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But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?
The soul mate principal states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.
But what if you had two soul mates, which would you cho ...more
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Samantha is our protagonist, she is unaware that her life will change soon. I liked Samantha as a character - she was strong, and beautiful. She didn't fawn over herself, nei ...more
Stunning.Wow, it's been a while since I read a book as good as this one. I liked it from the start, and it just got better and better. A new, twisted version of my favourite kind of greek mythology? That's Deceived. Wonderful, fabulous. I meant more than that. Deceived is a very, very twisted version of Greek Mythology, but with the principles of it. It's more modern day than normal. deceived is certainly twisted. it's s ...more
Once again, Greek mythology proves to be an immortal and inexhaustible source of inspiration for the fantasy literature. However, often, authors tend to modify or add too much to the deities and heroes’ characteristics, so the classic "typologies" are altered, and their original pattern becomes unrecognizable. This is not always bad, but I think when you add to or continue a story, you must respect, broadly, the original featu ...more
Honestly, wrap the first half of this book ...more
This is a clever mix of mythology with modern teenage life. For me, the first half of the book or so is a little slower, as it is all about the set up. But. There is an incident (no I'm not going to tell you what it is, but trust me, read the book and you'll know) which kicks everything off with a bang. And then the pace really pick ...more
A highly emotional story that will suck you in and keep you guessing. I was amazed at the depth of emotion the author has created into the story. The love Sam feels for her friend Julie is touching, yet when tragedy strikes the heartache and anguish that Sam goes through comes out even stronger.
I would highly recommend this story to any that like YA or Fantasy.
(Disclaimer - I received this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review!)
I do love a good mythology, and Deceived certainly doesn't disappoint. Sam isn't your average teenager. She's fierce and untrusting of others, though not unwilling to let her guard down for the right kind of attention. The story follows her as she goes through a rather turbulent roller coaster journey to discover her true calling. For Sam, there's only one important person in her life and that's Julie, her best friend ...more
This book! Oh my word. To sum it up in one word: amazing! L.A. Starkey absolutely slayed me with Deceived. The author is a friend of mine, so I kept myself in the dark with reviews of this book. I'm so glad I did, because nothing could have prepared me for how much I'd love it!
Okay, so. I'm a vivid reader. I love whenever I can get lost in the world of a book. The author's writing was perfect for me. It was so easy to get swept up in the world. It was very fluid and descriptive. There was neve ...more
Sam and Julie are both adopted, they were at the same orphanage and became firm friend ...more
Let's begin with Sam, Marcus and Nick. They were too beautiful! All of them! They are the type of characters that take a hold of your heart the very first time you meet them and then refuse to let go. My poor heart is mutilated with how many times it broke for these three. The complex, intricate relationship between the three of them was almost torturous in its beauty.
Oh, and the plot! ...more
This author did an amazing job with this book! I loved the overall theme of Greek mythology and this one was different from an others I have read. It was a breath of fresh air and I loved all of it especially the story behind Nick and Marcus. I loved how all of the Greek gods and goddesses were accounted for and played an important part in the story. Sam was also an amazing main character. She was funny and had a fresh outlook on life that I ...more
What a wonderful start to what I expect will be one of those epic young adult trilogies everyone inevitably winds up raving about. And in this case, I certainly think that is deserved. Even though I have a bit of a predisposition to paranormal young adult stories that involve mythology (see: my clamoring to read everything by Rick Riordan), I think this is one that would be enjoyable even for those who ar ...more
She also has very vivid dreams and finds herself losing time during her waking hours, sometimes fearing that she might be going crazy.
What she doesn't realise, is that the dreams she has of mysterious handsome strangers are very real indeed, and that her destiny has already been written by the Gods of ...more
It has been a while since I read YA paranormal fiction set in modern times, and this book reminded me why I used to love this type of read.
L. A. Starkey takes you on an emotional ride with tragedy and confusion, with the perfect amount of relief, and an overload of beautiful men to get your weary mind off your troubles. I recommend it to anyone looking for a modern ya paranormal read!
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I feelt slightly 'deceived' as I was expecting something much more fantasy-like based on the cover. Instead, the story bottles down to two guys (who apparently share a soul) both fight for the favour of a girl, their soulmate, in order to become the sole possessor of said shared soul. So romantic, no?
It was a quick read, but I never really felt into it. Had I known the focus would be so much on the development of the romance, e ...more
I really did love this book, so why 4 stars instead of 5? Well, it is the first in a series and I do feel that there was a bit of information overload. There’s a fine line that has to be walked in a first book within a series that is going to “set the stage” for the rest of the series. There’s a lot of information that has to be given to the reader, in this case we need a bit of a lesson in Greek Mythology; and that ...more
Lots of people say there's no use in reinventing the wheel. I disagree. STRONGLY. Especially when it comes to books. I love books that take the standard and flip it. DECEIVED by L.A. Starkey does just that; and I give her major props for doing it and making it work. She has taken the myth of Prometheus/Zeus/Titans Vs. Gods and changed the story so throughly it surprised even me when it all became clear.
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Ok, I'm not quite sure what just happened...
I've been looking forward to getting time to read this book for a while, the synopsis was interesting, and the book is on my #IndieBooksBeSeen reading list.
Ok, how to explain. Deceived is made up of every YA cliche.
Love triangle - check.
Ordinary girl - check.
Every guy fawning over ...more
This book captured me from the very beginning. When I first started reading, I expected some kind of love triangle drama - but no...it's more than that. Deceived spins a tale about the victims of fate and destiny, as well as deceit, power and love. It spins and spirals in and out sung multiple perspectives as well as dreams which the main character has to create a canvas on which everything is stit...more
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L.A. Starkey is the author of the upcoming Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series.
She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can't help but indulge in. With more ideas than one pers ...more