Thursday, April 28, 2016

Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner WITH Review

Title: Demigods and Monsters
Author: Raye Wagner
Genre: YA urban mythology
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Blurb: Can Apollo’s curse be broken?
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.

I was given an ARC book in exchange for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner starts off when Hope and her aunt are going to speak to one of the Gods of Olympus a curse removed from their family.  As she is hiding from Athan and wondering about his motives to be dishonest to her, she learns of the way to break the curse given by Apollo. The only way is to get into the Library of Olympian try to find a way.  She and her aunt hunt for the demigods to find her, to accept her as one of them because that is the only way into the scared library. She never expects Xen to be one or to feel what she does for him.  Nor does she expect one of Apollo's son to be one of the demigods she has to train with. She try's to hide her secret long enough to find the cure.  With unexpected creatures in a world she longs to be part of, will she fight to break the curse or will she learn to live with it?   Will Hermes son,Athan be part of her future or only of her past?  Will she fall in love with Xen or will he turn from her like the others have?  

I love a good book about the Gods of Olympus, and this book was no different. Just wow!!  I feel in love with the characters and feel the denial of a teenager with Hope and the stains of family when loved ones are in danger.  I just felt this book was a wonderful addition to any reader looking to add books of Olympus and a great action packed book.  I give this book 5 ***** stars.  I want to read more!!

Raye Wagner grew up in an urban fantasy just outside of Seattle, Washington. As the second of eight children, she was surrounded by monsters, demons, and her sometimes mortal parents. She read heaps of fantasy while locked away in the upstairs room of the family cottage. 
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 her consciousness, and she’s been scribbling and typing stories in her spare time ever since.
Raye writes young adult fiction for teens and adults.
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Buy Links: Curse of the Sphinx (book 1): AMAZON
Demigods and Monsters (book 2): AMAZON
Origin of the Sphinx: (prequel novella): AMAZON
Hope went into the sparse guest room and closed the door behind her. She let out a long, slow exhale and leaned against the door.
“How long have you been at the conservatory?”
Hope yelped. Turning around, she noticed Athan sitting on the edge of the bed.
“Sorry.” He was quickly at her side. “I didn’t mean to startle you.”
“Then what the Hades are you doing in my room with the light off?” Hope flicked the light on and glared at him.
“Right.” He took a step back. “Sorry. I wanted to talk to you, and you left abruptly.”
Hope clenched her teeth. “Oh. Well then, it’s all okay. Come on in.” Sarcasm dripped with the words. “What do you need to say?”
Athan frowned. “What’s with the hostility? Did I do something to you?”
She sputtered in her attempt to say anything, but words formed and disappeared before she could get them out. Finally, she said, “I trusted you.” She knew she was being irrational, but all the pent-up emotion erupted, blasting into the air between them. “I don’t even know what to believe anymore.”
Athan reached his hand out to touch her face, but something in her expression made him hesitate before contact. He dropped his hand to his side. “I never lied to you, Hope.”

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