Phantasma

Phantasma

Author: Efthalia
Published: April 12, 2016
Pages: 396

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:
Carissa Alkippes is the daughter of a god but she doesn’t know it. As a cop she’s seen her fair share of bad but nothing prepared her for the horror of the world she has been plunged into.

Xen Lyson is the head of the Phi Athanatoi, a group of immortals who have been protecting man for over 2,000 years from the Kakodiamones–demons who want nothing more than to feast on humanity.

Thrown face to face with Xen during a skirmish with the demons, Carissa becomes a pawn in the deadly game of a demi-god who seeks godly powers.

Review:

The book starts off with a good amount of action. But I couldn’t help but feel the over abundance of Greek profanity used by Charissa, not only took away from the plot but also prevented the reader from fully submerging within the story. As I’m reading the first chapter, I felt like I was constantly stopping and wondering what a word meant. The authors word choice in general is at times interesting but mostly I found it odd, if not sometimes awkward. The way things were described was unique but I couldn’t help but feel like the flow was somewhat hindered. As though the author was trying to make things too complex or something.

Charissa is a cop and a virgin. She is always hungry and her stomach makes loud growling sounds at inappropriate times. She is a bit awkward and comes to terms with the new situation really fast. I wouldn’t characterize her as a strong character or say she has the best judgment. For example, within minutes after showing up at her Aunts fundraising party, she goes to the bar area to gets drunk and picks on the bartender. When he tries cutting her off, she threatens him with the fact that ‘her badge and gun say otherwise’.

Zen is a vampire and at first sight, or was it smell, he was enthralled with Charissa. He is extremely powerful and has the ability to read minds. Most everyone is afraid of him because of his tempter and how strong/dangerous he is.

This is one of those love at first sight books, where the characters have a preordained mate. Had I known this book was like this, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up because I really don’t like book like these. I find them unrealistic and even in my fantasy books, I need some element of reality mixed in.

The story picks up some and the complexity is entertaining. But for some reason I just couldn’t fall in love or get completely lost within the plot. Again, I think this has a lot to do with the instant attraction and dependence between the characters. If you are into these kinds of books, give this one a shot. But I don’t like I am a good judge for this book because this book wasn’t for me.

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