Fates and Furies by Raye Wagner | BLOG TOUR

Hey, guys! I am super excited to be a part of the launch for the final book in Raye Wagner’s fantastic Sphinx series! Fates and Furies will definitely mess with your feels, rock your world, and take you on a roller coaster ride you will not want to leave. My review will be up soon, but it is just so exciting to be working with Raye again, and I am super excited to be a part of the launch of her very first blog tour! So let’s get into it.

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Title: Fates and Furies
Author: Raye Wagner
Release Date: June 29, 2017
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:

The Olympian gods cause nothing but chaos…

Hope escaped the Underworld with her life, but her memories are as blank as the Book of the Fates she brought back. Still determined to break the curse, she and Xan take an offering to the Olympian temple to solicit the goddess Artemis for aid. But the petition has disastrous results, and now the gods are hunting her.

Athan sacrificed everything for Hope, but she’s leaving him behind to travel with Xan to Mount Olympus. But the closer they get, the more Athan’s mortality becomes a liability. Forced to seek refuge in mists and darkness, Athan tangles with deities that weave the very threads of fate. But these goddesses also wield the immortal blades that lay ruin to destinies.

With everyone she loves damaged or destroyed by the blood of Olympus, Hope must face the power of the past to change the fate of the future…

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About Raye Wagner:

Raye Wagner grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington. As the second of eight children, she was surrounded by chaos, and escaped the mayhem by reading.
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 Raye’s consciousness. She started scribbling notes down after her sister convinced her the story was worth writing.
She writes young adult fiction for teens and adults.

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And there you have it! That was my post for the Fates and Furies Blog Tour! What is your favorite book/series involving Greek mythology? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!
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Son of War by Raye Wagner | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to come at you with a review of the companion novella to the Sphinx series, which just released on April 27, and that is Son of War by Raye Wagner. Raye did send me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review, but as always, all thoughts, opinions, and feels are my own. But this is very short, so I flew through this, and I enjoyed it even more than I expected to. This had been on my radar for a while since I am such a big fan of the Sphinx series, and I am so happy I got the chance to read this. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Demigods were meant to be the heroes of Olympus. . .

Xan was trained by his father Ares to be ruthless and lethal. As a kynigόs, he spends his time hunting monsters that prey on naïve mortals and foolish demigods. When the arrogant sons of Apollo tag along on a routine assignment, an easy kill turns deadly.

Forced to recuperate at a conservatory, Xan is surrounded by the abuse and selfishness of the resident demigods. All he wants is to escape.

Xan may be the son of the god of war, but his fighting skills are no match for the destiny the Fates have woven for him.”

My Thoughts:

While this was fairly short (only 75 pages), I ended up really enjoying this. I never even thought about it, but there were a few missing stories, if you will, from the Sphinx series in regards to my favorite character in the series, Xan. We never really knew why he was the way he was prior to meeting Hope. We never really received insight into his background before Hope entered his life, and while this novella does not answer every single question I have about him, it does shed light on a lot of things that I have been wondering about ever since we met Xan in Demigods and Monsters.

One thing I really enjoyed about this novella was the insight into the characters we see in the Sphinx series, particularly in Demigods and Monsters. If you remember, Obelia was a character whom I despised in that book. God, I could have choked her. But seeing her as young and still completely enamored with Athan, she actually was a character I didn’t hate. She was young, naive, and still learning the ropes of being a demigod. We really get to see her before the stain of how Athan played her really taints who she is, and I ended up really enjoying that insight into her character.

Nothing has changed with the sons of Apollo. I still fucking hate them. They are still assholes. They are still idiots. And what they did to try to sabotage Xan’s standing as a hunter, that just pissed me off. But I really can’t complain because that indirectly resulted in Hope and Xan crossing paths with Hope, and as many of you know, I am a hardcore Xan shipper. So like I still hate them for what they did and just them in general, but their actions resulted in one of my all time favorite OTPs. So I can’t complain.

I just need to talk about Dahlia. I loved her in the Sphinx series, and I love her in this companion novella. She cared about Xan so much, but she also really cared about the conservatory and the demigods that really needed good training, and that really came across well in the story. She was also sassy, and just really three dimensions and dynamic, and I ended up really enjoying her character.

The backstory with Xan really helped me to understand how he got to where he is, I think. We got to see what Athan was talking about as well as the other demigods who knew that his whole purpose was to hunt monsters, and he ended up falling in love with one. They never believed it, couldn’t believe it, and that just really shows how knowing Hope has changed him for the better. She has changed his perspective on monsters, and this just really helped solidify that because we actually saw what he was like pre-Hope. He just had no interest in helping other demigods. His entire reason for existing was hunting and killing monsters, and because of certain circumstances, we saw him grow as a character by the end of the novel, which was really satisfying to see.

Overall, this was a rocking fantastic novella, and I really enjoyed it. I loved all of the insight into Xan and the other characters we got, and I am so glad we got to learn more things about him and his past. It was just a lot of fun to see what he was like before he met Hope. I loved the story line, the characters, and the writing. I just really, thoroughly enjoyed this!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Son of War by Raye Wagner. What’s your favorite mythology? (Greek, Roman, etc.) Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Splintered Souls by Raye Wagner | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am very excited to be coming at you with a review of Splintered Souls by Raye Wagner. This is a novel that was sent to me for review by the author, so thank you so much, Raye, for sending this my way. I really enjoyed this, much more than I was expecting to. This is a standalone novel set in the same universe as the Runes series by Ednah Walters, but you do not have to read that series to read this book (as evidenced by the fact that I haven’t read that series, but read this book), though I have heard pretty fantastic things about it. But let’s just go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Aricela Topaz trusts no one.
At seventeen, she learned that promises are nothing more than lies, honored only by the weak or naïve. And Aricela is no longer either.
After Narcos destroyed her innocence, they took her life, but Aricela escaped her childhood village with a new purpose. As Valkyrie, she is charged to take the souls of fallen warriors and athletes to Valhalla to await the final battle. But souls need to trust her before they’ll follow, and Aricela has no trust to give.
When collecting failures, instead of souls, draws the attention of the Norns, they give Aricela an ultimatum. If she can’t collect, she’ll be stripped of her powers and sent to Hel.
But when she meets Chase Adymn and Kai Cipriano in the small town of Kayville, everything changes. Forced to face the myths of her past, Aricela will also have to decide the fate of her future.”

My Thoughts:

Wow, I really enjoyed this story. I think I read this in like an hour. It was really short, but I absolutely loved it. Because it was so short, I do think that some things moved a bit too quickly, in my opinion, but that did not hinder my enjoyment of the book at all. I also just wanted more. I wanted more of the story, more of the world, and more of Raye Wagner’s beautiful writing. I can’t tell you even one character that I had a problem with. I actually really loved all of the characters. I loved the world, the setting, the story, just everything about this book.

I have to say that I immediately fell in love with Aricela’s character. She was a strong female protagonist with a pretty dark and disturbing past. She had her guard her up because she was burned so much from trusting people in the past. Understandably, that made her just not want to be around people in general. But these people were actually very kind people who just did not let up, so she ended up trusting them, loving them, and kind of being part of their family, and I absolutely loved that.

Chase was a pretty complicated character for me. I struggled in the beginning to decide if I liked him because of the way he ended up treating Ari. However, when it was revealed what he has gone through, it totally became understandable why he was acting like that. And of course we know he was really drawn to Ari, not only because of the thing in the book that is revealed (I am so not giving that plot twist up) but also because of them both having pretty painful pasts, and I really loved learning more about his character. I also just really loved him and Ari, but I am getting more into that later.

Nysse was literally my everything. I loved her character so much. I loved her friendship with Ari and the things we learn about her. She is just a genuinely good person, a good friend, and I loved how she was totally shipping Chase and Ari. Like she was totally on board with that. I also just loved how sweet and compassionate she was, and I just really enjoyed her character. I also really enjoyed Kai’s character, especially how flirty he was with Ari, and she just always shot him down, which was hilarious. He was just a really kind hearted and enjoyable character. I liked him a lot.

Larissa could be considered a bit of a side character, but I still really enjoyed her character. She kind of seems like a best friend and possibly a surrogate mother to Ari, which I loved. I really loved how much she really cared about Ari and that she always had her back. She always believed in her, and I just really loved their relationship and their friendship. If Ari had no one else, she definitely had Larissa, and I absolutely loved that.

I just need to briefly talk about the relationship between Chase and Aricela. While it may seem like instalove, it is totally excusable for a reason that I can’t talk about because spoilers, but I also don’t care because I shipped them like nothing else. I don’t think I have ever shipped something as fast as I shipped these two. Whenever they interacted, it just made me grin and I fangirled and squealed, and I just love them to pieces. They care about each other so much, and I just ended up falling in love with them and their relationship.

I need to briefly discuss the plot as well. While I definitely feel like this was more of a character-driven book than a plot-driven book, I really thought the plot was interesting, and when I found out what was going to happen, I was really upset. The plot and the characters both actually reminded me why I love Norse Mythology so much. But everything worked out in the end (mostly), and I ended up really enjoying it.

Overall, I loved the characters, the plot, the love story, and the world. The writing was fantastic, as always, and I am so excited to read more things by Raye Wagner. (Son of War comes out on April 27, and I am so freaking excited to read it!) I thought this book was a nice introduction for me into the Runes Universe, and I am really anticipating reading more books set in this world.

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Splintered Souls by Raye Wagner. What is your favorite fantasy novel/series incorporating mythology? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Myths of Immortality by Raye Wagner | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! Its that time of year again. We finally got the third installment in the Sphinx series and I really enjoyed it. I don’t think it was my favorite in the series, but I still really liked it, and I think that the next book will rock my socks off. I am working with the author on this post, but all of my opinions are my own and I was not paid to read or review the book. You should also know that while this review does not spoil Myths of Immortality, it will spoil Curse of the Sphinx and Demigods and Monsters, so if you don’t want to know what happens in those books, I suggest you read those books and then come back and we can discuss the third one in non-spoilery detail. So goodbye for now! But let’s just go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“In the realm of the dead, there are no lies.
Hope Nicholas is desperate to believe that the truth will set her free from the bindings of Apollo’s curse. But to get the truth, she must travel to the Underworld, a feat near impossible for the living. The gods there have their own agendas and, forced to forge alliances with the most unlikely allies, Hope will find that death is not the worst torment of the Underworld.
Athan Michael spent months chasing Hope, only to have her disappear once again. And when he discovers her destination, he knows the treacherous journey to the Underworld is one he cannot take alone. Forced to put aside his past with Xan and Dahlia, the three demigods embark on their own quest. But the past will not stay buried, and Athan must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice to help Hope break the curse.”

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I do feel like most of it was just filler, though it was mostly the first half that was filler. It was really difficult for me to make it through the first half because it is very slow and not much happens. The second half, however, is a completely different story. A whole lot happens in the second half. There is action, suspense, and twists and turns and emotional moments, and that is what really made me enjoy this book so much. This definitely is not my favorite in the series, but it was still very good and sets up the next book pretty well.

There is so much character development throughout the novel, and it was interesting to see the dynamic between Athan and Xan and then who Hope is when she isn’t around Athan. We really got to see the relationships between the characters and their different dynamics. We got to see the real love between Athan and his father, Hermes, who can still be an asshole to Hope, but that’s just because she’s a monster and he is super protective of Athan.

We also got to see more of the gods and godesses and my favorite Greek god was in this, which was pretty exciting. I loved learning more about the other gods and godesses and more Greek Mythology and how Raye interpreted those gods and godesses into this series, their personalities and mannerisms and the way they handle things. I definitely think we see my favorite god in a different light than I have seen him (meaning the Percy Jackson series), and I really enjoyed seeing her interpretation of this god.

Overall, I think this was a good installment to the Sphinx series. It had excellent writing (as always), beautiful world building, and great character development. I really think the characters were the strongest part of this novel. But I am very excited for the next installment in the series, which unfortunately doesn’t come out until next year. But all good things to those who wait, right?

4-stars
4/5 stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Myths of Immortality by Raye Wagner. Whats your favorite type of mythology? Mine is actually Egyptian, which is why one of my all time favorite series is the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. But that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Book Review: “Curse of the Sphinx” by Raye Wagner | Spoiler-Free

Hello! So today I will be discussing a book that has been on my radar for a while now. Curse of the Sphinx was actually sent to me by Raye Wagner’s PA Sara Meadows because I am on Raye’s Launch Team (YES I AM SO EXCITED) and had not read this yet. I read it in ebook form and I am very excited to say that I really enjoyed it.

Synopsis:

“How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?

Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way. It’s safer.

When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse, murder from the shadow monsters of the Underworld, or have the demigods finally found her? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust—or how to love.”

My Thoughts:

THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. I loved all of the characters and the action and romance and Greek Mythology…it was just really good. I found the characters very developed as well as the world. Admittedly, it did take me a bit to get fully immersed into the story, but once I got into it, I could not put it down. I loved Hope’s character and her relationship with a certain someone was one that I shipped SO HARD. The writing was fantastic and I highly, highly recommend this book. AND I NEED BOOK 2.

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Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie