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NetGalley Review: Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner

Self Published Published Aug. 9, 2015 276 Pages (Kindle)
Self Published
Published Aug. 9, 2015
276 Pages (Kindle)

Hope Nicholas life consist of one thing and that is running. All her life Hope and her mother barely stay in a town longer enough for anyone to really notice Hope is there. 

But when her mother suddenly dies, Hope doesn’t know what will happen. Is Apollo’s curse truly coming to be? How will Hope learn to trust anyone or for that matter love anyone?

When I picked up this book, I was like great! A Greek mythology in modern times about a young girl alone and possibly discovering her powers. Although the last line of the summary says there will be romance, I didn’t expect it to take a majority of the book.

For the most part, the book was boring. There is really no way around that. As quickly as the running began it stopped and there was a lot of things that I didn’t understand why. Firstly, Hope’s mother. She screwed up really bad and I really don’t understand why. She made a huge bad judgement of character and it screwed Hope not once but twice. The book never actually explains why she does what she does especially after so many years. It just leaves it there.

When Hope does actually get on her feet the story becomes less about her abilities and more about trying hard not to make friends and not to fall for the cutie who isn’t what he says he is. This was a rough read because I was expecting a girl on the run with her life constantly being in jeopardy with obviously the help of those she grew to care about.

Hope is an interesting character because there really isn’t anything to say you love or hate her. You see she has strength but you don’t really see it in the book unless her anger comes out. All you see is a confused girl trying to be invisible. This made a boring and disappointing book.

When things picked up, I was too far gone already. Overall, it wasn’t what I expected nor wanted.

2 Pickles

NetGalley Review: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep

K-Teen To Be Published April 28, 2015 368 Pages
To Be Published April 28, 2015
368 Pages

Lila has been living on her own since her mother died. In a world where monsters truly exist, magic defines who you are and elite families are constantly trying to kill each other to control the city, Lila has a lot to hide from.

Add in the fact that she possesses talents that can make her extremely powerful, Lila has reason to stay under the radar but when she jumps into a fight that she really needs to stay out of her once hidden identity comes to light in the worst way possible.

Let’s jump right into this . . .

Although this was a good read it is extremely easy to tell what influenced this writer.

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass and The Falconer by Elizabeth May.

Literally in that order. It is not to say that Estep didn’t bring something new to the table or create her own story but some of the aspects from these other books really came through in Cold Burn of Magic.

I liked Lila she was very blunt and honest with herself and the situations she was in. I really loved her thought process and how she paid really close attention to detail. In most YA book the blunt girl that isn’t blunt because she is naive but because she doesn’t have time for games is rare.

Oddly enough the person that was naive was the love interest. I really didn’t like him. He was too innocent and noble. It made him unrealistic. I really couldn’t and still can’t see a romance between the two but the author does a decent job of expressing a mutual attraction between the two.

I enjoyed the pace of the book, I enjoyed the mythology and how easy it fit into the world. What I didn’t like was how I was able to spot three books into this novel. It bothers me because it shows a lack of originality. Even though the author was able to create its own and keep me interested, it still sucked.

Overall I look forward to the second book and some more original thought.

3 Pickles