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With her unusual violet hazel eyes hidden behind heavy glasses, American teenager Helene Crawford is the kind of student that always has an answer; yet, she doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. One fateful day, life as she knows it comes to a grinding halt. There was a fire. Her mother is gone. But something is not right...

The Greek Mafia may be involved. Vivid dreams of ancie
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Published March 29th 2018 by Black Rose Writing (first published January 20th 2015)
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Mel (Epic Reading)
DNF at 21%
Well, I broke my read 30-35% of a book before deciding to DNF. I’m sorry but this is just YA trash (and not the good kind). Now that I've had time to calm down some and sort out my thoughts I think I can write this review without too much ranting. But to sum up Alysia Helming's Protogenesis in short I would say it is painful. The writing, characters, plot, and everything else feel like a YA trope. I almost wondered at one point if she was making fun of the genre it was so cliche.

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Ana Garza
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book was so wonderful and interesting. I love Greek mythology and this story had my interest from beginning to end. The writing was great and I loved Helene. The Greek mythology and modern day time were interwoven beautifully and I really enjoyed this book.

Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jenny
Jan 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, arcs
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

1 ⭐

I had big hopes for this novel. The synopsis made me think of Percy Jackson and the organized crime aspect reminded me of the Arkadien trilogy by Kai Meyer. It could have been amazing, if it didn't focus on unnecessary details every page.

There are many aspects to this overuse of details. There is the US-centric POV that the main character can simply not let go of. We get it, she's American (oo
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Stacy
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
I absolutely loved this book!!!!!!! Alysia has created in intricate storyline with complex characters and a suspenseful plot. I couldn't put the book down. I read the whole thing in 3 days. I would have read it faster if I could have. Protogenesis is unlike any other bok I've read. It combines Greek culture with mystery and a hint of romance. I'm Greek, and I learned so much about mythology from it. Everyone should get themselves a copy of this! Alysia will get you to love mythology, just as she ...more
Michelle
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, I really did not know what I started with this book. It is so different and really refreshing. I loved the hidden rooms and dreams and Greek mythology. While it was a bit slow throughout the book, I liked the plot and I'm really looking forward to the next one in the series.
A.  Reviewer
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Helene Crawford has never really fit in anywhere. Awkward with a fascination with Greek mythology, Helene’s closest friend is her mother. But when Helene’s mother suddenly vanishes, Helene is whisked off to Greece to live with her godfather she never met. In Greece, Helene is desperate to unlock the secrets of her mother’s disappearance. But things are not what they seem. The Greek gods and goddesses from the myths Helene adores might actually be real, and one of them might want her dead.
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Paperbacks
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
17 year old Helene Crawford is a California girl struggling to fit in with her peers, she lives with her mother and their hoard of cats. After a day at school like any other, Helen comes home to chaos, her mother is missing presumed dead and in the space of just a few hours, she goes from school girl to running for her life - the only person Helene can go to is a Godfather she has never met or even heard of before.......who lives in Greece. When Helene arrives she is swept up into a world of myt ...more
Natalie
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recieved from Netgalley. As a lover of Greek and Egyptian mythology, I was really excited when I got this book. The beginning is brilliant, building a strong base and a beautiful world blending the Greek gods with the modern world. The plot itself continues to strengthen throughout the story and keeps you guessing. I like the idea and how well everything is co-ordinated.

There were two issues I found with the story, which would’ve ruined it for me if the plot wasn’t so good. The first would be t
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Charlotte
This book was a request from Netgalley.
The synopsis for this one sounded really interesting, which is why I wanted to read it. The cover is also beautiful. The book is sort of "Percy Jackson-ish" and I really wanted to like it.
I think this book has great potential. It's just that the chapters were a bit long winded in my opinion. To much Bach story, to much time spent on getting to know Vani. I just got very bored and had to push myself to read on which takes the enjoyment away.
On the the plus s
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Tammy
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was a bit longer than it needed to be to tell the story. Helene outbursts of rudeness really bugged me. It seemed to happen a lot in instances it didn't need to happen. Also didn't like the love triangle. She really played both boys and flip flopped too easily. She treated both of them awful most of the time. In the beginning the ballerina part was played up but then it dropped off after her change, that was a bit confusing. Now the mythology part of the story I loved. Even if Helene wo ...more
Evelyn
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-release, arc
I enjoyed this book so much!
This book is about Helene Crawford who loses her mom in the beginning of the book. Than she learns that there is a possibility that her mom is still alive, and that she has to look for her in Greece, where her godfather lives who she has never heard of before. As soon as she arives in Athene the adveture begins. She does her best to find her mom, while also going to a new school, meets new friends and potential boyfriends.
I loved this story, it was a good mix between
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Shayla
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love love love Helene! I can only wish I was that much of a strong woman at that age. She is tough, yet emotional and very feminine in her ways. I love me a good love triangle. And the mysterious bad boy element, love. While those elements are rather cliche as some would say in YA books, I love it and it brings another dynamic to the story. What the author focuses on is who Helene is as a woman, her beliefs, dreams, goals, and desires. I can't wait to read more and am excited for you to read i ...more
Natasha du Plessis
Greek Mythology and anything fantasy related is right up my alley. I really enjoyed this book as well as the characters. Helene must figure out on her own what happened to her mother and a lot of secrets is kept from her. The beginning of the book was a bit slow and not well developed for me but the author quickly found her feet and the book soon had a nice flow to it. I would recommend this book to all YA readers as well as lovers of fantasy. A great debut novel as well as a great start to a ne ...more
Veselina
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given this book by Netgalley! Thank you!
As a big fan of fantasy books related with mythology - Greek, Egyptian, I was pleased to find this book.
Helene is a normal girl in an American school till the moment her mom has disappeared or she is even dead. Then Helene is sent to her godfather in Athens with risk for her life and no really clue what really is happening.
Fast paced, entertaining and fresh new book is waiting for you. Enjoy
Belinda Clemons
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of my favorite reads this year so entertaining. I couldn't put it down. It is so unique and well written with the world building being just fantastic. all the characters were just great and I'm really excited to read more from this author
Maria
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helene's mother is missing and someone is trying to kill her. She is told to trust no one as she makes her trek to Greece to stay with a Godfather named Janus she doesn't know while she tries to figure out what happened to her mother. Janus is an eccentric character who is as confused that she has arrived in Greece as she is that he and her mother were friends. With glowing stones, a magic cat, a and mirror that becomes a portal another planet while she tries to balance out her potential boyfrie ...more
d3n8k1
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would highly & strongly recommend Alysia Helming's "Protogenesis" novel to all the fellow readers who want to get immersed in an adventure where the lines between fiction and reality are so eloquently obscured that you can't tell in this story where the myths end and where everyday life begins! On this note, I also found the main storyline very innovative and it certainly gave me a new understanding of mythology!
Helming's writing style is fresh and fast-paced, which I loved cause while rea
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Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
Thank you Netgalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

I really wanted to like this one. I love Greek mythology and I love YA so I was eager to dig into this one. Unfortunately, the execution was quite poor. The writing style seemed juvenile, events were rushed and only half-explained, the relationships between characters were flat, and the main character wasn't likable. All around, it didn't seem like a well thought-out storyline and a lot of the dialogue made me cringe.

"'Oh wow,' I s
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Vicki
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading Protogenesis. The mix of tragedy, adventure, Greek mythology, well developed characters and a little romance doesn't hurt, to make this a great read for all. I look forward to the next book in the series!
Gina
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! I was so intrigued after just reading the first few pages of the book! I am such a fan of Greek mythology and fantasy, so this book was a great read for me. I love the main character Helene, she is strong, yet slightly unsure of herself and so determined to find her mother. Her bravery is inspiring and I feel that many young women and young men can relate to her in one way or another. I admire Helming's ability to make her characters seem so real. It was so easy for ...more
Luna
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I went into this book I was hoping to be blown away, because the description was quite enticing but this book was soooo bad.First off the description pretty much sums up the whole book so if you want to read the book you've read it in the description.

The relationships in this novel were so cringey, the love triangle was so badly put together because you can automatically tell who she is going to choose. Also the instalove i
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AR
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book! It took me 2 days to read it and after that I wanted more! Protogenesis, the first of a series of books, is an interesting mix of romance, science fiction and Greek mythology. The writing is very easy and enjoyable so from the very first chapter you get into the story. It is set in US, Greece and in another dark dangerous world. The characters were my favourite part of this story. Helene is such an adorable, fragile 17 years old girl that gradually finds the power insid ...more
Ola Adamska
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2018
This is my come back to YA books. I used to read them a lot.
I was not disappointed by this story, even with a lot of cliches from the genre. This story in few places seems a little too "distracted" by not important side-story things. Aside from that this was a greatly written and enjoyable story.
RECOMMENDED!!

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This is my come back to YA books. I used to read them a lot.
I was not disappointed by this story, even with a lot of cliches from the genre. This story in few places seems a li
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Nasia Kalokerinou
100% Recommended! I loved how ancient Greek mythology & modern day technology are intertwined into such a captivating plot!
James Charles
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an incredible novel! A very interesting mix of young romance, real-world problems & Greek mythology!
FicTalk Blog
I was given a free copy of this book through NetGalley. This review is in no way is influenced by that factor.

When Helene Crawford's mother seemingly dies in a fire at work, she's sent to live in Greece with an unknown godfather. Doubtful about her mother's death, Helene tries to search for answers while trying to assimilate to Greek culture and her new caretaker, the often unhinged Janus.

I wanted to like this, I really did, but it just didn't work for me. The description sounded awesomely diff
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Autumn (Fic Talk)
I was given a free copy of this book through NetGalley. This review is in no way is influenced by that factor.

When Helene Crawford's mother seemingly dies in a fire at work, she's sent to live in Greece with an unknown godfather. Doubtful about her mother's death, Helene tries to search for answers while trying to assimilate to Greek culture and her new caretaker, the often unhinged Janus.

I wanted to like this, I really did, but it just didn't work for me. The description sounded awesomely diff
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Mcf1nder_sk
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have followed @alysiahelming_novelist for a while on IG, and was recently honored to be offered the chance to review her novel Protogenesis before its release on March 29, 2018. After following Helming's travels to Greece for research and meetings about this novel, I expected great things going into this book. I was not disappointed.
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Helena is a 17-year-old girl whose mother was killed in an explosion at her workplace. Or was she? Helena's search for answers leads her to Athens, Greece, where
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Shakera
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
1.5 star

There aren't many books in my DNF list, but the books that are on that list are there for a reason. Unfortunately, this book will have to join the list. Protogenesis has a very promising synopsis about a young girl who loses her mother and goes on a journey to find her. Instead, what you get is a story about a young girl who loses her mother and goes to Greece to find her, but gets sidetracked by two young men, whom she can't decide who she wants to be with. It seemed like Helene spent m
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Renee Perez
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t put it down. I read this in 2 days because it was that good.

Alysia Helming creates a fun adventure that would appeal to lovers of realistic adventure, twists, turns and Greek Mythology. Helming creates a lead female character that is believable, smart and likeable. Walking in Helene’s shoes, I felt like her voice was so familiar that I felt a pang of nostalgia.

Helming impressed me with her presentation of characters as well. I walked into this adventure expecting a healthy dose of tee
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Please note that the published edition of Alysia Helming's novel, "Protogenesis: Before the Beginning" paperback will be released in English worldwide online and in book stores by Black Rose Writing Publishers on March 29, 2018, and the eBook will be released on April 5, 2018. The self-published Collector's Edition is no longer available. The paperback and eBook Greek edition will be released on A ...more
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