Scheherezade and the Persephone myth is what comes to mind. It's interesting enough and well written but it's not new or different. Cliche and predict...moreScheherezade and the Persephone myth is what comes to mind. It's interesting enough and well written but it's not new or different. Cliche and predictable but not necessairly in a bad way. It is a young adult book after all.(less)
I really liked the basic idea for this one. But it lost me after a couple chapters. Feels underwhelming, not many characters, not much worldbuilding.
I...moreI really liked the basic idea for this one. But it lost me after a couple chapters. Feels underwhelming, not many characters, not much worldbuilding.
I like the cover and the premise. But so far, that's all. I'm surprised by the high rating so I'm struggling to read more. The dialogues all feel like I've read them before. No surpisses in any of the exchanges - between the sisters or at the ball. It feels very unoriginal. Lots of telling not showing. Cliches abound. Characterization is very thin. The whole family is made of cliches. Very little subtlety. The worldbuilding - it feels modern but with medieval-ish paint over. Simplistic in the setting and in the characterization. THe ladies in waiting are all gigly stupid gossips, the politicians - counselors are all shortsighted and without deeper experience and undertsanding (mostly in relation to Derek). Silly names - especially the princesses.
There was something bugging me about the languge, the writing style. I'm an ESL so I don't quite trust myself to be an adequate judge but I've run into a review of this book on amazon that, I think, gets that too. "Part of my biggest problem with this book is not the story line itself, but the way it is written. It seems to vacillate between overly flowerly language and frank language, with a fair amount of grammatical and story inconsistencies" Yeah, pretty much. (less)
2 stars so far, mostly for semi original mythology and choice of paranormal beings. Am not liking the writing style, though. Not realy liking the char...more2 stars so far, mostly for semi original mythology and choice of paranormal beings. Am not liking the writing style, though. Not realy liking the characters much, but there are some elements I usually like - the family drama/angst for Jai and Ari, both, as well as the tension/ past stuff with Charlie - depending how that subplot evolves - though based on other reviews - not much hope that one will get much better. Might keep on reading at least until Ari learns about the jinni...(less)
Very little substance. The relationship between the heroine and the hero is nice (not too rushed or unbelievable), and the issues the hero and heroine...moreVery little substance. The relationship between the heroine and the hero is nice (not too rushed or unbelievable), and the issues the hero and heroine have are pretty well put into words, but it's slow, with a rather simple and predictable plot. With not that many complex characters too. The writing is good so it makes for a light pleasant read, but not much more than that for me.(less)
I'm not sure how I feel about this book, or rather the main character. She's strong and proactive but some things just didn't gel for me. For a profes...moreI'm not sure how I feel about this book, or rather the main character. She's strong and proactive but some things just didn't gel for me. For a professional she acted very unprofessionaly at times. i get that this different world could leave her feeling unsettled and not quite herself, but the narrative rather shows that she's being her usual self. She is judgemental and looking for conflict, for someone so well versed in psychology, especially of psychopaths, she should know a little better how to deal with people. On the other hand it's kind of nice to see her not treated as the girl, the vulnerable one - despite her actually being the most vulnerable one here, she's kind of acting all macho at times (the mouthing off etc), and despite it being unprofessional, seeing the main character allowed to have one night stands and being attracted to various people, without making it into a serious romance subplot.
The worldbuilding is intriguing and is one of the most comelling things about this book. The world so completely alien to what she's known. It mostly works, and the info is given in smaller bits and pieces so it's not too overwhelming. It helps that the plot starts fast right from the opening scene.
A great character in Charlie and nice bit of original worlbuilding in golems, very rarely seen in urban fantasy.(less)
3.5 The good: the heroine actually has to work at getting her powers working, is tested and it's not the kind of tests like in the awful The goddess Te...more3.5 The good: the heroine actually has to work at getting her powers working, is tested and it's not the kind of tests like in the awful The goddess Test. She's likable, she's smart. The plot moves fast. The action scenes are good. The premise is great. I love time travel, mythology and seeing how someone from our times would fare in the past. And Zeus- it's hard to write a romance with Zeus, so I was curious.
The not so good: some language struck me as too modern. While the ancient folks in the book didn't know stuff about iPhones and Facebook, they shouldn't have been using modern methaphors and american teenager speech patterns. I suppose I could try to explain this as Zoe's mind translating things to sound more modern...
The gods - ok, they are powerful, spiteful and selfish - I can buy them acting a bit like teenagers, but they lacked some more nuance, depth. the cliques and the typical high school, popular couples behavior as seen in american films was a bit much. Not subtle at all. I get that we're ment to find out that history has changed some things about them, but I'd have thought there'd be some more similarities - basis for why Zeus is known for his cheating ways, etc. No Demeter and Hermes as a woman... ok. Why not a gay couple? This Zeus as the leader of gods - I'm not sure I buy. Perhaps if they were much younger... I guess it's the problem of having readers who already have some idea what to expect of the mythological figures. I kind of liked the character of Zeus in this book, as long as I stopped reminding myself he was supposed to be the mythological Zeus. And so the Romance while being ok overall, just didn't work for me for Zeus. I guess I hoped for more conflict stemming from what we know of him from mythology.
For teens. For someone without much knowledge of greek myths, or less conservative about them ;) this would be a good book, though. Light, romantic, entertaining. This would make a great teen movie, actually.(less)