Book Review: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful

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Lost in Thought – Rebecca Harris

This book was a completely unexpected fun roller coaster ride that I just devoured in a few days and enjoyed immensely. It is amazingly detailed and just full to the brim with original ideas and completely modernises Greek mythology and the famous Gods of myth.

I would definitely 100% recommend it to lovers of YA who enjoy reading fun books filled with a little bit of romance, adventure, mystery and drama!

Prophecy of the Most Beautiful is a great book for fans of Greek mythology.

My Thoughts

This book was recommended to me by fellow book blogger, Carrie Slager from The Mad Reviewer. After reading both the book and her review, I came away with a difference of opinion. I went back and forth with this book for the longest time. There were so many enjoyable elements that it was hard to put it down, but there were also some issues that had me struggling to get through certain sections.

I like to start things off on a positive note, so here it goes.

The character of Chloe Clever is very relatable to many teen girls reading this book and the rest of the series. While I may not agree with the name choice for her–or the other characters–her personality and struggles are very real and are felt by many.

The story starts out feeling very suburban and normal in a small town. Chloe herself is supposedly a victim of a mental illness or two, and the writer shows the struggle beautifully. It gives the impression that the story is going into a certain direction. Then we get to see her temper and fighting streak and learn that everything isn’t as it seems.

You don’t know if she is some kind of warrior or whatnot. Shortly after we are introduced to Chloe, we are drawn into a world of fantasy, where we meet demigods and learn about Greek mythology. This was very reminiscent of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, all the way down to how the demigods, children of the Greek gods, are treated.

While I enjoyed reading a new take on this mythology, I feel it could have been delivered better. There were some issues I had with the explanations–or lack thereof–which frustrated me. As someone very familiar with the concept, I couldn’t help wanting more. Once you got over the odd name choices and grammatical errors in the first third of the book, you could really immerse yourself in the story.

The action was quick and exciting with battles galore. And finally there is a heroine for young women who don’t just sit back and let the man take charge and cringe at the sight of blood. Chloe delves right into the action, further endearing her to me and presumably other readers. She takes things as they come, and doesn’t whine and complain if something doesn’t go right; she finds a solution and steps up to the plate.

Even with all these good qualities that our protagonist possesses, she’s still a teenaged girl. This wouldn’t have bothered me so much if there weren’t so many stereotypes being thrown around. Not every girl is obsessed with clothes like the author states in the beginning. Not every girl falls over themselves and loses the ability to understand what their body is feeling when a hot guy walks in the room. Some, yes. But not all.

The relationship between Chloe and Strafford Law is typical of the genre. Girl meets hot boy. Boy resists. Girl gets mad. They get together, even though it may be forbidden. The relationship doesn’t seem to develop on the pages, and is only seem in glimpses into the characters’ minds, and by the end, they’re kissing and cuddling. I would have liked more progression played out before the end to make it more believable.

One thing that tripped me up was the fact that Chloe, some all-knowing being, still didn’t know things about Greek mythology. She couldn’t understand that Greek myth meant mythology even after she receives her gift. However, she can piece a prophecy together easily in her mind. It doesn’t mesh well. Added to that, the accents were strange. Sometime during dialogue, the accents would drop completely, and would pick up randomly. It threw me as a reader for a loop. Also, Chloe gets a southern drawl. Yes, she’s from Georgia, but she doesn’t speak with an accent until the end.

I have to say, though, that despite its flaws, this was a decent read. For a debut novel, it’s a great success. As the series continues, the writing will no doubt get tighter and the story will become that much more engaging. Look out for an interview with the author, Diantha Jones, coming soon!

[Disclaimer: I was given a free ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest reveiw]

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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