Demigods and Monsters (Sphinx Book 2) by Raye Wagner Review Blitz
Title: Demigods and Monsters
Author: Raye Wagner
Genre: YA urban mythology
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Can Apollo’s curse be broken?
Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas is done running. Apollo’s curse has ruled her entire life, limiting her choices and robbing her of the things that matter most. But she refuses to live in fear any longer. In fact, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to break the god’s power over her existence.
When the goddess Artemis instructs Hope to impersonate a demigod and infiltrate a conservatory to get access to the Olympian library, she doesn’t hesitate. As she sees it, there’s nothing left to lose.
But once inside, Hope discovers the only way to get what she needs is to work with her sworn enemies. As the lines between demigod and monster are crossed again and again, Hope has to dig deep for the courage to accept her fate or fight for the freedom to save herself.
Demigods and Monsters is the second book in the Sphinx series.
This is book 2 in the Sphinx series and I definitely recommend that you start with Curse of the Sphinx, book 1.
We have now lived through the heartache of Hope’s mothers death. She’s just left Goldendale because of the conversation between Athan and his father, Hermes. She’s the target of their hunt and needs to get away and fast. At least, that’s what she thinks. Athan has no intention of hunting her, he has fallen in love with her.
Hope has now entered a conservatory, the place demigods go to learn. No one there knows who she really is. Since her mother’s name was Leto, everyone has assumed that she is the demigod child of the Titan Leto. She’s trying to find a way to break the curse that Apollo cast on her grandmother, the curse that follows every generation and the reason her mother was killed. Poseidon has aided in her ruse, calling her the daughter of Leto, and not giving away who she really is.
Once at the conservatory, she sharpens her fighting skills and still uses the library to research curses and how to break them. With her life in constant danger, both from Skia and demigods, Hope attempts the impossible. She is determined to free herself from the curse.
The writing is so good. I love these characters and couldn’t stop reading. I didn’t want to put it down, I wanted to know what happened next. My only problem, it ends on a cliffhanger and I don’t know when the next one is coming… Ms. Wagner, your writing style and content are amazing. You’ve definitely have a fan in me!!
Reviewed by Cryssy :)
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Raye Wagner grew up in an urban fantasy just outside of Seattle, Washington. As the second of eight children, she was surrounded by monsters, demons, and her sometimes mortal parents. She read heaps of fantasy while locked away in the upstairs room of the family cottage.
Raye studied the art of medicine long before she had an interest in the Gods on Mount Olympus.
One sunny afternoon, the history of Apollo’s ancient curse and the myth of the Sphinx dropped into her consciousness, and she’s been scribbling and typing stories in her spare time ever since.
Raye writes young adult fiction for teens and adults.
Buy Links: Curse of the Sphinx (book 1): http://amzn.to/1WgbA7v
Demigods and Monsters (book 2): http://amzn.to/1VF5y1Y
Origin of the Sphinx: (prequel novella): http://amzn.to/245uxfQ
Hope went into the sparse guest room and closed the door behind her. She let out a long, slow exhale and leaned against the door.
“How long have you been at the conservatory?”
Hope yelped. Turning around, she noticed Athan sitting on the edge of the bed.
“Sorry.” He was quickly at her side. “I didn’t mean to startle you.”
“Then what the Hades are you doing in my room with the light off?” Hope flicked the light on and glared at him.
“Right.” He took a step back. “Sorry. I wanted to talk to you, and you left abruptly.”
Hope clenched her teeth. “Oh. Well then, it’s all okay. Come on in.” Sarcasm dripped with the words. “What do you need to say?”
Athan frowned. “What’s with the hostility? Did I do something to you?”
She sputtered in her attempt to say anything, but words formed and disappeared before she could get them out. Finally, she said, “I trusted you.” She knew she was being irrational, but all the pent-up emotion erupted, blasting into the air between them. “I don’t even know what to believe anymore.”
Athan reached his hand out to touch her face, but something in her expression made him hesitate before contact. He dropped his hand to his side. “I never lied to you, Hope.”