Date Published: July 15, 2013
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Number of Pages: 360
I really enjoyed this book, I felt submerged in all the mythology and action. I thought it was a good continuance of the “Oracle of Delphi” series. There was plenty of action, suspense and wow moments. I really enjoyed getting to see what myth was like, all the beautiful scenery, the author was brilliant with description. Overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing what else is in store for our favorite characters.
Summer Solstice is here. Let the games begin.
Nothing but lies (some of them her own) and deceit have brought Chloe to Olympus for the Solstice Olympic Games. As the Oracle and the special guest of the King of Myth, Chloe becomes immersed in a life of unfathomable luxury, taunting history, and overwhelming excitement. Though scheming and untrustworthy, the gods remain on their best behavior as the tension and anticipation builds around the outcome of the Quest of the Twelve Labors, the deadliest competition of the Games. All seems well on the celestial front...until athletes start turning up dead and a philosopher missing for months returns with a most terrifying story...
But that’s not all.
As Strafford confronts his troubled past and more is learned about the Great Unknown Prophecy, Chloe grows close to another, setting off a chain of events that will bring her face-to-face with a truth that will rock both of her worlds to their core.
And it’ll all happen before Solstice’s end...
There was plenty of conflict and action in this book; the characters were tested to their limits and then some. The story was focused on the Olympic Games and Strafford’s quest for the games. The book’s world was filled with a lot mystery and scary creatures; there is definitely some creatures I would never want to run into in real life. The pace of the book was really fast, I had no problem reading it, the pages literally just melted away, I was definitely surprised at the ending, what a way to end the book, not really a cliffhanger but more of a truth that needed to be told. So overall, I enjoyed the complexity and freedom of the characters world and the creativity to it.
So the romance was really just as well in this book than it was in the previous two books. Chloe and Strafford are just as adorable and cute as they always are. There are a few moments where their love is tested and I really enjoyed that we were able to see more of a realistic type romance, none of that perfect love relationship. So I really enjoyed the romance in the story and found it worth reading and definitely worth keeping.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book; they were still the same feitsty and lovable characters I grew to love from the previous two books. The new characters added to this story were perfectly integrated and added a texture to the book that really made the book that much more interesting. As for the characters fitting into the story, I didn’t find any that were misplaced or unnecessary. Each character had their own role to play in the book and I found it quite enjoyable to read right alongside them. I found it really easy to connect with the characters and their POV’s. So the characters really added a great texture and layer to this book’s world.
Transformation of the Character:
I felt that this wasn’t an important aspect to the story. Yes there was a little bit more growth of the characters but I didn’t feel that it was a major point in the book. I think if anyone did the most transforming it was Strafford, he really grew in this book and I liked seeing it take place slowly and gradually instead of all at once. So overall this wasn’t an important part to the book.
I really thought the description was beautiful and well described. I found the description of Myth to be creative and well written. The emotional description was good also, I could really get a sense of the characters feelings as the story played out. The scenery of each moment was well executed, there was always a beautiful description of exactly what was happening in each scene. So overall I enjoyed the description and thought the author did a good job on creating a fascinating world; one where I would like to visit if that were possible.
This was written in third person in multiple POV’s. I think this was wisely done in a way that allowed the reader to get multiple views on the story and better understand what was happening. The authors’ writing was just as good as, it was in the previous two books, I really found it easy to read. There seemed to me to be more dialogue than anything else but that was okay for this book because of all that was happening. So overall, I liked the authors writing style and her choice of multiple POV’s. As for the third person, it didn’t seem to affect the story in any particular way so I found no problem with it.
Quote of the book:
“…she turned her face upward and found that the sun felt wonderful. It was warm and comforting, yet animated and full of energy. She felt so alive.”
I really enjoyed this book, I found it to be a quick and enjoyable read. So much happened in this book and I look forward to finding out what else is in store for our beloved characters. This was a book I’m sure I won’t soon forget, there was so much to take in and explore. I can’t wait to continue their story and see what happens next.