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Mythology Paperback – July 27, 2012
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Helen Boswell loved to get lost in the pages of a story from the time she could sound out the words. She credits her dad, an avid fiction reader, with encouraging her to read ALL OF THE BOOKS on his shelves from the time she was a teenager. Originally from upstate New York, Helen spent much of her early adult life tromping around in Buffalo, NYC, Toronto, and Las Vegas, those cities now serving as inspiration for the dark and gritty urban backdrops of her stories. An author of both urban fantasy and contemporary romance, she loves to read and write characters that come to life with their beauty, flaws, and all.
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Disclaimer: I picked this book up for free -- I don't know if it was a promotional thing or a short-term special. That said, I really enjoyed reading this book and would pay for it. I already plan to pick up the 2nd and 3rd books after my next payday as I am low on reading material.
When we talk about fantasy or certain age-old concepts, they are often cliched or overdone, and some really bad ones don't make sense or change the rules to suit their needs. This story stays consistent -- I suspect the author's world view will remain so. The mythology of Mythology is rationally explained. There is lots of good vs evil concepts, and they are not all black and white, which adds to everything. The heroes are flawed, and 'normal people'. The bad guys take advantage and abuse some privilege, but much of that is in their nature.
It took me a little bit to get used to the first person writing, but that is me, not anything else.
By the way, I really really like cheese pizza and this book goes so well with it. The heroine has quite an appetite, which also is rationally explained.
The story is told from the POV of orphaned high school senior Hope, who has the ability to see auras and flashes of others' not-so-pleasant thoughts or memories. It's a dark gift if ever there was one, because so much of what she glimpses is negative. Worse, she can't turn the ability off, and she can't tell anyone about it without sounding crazy - and her classmates already think she's a freak as it is. Her older brother Davis is the only one who knows her secret, and fortunately for her, he's 100% supportive. (Seriously, best brother EVER.)
The book doesn't waste any time getting off the ground. There's a shootout in the first chapter, and the next, Hope meets the gorgeous, six foot tall, blond and blue-eyed Micah Condie, a new transfer student with secrets of his own. Right away, there's a spark, and then it's off to the races as Hope and Micah are plunged into a dangerous supernatural world they never knew existed.
Despite the tragedy and troubles she's dealt with in her young life, Hope is a wonderfully strong female protagonist. She's optimistic, loyal, and speaks her mind. Doormat? Not here, folks! I wish I'd been even half as together as she is when I was that age. She's almost too mature, more of a junior adult than a teenager, but she pulls it off believably. Truthfully, she's the kind of heroine I wish more YA novels had: well-rounded instead of constantly insecure and angst-ridden, and with a good, clear head on her shoulders.
Hope's leading man, Micah, is a total sweetheart. I was on the fence about him at first, because I'm not a big fan of the too-good-to-be-true type, and Micah certainly falls into that category. I fully expected my inner cynic to turn up her nose at him, but to my surprise, she never did. Micah worked his magic, making me aww and sigh and smile, winning me over one word and scene at a time. It worked, too. I heart the heck out of that boy.
The supporting cast is fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the character of Jonathan Draper. He was one very cool cat, and quite the scene-stealer.
The romance does happen very quickly. Too quickly for my taste, but in a weird way, I think it actually made Mythology a better story - and trust me, as someone who hates instalove as much as I do, that's really saying something! I just can't see how the book would have worked if Hope and Micah hadn't fallen for each other as hard and fast as they did.
If the book lacks anything, it's bite. The action was gripping, but it was like watching a movie on TV versus seeing it in the theater, where everything is bigger, badder, and more intense. That is the experience I wanted, and what I hope to get in the next book. We're dealing with guardians and demons here; souls and magic; the age-old struggle between good and evil. Ramp it up. Push the envelope. Drag me to the edge of my seat and make my heart race with excitement. The same goes for the romance. Cut back on the sweet and add more sizzle, and I guarantee a 5-star rating.
All in all, Mythology is an enjoyable read with lots to recommend it. The sequel, Mythology: The Wicked, will be published in August 2013, and you can bet I'll be right there on release day, snatching up my copy!
3.5 Stars ★★★1/2
Micah is so flipping adorable. I've never crushed on a teenage character quite so fast. Really, it was kind of creepy the feelings I had. I just wanted to go back to my 17 year old self and snuggle right up to him. And even though Hope is technically the MC, I focused on Micah - probably too much. And I got a little jealous. See? Creepy stalker girl, right here.
But in her defense, Hope is real. She hasn't had a cake-walk life, but she still tries to see the best in people. If anyone could get Micah through the change, it would be her. And OH MY GOODNESS she isn't an idiot. That is something that drives me nuts in YA, and many Paranormal Books in general; why the heroine has to be an idiot until it really counts is beyond me. But Hope, while not always making the best decisions, actually has reasons for choosing the things she does. It's a miracle.
Boswell does a great job giving you enough information to be able to follow along without making it feel like an info dump. The only times I felt lost were when Hope and Micah were feeling lost. And it made me crazy. In a good way.
With the way it ended, I am certainly looking forward to what happens next. No cliffhanger (YAY) but there was certainly enough left open-ended for a lot more story. And Micah, if you ever get tired of Hope, email me. ;-)
4.5 out of 5