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Men of the Cave

(Symbol of Hope #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Raised by unorthodox parents, Kasey Reese has always struggled to be invisible, to not be noticed, to avoid conflict. Running from a broken relationship, Kasey flees to Spain on a scholarship, to restore the comfort she finds in anonymity. Destiny, however, has other plans for her - a life threatening, life-altering journey into the supernatural when she meets the men of t ...more
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Published May 15th 2012
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Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a hard review for me to write. I read this for the author's Blog Tour and the main purpose of a Blog Tour is to help the book and it's sales. A bad stop on a Blog Tour can ruin an author and I would hate to see that happen. So, of course, as I sit down at my computer to write this, I am super nervous. This is my first Blog Tour and I want to make sure I get it right. I talked this out with my mom (the go-to for advice on any subject) and she says to just write the review like I always wr ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carina by: Marisette Burgess
3.5 stars

I have to say, the dialogue and religious references, I wasn't a big fan of. I felt hot and cold sometimes towards the dialogue and love relationship. I actually didn't mind the (view spoiler) But the characters would sometimes feel very vague and so I felt disconnected. And then other times I was right there with them, and as excited as they were. There were times where the changes of topic were abrupt and that messed with the flo
Ronda  Tutt
Intriguing & Addictive!

Wow! What a fantastic start to a new series. Get ready for a fantastic Journey as Kasey discovers a whole new life/world beyond her wildest dreams in a country far away from her own home. I was intrigued by the story immediately as the author’s description of Kasey and her situation became visualized from the smooth writing. It was totally addicting and I could not put the book down, I had it read within 4 hours and only craved more in the end.

The characters were so real l
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to Erika by: The author
I received this book from the author in e-pub. format.

I'm so glad I read this book. It was unique and once I started reading it I couldn't stop.

Kasey is spending the school year in Spain so that she can avoid her relationship with Teal, her ex-fiance. While in Spain Kasey meets Dion, an immortal with the ability to run extremely fast. It seems that Fate has brought them together because no matter what happens Kasey and Dion always find a way to make everything right between them.

So this book was
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This story starts with a girl named Kasey, who was flying to Spain as a desperate attempt to escape from her crazy parents, hectic life, and heartbroken ex-boyfriend. She expects it to be be fun, but fate has its own idea of "fun". She never expected to meet people like the men of the cave.

So, I definately liked this book. I thought it was very good, but not great. For starters, I felt the whole thing was very rushed. The scenes that Burgess had built up went by way too fast, and left me very u
Amber Garr
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Men of The Cave is a refreshing new story in the YA genre. Kasey flees to a study abroad program in Spain for the educational experience and for a chance to escape her relationships at home. Along the way she meets Dion and his brothers…and this is where her life begins to change. Marisette did a wonderful job creating likeable characters and writing them in a way that a reader can connect with. I felt Kasey’s struggles in her heart as she dealt with the guilt associated with loving someone new. ...more
Patricia Graham
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story was very well written and I loved the mixing of Christian theology and Greek mythology. I found just a few mechanical errors, but not anything that most readers would even recognize.

I am giving you a five as the overall rating because of your creativity and fluidity of the subject matter and how nicely they (two philosophies) were meshed together.

The characters were engaging and it was quite evident that you had done your research.

Great Job
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mythology
First of all, I would like to thank Marisette for asking me to review this book! If she had never asked me to, I would've never found this book, and miss out on some really great fantasy!

Men of the Cave was a fabulous book, very fun and adventurous, and I loved the blend of Christianity with Greek Mythology! I mean where else can you find that in books?! It was such and original unique idea, and it gave it a fun twist, and I enjoyed it very much.

The setting was FABULOUS! I love how it's all the
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I recieved this book for free with the request that I provide a review.

I really struggled to read the first half of this book. The writing style struck me as odd in places, with numerous short sentences which, I think, could have read better had commas or some other form of punctuation be used. The books also suffers a bit from the "show don't tell" issue - things were being described to me (such as the restaurant Caracoles) but I was being told what it looked like as opposed to bein
Valerie Mcqueen
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Men of the Cave by Marisette Burgess

Rating 5*****

This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review.

Kasey is off to Spain for two semesters of college. That should be just enough distance to put between her and her ex. A fresh start and finally a chance to escape her freakishly odd parents and for once br in charge of her own life. Once arriving in Spain, she is immediately drawn to Dion. His speech and mannerisms remind her of an ancient time not that of today. W
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Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So to begin I was really interested in this book because of the blurb, it caught my attention and instantly drew me in. So I want to thank Juniper Grove Book Solutions and Marisette Burgess for allowing me to review the first book in the Symbol of Hope Series.

When I dove into the first page I found the pace to be enjoyable because it built up quite nicely to the actual events of the book, it is completely different from other books indeed even though it does deal with deities and such. The plot
Steph at  Starry Night Book Reviews
I want to thank Marisette for letting me review her book, I’m officially addicted and I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2! I loved how she combined Greek mythology with religion it really made for an interesting story that will have you laughing at times too.

Kasey and Dian I loved them what can I say, their romance was a perfect balance in the book I can’t wait till they go and meet her parent’s heh you will get it when you read the book! The book is done in two points of views Dion’s and Ka
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Men of the Cave by Marisette Burgess centers on Kasey, a girl who tries to escape her past by becoming an exchange student abroad, and Dion, a handsome, charismatic yet odd love interest. We see alternating perspectives between the two of them as Kasey discovers that Dion has some secrets that blow her mind and change her world forever. The rest of the book centers on the danger that surrounds Dion's world.

I am torn a
Melonie Merritt
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
***** I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review*****

This book started out a little slow for me, but once I got through the first 3 chapters I was hooked and could not stop turning pages. This is so different from anything that I have ever read because I typically shy away from religious/ Greek mythology. How ever I am so glad that I decided to give this book a chance. It was a good easy read. I thought it would be hard to follow as I do not know much about Greek mythology , but the a
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Thank you to the author for allowing me to read her book for an honest review.

Kasey left behind her free spirited parents and her ex boyfriend to journey to Spain for a two semester study abroad program. She expect to advance in the foreign language, try some new foods, and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. She didn't expect to meet Dion and his mysterious brothers. As she becomes closer to the brothers she unearths secrets about them, and herself.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked Kasey and
Stefan Eveline
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kasey is a lovely girl beautiful kind and honest.She went on a two-semesters journey to Spain to study left behind her ex-boyfriend and her free spirited parents.She staying with a wonderful family Castillo and they are very kind and sweet with her and they are like a true family for her.
She fell in love with Dion a wonderful man sexy kind and very interesting.
Dion is a immortal and he lived 2000 years together with his 7 brothers.He is honest ,loving respectful and religious.He fell in love
Kristy Centeno
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A journey through a fantasy world is a good way to describe Men of the Caves.

For me, this book was perfectly balanced between fun, romance, and a pinch of cuteness and humor thrown into the mix. The plot, which was based on the Christian/Islamic myth of the Seven Sleepers, is something I’ve never seen done before and made for an evenly interested storyline that kept me glued to my Nook for a couple of hours each night.

Dion, the main male character is just one of those guys you can’t get enough o
Gillian (Tattooed Book Review)
In this first book of the series, Burgess seamlessly integrates Greek mythology, Christian folklore, and modern atheism in an interesting and entertaining YA adventure. Starting a little slow, the author gives the reader time to know and grow attached to the characters and their diverse and sometimes mysterious backgrounds.
The main cast of characters nods slightly to another very popular YA series, but this story is original and engaging. With Spain providing a beautiful backdrop, the plot progr
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Modern Mythology fans
Shelves: mythology
I was lucky enough to win this book in a give-away. So thank you for that :)
3.5 stars
As for the book itself, I did enjoy it. A bit slow at first but as soon as the 'action' began it wasn't put down until I had finished! I was intrigued by the fusion of mythological and biblical lore and found it refreshing and entertaining. For me personally, I would have liked more of the book to be from Dion and his brothers (basically the myth side of the story) and less of Kasey's inner turmoil etc.

Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I am not going to go too much into the storyline as you can just read the books blurb. I liked the characters in the book but I felt the book lacked dimension. The mytholigical approach is always interesting but instead of making it a huge focus it is in the sidelines with a romance which is rather a let down. The first half of the book is rather slow but stars to heat up towards the end. I think the series may get better as the books progress as the most interesting point is about pandora. Not ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Marisette and R2R for allowing me to review this book.

move over Twilight and welcome men of the cave. What an excellent start to a series, from the moment Kasey stepped off the plane I was hooked. I was totally drawn to each of the characters and loved that they all had different abilities. How they came together was lovely and i was so happy that she accepted Dion, immortality and all.

I am excited where this series is going and cannot wait to read the next installment whi
Kenneth Graham
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I like the overall storyline, but I was frustrated to find out that this book was part of a series. There were problems with commas and periods not seperating out two independent sentences. I like the author's concept of using an underlying theme of Romance parralleling the 2 -ologies. I think the author could have connected more with the reason as to why she (lead character) was actually in Spain. After the first day, there is no mention of her schooling. Overall a goood read, I would reccommen ...more
Paranormal Books R Us
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Charming story with a unique and interesting spin on religion and some of history's more famous mythological legends. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and the characters were so endearing it would be hard not to like them! It was a little difficult to follow the dialog change between characters in some parts but that didn't take away from the flow of the book. Even though there were definitely some more tense moments overall it was a light and easy read and definitely worth pickin ...more
Lisa Dess
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book for a review. I really enjoyed reading this book. The book is well written, quick read. Although Kasey's self doubt was annoying, it was well balance with strength. The story was interesting with the mix of Christianity and Greek culture/history. Loved it!! ...more
Shoozie Feathers
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Double like !!!!! What a lovely change to have a clean and simple love story. I love the use of Christianity and Greek mythology in the story line. Unique story with interesting characters. Looking forward to the 2 nd book.
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read book 2! ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed, and cannot wait for the next one !
Tabetha Eisler
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought the book was awesome! I fell in love with the characters and can't wait to see what happens next! ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
Loved the book. Great characters, awesome action, and unique storyline. Proud of my wife and her accomplishment. 2nd book, Jar of Pandora is equally as exciting if not more!
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book, I enjoyed it. It had a nice story line, although i found it somewhat similar to twilight. Overall I enjoyed it.
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