Author: Lizzy Ford
Published: October 26, 2015
Stars: 4 out of 5
In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods. However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesied – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin.
For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power.
Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.
Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her. One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.
3.5 stars, but I’m rounding up
It took a little bit for me to get into this book. I think this is because a lot of the same characteristics you see in other YA books were applied to this one. But after a while, the plot of the story captured my attention and I was enthralled with the characters desperation, discovery of love, deception, loss, and pain.
In order for Alessandra to bring a male home/see one, he must outrun her. Which is a difficult feat with her inhuman like agility and the beautiful nymphs stealing away anyone she is interested in. To say Lyssa’s life is odd is an understatement. Following the rules of her guardian, Herakles, she is miserable preparing for some end or something horrible to happen. So instead of having fun, she spends all her time training, running, hunting, and learning to build shelters out of nothing.
I’d say it’s not a far jump to assume she will rebel at some point. And when she does, ouch! Life as she knows it will never be the same. But the thing I don’t get and I see happen often in YA books, is why keep the heroine in the dark until the very last minute? This just boggles my mind. One- this plot line is predictable and overly done. Two- it always fails! And a part of me gets a little irritated with the character for not catching up or getting with the program fast enough once he/she is told the truth.
Lyssa’s character is a bit immature for her age. Supposedly she has had all this amazing training to handle any situation, fight, defend herself, etc. but she completely falls apart once Herakles is kidnapped. She becomes reckless and puts herself in extremely dangerous situations without a second thought. She gets mad that everyone calls her a kid and treats her like one even though she is 18. But I can’t help but feel they are justified. She is overwhelming nice, trusts too easily, and has the emotional maturity of a 14 year old. I do think it is funny that she is rough around the edges and extremely awkward but her name, Alessandra, sounds very pretty and makes me think someone with this name would be soft, petite, and fragile.
As the story continues, you can’t help but feel for Lyssa and the positions she finds herself in. Add that with a conflicted, brooding, handsome Adonis.. I don’t envy her. But Adonis is a fun character to read. Although sometimes a bit stiff and dull, I love the connection between Lyssa and Adonis. And it’s exciting to see how their relationship develops.
As I am reading the story, I am completely lost in what’s going on, turning the pages eagerly to see what will happen next, only to come to the end of the book. WHAT! The book can’t end! There has to be more. I was a little disappointed with what I felt like an abrupt ending. Like I said, the book took me a while to get into but once I did, the story flew by. And just as everything was colliding together, it ends.. Not really a cliff hanger but there is a lot of unresolved issues.
Ok, so I ended up enjoying this book and I do want to read the next book in the series. This book is simple but entertaining. Although Lyssa can be a bit annoying with her immaturity, her morals and the willingness to stand for what she believes in is refreshing. I would say this book is ideal for younger adults- high school to mid twenties. I say this just because of the immaturity of Lyssa’s character and that some of her characteristics are difficult to relate to or understand. Overall, if you enjoy YA books, this is a good one to try 🙂