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Posted April 22, 2012
This book is honestly awesome.. The only con that I see is that it leaves you hanging on for the next word. Wanting to see what is next. Your are able to visualize exactly what is going on .. bringing a little of our reality into their fantasy. There has to be a part 2... and.. I.. am .. waiting.
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Posted July 16, 2014
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.
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.
Posted July 16, 2014
—–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 :).
Posted July 18, 2013
If you love Greek mythology meets present day… You will love this book! Imagine that everyone around you thinks your a freak, crazy, or just strange. People are there and then disappear, voices are in your head, and then you realize you are special. That is the Oracle of Delphi.
I love a book that’s fantasy/paranormal/outta this world. This one def is, but yet you are still connected to the real world.
This book is very well written and the language used is easy to follow… Even with my southern dialect. I liked how you got a basis of the mythology before the story really takes place… This way you understand all the characters that are involved. I <3 how Chloe is the outcast in our world but the most beautiful in the other realm…. Kinda ironic how people can be in real life and treat others that aren't "normal."
I love a good romance, but really enjoyed this book because it is a genre that I haven't read. If you are interested in a book that has history meets present, then this is a book for you!
Posted June 28, 2013
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Diantha Jones.)
18-year-old Chloe has just set a record for the student with the most suspensions from school, and now she’s extending it by attacking another student on her first day back from suspension.
Everyone called Chloe a ‘Whack job’ as she seems to suffer from hallucinations and delusions and randomly attacks people because of them.
On her way home though Chloe has a run in with a strange man, and after a shocking ordeal she wakes to find herself in an opulent room, with no idea of where she is or how she got there.
There’s even more for Chloe to deal with though when she’s told that she’s an Oracle, and is greeted by several demigods, and a Prince. It seems that Prince Stafford Law is one of her protectors though, so the next time she is attacked he is there to defend her.
Who is after Chloe though? What does being an Oracle mean? And can they decipher the prophecy of the most beautiful before it is too late?
This was an action-packed fantasy novel, with a firm basis in ancient mythology.
Chloe was a girl who literally grabbed the bull by the horns when she needed to, and wasn’t afraid of a little danger, especially if it meant protecting her mother and brother. She actually managed to take what was happening to her in her stride, and wasn’t going to go down without a fight.
I really liked Strafford too. It was obvious how much he liked Chloe and how much he wanted to protect her, which was really sweet.
I liked the little spark of romance in this story. Chloe and Strafford immediately felt something for each other when they first met, but neither acted on it, and it was nice the way they noticed little things about each other like the way they accidentally touched them, or the way they smelled.
It was a little insta-lovey, but because they didn’t act on their feelings or immediately confess undying love for each other it actually worked.
The storyline was quite complex, and there were a lot of different characters! Most of these were characters from mythology, and so if you know something about ancient mythology already then you’ll probably have a better chance of keeping up, but otherwise it’s just a case of trying to keep track. The storyline was pretty action packed, and there was a lot going on. The prophecies that Chloe as the Oracle came out with were pretty complex too and I had absolutely no idea what they were about!
Thankfully it all came together in the end though, and everything worked out okay. We were left with a cliff-hanger at the end though, which wasn’t all that surprising as I know that this author loves cliff-hangers!
Overall; an interesting mythology-based fantasy-adventure.
6.5 out of 10.
Posted March 23, 2013
There are two things that I didn’t like about the book. The romance was way over the top. I was pelted with both sides of the love sick coin with both Chloe and her love interest proclaiming in the narrative upon first sight how much they really wanted the other. If it was written only from Chloe’s POV, then I probably wouldn’t have minded as much. The mythology is borrowed directly from Greek legends, which I love, but I can’t help but compare it to Percy Jackson. The Gods and demigods just weren’t as creatively portrayed as they were in Percy Jackson.
I did like how the fates were introduced, although I wish that their limits and powers were more clearly defined. They surprised me later in the story when certain things happened that I didn’t think were possible.
The plot had some good twists, but the action scenes were very unbelievable When Hades’ offspring invaded Apollo’s home, it made no sense how only a handful of people could completely decimate like they did and without injury. Both are half gods and yet it was a very one-sided fight. The prophecy itself was very well done and I like how it did tie into one of the most-well known myths and yet I didn’t have a clue what it was until Chloe said it. If you’re better at clues and solving mysteries, then you’d probably guess what the prophecy involves.
I think that if you love romance and you love mythology, then this would be a great book for you to read. It reminds me very much of Aimee Carter’s Goddess series, only Prophecy of the Most Beautiful has less whiny characters. It’s a little too lighthearted and “safe” for me to love, but a decent book overall. I’m not sure if I’ll read the next book in the series. It all depends on how many mushy romantic POVs I have to suffer through. This is a book that I think that is a solid four stars in the right reader’s hands…it’s just not for me. (C)
Posted August 18, 2012
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. And...no 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.
Posted June 10, 2012
One word to describe this book is superb. Every chapter left anxious for more due to intriguing characters, a wonderful story and an eye for detail in regards to greek mythology. Prophecy not only entertained but educated. I'm waiting with baited breath for the next part of the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2012
Move over Twilight, the gods are about show you up! Diantha Jones has brought the gods and demigods of mythology roaring into the twenty-first century. We follow Chloe Clever's journey to discovering her surprising destiny and how she must wield her own power and interact with "the gods". And these gods aren't wearing togas, they are hip rock stars, smarmy club owners and gorgeous bodyguards who all have a vested interest in Chloe's barely-human destiny. Jones' writing is great and her imaginative storyline is superb...how can this be a first novel? If this doesn't end up on the big screen (think Hunger Games & Twilight) then someone in Hollywood is going to lose some big $$. Hope we'll have more of this story Ms. Jones!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2012
I absolutely love this book and can't wait for the second installment. This book is so much fun and keeps you guessing. It's hard not to love the main characters and especially the sexual tension between the two main characters. As far as I know there isn't any book out like this one and I have high hopes that other people will love this just as much as I do. Bravo to Miss Jones!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2012
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