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Monday, 29 February 2016

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner

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

Summary from Goodreads:

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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4 out of 5 (very good)

This is a fast-paced and intriguing novel, filled with myths and legends of Greek history. It did take me a couple of chapters to get into it, as there is simply so much going on. You are immediately thrown into the action as Hermes escorts some souls to Charon's river. He has his son, Athan, with him who will become one of the main characters of this story. 

I am not sure if there is a prequel novella to this, although this one is classed as the first book in the series, I still felt as though I had dropped in partway through. I think I understand the details of the curse, but I have absolutely no idea about WHY they were cursed (although I could take a guess).

One thing that did confuse me is whether or not Demigods, Monsters etc are 'real' in this world. Quite a few people curse "by the gods", and also Hope is asked on more than one occasion if she is a demigod. Everyone seems to know about 'Conservatories' too. Once I decided that everyone did indeed know about these, then the rest of the book progressed smoothly.

Building up to a cliffhanger ending, you are left wanting the second (?) book in this series immediately. 

* I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. *

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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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