Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way. It’s safer.
When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse, murder from the shadow monsters of the Underworld, or have the demigods finally found her? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust—or how to love.
Set in a universe where mythology is alive and well in the modern world, Curse of the Sphinx irresistibly blends action, suspense and romance.
*Review copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and views are entirely my own and not biased in any way.*
Okay, let me start by saying that I’m a huge fan of Greek Mythology (Thank you, Uncle Rick). So, yes, this book intrigued me. A whole lot. My experience with Greek Mythology has been only with regards to Percy Jackson and thus, I held demigods in high regards.
But, in this book, it’s the demigods who’re evil, somewhat. It’s because they think that Sphinxes are monsters that they attack them – never hearing their side of the story, never giving them a chance. The sphinxes have been rumored to be dead for almost a thousand years, but that’s not true because Hope and her mom, Leto still exist, even today. When Leto is killed mysteriously, Hope and her aunt, Priska, set out to find answers to how she died. Hope moves to a town in the middle of nowhere to hide, Goldendale, while Priska goes on a wild goose chase to find Leto’s killer.
In Goldendale, she meets her first real friend, Haley and a boy who makes her heart flutter, Athan. As they both remain persistent, Hope finds herself letting them in the wall she built to protect herself. But, as time passes, she realises that Athan might have an agenda of his own and he might not be with her for the right reasons.
What I like the most about the story is the plot. It’s really captivating. The writing is great. Absolutely phenomenal. The characters are amazing. I like them all, from Hope to Athan to Hermes and Apollo. The way they behave and grow and win and lose is something that has been shown in a very nice way.
I like Hope. She’s real and scared and sarcastic as hell. She has no airs about her and she does as she pleases. She doesn’t take shit from anyone. She can hold her own in the most brutal arguments and not break a sweat. She isn’t scared to fight. Yeah, she’s an all round badass. But, she’s also the girl who just lost her mother and doesn’t know how to deal with it. She’s sad and grieving and afraid to be alone. She’s a well rounded character who isn’t too perfect.
To be honest, I didn’t like Athan in the beginning. I thought he would be one of those typical YA bad boys who’s a player and then stops sleeping around when he meets the heroine. But, from what I believe, though he had a different girl on his arm every week, he never even kissed them. So, yeah, I like that. He seems to care about Hope, but then he doesn’t and I wasn’t sure who’s side he was on till the end, which is nice because the story kept me guessing. He’s an amazing character and I really, really like him.
All in all, this is one amazing read that you should definitely check out if you like fantasy and mythology with a little dose of romance thrown in! 😀
Origin Of The Sphinx (Sphinx #0.5)
In Ancient Greece, the invocation “May the Gods watch over you” was more than a spoken blessing. It was an entreaty for divine benevolence.
Phoibe, daughter of Hera, is content. Raised by her aunt, her life is quiet, filled with milling grain and spinning wool. But after her Hestia celebration, Eros, god of love, visits the small town of Belen.
And now Phoibe will have to choose—
If she marries a mortal, she risks eternal solitude for a moment of love.
If she follows her heart, she risks spurning a god.
The gods are enormously powerful, but they don’t fix problems.
They make bigger ones.
Uncover the curse. . .
Demigods & Monsters (Sphinx #2)
Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas is done running. Apollo’s curse has ruled her entire life, limiting her choices and robbing her of the things that matter most. But she refuses to live in fear any longer. In fact, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to break the god’s power over her existence.
When the goddess Artemis instructs Hope to impersonate a demigod and infiltrate a conservatory to get access to the Olympian library, she doesn’t hesitate. As she sees it, there’s nothing left to lose.
But once inside, Hope discovers the only way to get what she needs is to work with her sworn enemies. As the lines between demigod and monster are crossed again and again, Hope has to dig deep for the courage to accept her fate or fight for the freedom to save herself.
Demigods and Monsters is the second book in the Sphinx series.
Myths Of Mortality (Sphinx #3)
In the realm of the dead, there are no lies.
Hope Nicholas is desperate to believe that the truth will set her free from the bindings of Apollo’s curse. But to get the truth, she must travel to the Underworld, a feat near impossible for the living. The gods there have their own agendas and, forced to forge alliances with the most unlikely allies, Hope will find that death is not the worst torment of the Underworld.
Athan Michael spent months chasing Hope, only to have her disappear once again. And when he discovers her destination, he knows the treacherous journey to the Underworld is one he cannot take alone. Forced to put aside his past with Xan and Dahlia, the three demigods embark on their own quest. But the past will not stay buried, and Athan must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice to help Hope break the curse.
Told in dual points of view, Myths of Immortality is a tense, action-packed story that will leave you begging for the next installment of The Sphinx series.
Raye Wagner grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington. As the second of eight children, she was surrounded by chaos, and escaped the mayhem by reading.
Raye studied the art of medicine long before she had an interest in the Gods on Mount Olympus.
One sunny afternoon, the history of Apollo’s ancient curse and the myth of the Sphinx dropped into Raye’s consciousness. She started scribbling notes down after her sister convinced her the story was worth writing.
She writes young adult fiction for teens and adults.