by Danielle Ward
A great potential premise and a very good story which suffered, for my taste, from being badly overwritten in places. It's still a good story, with the modern world and classic Greek mythology being nicely interwoven with romantic fantasy.
Vegas is a stunning blonde who has a couple of gloriously stunning lovers and is surrounded by a cast of beautiful people, and a few stinking enemies. The book divides fairly well into two halves, the first half set in our world, more or less, and the second in the world of the immortals. Vega has to recover her memory and find all her courage to save the one she loves. The clever twists in the last quarter lifted this book from the genre cliché it would have been.
The writing was good but, perhaps because this is too far out of my usual reading, I struggled with the effusive descriptions of Vega's passion for her men. There were also a few too many editing flaws, mostly incorrect word choices. The language was also too colloquially American for me. However, the pace was good throughout, moving to fast towards the end, and Ward manages to maintain (to lengths that I felt were unnecessary) the tension in how this will all work out. I thought the end was pretty smart.
If you are a big fantasy romance fan, you'll probably love this.
What I'm Reading Now:
Gone for a Soldier
by Kathleen Kelly Garlock
I've read two-thirds of it at this point and the story is gripping, convincing, engaging and extremely well-written. This book is excellent!
Extract from the book blurb:
Over four hundred women disguised themselves as men and fought on both sides of the American Civil War. Some fought for love, some for money and others out of patriotic fervor. Lucy Tessier just wants to escape the hangman's noose.
Historical fiction with a bit of romance--Gone for a Soldier is the story of a real Civil War regiment and a fictional girl.
If you're having trouble getting hold of it, contact the author.
Added to my to-read list:Well, really it was already on there, but coming up soon:
The Pygmy Dragon
by Marc Secchia