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- Publisher: BrixBaxter Publishing (August 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 29, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N1F8ULW
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"I read this book in one day because it kept me so engaged with the story that I didn't want to put it down. There's lots going on in the story, but it all flows really well and I like books with the ancient Gods and mythology of any nation." - Rosie, Roses are Amber
"Just found LA Starkey and I am so excited I did! I love her writing style and the Soul Keeper series! I purchased book one and then went straight into book 2!" - W.J. May, Author of the The Chronicles of Kerrigan & The Senseless Series
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This book dragged out like crazy. The author should have combined all 3 books , cut out 1/4th of it , then divide it into two books.
It didn’t get too interesting until near the end .
This story is not lacking in backstory. The first 60% of it is a prologue of sorts as Nick, Marcus, and Sam visit each other's dreams by night and then do typical teenager stuff by day. As fate would have it (or The Fates in this case) the three main characters meet in Samantha's town after a tragic event sets a prophecy in motion. The action and character interactions in the real world pick up from there, and this story ends on a major cliffhanger that left me with more questions than answers. I should have been more annoyed, but the backstorytelling was so good I ended up being impressed instead.
The author's writing has a distinct and consistent voice that made for easy and enjoyable reading. Deceived is full of funny sayings I haved dubbed Starkeyisms. For example, phrases like "rather brush my teeth with superglue" and "making her look like an emo clown" had me smiling. The story arc on this one is still arcing by the time it's done, but I still enjoyed it.
Deceived is a story about an orphan girl named Sam that has dreams about two deliciously handsome young men. She barely remembers them when she wakes up, and can barely remember what they look like. In return, Marcus and Nicholas remember her clearly, and have been sharing dreams with her for 400 years. Marcus and Nicholas are the grandson of Zeus and are immortal. They are also the children of one of the Fates along with their sister Julianna. A prophecy surrounds Sam and the children of the Fates, one that is a direct result from a very long vengeful war between Zeus and Prometheus. I don’t want to get into too much detail about the prophecy, since it’s pretty awesome and you don’t figure out all of it until the middle of the book, but lets just say it basically has to do with two boys falling in love with one girl, and one girl deciding which boy to love.
I’m also not huge into love triangles, but there’s such an awesome twist to this love triangle that I find it flat out brilliant. I cannot wait to see whom she chooses and though I thoroughly enjoyed both brothers, whom have their faults, their differences, their charms and unique personalities, I most definitely have a brother I am rooting for. I honestly wasn’t sure at first which brother I would like more, but something happens in the book (that I dare not say) that definitely seals the deal for me on which brother I prefer. But to put it plainly, both brothers are pretty awesome.
One aspect I really enjoyed with this book is how connected she feels to the brothers. It doesn’t feel like the love just bam happened. You definitely feel how the love has been building up for the brothers all this time. How they’ve gotten to know her for 400 years and how much they feel for her. It’s breathtakingly beautiful, their love for her. And as for Sam, she feels connected to them, feels drawn to them, she feels like she knows them even though she can’t remember and its very believable that she could love these young men though she barely really knows them in the story. Deep down, she has know them herself for 400 years even in past lives. I actually don’t particularly like books about reincarnation either, but for this particular story I think it adds a wonderful element to the story. Plus, there’s just so much to love about this book.
Deceived is poetic, and lyrical. It’s breathtaking, and heartbreaking. It’s a read you don’t want to miss.
This book is a modern day Greek Mythological story. If you like books based off Greek Mythology, love triangles, mystery, twists and turns around every corner, and emotional rides, then I highly recommend this read.
A young adult novel that involves Greek mythology = the perfect recipe for a good read in my opinion. There’s nothing quite like the irrational rage of the gods and teenage angst. Although I’ve read many children’s and YA books that incorporate Greek mythology, I have never come across a retelling or reinterpretation of Zeus vs Prometheus (with 3 pregnant Fates on the side). I actually don’t remember the original tale, so I guess I should refer to the ol’ Edith Hamilton when I have some free time.
Interesting plot aside, I must say that Starkey is a great poet. It can be difficult to emulate the style of a prophecy without sounding completely ridiculous while maintaining a decent rhyme. What she could work on though is her teenage voice and interests. “As if?” These kids are not of the 90’s era. I guarantee you will not hear girls saying this. There was some other phrase that made my ear bleed but I can’t remember it at the moment. And as great as Linkin Park is, I doubt kids nowadays have “In the End” on their playlist. A bit dated. Even a Lady Gaga reference is a bit dated because she doesn’t release music that often. Go with Taylor Swift. That girl releases multiple albums every year.
Nitpicks aside, I am curious to see which brother will win this battle. To be honest, I don’t care for either of them, nor for the gods they proxy for. But I wouldn’t mind reading the next two books to see if any of the fellas have redeeming qualities that make Sam’s choice easier for her.
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L.A Starkey is blessed with writing talent, a mind full of knowledge to fall back on and a gifted imagination. I can easily conjecture that teenagers everywhere would be swooning over the story of Samantha and her two dream lovers, Marcus and Nicholas. Add a prophecy that remains a mystery throughout the story, a titanic struggle among the Gods on Mount Olympus, teenagers who are, in fact, several hundred years old and the story becomes ever more fascinating.
There are times when, even though a reviewer would never willingly read a specific genre, pleasant surprises are possible. When the writing is of good quality, the story well told and the themes cleverly exploited, pretty much anyone who enjoys reading will find their interest held. And so it was for me with Deceived. The characters are well developed and their interaction kept me hooked, particularly as the eternal question that attaches to the eternal triangle was tantalisingly posed with the answer seemingly, but never actually, within a moment's reach: Which one will she choose?
I do have one or two niggles, however. I have reservations about allowing slangy modern dialogue to emit from the mouth of the mighty Zeus, God of Olympus, especially words like `half-assed' and `crap'. This callow language somehow diminishes his aura. Nor do I believe this fearsome Olympian would `...jump three feet in the air' because he didn't hear his daughter coming up behind him.
But my biggest niggle is the fact that the book doesn't have an ending. It just stops. If you want to read the next chapter, you have to go out and buy another book. This is a trend that is becoming more prevalent lately among indie writers and I have to confess I do not like it. A novel should be complete in itself, even if there is to be a sequel. I do not know of any of the greats, or any well-known current writers, who engage in this form of...is it cheating? All I know is that I was looking forward to having the loose-ends tied up, the prophecy revealed, the choice made by the soul-keeper...issues I believe the writer was obliged to deal with...but I was doomed to disappointment. I have to be honest and say that the ending, or rather, the lack of an ending, left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I might go so far to say that I was, as the title suggests, 'Deceived'.
Nonetheless, my own predilections do not really matter. This is an excellent example of the fantasy genre and young readers will doubtless be enthralled by Sam's adventures and the huge Olympian canvas against which they are played out.
Sam and Julie are both adopted, they were at the same orphanage and became firm friends and stayed friends after their separate adoptions. At school Sam is very athletic, not usually one to chase the boys, she can't help it when her hormones are attracted to Ken, although her head knows he can be a serial player, her heart wants some fun. A history project on the ancient Greeks has Sam borrowing a strange book from the library called "The Soul Keeper".
Nick and Marcus are brothers, Grandsons of Zeus, to them Sam is their Dream-catcher and they vie for her attention in her dreams. Yet they are all destined to be players in a much larger fight. A prophecy is about to be opened by the Time Guardian, Nick and Marcus have been waiting for their destiny to unfold for hundred of years.
I read this book in one day because it kept me so engaged with the story that I didn't want to put it down. There's lots going on in the story, but it all flows really well and I like books with the ancient Gods and mythology of any nation. I would definitely pick up the next book in the series, I am dying to know what happens to them all.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
She also has very vivid dreams and finds herself losing time during her waking hours, sometimes fearing that she might be going crazy.
What she doesn't realise, is that the dreams she has of mysterious handsome strangers are very real indeed, and that her destiny has already been written by the Gods of Old.
The story is expertly written, and feels like a fresh new twist on the idea of a fantasy romance story for teenagers. It has elements of the supernatural, and is even rather spooky at times, but at no point does it feel cliché or run of the mill.
In would highly recommend this book, and eagerly look forward to reading the next installment, which was recently released.
The descriptions and details are so brilliantly put together you really feel your there.
The emotions that play out through the lead character are so well written it leaves you smiling and crying along with her.
I highly recommend this book I'm going to book 2 next
Deceived is a wonderful book that kept me interested until the end and left me wanting more. I will certainly be reading the next book in the series.
The mix of mythology and modern teenage life means there's a lot going on, but it all flows well.
Wonderful storytelling of an incredible story, with many multi-faceted characters and multiple perspectives.