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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

Book Review: Beauty’s Daughter by Carolyn Meyer

Hermione is the daughter of Helen. . Helen of Troy. Yes, the impulsive, beautiful Helen, who falls in love Prince

  HMH Books for Young Readers      Published Oct. 8, 2013            352 Pages
HMH Books for Young Readers
Published Oct. 8, 2013
352 Pages

Paris and runs away with him. What we don’t know is that when Helen left she told her son, who looks like her, and left her daughter that takes after her father.

Hermione is distraught and convinced that her mother was actually kidnapped and the rest of the story goes the Greek army declare war on Troy for kidnapping the Queen and not returning her. Hermione goes with her father and from a side line point of view prays to the gods and goddesses to end the war and reunite her with her love.

I love Greek mythology for those who are new here. And there are not many stories about Helen but this story I like because it shows a more personal side.

Firstly, I didn’t like Hermione. For a leading character I don’t believe she did much in the story. I can’t even say that because of the time period she was in there wasn’t much she can do because she really just didn’t do anything. When she found her mother was gone and with her brother she was hurt and upset and pissed off. But she did nothing about it. I think that the author was trying to keep true to the original story of Helen leaving with Prince Paris and didn’t want Hermione to interfere with that. I understand this but at the same time I don’t feel the story should have been written from the daughter’s point of view then. It should have been from the father’s viewpoint.

However, although I didn’t like Hermione I did love Helen. What was the most beautiful woman in the world like? Selfish, vain, impulsive, self centered, money hungry; she was everything I assumed she would be and I liked how the author gave Helen a voice in the story so you can have an idea of who she was. There was no assuming.

The story itself was good but confusing. For me, Hermione’s love came out of no where and it really wasn’t necessary. He wasn’t there is the beginning of the book, so we really didn’t get to see a history between them. When the war was coming to a close that was when he was constantly in the story. What I did like was the author spilt it in sections; before the war, the war, and after the war. However, by writing a story in this way it feels stretched.

The direction of the story wasn’t to my liking. There was no need for a love interest and there should have been more confrontation between Hermione and her mother, since she did leave her only daughter behind (which Hermione was more upset about anyway). Overall, the book gets 6 out of 10. I loved the war, and intensity of the writing. But the characters fell short and the story didn’t stay its original course.

Love, Pickles.