Genre: Mythology


Mar 05

Review * Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review * Of Poseidon by Anna BanksOf Poseidon by Anna Banks
Narrated by Rebecca Gibel
Series: The Syrena Legacy #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 22, 2012
Genres: Mythology, Young Adult
Time: 9 Hours 32 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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four-stars
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...

Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

What I Thought…

• My first mermaid book was a success!

• I was sucked in from the very beginning. It started off with quite a bit of action, but even when the story slowed down it still had all my attention. I typically listen to music in the car but Of Poseidon was so good I just had to listen to it.

• I liked both Emma and Galen, but my favorite characters were Toraf and Rayna. Rayna is Galen’s sister and Toraf is his best friend. I loved their relationship with Galen and with each other.

• Emma and Galen have good chemistry and push and pull at each other a lot, which I loved.

• The mythology of the Syrena was fascinating. There are two “families” of sorts that split the ocean, and they don’t always get along. There was also a bit of mystery regarding Emma and how she came to be what she is as well as other mysteries (despite all the hints I totally didn’t see one thing coming).

• While I did love it a couple of things drove me crazy. Galen knew a lot of stuff about humans, but then there were other times where he knew nothing, and if he had been around humans as often as he implied then he should pretty much know all the things.

• I listened to the audio, and while it was really good it was strange to have only one audio narrator for a dual narrated book. There were times when I missed that it was Galen’s pov.

Overall I really enjoyed my first mermaid book!

Kimberly


Jan 23

Review * Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Review * Evertrue by Brodi AshtonEvertrue by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 21, 2013
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Everneath, Everbound
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four-stars
Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself... which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.

While I don’t like to include spoilers in my review Everneath is the 3rd book in a trilogy so there WILL be spoilers for both Everneath and Everbound. No way to avoid it!

What I Thought…

  • Evertrue was one of my top 5 books I am excited for in 2014. So much so that I made sure that all the work things got done so I could read it the minute I get home from work. (Funny story: We had a snow day on Tuesday so I didn’t have to work so I was super excited because then I could read it the moment in graced my front doorstep. Which turned out to be 6:30 pm. Not cool.) Thankfully Brodi Ashton did not disappoint!
  • Evertrue picks up right where Everbound leaves off. I sometimes worry about this because what if I don’t remember? But I remember the ending of Everbound REALLY WELL so that wasn’t a problem here.
  • We continue to see Nikki grow and change and become the kind of person she wants to be. She is dealing with becoming an everliving and it’s weighing heavily on her because it is so not what she wants. I loved her struggles with this and her determination to not allow Jack (or Cole) to sway her to make a decision she is not happy with.
  • Nikki’s whole purpose in life right now is to destroy the Everneath. She will not give in to what she will become so she sees that as her only option. This results in an epic journey not just for her, but for Jack and Cole as well.
  • Speaking of Jack… sigh. He is still amazing as ever, with a bit of an extra bonus due to his time in the Everneath. His determination to protect Nikki at all costs was both sweet and frustrating since her and Jack didn’t always see eye to eye on what was best.
  • Cole was both what I expected this book and not what I expected. There was a twist that changed some things up that sent me in a different direction from my original thoughts, but at the same time Cole is still Cole, and cannot be forgiven for what he did in Everbound.
  • Like in both Everneath and Everbound the world building is fantastic. I could picture what it was like in my head, and that’s a rare feat for me. As twisted as the Everneath is I want to go there and see all the amazing things and watch all the amazing people and creatures and things.
  • There were beetles. *shudder*
  • Evertrue is pretty intense, though there were enough funny moments to not make it completely dark and depressing. It moves at a bit of a slower pace than Everbound, but not too slowly.
  • I had two issues with Everture. One was the plot twist with Cole. It was a little too convenient and is not one of my favorite things in books (because of its convenience). Ashton made it work (as it usually does), but still, not my favorite thing. The second was that the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of how things had to go down and a bigger deal made of it.
  • Personally I loved the ending, though I can see that not everyone may like it. I thought it was fitting for everyone involved, and that’s really all I can say about that without spoilers.

If you haven’t yet read the Everneath Trilogy I definitely recommend it!

Everneath

Kimberly


Mar 07

Review * Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Reviews 9 ★★★★★

Review * Everbound by Brodi AshtonEverbound by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 22, 2013
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 358
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Everneath, Evertrue
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five-stars
Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

This is the second book in a series. While I do not like to include spoilers in my reviews there is NO WAY to discuss Everbound without discussing a HUGE spoiler from Everneath. You have been warned!

What I Thought…

  • Everbound is amazing! It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to reread a book immediately after finishing it.
  • In the beginning Nikki is mildly annoying. Her guilt about Jack being taken to the Everneath is consuming her and all she can think about is saving him. However once she has a plan to save Jack her guilt is less annoying because her determination to save him comes through. As Nikki travels through the Everneath you really see her grow and change and become stronger.
  • Jack is stuck in the Everneath but you get to know him a bit better through the flashbacks that Nikki gives you through her memories. The best part about the memories is that you get to see the “real” Jack. The memories aren’t about how perfect Jack is, but how real he is.
  • Cole plays a very large role in Everbound. Cole is essentially emotionally blackmailed by Nikki to help her save Jack. He obviously doesn’t want to but he can’t let go of Nikki so he helps her, and drags Max along for the ride. Max is even more suspicious in Everbound than he was in Everneath. I have many more thoughts on Cole but they all go like this: &$@#^% #^#%(&%(@ (@#(#%&^)!@^$!!!!!
  • The Everneath was absolutely amazing. I’m not a “visual” reader, it’s very rare that I picture the scenes from the book I’m reading in my head, but the Everneath was described so well that I really felt like I was there. Beyond the cities in the Everneath there were the three circles leading to the center, water, air and fire. I can totally picture the maze leading through the three circles (and I think it would make a really fun attraction at Busch Gardens, except maybe the fire). The maze not only has the hazards of the elements but each section of the maze also plays with your mind.
  • Brodi Ashton weaves in the mythology so well. As things are being divulged about the Everneath there is a little bit of mythology to go along with it and explain why things are the way they are (and why sometimes things aren’t).
  • The ending was genius. It’s the best kind of middle book ending, it’s not a cliffhanger, but sets up the last book perfectly. I can see people not liking the ending, but like I said, I thought it was genius. I didn’t see the ending coming at all, but I’m sure there were lots of clues that I missed along the way.

Overall Everbound is a fabulous 2nd book in a trilogy and I really think you should read it, and read it soon!

 

Kimberly


Feb 07

Review * The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter

Reviews 11 ★★★

Review * The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee CarterGoddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 26, 2013
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 283
Also in this series: Goddess Interrupted
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three-stars
Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.


During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

What I Thought…

  • I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to read this one or not. I liked The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted but they weren’t books I thought about all the time, but the cliffhanger was pretty big in Goddess Interrupted and when I saw it was available on NetGalley I decided that I did have to know what happened. I’m glad I did. It was a good conclusion to the series.
  • Despite a few grievances this is my favorite of the three books. The action started right from the get go and most of the rest of the book was at the same pace.
  • There are quite a few things going on in this book. Kate has just given birth to her son while held captive by Cronus. In order to protect her son she does what any mother would do and makes a deal with him, only things don’t go exactly as planned because Henry shows up to rescue her. So Henry stays in her place and Ava makes him fall in love with Calliope. So now she’s back home, but without the two she loves most, Henry and Milo. And what’s worse is that no one really seems to really want to help her.
  • Henry is such an improvement in The Goddess Inheritance.  He was less whiny and more “take action.” Kate was a lot stronger in this book too. Instead of just chilling and waiting she was determined to do something (even if it may have been the wrong thing).
  • Walter was especially frustrating. I get that he was doing what he though was best, but how about some compassion? Or better yet, maybe some explanations!
  • Calliope is effing crazy. If you’ve ever seen The Hand That Rocks The Cradle you’ll understand. Though Calliope’s interest is more in Henry than Milo, some of the things she says and does are just creepy.
  • I was able to piece a lot together on my own, though I didn’t see that little bit at the end coming. Even with that said it was sometimes hard to discern what was real and what was not cause there was so much lying going on. Lying to others and themselves.
  • I had one big issue with The Goddess Inheritance. While I found Henry to be annoying the Goddess Interrupted this time the tables switched and I found Kate annoying. There were times where she was strong and determined and there were other times where I was rolling my eyes. Stop blubbering! You have to save the world!
  • I really liked the story line of The Goddess Test series, and the setting and the characters weren’t as underwhelming as they were in the first two books.
  • I liked the ending and it was very fitting, but there was a part of the ending that irked me. I get it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Overall if you’ve read the first two than this is a definite must read. If you haven’t read them, but you like mythology I think you’ll like this series as well.

 

Kimberly


Mar 03

Review * Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Reviews 8 ★★★

Review * Goddess Interrupted by Aimee CarterGoddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on March 27, 2012
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Goddess Inheritance
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three-stars
Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it.


Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry's first wife, Persephone.

What I Thought…

Goddess Interrupted started off slow but got more interesting by the middle of the book.  Just like with The Goddess Test I enjoyed the plot and action more than I did the characters.  It’s not that I disliked the characters, they are just very one dimensional.  They are the original Greek gods (they changed their names after the fall of Greece) and their personalities are exactly what you’d expect them to be (based on what god they are).  Except maybe Calliope (who is a bit delusional).

I liked Kate better in this book.  She took a stand on what she wanted, standing up for herself and not just fading into the background.  However I liked Henry less.  There were quite a few times that I wanted to smack him upside the head.

There was a fair amount of action in the second half of the book that kept me interested.  The ending was quite the plot twist.   had a lot of mixed feelings about this book while I was reading, debating on whether or not I wanted to read the next book.  The ending sealed the deal for me.  Even though this book is just ok, I will be reading the next one.  Talk about a cliff hanger!

* I received this book free from net galley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and comments are my own.

Kimberly


Feb 04

Everneath Review

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Everneath ReviewEverneath by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 24, 2012
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 370
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Everbound, Evertrue
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four-stars
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

What I Thought…

I love, love, love the cover of this book.  It’s so pretty!  I picked up this book for several reasons.  I’ve never read a book that deals with mythology before (and I don’t know why not because mythology is fascinating).  I also really like books with time limits; 6 months, a year, 24 hours, a week, whatever.  If there is only a certain amount of time allowed to accomplish something, I wanna read about it.

The love triangle:  The choice between Cole and Jack.  For me, I typically like the first guy.  But the way this book is written makes it hard to decide who came first.  In the beginning of the book (the present) you meet Cole first, but then you take a step back in time (the past) and Jack is her boyfriend before she met Cole.  I read quite a few reviews before reading the book that were “team Cole” and that surprises me.  After reading the book I don’t like Cole at all.  He’s devious and underhanded and doesn’t deserve Nikki at all.

I enjoyed the alternating present/past sections of the book.  All you needed to understand the present were the little glimpses into how Nikki ended up in Everneath in the first place.  Which was the fairly typical misunderstanding, with a bit of deviousness by Cole.

What I wanted more of: More mythology and more Everneath.  This was the only disappointing aspect of the book for me.  A lot of the story revolved around Nikki and Jack or Nikki and Cole, not so much the mythological part.  You learn very little about the Everneath in this book and I want to know so much more.  I’m sure this was by design, as it is a trilogy.  I’m looking forward to the next book.

You should read this book if… you like mythology, YA or dementors

Kimberly