the real Hera, the Hera behind the mask of jealous and revengeful wife and the boy who changed here. I’m so glad for that last part . It’s a story that you won’t be able to put down. A story where sometimes tears will fall. Above all it’s a story you must have read. Therefore I strongly urge everyone to do so (less)
This book was on my to-read list for a while, but I hadn’t taken the time to read it yet. I’m glad I finally did! The story is written in such a way that it’s hard to put the book down. You won’t stop reading till the end ( in my case ). However, there were some things the author could have paid a little more attention to ( not that I have big problems with how it looks like now ;) ), since it just didn’t feel logical sometimes.
The first and major issue is with the attacks on humans, where millions are killed and missing. I imagine that if something like that would happen, there would be a creepy atmosphere or fear, but you didn’t notice a thing of that when they were traveling. Even when they went to Paris and walked to the Eifel Tower, people just continued their everyday life. This is not logical, since major cities were the target of these attacks. People must have been scared and running away from the big cities. Not continuing their daily lives like everything is fine and there isn’t a creepy mist that can murder them in seconds….
The second issue is that Artemis can be a bit naive, especially when boys are in the picture. Example: she doesn’t get that when two boys are fighting (literally) it’s because of her. Most girls would have understood what was happening before the boys were even lying on the ground…
I also had a problem with how she treated Brent and Ares. It’s possible that your best friend is in love with you, but it’s nice to take his feeling into consideration and not crush them by acting like they don’t exist at all. Initially, she treats Ares the same way, hurting his feelings ( he doesn’t retaliate and stays nice to her… he’s amazing ^^). Even when she understands the way their bond works more and more, she still tramples his feelings occasionally and it makes me want to smack her and comfort Ares at the same tame (although it’s actually not a big dilemma, hugging Ares is way better ^^)
She has definitely a problem with hierarchy. She doesn’t behave well in front of alphas, but when someone she considers inferior to her doesn’t treat her like one, all hell breaks loose. Although they are mates, the attraction between them was a bit too much at times. With half as much passion, I would have totally understood that they are destined to be with each other.
I didn’t have any problems with Ares, loved how he stayed so calm and nice (okay, he snapped sometimes, but that was completely understandable ) while Artemis was trampling on his heart. The only problem I had with him was the difference in age. He’s slightly *cough cough* older and you really notice it in his reactions. I know in Twilight they also have a huge age difference, but there you didn’t notice it as much and here it bothered me a little…
Overall rating: 4 hearts. Although I had some complaints, I still found it a great book to read. With a huge cliffhanger at the end *argh* If I can’t stand something it’s a cliffhanger -.- It always make me want to read the next book immediately Therefore I will read the second book asap (less)