3 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

Discord’s Apple by Carrie Vaughn

Discord’s Apple

author : carrie vaughn

pages : [hardcover] 299

favorite characters : evie & sinon

memorable quote “Have you thought about going insane?” It would seem like a reasonable thing to do, given his circumstances.

“Did once. Got boring, so I snapped out of it.”

summary :

When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope’s Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she stands to inherit. Hidden behind the old basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again. The magic of the storeroom prevents access to any who are not intended to use the items. But just because it has never been done does not mean it cannot be done.

And there are certainly those who will give anything to find a way in.

Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels around them. Old heroes and notorious villains alike will rise to fight on her side or to undermine her most desperate gambits. At stake is the fate of the world, and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse. In the same month, along with this all-new hardcover, Tor will publish a new novel in Carrie Vaughn’s popular, New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series featuring werewolf talk radio host, Kitty Norville. Kitty Goes to War will be the eighth book in this successful mass market series.

review :

I was really excited to start reading this book because I loved the concept so much! There is an untold amount of mythology involved in this book from the Trojan War, to Greek gods, to fairy tales, and King Arthur! I didn’t know that so much would be involved when I started reading and that immediately addicted me to the story. Carrie Vaughn has a fantastic storytelling style that seems perfectly fit to the legends and old tales that she incorporated into her novel. Yet I feel like it was really missing something, despite all of the corresponding elements that I usually love to see in books.

While there were several great ideas presented in the book, it started to jumble together as the reader is brought through the modern day, as well as individual tales about Evie’s ancestors and how they dealt with the storeroom, and the story of Sinon’s past. It felt like there were several different book ideas conflicting throughout the majority of the book because it was just too much to take in all at once and these great, wonderful ideas Vaughn presents rarely have the chance to reach their full potential because they are fighting against other plotlines to gain enough focus to be seen through to the end.

That was something that really bothered me. Not even the modern-day lines seemed to go anywhere and the ending didn’t help that at all. I went and looked to see if there was a sequel to this or any kind of companion in the works but, no, this is it and I wasn’t satisfied with it. I’d recommend reading this just for the beautiful writing and the stories; it’s enough to spark the imagination and be thought of fondly, but with the confusingly large set of characters that go largely unexplored and the potential that is wasted, this would-be favorite of mine has been turned into a simply okay novel, nothing more.

I really hope to read more by Vaughn, though, just because of her beautiful writing style, and I hope that perhaps in her other novels her ideas come through more completely and in a more satisfying manner.

3/5 stars

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test

Author: Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test #1

pages: [paperback] 293

memorable quote:
“Do you think he’s cute?”
I rolled my eyes. “He’s a god, Mom. Of course he’s cute.”

favorite characters:
ava & kate

summary:

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.

review:

I loved this book so much! I’ve only just started to get into reading modernized bits of mythology-most recently, through Meg Cabot’s Abandon, or the Percy Jackson series-but I think I’ll be reading these books for a while. Kate is a fun character to read about, because she definitely isn’t perfect. While I don’t agree with all of the decisions she made, they didn’t make me like her any less. And Henry seemed to be the stereotypical tall, dark, and brooding love interest, but there was definitely more to him than I saw at first.

The only negative thing about The Goddess Test I can say is that I found it predictable. I’m not sure if it was because I already knew a lot about Greek mythology, both from school and my own interest, or if it was purposefully put in that way, or what, but I figured out most of the plot twists before they happened. While this didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book, I can only hope that the sequel, set to be released later this year, will up the ante a little.

But I don’t regret already having a good grasp of the Greek gods beforehand, because there were little things embedded in the story that could have been easily overlooked, but made me laugh because I could figure out how it either was or wasn’t relevant or was just another play on mythology.

I definitely recommend The Goddess Test. For those who like mythology, for those looking to ease into it. Someone looking for a good romance or story about the power of a mother and daughter’s love, this is for you.

RIDICULOUSLY ADDICTIVE. 5/5 stars