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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014



    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    I loved this book so much!!! I¿ve always been a fan of Greek myt

    I loved this book so much!!! I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology, and Ireland goes beyond the goddesses of love and beauty, to the delightful and wicked: the furies and the harpies. For those of you who’ve read my review of Ireland’s debut, VENGEANCE BOUND, you know how highly I thought of that book, so it’s safe to say my expectations were fairly high, and PROMISE OF SHADOWS did not disappoint.
    If anything, it exceeded my expectations.
    Zephyr Mourning was such a fabulous character (and I love that name!) Unlike the MC in Ireland’s first book, whose life hadn’t afforded her much chance for vulnerability, Zephyr was less sure of herself. She had doubt. All her life, she’d been expected to be a certain way, by her family and by herself, and she didn’t quite measure up.
    Of course, all that could be because she had a greater destiny…
    The mythology in PROMISE OF SHADOWS was spectacular. The story opens up in hell—well, one of the hells in the Greek underworld—and in this way we literally get to see Zephyr go through hell and back. We also get to visit several familiar characters from Greek mythology, each wonderfully re-imagined and given new flair. I loved seeing Persephone, Hades, Hermes… But of course, the real treat was meeting the characters I hadn't seen before: wonderful Zephyr, mysterious Tallon, and hilarious Blue, to name a few. I loved watching these characters navigate their dangerous journey, and their complex relationships. I felt like I knew them, and came to care about them deeply. Such a fantastic story!
    Now I want to mention my two absolute favorite scenes in the book (without getting too spoilery, okay? Don’t worry). All throughout the book, Zephyr struggles with issues of identity and feels like she doesn’t measure up to what people expect of her. But at two moments in the book, I felt like she finally stopped worrying about who she was supposed to be, and allowed herself to be who she truly was, and feel how she wanted to feel. To desire. To act. And it was glorious.
    The first scene is a battle scene, and I don’t want to give too much away, so I will just mention a couple of my favorite lines, even though I loved THE WHOLE THING:
    “The darkness finds it like a hungry dog digging for a buried bone. There’s a second of triumph when the erebos reaches the aether and a moment of hesitation as it waits for permission.
    Good doggy, I think. Then I let it off the leash.”
    My other favorite scene takes place in a hotel room, and again, without saying too much, I want to share my favorite lines:
    “I think back to the night I found Whisper with her boy from town. No wonder she was so mad. I can’t imagine what I would do if someone came between me and Tallon. This thing between us, this hunger, it makes me feel murderous. I want him to be mine.”
    Oh my, that scene. It was so perfect and powerful and relatable. If you haven’t read it yet, know that these glimpses aren’t doing it justice, but if you have read it, you will understand what I mean.
    These were the moments when Zephyr let go of her vulnerability, let go of her doubt, and gave in to her true self: someone who was strong, powerful, passionate. And funny. (Oh, I loved when she was funny!)
    All in all, this book was a wonderful experience, alternately sweet and dark, profound and hilarious, and entirely enjoyable the whole way through. LOVED it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Shadow ninjas / and ghost girls love this book

    This book is about shadows and spirits if your goth this book can be interesting for regualar people to so if you like spirits or shadows e noteand secrets to i hope you like the book i know the person rate the book plz this person is awsome he is cool he likes ninjas shadows it is a awsome book Do you think the book is awsome vote... it is awsome bou some parts are boring skip them if you want for adaults the think the boring parts are cool but they are not kids think the boring parts are boring i hope you like the book thanks watch tv if you dont wanna this is what peoples parents say dont watch tv read a book thats what parents say bye everyone....!

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