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Cursed by the Gods

(Sphinx #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,280 ratings  ·  483 reviews
Hope has a deadly secret…

Even though mortals think the gods have disappeared . . . Olympus still rules. Demigods have elite hunters who viciously kill monsters. And shadow-demons from the Underworld, the very harbingers of death, are tracking her.

When tragedy destroys the only safety she’s ever known, all signs point to Hades’s demons. Or do they? Something doesn’t add u
Kindle Edition, 412 pages
Published August 9th 2015 by R. Wagner
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Raye Wagner It's the first novel in the series. There is a prequel novella out, Origin of the Sphinx. The second book, Demigods and Monsters, comes out next month…moreIt's the first novel in the series. There is a prequel novella out, Origin of the Sphinx. The second book, Demigods and Monsters, comes out next month, April 25th.(less)

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Sasha Alsberg
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Video review coming soon!
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! It was fun, romance-y, and some super interesting mythology! Video review will be up soon, and I cannot wait for the live show!
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this! It was an easy read, but it had a lot of depth to it. Hope goes through so much throughout this book and it was interesting following her different life experiences. I can't wait for book two!
Ben Alderson
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am so in love with books based around Greek Mythology.. but the fact that this book WAS based in a modern world where GREEK GODS still rule was just so fantastic and unique!
I loved Hope and found it so interesting that the author wrote a book from the perspective of a greek monster..

I need the second book!
Aug 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
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This book was a struggle for me to read starting from chapter 2. I was really disappointed because it has a very promising start. This novel revolves around Greek mythology, gods and their minions who are after the Sphinx because they are known to be a monster; a cursed creature but also a human. The concept is compelling enough to let you dive into this world however the execution failed to impress me instead it left me bored with a headache.

I wanted it to
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2/5 stars

It was okay. I didn't really care for the characters. The story went by fast but I just don't think this story was for me.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pissed-me-off
There are zero redeeming qualities. I don't think I'm even going to write a review because I know it would just end up being me ranting and not reviewing
Mary ♥
4/5 stars

Buddy read this with some awesome friends from Instagram ♥

Don't get close. Don't make friends. Be invisible. Be safe. She repeated them over and over as she placed the food inside the fridge, sealing her words with a promise as she closed the door. Isolation is safety

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♥ It was a readalong. Readalongs are a source of shared passion and excitement over a book, and it also gives the reader motivation to express their feelings a
Jun 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars.

A book about SPHINXES and set in the modern world where Greek mythology is alive and well. I picked this up expecting something brilliantly original. Curse Of The Sphinx had so much potential, potential that became all. But. Wasted.

How ever the author wanted the book to play out clearly became lost in translation. The story was and lagging up until the end and honestly the paranormal aspect of the book was irrelevent and barely touched upon. The book has the story arch of a cliche con
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This is a fun ya Greek mythology story, which is my weakness. It's got a strong heroine and it's a lot of fun.

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Myths, magic and mayhem all hiding right in plain sight. Hope and her mother have spent their lives hiding in plain sight. Someone wants her dead, thinks she is an abomination, a monster, and according to mythology, she is, but she feels like any seventeen-year-old girl, only
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished rereading this book and it's just as good as I can remember!! I read this book during April 2016 and gave it a 5/5 Stars! Guess what? Still a 5/5 Stars!! I noticed that some parts were different in this second edition (for example: the first edition had a longer Paul and Sara part in it) but it was still amazing!! 5/5⭐️s

Review from April 2016:
Ok first of all, I received an ebook copy for review. Now let me explain to all of you, I wanted this book
Sharron E.
I went in to this book expecting a caliber to compete with Percy Jackson but alas no one can even come close to the king. But aside from being disappointed by that, I'm fairly satisfied with the plot line as well as the characters. However, I would like to point out that some details were rather vague and it made it difficult to go along with the story. But a little determination never hurt. And because of my love for Greek legends, I'm going to go on to the next book.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: past-read-books
My review is on my blog, check it out here :) non-spoiler ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, ya-fantasy
This was such a fast read oh my god!

**this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review from booktube tours**

I have to be honest, I didn't read the whole back of the book before starting to read so I was very confused because in this book, it is a well known fact that the gods exist and everyone knows about demigods and such.

But once I stopped being confused because I'm dumb I was flying. This is a very Percy Jackson reminiscent book but don't let that scare you Ito thinking its a rip of
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The writing feels middle grade.
I still feel iffy about the romance.
At the same time, I think I need to brush on my knowledge on greek myth because I'm still not sure what this curse has to do with our MC. It makes sense with her mom, but for her... Eh. I'm not sure. I don't know what Apollo has to do with any of these?

By the way, if you subscribe to Raye Wagner's newsletter by the end of April, you get this ebook for free.
Candace Tidwell
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I seem to be on a roll picking young adult romances...
Add this to your list if you are looking for a fun, young adult adventure. Great book to pass a couple hours. Full of secrets and discovery.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Hope and her mom are always on the run. Moving from place to place they may stay in one place for a couple of months or so and then they are packing up and off again down the road to a new place. Her mom is always picking small towns for them to hide out in. Hope knows a little bit behind the reason they are always moving. But her mom has never told her much. She knows that they are running from some very bad people, demons
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
Curse of the Sphinx is the first book in the young adult, Sphinx series by Raye Wagner. What I liked the most about Curse of the Sphinx is that this is not a mythology lite book. This is full fledged mythology in all its' glory. You get dropped right into the action, so you would best be served if you have some kind of background knowledge on the players and workings of the worlds in Greek Mythology. One of my minors
Hannah L (Reviewer)
Curse of The Sphinx brings something new and something old to the table. It brings the well used mythology, but spices it up with putting the story in the perspective of one of the alleged monsters, a sphinx. Said Sphinx is named Hope Nicholason and she is on the run from the demigods who would just senselessly murder her without a second thought, the gods and creatures send from Hades to "keep the balance". Hiding away she can't make friends, can't share her secret and cannot stay long. Doing
Bunnita (Worth Reading It?)
I decided to re-read this book as I work my way towards the books in the series I have to read. My feeling toward the book is the same. It is a slow read in the beginning and it does pick up the paced. This time around I did find it off how she jumped into cooking and what she chose to cook. Not that a 17 year old can't cook but there wasn't any indication that she could before with her mom. It's like she has to live in her own and all of a sudden she knows how to make filet mignon. I know it ha ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Story is really really good. Although what set me off is that I think we have different image of what a Sphinx looks like?? I say it like that because I got really confused in imagining it. Like she's in the Sphinx form but them she got hands? And can type in the laptop? Can do homework? Can write? I thought Sphinx has a body of a lion. Lion have paws though. So how in the world can she do all that??

I'm just curious. Lol. Another thing, I was under the impression that nobody should know about G
Jay G
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Hope Nichols has been on the run since she was born. For seventeen years, she and her mother have moved across the United States, never staying in one place for longer than a few weeks. She doesn't know who or what she is hiding from, but she k
Maghon Thomas
Well, if you love a twist on Greek myths, this is your book. I really liked this one. With people, normal people in our every day world, being a part of the Greek gods and goddesses bloodlines and keeping things in check. Or causing chaos lol. You see, Hope and her mother have been living like normal people. She goes to high school and her mom works. But then, she finds that someone is after her. Someone thinks she's an abomination for what she is. She's a shifter but way till you see what she i ...more
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this take on mythology. As much as I loved the Percy Jackson books, I really don't want that to be the defining series about Greek mythology. This one is up there!

I really enjoy books that have a supernatural or paranormal aspect that society is aware of. There are too many books that have supernatural creatures secretly living among us and only a select few are let in on the secret. I don't think that's believable. This is one of those series where everyone is aware of the fact that the G
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The End, okay so the truth comes out but I’m still not one hundred percent sure of what all the curse entails. Although I will say that by the end we have a better idea. READ THE PREQUEL NOVELLA. Things end a little bit cliffy but nothing too crazy or shocking. As I mentioned before this was a great starter book. I feel like something amazing is around the corner. Now I’m off to read the novella for some more back story and I’ll be looking fo
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Miss Wagner was so kind to give me a copy of her book and thank You :)
I really liked the book,and how characters were written. I really liked Hope but her mother was kinda irritating to me.
And OMG,it has mythology! It was enough for me,because there is just not enough good books about Greek mythology (Rick Riordan is the God :P),so I really liked this one!
So,hurry,go to your nearest bookstore and get copy for yourself,you will not regret it,I swear!
Melissa Jacobson
Actual rating 4.25

This was such an addictive and fun read! I had so so SO much fun reading this and I constantly wanted to read it. It is action packed and angsty YA at it's finest and I am so glad I received this through booktube tours. I highly recommend this for fans of Percy Jackson and The Mortal instruments. I am off to read book two :)

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Peyton Reads
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyed. It was cool to see a different take on Greek mythology other than Percy Jackson.
Jan 28, 2018 marked it as never-to-read
There is nothing fundamentally wrong with this book. I just couldn't get into it.
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RAYE WAGNER is the USA Today Bestselling author of young adult fantasy books, but she hates writing bios. She’d much rather tell you a story. She’s partial to fantasy, with dragons or magic or something so she can lie and not feel guilty. She also has an obsession with sweets (all the bakery goodies), nerf wars, wigs, and occasionally tutus.

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