Memphis “M” Engle is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she’s awesome.
Ashwin Sood is a little too posh for her tastes, a member of an ancient cult (which she’s pretty sure counts for more than one strike against him), and has just informed Memphis that her father who she thought was dead isn’t and needs her help.
From the catacombs of Paris to lost temples in the sacred forests, together they crisscross the globe, searching for the pieces of the one thing that might save her father. But the closer they come to saving him—and the more they fall for one another—the closer they get to destroying the world.
Rating: 4 stars
First off, as always, thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a fun one.
At first, I didn’t think that I was going to like this book. The first couple of chapters were really slow and it was hard to get into what was going on. But, if you ride that out, this gets really fun. I’m a lover of mythology and as soon as I realized that this book was going to be centered around mythological gods and magic, I knew I would love it. It’s pretty average length but I found myself reading it in large gulps and only putting it down when I had to because I always wanted to know what was going on next. This kind of reminded me of the Percy Jackson series, which was awesome because, once again, I love mythology.
The characters in this book are really interesting in a way that not many can be in young adult novels (at least not in the one’s that I’ve come across). There was so much depth and so many secrets and religion played a really big part here. Usually, that alone would scare me away but it was never daunting in the least. This was probably because it was about a religion based around a mythological god that I had no knowledge of, so I got to learn some new stuff with this one. I also thought it was really amazing how so many different countries, ruins, and real life places were involved in this story.
I think that my biggest issue here, albeit not actually being a big issue, was that there had to be romantic feelings involved between M and Ash. For a good 60% of the book I was expecting to get through without any lovey-dovey stuff playing any role, but alas, I was wrong (remember this because it really doesn’t happen all that often). This wasn’t really that big of a deal though because it thankfully took a back seat to everything else going on in the book. I just think it would’ve been nice to have a guy and a girl work well together without it having to involve romance… but would it even be a YA contemporary without it?
Overall, I really enjoyed this ARC and I think that anyone who loves a good mythological tale will, too!