Genre: mythology

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Apr 21
{Review+Giveaway} The Blood of the Hydra by @MichelleMadow @Barclay_PR

{Review+Giveaway} The Blood of the Hydra by @MichelleMadow @Barclay_PR

**Note: This is the second book in the series and may contain spoilers for Book 1. If you are new to the series, you can find out more information about the first book- The Prophecy of Shadows HERE** The Blood of the Hydra  is the second book in the young adult fantasy series by Michelle Madow, called Elementals. I love a mythology book and this series is extra interesting because it combines elemental magic, typically reserved for witches, along with mythology gods and demigods. I enjoyed the first book, but the second installment is so much better than the first book in my opinion. I loved The Blood of the Hydra. I liked all of the characters more, yes even Blake, and the quest in this installment was so great. One of my issues, though minor, with book one was that I was not into Blake and his romance with Nicole. At all. And I am still not 100% sure that I am on board with them, it didn’t bug… Read more »

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Mar 02
{Review+Giveaway} Curse of the Sphinx by @RayeWagner

{Review+Giveaway} Curse of the Sphinx by @RayeWagner

Curse of the Sphinx  is the first book in the young adult, Sphinx series by Raye Wagner. What I liked the most about Curse of the Sphinx is that this is not a mythology lite book. This is full fledged mythology in all its’ glory. You get dropped right into the action, so you would best be served if you have some kind of background knowledge on the players and workings of the worlds in Greek Mythology. One of my minors in college was greek mythology, and another minor was world mythology, so I knew a lot about the set up of the worlds, and a lot of the gods. Raye Wagner not only includes the big hitters, like Hera Hades, Hermes, Thanos, etc, but she also includes some of the lesser known gods, like the god of sweet talk and flattery- Hedylogus. I loved that. The mythology nerd in me was totally geeking out the whole time I was reading Curse of the Sphinx. Curse of the Sphinx is… Read more »

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Feb 13
{Review} Ignited by Desni Dantone @ddantone

{Review} Ignited by Desni Dantone @ddantone

Ignited is the first book in the young adult fantasy and mythology series of the same name by Desni Dantone. This book was written in 2013 and there are 4 books out in the series so far. Actually, the fourth book comes out next month (March 2016) so now is the perfect time to read the first three and get ready. I don’t often get a chance to go back and start a series this late in the game, unless it is one that has been on my radar for a very long time. I just found out about the Ignited series this year, and because I love mythology so much, I couldn’t pass it up. And now I am obsessed with it. I am so freakin’ happy that there are 3 more books already out that I can read because I really want to keep reading. There is a bit of a love triangle, but I am shipping one side of hard and I really, really want to see if… Read more »

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Jan 04
{Review} Touch by Natalia Jaster

{Review} Touch by Natalia Jaster

Touch by Natalia Jaster is a standalone young adult novel which features a different take on Eros. In touch, Eros is a girl and is a class of goddesses called the archers. Here all of the emotions have a representative god or goddess and they all wield arrows to help maintain the balance of their emotion in the world. In Touch, Eros is sent to balance out the love in a small town. I liked the idea that other gods and goddesses also used arrows to maintain order, and the arrows themselves were more complicated than I have seen in other stories. It added an interesting element to the story of cupid. Love is such a lonely girl. (or I should say Goddess) she is unable to touch any human, and she longs for that kind of contact and companionship more than anything. I loved, loved loved that the human that grabs her attention is one that is so overlooked by his peers. He has a leg injury and is… Read more »

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Oct 20
{Review} Goddess by Julie Anne Lindsey @juliealindsey @lyricalpress

{Review} Goddess by Julie Anne Lindsey @juliealindsey @lyricalpress

Goddess is the second book in the new adult mythology Calypso series. Prophecy was one of my favorite books of 2014. I loved it so hard that I was pretty much besides myself when I saw Goddess come out on netgalley. This is a series that needs to be read in order, so run, don’t walk and pick up the first book if you have not already done so. In order to fully appreciate this book, you need to read Prophecy first. I have seen a few reviews from people that said the book didn’t capture their attention, but then they also said that they didn’t read the first book. I think that is the rub right there. Book one gives you so much background on the characters that by the time book two rolls around you are already in love. (or at least I was.) And because of this love, I was able to put their stubbornness and block-head moments in perspective a bit better. If you remember from… Read more »

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Oct 07
{Review} The Shadow Behind the Stars by @RebeccaHahnbook

{Review} The Shadow Behind the Stars by @RebeccaHahnbook

The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn is a young adult mythology book unlike any other mythology story I have read in the young adult world. It read more like a traditional Greek tale. A fictionalized play of a Greek tragedy, and there was just something about that the academic and history nerd inside of me ate right up. I loved that this story was set in ancient Greece and that it had all the sorrowful tragic elements of traditional Greek myths. Of course, that meant for a more violent and slower pace of story telling, which to me equates to a more mature target audience. I think adults will love this story perhaps more than young adults. The Shadow Behind the Stars is told from the point of view of the Fates. I have not read too many books from the three fate sisters point of view, so that was really interesting to me. It was a kinder and gentler fate than I was used to from tales…. Read more »

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Sep 14
{Review+Giveaway} Frost by E. Latimer @ELatimerWrites @Patchwork_Press

{Review+Giveaway} Frost by E. Latimer @ELatimerWrites @Patchwork_Press

Frost is a young adult norse mythology book, which kicks off a new series by E. Latimer. (I believe the series will be the same name as the title but I haven’t found confirmation of that yet.) You all know how much I love mythology books, and frost is a great take on the Norse tales. I absolutely loved that author E. Latimer took a unique spin on the frost giants, and made them the rulers of the realm. Frost offers wonderfully imaginative writing, solid friendships, great characters, and a refreshing take with a main heroine that has her head and her intuition completely on point. This may sound a bit strange but one of the things that I appreciated most about Frost was that both the frost and fire sides seemed to realize that they were asking a lot for a normal 17 year old girl to believe- not only that she was part frost giant, but also that their side was the side to be trusted. Loki and… Read more »

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Jun 10
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast @KCastAuthor @DiversionBooks

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast @KCastAuthor @DiversionBooks

Amber Smoke is the first solo book by House of Night author, Kristin Cast. It is the start of a new young adult fantasy/mythology series, called the Escaped. I didn’t initially realize that this had to do with mythology when I read the description. It talked about souls escaping from their cages, but those cages are their prison in Tartarus. Once I started reading and realized this, I was super excited. Amber Smoke is a very fast paced and quick read. It set up the series pretty well, but not a whole ton actually happened in this book. And more questions were posed than answered. Still, I am more than intrigued enough to want to know what is going to happen next. Amber Smoke is told for multiple perspectives because the two main characters start out in different realms and don’t know each other. The furies had a son, Alek, that was to be the warrior of the underworld. To break a curse, he has to go above ground and… Read more »

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Jun 08
{Review} Downcast by Cait Reynolds @caitreynolds @Booktrope

{Review} Downcast by Cait Reynolds @caitreynolds @Booktrope

Downcast is the first book in the young adult mythology series called Olympus Falling. You all know how much I love young adult and new adult mythology, so I was super excited for Downcast. And further, it is about one of my very favorite stories- Persephone and Hades. I loved this reimagining of the story of Persephone. I thought it was well done and a great read. Downcast features something for everyone; romance, mythology, action and adventure. I thought some of the gods were portrayed in what I like to refer to as friendly god syndrome. Zeus and Hades for example got along great in this story, and honestly, I loved that author Cait Reynolds wrote it like that. I thought it was fun to see them on the same team, and it was nice to not have either one of them be the “villain” god in the story. I do wish we got a little more information on this deal the gods made. It was only mentioned in one… Read more »

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Jun 05
{Review} Fire of the Sea by Lyndsay Johnson @lyndsay_creates

{Review} Fire of the Sea by Lyndsay Johnson @lyndsay_creates

Fire of the the Sea is a young adult fantasy that incorporates a healthy dose of mythology as well. I love the mixture of those two subgenres. And I think the mermaids and the norse mythology was a really interesting and well done mash up of sorts. I enjoyed Fire of the Sea. It was very information heavy at the beginning and I will admit that I had a hard time try to keep everyone and everything straight. Because there was so much going on, my attention waned a little throughout the first half of the story. However, the romance and the promise of action, prophecies and mythology was enough to keep my interest and finish the book. And I am glad that I did. Fire of the Sea turned out to be a good read. I really felt for the main character, Aeva. She experiences a pretty life changing tragedy right at the start of the book and it paralyzes her with fear for a while. Which is a… Read more »

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