Demigods & Monsters (Sphinx #2), Raye Wagner – Book Review

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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.

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Let me start with the best part about this book. The mandatory love triangle in the YA sequels? Where a new love interest is introduced and the girl breaks up with the boy because he’s being a jerk/liar/just because happens? Ring any bells? This one had ALL the groundwork for that and then some. But, no love triangle! Ta – Da! Yes, hard to believe, huh? But, I LOVED THAT FACT SO MUCH THIS BOOK GOT A HIGHER RATING JUST BECAUSE OF THAT!

It’s not like Hope and Xan (that’s the new love interest, FYI) weren’t attracted to each other, because they were, and they came pretty close to kissing once or twice, but never did they act on it. And I like that. I like that so much. Officially, Athan and Hope were broken up the second the book started, but Athan was searching for hope in every nook and corner of the world and Hope wasn’t over Athan the way she was claiming to be. Then, she met Xan and they got close. Obviously, Xan has history with Athan. They used to be friends but something ruined it.

Anyhoo, through the course of the story, Hope and Xan got really close and Xan admitted he liked Hope on several occasions, but he never did anything about it. Hope was so wrapped up in her goal, what she was trying to achieve, that she never pursued anything apart from friendship with Xan, though she thought about Athan very often. And then, when Athan was finally there, she didn’t know what to say to him. She was rude and cruel but Athan took it in stride and tried to explain his side of things. Eventually they got around to it and they were even “a couple” in the sense of the word (you know, hugging and kissing and caring about each other) for a few hours before Hope had to run again even though Athan asked her to stay with him and told her there wasn’t anywhere in the universe she could go where he wouldn’t find her. Yeah, Athan is amazing like that at times.

I’ve focused to much on the romantic aspect of the book but it was really intense for me in this one because I’m rooting for Athan and Hope so bad! I just really, really want them to be together. Really.

The story in this one was just as strong as the first book and this book is a worthy sequel. There was so much going and the plot always kept you on your toes. It was fast paced and full of twists and turns and all that jazz. I liked that. The only thing I hated was the fact that Athan didn’t have as much screen time as I would have liked. His is an interesting character and it would have been nice to see more of him.

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Origin Of The Sphinx (Sphinx #0.5)

33139597In 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. . .

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Curse Of The Sphinx (Sphinx #1)

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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.

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Myths Of Mortality (Sphinx #3)

29412228In 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.

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7127010Raye 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.

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