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House of Guardians: Paranormal Romance - Sons of the Olympian Gods (The Ambrosia Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I often had to go back and re-read to figure out how/where things changed. The author could have used a better alpha reading team to help with the confusing and repetitive bits.
That being said, I finished the book because I wanted to see how things would play out.
Things I liked: The interesting take on the children of the gods. The way fate and predestination are used. The crazy little foggy island. The way power flows from the demi-gods, both Titan and Olympian.
Things I didn't like: the confusing relationship between Laurel and Sam. I don't get it. They'd both say something and two seconds later either they'd forgotten they'd said it or the author did. She seemed so pliant sometimes and so belligerent others. Her behavior made no sense, it was inconsistent.
Obviously it wasn't enough to make me put the book down and read something else, but it was enough that I won't pay money for the follow up books.
Great plot line and world, though. I love it.
1. Laurel is the most wishy washy character. I found her so very annoying and inconsistent in her behavior. For example: she’s constantly going on and on about how the Gods are trying to run her life and how she has no control….and then she unquestioningly follows Sam’s commands about where she can go and who she can see. And this is BEFORE she knows the whole deal about them being demigods, etc. It was such a ridiculous and contrary way to behave.
2. With no reason given, Laurel decides to not date Adrian…because she’s told not to by two of her friends, Sam and Olivia. With no provocation, she’s just letting these other seemingly teenage people she just met tell her how to live her life.
3. Laurel gets attacked by her sister’s boyfriend, and even after he makes a rather cryptic remark about what happened to the sister, her first instinct is not to check on her?
4. The writing seems a bit immature, and there were editorial errors all over the place. I’m hoping it gets better with the next book though.
Like I said, I found the premise interesting: Gods and demigods and all that jazz. But I think the book definitely needs more editing.
Having always had a passion for Mythology - especially Greek - I often cringe at the thought of putting a modern spin on the traditional stories because more often than not, that modern rendition is not worth the time or effort to read as it was poorly written. This is not the case with House of Guardians.
Having written this trilogy with her niece in mind, Beatrice Sand has done a fine job of writing so that the story appeals to not only young adult readers, but "not-so-young" readers as well and especially Mythology fans ( of which the latter two groups I can claim membership). She presents the characters as modern renditions of the Gods, explaining how they came to be, as well as maintaining their traditional characteristics and importance within the Greek Pantheon. Then she weaves an intricate story full of drama, danger, passion, and purpose for which each of the characters - Gods and mortals alike - play important roles in maintaining the plot. I was totally immersed in the various twists and turns she took that also kept the story interesting.
I am now preparing to read the second book in the Ambrosia Trilogy: House of Terrors, and if it's anything like House of Guardians, I won't come up for air until I've completed it!
Great read and wonderful beginning of a new series!