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)
1.5 Dissapointing. Short, feels unfinished. It has potential but relies on shallow characterization that is not entirely though out or consistent. Arel...more1.5 Dissapointing. Short, feels unfinished. It has potential but relies on shallow characterization that is not entirely though out or consistent. Arelia is supposed to ignore the spirits, as she says she always does, but her ignoring them somehow means talking to them and telling them to go away - that's not my definition of ignoring. The romance, all the relationships - too fast, too cliche. Too bad, becuase the setting was interesting. Nothing happens.(less)
I gave it 4 chapters so far and am not sure if i'll finish this book. There are so many problems with the writing - grammar, wording, awkward dialogue...moreI gave it 4 chapters so far and am not sure if i'll finish this book. There are so many problems with the writing - grammar, wording, awkward dialogue, uninteresting characters that additionaly are contradictory. cliches and all the unoriginal popular ya tropes. The plot sounded interesting and quite original but so far it's been slow and i get distracted by all the bad stuff - the writing style is killing my interest. 1.5 so far.(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)
I'm really not sure how to review this. I've started reading this ages ago. The first chapter seemed interesting but once our heroine got to the myste...moreI'm really not sure how to review this. I've started reading this ages ago. The first chapter seemed interesting but once our heroine got to the mysterious town (and thanks to the description we know what's the big secret but she doesn't and everyone is talking hinting at things - very annoying and kind of stupid) I just coulnd't get myself to read anymore.
But then yesterday I had a really boring day and decided to finish this book. The second half definitely seemed stronger, or maybe I just was more determined to finish, but it just seemed to finally have a goal in sight other than confusing the heroine some more. I even started to finally keep all the characters straight and somewhat like the main triangle. On the plus side I have to say the heroine isn't too stupid to live, the relationships are not completely implausible, the fairytale things - is kind of creepy - all a good thing. But the book was very uneven and if I didn't hate so much not finishing things I would not have bothered with it. The relationships don't start well, and the set up for the mythology - the curses and the functioning of this town is very thin and it takes some time for the reader to just go along with it. I did like that this wasn't entirely black and white. The villains didn't feel shallow or 2D, the love triangle mostly made sense too. So in the end I am happy that I finished it but I'm not sure how to rate the book. 1 star for the beginning and 3 or 4 for the ending? I rather liked how Mira took charge of her life and fate in the end. (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)
My interest completely fizzled out on this one. It takes its time to get to the whole fairygomother part. And before that we are treated to a sulky, w...moreMy interest completely fizzled out on this one. It takes its time to get to the whole fairygomother part. And before that we are treated to a sulky, whiny teenager angst. Not terribly funny, not terribly fast paced, not that many characters and no one really interesting.(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)
Started, abandoned, started again, abandoned, and then again. In the end I pushed past the so so 1/3 of the book and it actually went more smoothly fr...moreStarted, abandoned, started again, abandoned, and then again. In the end I pushed past the so so 1/3 of the book and it actually went more smoothly from there. Maybe because we were past the worst infodumps... and some more characters started to show up, and a bit more of an actual plot and conflict.
I still don't like the main characters. I still find the heroine utterly unreal and unrealistic, and I'm still not seeing anything great in Kaidan. They're both not very consistent. If someone had both good and bad in them, well, they'd basicaly be human, right? How is it that Anna is so saintly? Was she raised in a completely separate world or something? So the whole part showing us how she's soo good didn't work for me, I kept thinking what kind of life she would have had to have to end up like that and it didn't seem the author presented her background in a way to match that. Also, Patti- not that great a parent. Could she perhaps not cry so much?
The world view in this book- at times it feels very black and white. I suppose it goes hand in hand with the mythology presented but it seems very far from todays reality.
I know it's hard to present a girl so pure and making her relatable, making her opposite of what the guy (bad boy) is supposed to be. But the whole book seems to skew towards the goodness and purity, shying from the other side of things. The bad guys, or bad guys in name only, Kaidan, other Nephilim, the Duke of Substance Abuse (lol), are all really, deep down, good. But it's not earned. The kind of thing when you have characters presented as bad, you see them do bad stuff, you hear about how bad they are, truly, only to find out later they're really deep down good at heart - that can be a powerful twist/hook/relief, whatever you want to call it, something that shows how the characters are more complex. But here we don't really get much of that first stage.
All in all I'm more interested in Anna's parents than her, and I suppose that curiosity, to see more of how her father is presented is what keeps me reading.
I'm not a fan of introducing characters late in the story, if they're meant to be, for instance, part of the main love triangle, at least mention them couple times early on, a very brief meeting somewhere in the beginning? anything to not make it seem as it's there just because the author is running out of ideas to make the book longer.
I have a feeling the author doesn't really want to make the heroine suffer much. The conflicts are resolved quickly and without much pain and hardship (they're mostly one, two scenes long). As a reader I don't feel tension or fear or uncertainty of what might happen next. The demons are so mild and their threat so small - they're almost scary one moment, sending ugly visions but the next we are told it wont ever happen again... Way to create tension. The last quarter is worse than the middle. And the conflict is resolved by a deus ex machina. The heroine really doesn't have to do much in this book....(less)