Curse of the Sphinx Review

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Curse of the Sphinx
By Raye Wagner
Release Date: August 11th 2015

Summary from Goodreads

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How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight? 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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My Review

Curse of the Sphinx is exactly one of those books that I enjoy. It’s fast paced story telling with a whirlwind of curses, demigods, monsters, etc. I really love reading about greek mythology and it was interesting having the modern spin of greek characters we all know and its integration in this world’s society.

This storyline has a prequel called Origin of the Sphinx which I would probably recommend reading first as this book could be a bit confusing at times in the beginning. However, once I really got into it, I couldn’t put it down.

The story centers on Hope and her family who have unfortunately been dealing with a rather nasty curse (as Greek Gods tend to do that kind of thing). After losing her mother, Hope ends up running alone and fighting for her life and the sadness of losing all she knows. This book did a really good job of making you sympathetic towards Hope. I really rooted for her and wanted her to find happiness in her life throughout this book. She’s one of those characters that could be frustrating and likable at the same time and was really great to read.

Things get even more complicated, of course, once she meets Athan who is the son of Hermes. Athan has his own agenda to find Hope and bring her back to his father but his interest in her starts to put that in jeopardy. Believing her to be a demigod, they grow closer and spark a young love. Of course, secrets are meant to be discovered and once they find out who they each are, things really start moving. Athan’s actions surprised me and I enjoyed the further development of them both, flaws and all. I really couldn’t get enough of this spin on greek mythology and after a ending on a cliffhanger, I look forward to the next journey Hope must go on.

This book has a great sense of flow in character development, world building, and the strong additional characters that are the best. I’d really be interested in reading the next book to this series and will be adding it to my long list.

Excerpt

“How was your weekend?” Athan asked.

He stood at her locker staring at her. It was the oddest sensation. A mixture of pride and anxiety coursed through her, and she wanted to giggle and run away. “Fine. I hung out with—”

“Hey Hope.” Haley bounced up. “How are you?” She smiled at Athan as if just noticing him.

As if. She turned back to Hope. “Oh, I was going to ask you, have you had any more phone calls?”

And so much for secrets.

“Phone calls?” Athan frowned.

Hope rolled her eyes. “No.” She turned to Athan. “It was nothing. Just a wrong number, but they kept calling back. Kinda freaked me out.” She snapped her locker shut.

“You two hung out?” Athan asked, looking back and forth between the two of them.

“Well, yeah,” Haley said. “That’s what friends do, you know.”

“Yes, so I’ve heard.” He gave Hope a hard look.

“What?” She asked him. “We hung out on Friday.” Why was he acting all weird?

“I bet she didn’t have to coerce you to hang out,” he grumbled.

The three of them walked down the hall drawing several stares.

“Of course not,” Haley responded. “My motives aren’t questionable.”

Hope laughed and walked into mythology, but she still heard him . . .

“There is nothing questionable about my motives, either.”

About the Author

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Raye Wagner grew up in Seattle, the second of eight children, and learned to escape chaos through the pages of fiction.
As a youth, she read the likes of David Eddings, Leon Uris, and Jane Austen. Inspired by a fictional character, Raye pursued a career in nursing, thinking to help the world one patient at a time.
One summer afternoon, when her then young children were playing in the pool, a plot dropped into her head, and she started writing.
She enjoys baking, puzzles, Tae Kwon Do, and the sound of waves lapping at the sand. She lives with her husband and three children in Middle Tennessee.
Origin of the Sphinx, a novella detailing the story leading up to the creation of the mythological creature, is her first publication. It is the beginning of the Sphinx series. Curse of the Sphinx, the first book in the series, is completed, and set to be released in August 2015.

 

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