Genre: mythology

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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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Feb 19
{ #Review } Bright Fire by MJ Austin @mjaustinbooks

{ #Review } Bright Fire by MJ Austin @mjaustinbooks

Bright Fire is the first book in a young adult fantasy/mythology series. Delfia is the daughter of Persephone and Hades, only she never knew that little tidbit about herself. I love mythology stories and I have a special affinity for Persephone and Hades. Bright Fire was a little different than most Hades fiction that I have read. Here he is more of the traditional bad guy, and certainly not the love interest like he was in the few other young adult books he was featured in. Bright Fire took a unique perspective on the fantasy tales and I enjoyed it. Plus, I can’t get over how much I love this cover. I just want to stare at it all day. Sigh. The book felt kind of stilted at first. Delfia’s parents are killed almost instantly and no one really had a reaction. People were shocked and sad, but Delfia’s mom’s best friend just acted like nothing even happened at all. The book said she was sad, but in the very… Read more »

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Oct 17
{Review+Giveaway} Prophecy by Julie Anne Lindsey @juliealindsey @lyricalpress

{Review+Giveaway} Prophecy by Julie Anne Lindsey @juliealindsey @lyricalpress

Oh how I needed to read Prophecy. I haven’t given a book 5 star in so long. I have read some meh books and a lot of good books. But there is a difference between a good book, or even a great book and a book that just warms you up from the inside out. One that you want to hug and start reading from the beginning again. That was Prophecy for me. I LOVED this book! I was excited when I read the summary and saw that it had something to do with Mythology, because that is a big hit with me. And then I read the authors foreword and she mentioned all the myths coming out and playing and mixing together and my excitement shot up a couple of levels. It was so cool to see the greek and roman gods mixing in with the norse gods. The end result was pure magic. We knew Callie was something special right from the start, but Julie Anne Lindsey does… Read more »

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Jul 15
{Review+Giveaway} Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle

{Review+Giveaway} Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle

I have read a lot of mythology books now, and I have to say that Persephone’s Orchard is a different take than most of the others. I don’t think I have read told quite the way this one was. Persephone’s Orchard is the first book in the Chrysomelia Stories series. And it deals with the concept of immortal souls, rather than the traditional greek gods. There are all the usual players in the book, but they are reincarnated throughout the ages and they each live many different lives as various mortals, after their rein as gods. I thought that was an interesting play on the concept of greek mythology.I loved how unique Molly Ringle was with her interpretation of the gods. Persephone’s Orchard deals with Sophie, a college girl, trying to put together the pieces of who she was in a past life. And really try and get her bearings on this whole new world. The story takes place on earth as well as in the underworld and a lot… Read more »

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Jul 07
{Review+Giveaway} Enchanted Heart by Mindy Ruiz

{Review+Giveaway} Enchanted Heart by Mindy Ruiz

Enchanted Heart is the first book in a new paranormal/mythology series Game of Hearts. I think the concept of the book is fascinating. I loved the world that Mindy Ruiz dreamed up. And I really enjoyed Cassie as well. But the overall story was very confusing and at times frustratingly so. I understand it all added to the mysterious atmosphere, but it was almost too much. It felt like we were just dropped into the middle of a story, and into a world that we knew nothing about. So much so, I had to check on goodreads to make sure that is was the first book in a series, instead of a later one. A lot of stuff happens very quickly in Enchanted Heart. Cassie goes to Las Vegas for new years/her birthday and it seems like overnight everything about her life changed and she (we, really) was left in the dark about most of it. She got little bits of explanation, but I still had so many more questions…. Read more »

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Jun 30
{Review+Giveaway} By Jove by Marissa Doyle

{Review+Giveaway} By Jove by Marissa Doyle

  By Jove is a mythology romance that takes place in a Boston University. Theo is a graduate student studying Latin (and greek and roman get woven in through other members of the classics department.) It is a mythology and history nerds dream book. I loved the academic setting, and the mythology buff in my squeed over the idea of a whole classics department being taught by actual gods and goddesses. How cool would that be? I loved guessing who everyone was. Some were easy to figure out, and others were a little tougher, but it all made reading the book more fun. Marissa Doyle did a fantastic job with her attention to detail. Even the clothes and food and drink were added into the story properly. It was excellent. It is just how I would imagine Gods living in the modern world. I loved the opulence of their parties. Theo is my kind of girl. Nerdy and not at all ashamed by how interested she is in learning. It… Read more »

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Jun 12
{Review+Giveaway} Centaur Redemption by Nancy Straight

{Review+Giveaway} Centaur Redemption by Nancy Straight

Note: Centaur Redemption is the 4th book in the Touched Series. For more information about the series check out my reviews of BOOK 1, BOOK 2, and BOOK 3.  I absolutely love the Touched series by Nancy Straight. Centaur Redemption is the fourth book in the series and it comes close to being my favorite book of them all. (Just being slightly edged out by the first book because that was the start of all this awesome-ness.) The Touched series is still the only young adult or new adult book that I have found centering on centaurs. I love the unique-ness of the story, as well as all of the mythology woven in. In Centaur Redemption we even get to see some of the big gods come out and “play”. The only con I can think of is that I am not a huge fan of the covers for books 3 or 4. I loved the covers for books 1 and 2 but this one and the last one had… Read more »

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May 30
{Review+Giveaway} Elsker by S.T. Bende

{Review+Giveaway} Elsker by S.T. Bende

Elsker is the first book in the Norse mythology centric Elsker Saga. I love all things mythology and Norse mythology is particularly fascinating to me because I don’t know as much about it as I do greek and roman mythology. I knew a little bit before I read this book and I have read a Valkayrie book before, but I feel like I learned so much about Norse Mythology from Elsker. I really enjoyed how much it was woven into the story. The main character, Kristia is taking a mythology course while she is studying abroad in Wales and her class lessons were a perfect way for S.T. Bende to work in some details and background information on the Norse Gods. It all worked really well. The book is told completely from Kristia’s point of view, which was nice because it kept Ull mysterious, but I think I would have liked to have gotten some of his point of view as well. It would have been interesting to poke around… Read more »

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Mar 27
{Review} Pan’s Conquest by Aubrie Dionne @AuthorAubrie

{Review} Pan’s Conquest by Aubrie Dionne @AuthorAubrie

Welcome to my stop on the Pan’s Conquest blog tour Pan’s Conquest by Aubrie Dionne ebook, 200 pages Published February 24th 2014 by Entangled: Covet Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance Source: ecopy from Publisher Summary: Syrinx pulled a fast one on Pan to escape his raging lust. The God of Chastity wasn’t about to break her vows and succumb to his temptations. Transported to the twenty-first century, she runs a florist shop – fulfilling her fake, mortal life. Until the breathtaking Parker Thomas hires her to decorate his grand estate for a gala. Five hundred roses? Easy enough. Except Parker makes her feel things she can’t ignore… As the God of Fertility, Pan is used to maidens flocking in droves to his pastures. So when Syrinx denies him, he’s determined to win the one that got away. He poses as a mortal to get close to her, but he doesn’t count on falling hard for his conquest – hard enough to make a life and stay. But Syrinx is falling in… Read more »

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