Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner

Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary/Mythological Fantasy

How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?  Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way. It’s safer.

When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse, murder from the shadow monsters of the Underworld, or have the demigods finally found her? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust—or how to love.

Set in a universe where mythology is alive and well in the modern world, Curse of the Sphinx irresistibly blends action, suspense and romance.

Wow!  I totally was not expecting this book. The author gave me a copy in exchange for an honest review, and I figured I'd be a little into it, considering the fact that it's mythology-based, which I love. But I got a lot more than I was anticipating with this book.

The story is set in the modern world where the Greek gods rule, and it's a known and accepted fact by everyone.  Although it did take me a few chapters before I caught on to the fact that the whole world knows about the gods, demi-gods, and their monster creations.  But it didn't detract from my enjoyment. It was just made more clear as time moved forward.

I loved the characters in the story, especially Hope.  She is cursed to become a sphinx in a certain time frame... from what I could tell, it seemed like a monthly thing.  The curse and its reasons, the beginning of it, etc... wasn't exactly explained, but this is only the first book, and I anticipate that more will be revealed as the series progresses.  And I'm looking forward to having those pieces revealed.

Hope was a character that had to learn to rely on herself pretty early when she loses her mother.  I love that she was independent and strong.  She takes care of herself, is responsible, and she learned all this the hard way.  I loved the character growth here and the journey that she goes through.  There were times that I felt so badly for her,and how she must bear this burden alone, and worry about what could happen to herself all alone.

Then there's Athan.  He was a bit of an enigma in a way because although he was sweet and kind, and kind of sexy, he also had his moments of anger.  I'm intrigued by his story because I think there's more going on behind the surface with him than he has revealed.  So I'm looking forward to getting to know him even better, and getting to see the romance progress in this story.

The author did a really good job with the way she chose to organize the story, utilizing time frames before and after different moves her mother and she made, and before the next time she will change. It could have been confusing, but the author did a great job with it.  I love the mythology, love the romance, and I love where the story is going.  When the ending finally came, I found myself really wishing that the second book was already out.  Can't wait to read it.

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