Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Dig by Audrey Hart

The Dig by Audrey Hart
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Publisher: Backlit Fiction

Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete, Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports her to ancient Greece.  As Zoe quickly learns, the Olympian Gods are real, living people—humans with mysterious powers… Powers that Zoe quickly realizes she has come to possess, as well. However, when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian, the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world… No matter what.  Zoe is forced to play a confusing and dangerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her—all except for Zeus, the beautiful, winged young god who risks everything to save her.  Out of time and out of her element, teenager Zoe Calder finds herself in ancient Greece, battling against the power of the Olympians and the vengeance of a scorned goddess—all for the strange and mysterious boy she has come to love.  -

I really wanted to love this story.  I'm such a fan of mythological stories that I picked this up thinking it was going to really grab me, and in some ways it did.  However, I had a few problems with the story that just kept me from fully enjoying it and becoming invested in the characters and storyline.

First of all, nothing was ever really explained.  I know how she and the others got powers, but not where the catalyst of those powers came from.  Where did the original Olympians come from?  Why would Zoe get pulled into the past?  The plot devices were used without much explanation to make the reader understand.  The story explained that there was a certain thing that gave them their powers, but not where that came from, or why it was those particular people, or where they started out, etc...

Although I liked Zoe and Zeus, their connection together was of the insta-love variety, and this really kept me from enjoying their romance.  They met, they were suddenly in love, etc... and so I never felt like I could get into the romance because it was just there.  I felt like I'd stepped into their romance right in the middle, rather than getting to watch it develop.

Then there were the other characters.  Everyone was a bit stereotypical, especially Hera.  You knew she was going to be a bitch, and she was.  No surprise there.  She behaved predictably.   There were really no surprises at all. 

My favorite part of the story was when Zoe was undergoing her tests.  That was interesting and kind of exciting.  Otherwise, this story just fell flat for me.


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