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Prophecy of the Most Beautiful (Oracle of Delphi #1)

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    I love Greek mythology so I jumped at the chance to read this yo

    I love Greek mythology so I jumped at the chance to read this young adult book by Diantha Jones. It started off slower than I would have liked, but once it got moving, it took off. Initially, I wasn't sure what to make of Chloe Clever. Her use of the word "retard" repeatedly early on, turned me off to her immediately. For one, that word is loathsome, for another, her fear of being lumped in with kids in special education classes showed her ignorance. But her character growth was more profound as a result. She becomes someone completely different after learning her destiny. I had to let go of the girl who held such disdain for children with learning difficulties, which is easier said than done. But she is a teen, so I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt.

    The two aspects in this book that worked the best for me were the action and the romance. The sexual tension between Chloe and Strafford was palpable, and the action scenes were dramatic, intense, and never rushed. What didn't work as well were the long winding descriptions, and the sheer number of characters introduced, making it nearly impossible for me to keep them all straight.

    Overall, the plot worked well. It was an interesting take on the gods and mythology and it moved along for the most part, although there were a few places where I found it dragging. The author does a good job of doling out just the information we need when we need it, so that we understand what's happening without burning her hook. Despite a good flow, there are places where it gets very busy and it becomes difficult to follow the plot.

    The main plot is really well done -- discovering what the Prophecy of the Most Beautiful means. The romantic subplot also works really well, teasing us, making us wait, and then delivering a strong, emotional reward, like a carefully wrapped gift. I also particularly enjoyed the creative license Diantha Jones took with Greek mythology to fit her story. It was fun to see the worlds blending, bending, and diverging from what's real, what's myth, and what is pure author imagination.

    As I said above, Chloe is initially unsympathetic. She was surly, rude, selfish, and damn hard to like. But it was more satisfying to watch her grow because of that s she began to put the needs of others above her own. Strafford Law was divinely delicious as the hot demigod love interest and his younger brother, Ace, is perfect in his role as cohort and foil. The dialogue is mostly well done, but there are far too many pages without any. I tend to like dialogue-heavy stories.

    Some of the characters felt flat to me, which made it difficult for me to form an opinion about them. There are a lot of characters so it's hard to really delve into so many. Maybe it would have read better with fewer, but more fully-developed characters.

    Bottom Line
    I enjoyed Prophecy of the Most Beautiful and recommend it to anyone who likes a well-researched modern Greek mythology story with lots of romance and action.

    I was provided a copy of this book by YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

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    ¿¿The first thing I want to talk about is how gorgeous the cover

    —–The first thing I want to talk about is how gorgeous the cover is! I love it when authors give readers some kind of image of what the characters look like! —-

    Back to the story. I’ve always been a big fan of books based on the Greek gods. There is something so interesting about them that makes me just want to read any story that I can find involving them! So going into this book I was nervous that this would be a Greek gods story that I wouldn’t like… so I was super excited that this book was interesting and funny!

    At first, I had trouble getting into this book as I wasn’t sure what was wrong with Chloe and where the book was headed. But after a few chapters I absolutely adored Chloe because she was so tough yet wasn’t totally mature. She had her little romances and her misunderstandings. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and often got her and her friends into trouble by opening her mouth when she wasn’t supposed toSmile. She really brought a bit of hilarity into the book and it made the novel 10x better.

    Another thing that really caught my attention was the fact that there were some switching perspectives. While most of the book was in Chloe’s POV, there were a few chapters where I got a chance to see from (Law)’s mind. I loved these chapters because I was never sure where his character stood and this gave me a chance to see his real feelings!

    —this book was pretty adorable as Chloe had a crush on (Law) pretty much the whole time and she wasn’t scared to annoy him!–

    I also liked all the other characters that Chloe was introduced to! They were either super funny to read about or cause trouble (which was also fun to read about). I also like how they affected Law’s attitude when Chloe paid attention to them and not (Law). (There little back and forth was so cute!).

    This book had a lot of surprises and a couple of times I thought some of my favorite characters would be killed off by a God or some other creature that they all faced. Yet for the most part they seemed to be able to handle themselves! Just be prepared to be jumping in your seat or almost crying :).

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

    Any book with a mythology basis is usually a must-read for me. T

    Any book with a mythology basis is usually a must-read for me. This book
    had plenty of action and adventure to keep me reading from start to
    finish. I've studied Greek mythology here and there for fun and found
    that this book, while sticking to the characters from the myths, also
    added a new edge that made the story unique. My only major complaint was
    the formatting, which may have been my eReader, but it made it harder to
    read at times. For anyone not familiar with Greek mythology, all of the
    information that was thrown at me while reading may be a tad confusing.
    It didn't affect the story flow, thankfully, and I had no trouble
    passing. The beginning dragged a bit but it wasn't long before I was
    hooked in Chloe's (the protagonist) world. love triangles! It's
    very refreshing reading a story where all the characters aren't
    falling in love with the pathetic damsel in distress (not that Chloe
    fits that category, or course). Prophecy of the Most Beautiful is a
    great book for fans of Greek mythology. I do think it's better suited
    for YA readers as I found it like the Percy Jackson series by Rick
    Riordan and The Weight of Night by C.L. Stegall, but with a feminine
    twist. A delightful read and I look forward to the sequel.

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