Phoenyx “Nyx” Douglas feels like a damsel trapped away. Suffering from a form of light sensitivity, she sleeps during the day, missing out on all the typical things the other teens in her town do. One night when her flighty father is out on a job, she falls for charmer Erebus Jones at first sight but then has a dream about a child she’s supposed to have with him in the future—and the peril that boy is in.
With Ere’s help, she uncovers what it will take to save their future child: blackmailing the powerful town mayor and teaching him to fear her.
The two teens are in over their heads as they uncover shocking secrets and cross the line between what’s right and what’s wrong—all in service of saving a child they can only have if their burgeoning relationship survives the danger they put themselves in.
A contemporary retelling of the Greek myth of Nyx, with a dash of magic.
Amy McNulty is an editor and author of books that run the gamut from YA speculative fiction to contemporary romance. A lifelong fiction fanatic, she fangirls over books, anime, manga, comics, movies, games, and TV shows from her home state of Wisconsin. When not editing her clients’ novels, she’s busy fulfilling her dream by crafting fantastical worlds of her own.
I want to preface this by saying its only getting two stars because the potential for a real story is there. Because otherwise it would get a 1 star, unfortunately.
This was so incredibly rushed that at the end I was like, "okay...?" And I get that its a "novelette," but, there was a lot of pointless stuff at the beginning that could have been removed to leave more room for depth to the story. And technically this wasn't even a novelette because it was less than fifty pages and the rest was stuffed, which was really disappointing. I wish it would have just stated it was a short story.
Something else that really bugged me was that they chose to use phrases like, someone being a "Karen." I feel like from a writing standpoint there are plenty of other ways to describe a persons behaviors that doesn't involve using a cringy slang, even if you're trying to show off how young the characters are. And I get that its a common term now, but its like nails on a chalkboard, or like seeing journalists these days use phrases like "clapped back." It just feels wrong.
I would have really loved to get more of the story though. What happened after the abrupt ending. Was a few photos really enough to just end the problem? Because it seems like so much more could've happened. I wish we could have seen more because it just feels like a slimy mayor would have more tricks up his sleeve than just to allow some kids to have that much power over him. But maybe that's just me. 🤷
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A surprisingly sweet contemporary romance short story based on the idea of the Greek gods being reincarnated and stoll having personality and memory hangovers of their past lives.
I really liked the interactions and chemistry of NYX and Ere during their meet cute moment, and the start of the story was nicely built up (though it was a bit weird how the mythology was a known thing in their world, yet they didn't see anything odd about all the Greek names in their lives). As it's a short story I didn't mind the quick suspend disbelief way the romance happened, but it did feel that the big problem was easily resolved and I wished it'd had more time to develop the dodgy politician plot ().
More than 50% of the page count is previewing a different book, so I felt a tad let down when I assumed it was longer.
I enjoyed it as a strange short story with an easily readable style.
I wanted to love this book - I mean, Greek mythology modernized! Uh, yes, please. The writing was fine. The plot was fine. The characters were (you guessed it) fine. Everything just needed a bit more. More depth, more connection, more villainy - it felt so rushed. I don't feel that was due to the novelette format. There were areas that could've been tightened up that would've allowed more depth in other spots. It was a fine way to while away a bit of time.