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Athena's Promise

(Aegean Trilogy #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Compared to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, meet Pallas, the heroine of "Athena's Promise".

As the front desk manager of a hotel on the edge of Zombietown, Pallas is used to dealing with angry centaurs, surly trolls, and zombie housekeepers. The trouble really starts when one of her guests ends up dead. But that's not her only problem.

A cop with an attitude – can he be
Paperback, 269 pages
Published October 28th 2011 by Word Webber Press (first published October 20th 2011)
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Patti Larsen
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Pallas, the MC. LOVE her. Witty, strong despite the odds she's up against and the horrible experiences of her past. Did she crumble under pressure? Never! Instead, this gutsy gal dives head first into danger for the sake of her friends and her home. Ribken's writing is very strong, full of snarking sarcasm that made me snort and giggle while tearing my heart out with Pallas' need to protect the vulnerable ones she calls friends. Awesome book--can't wait for the sequel.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fun fantasy. A true page turner with an amazing heroine and colorful characters. The plot takes you along on a joyful ride of reading
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Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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There is something to be sad about having a unique hook, something out there, that makes you as a reader say "huh, I really want to know what happens". For me it's the fact that Pallas works at a hotel at the front desk. When I first started going to college I was working at the front desk of a hotel, and believe me it isn't an easy job, I myself had to deal with a shooting (someone got shot in the butt, so it was
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book that I have read with my book club. I enjoyed this pick much better than the first. I fell in love with this book from the very beginning! I loved how there was every type of critter that you could think of, and even some that you didn't think of. There were vampires, gorgons, mermaids, fairies and everything in between. I also liked how for the most part, all the creatures got along harmoniously amount humans. Plus, it was a murder mystery mixed with fantasy and paranorm ...more
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to be honest when I first began reading this book I thought it was a little too over the top for me but I figured I should stop being "Judgey Judgerson" and give it a fair shot. I am so glad that I did. It was a really enjoyable read. It has a little bit of everything humor, romance, murder and mystery.

Pallas is a tough cookie who won't take crap from anyone. Her back story is sad and makes you wonder if she isn't a pawn in a bigger scheme. The supporting cast is interesting as well and I
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first "full" story of Annetta's that I've had the pleasure to read. I've read several of her short stories, intros and what not and from the start I "clicked" with her writing style, sense of humor and snarkiness. If I were talented enough to be a writer this is the type of story that I'd write.

Athena's Promise held my interest from the cover page to the end page. Pallas, the central character, rocks!!! Not your typical vampire/zombie story (which I thrive on, by the way). This one i
Melissa Murphy
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I heard about Annetta Ribken's book from a friend and fellow author Patti Larsen.
I had originally skipped over the book quite a few times because the cover wasn't my cup a tea.
Wow, I now know this the perfect example of don't judge a book by it's cover!
The cover made me think it was going to be very ethereal musings kind of book which again isn't my cup of tea.
(Damn, I really drink a lot of tea.)
Thrilled to discover how very wrong I was. Annetta had me sucked in by page 4. The kids being fed wa
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read Annetta Ribken's work in her book of flash fiction, Not Nice and Other Understatements - A Journal of Flash Fiction , which showed me what I already knew from reading her blogs: Ms. Ribken can flat out write! But a novel length story is different to me; could she tell a story over the course of the longer form?

The answer is a resounding "Yes", yes she can! This is a pretty original take on a locked-room mystery, but with critters. The denizens of fantasy fiction populate the characte
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pallas is the front desk manager at an unusual hotel. The manager is a Gorgon, the owners are gnomes, housekeeping is made up of zombies and Pallas' new nemesis is a lycan. It's the perfect staff for a hotel that caters to guests who stepped right out of mythology and fantasy.

Athena's Promise is a fun, laugh out loud, turn the pages as fast as you can book. However, it's more than that. Pallas is a realistic, powerful heroine with a giant heart, guts of steel and a fantastic narrative voice. She
Ingrid Foster
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy Lovers; Mythological Fiction Lovers
ATHENA'S PROMISE was a creative, fun read that I recommend for all urban fantasy lovers.
The characters (critters) as the main character, Pallas, calls them are ingenius, definitely a cut far above what your normal paranormal fantasy fare.

I applaud Annetta Ribken's writing style and ability to draw in and keep her readers. If I were to find one criticism it's the sheer, whirlwind pace of the novel but even that fits with the main character, Pallas, an obvious caffeine addict and insomniac.

Cat Sheely
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Working as a Front Desk Manager in a hotel isn't easy, especially when it's on the borders of Zombietown and patronage includes Centaurs, Diva Mermaids, Elementals and furtive humans. If your staff consists of Pixies, Zombies, apprentice dragon trainers and your boss is Medusa, then it's likely things will get out of hand. Add to that your patroness is Athena and she has her own agenda and you have the makings of a very interesting story when an elemental gets 'stoned'.

The characters are fun and
Laura Eno
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book! The heroine is fun, sassy and kick-butt with an attitude that doesn't quit. The author has a unique voice, full of wit and snap. Her characters and setting are distinctive. They will stick in my mind for a long time to come. I'm so happy this is the first in a trilogy and can't wait for the next one to come out!
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little overuse of the word, "fucktard," but otherwise a very enjoyable read! The hotel made for a surprisingly interesting backdrop, and I can't wait to find out more about Pallas and Z-town.
Jan R
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I liked the plot to the book. Once l started reading it l was not able to quit reading.kiddos to the author. So when can I get the other two books in the trilogy. Love 💘this author
Witchy Reviews
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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This review is brought to you by Jadis at Witchy Reviews. Was given by author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Annetta!

I love Greek mythology. I have this amazing infatuation with the Gods and Goddesses in these fables that show the imperfections of mere mortals. The stories are life lessons that show us how to not piss off the Gods and the chronicles of these characters fascinate me. So whenever I was asked to review this book “Athena’s Promise” as part of the Aegean Trilogy, I cou
Kate Sherrod
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was pretty much primed from the beginning to enjoy this book, early chapter drafts of which I was privileged to see because the author is a good internet friend of mine -- but not only because of that.

Set in a hotel on the edge of the questionable part of town, Athena's Promise concerns the struggles of its front desk manager, Pallas (and the naming is no coincidence, there, but I'll get to that in a minute), made all the more difficult as the story kicks in by two unwelcome events: a murder t
Charity Becker
Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm glad that others enjoyed this book. I did originally give this a 2 because I did like the story (aside from Pallas seeming more like a teenager than an adult), but the quality of the writing really made this a challenge for me to get through. I cringed every time I read the word 'fucktard' (I can honestly say I've never heard or read that one before) and every time I came across issues in verb tense (which were numerous). I wanted to enjoy reading this novel, but was so frustrated by the gra ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't usually comment on ratings but this book was given to me and I thought the giver was joking. My ten year old could produce a better cover. I see it is published by Word Webber press and the author's website is - obviously self-published. This is why self-publishing gets bad press. You need a proper editor and publisher to produce a good read.

I read about half before I gave up. Sorry, but life is too short.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book... so funny yet so dark. Can't wait for the next one.
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Creative Reviews: Holy cow! 18 21 Nov 14, 2011 09:20PM  
Annetta has been writing since words were carved on stone tablets with chisels. Not only does she write her own words, Annetta is also an accomplished editor. She lives just outside of St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena.