Thursday, August 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (41)

  Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...
Talon (Talon, #1) Title:Talon
Author:Julie Kawanga
Release Date: Oct 28,2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
 Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
I will pretty much read anything Julie Kawaga puts out and then I found out this new series is about dragons I got pretty excited.Not going to lie It seem pretty similar to Firelight by Sophie Jordan though so here's hoping it better in it's own right 

 So that's what I'm waiting.So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1)

Title: Persephone
Author: Kaitlin Bevis

There are worse things than death, worse people too

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth.

Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.

I’m not very familiar with Greek Mythology so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started to read this book.All I knew about the Hades & Persephone myth was that it's related to a pomegranate and the number of seeds Persephone ate...however, despite my lack of knowledge, I found it to be very entertaining. It is well written as well and the characters are quirky/engaging. 

I loved the characters. Persephone’s voice and her own personality was really able to shine through.She was tough and despite a very confusing somewhat shocking situations she rolled with the punches and became a stronger person.Yeah she young and made mistakes but even if she new to the whole Goddess thing she's a work in progress.What i really liked was  the build up of the love story and how it didn't happen all at once in a love-at-first-sight situation. Both of their characters were able to develop and grow throughout the story,it was realistic in a sense and there was none of that insta love that sometimes happens in a lot of YA novels.Bevis creates a romance between these two that is believable. Hades might have several thousand years on Persephone, but she can certainly hold her own against him.Which I thought said much about the type of character she is.

The cover might not go with the plot of this particular retelling but it definitely embodies the whole Persephone myth.The cover seem eye catching with the bright red against the soft elegant looking grey and spirals. Retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth are apparently quite popular in today's YA market. There's  Everneath, Abandon, and The Goddess Test, and The Blooming Goddess trilogy just to name a few.So far I've read Everneath  and the Blooming Goddess books and I'm liking the different take on the Persephone myths.Bevis's take is one of my favorites of the ones I've read so far.3/5

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