- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 146817326X
- ISBN-13: 978-1468173260
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,985,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prophecy of the Most Beautiful: Oracle of Delphi Series Paperback – October 24, 2012
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I did like how the fates were introduced, although I wish that their limits and powers were more clearly defined. They surprised me later in the story when certain things happened that I didn't think were possible.
The plot had some good twists, but the action scenes were very unbelievable When Hades' offspring invaded Apollo's home, it made no sense how only a handful of people could completely decimate like they did and without injury. Both are half gods and yet it was a very one-sided fight. The prophecy itself was very well done and I like how it did tie into one of the most-well known myths and yet I didn't have a clue what it was until Chloe said it. If you're better at clues and solving mysteries, then you'd probably guess what the prophecy involves.
I think that if you love romance and you love mythology, then this would be a great book for you to read. It reminds me very much of Aimee Carter's Goddess series, only Prophecy of the Most Beautiful has less whiny characters. It's a little too lighthearted and "safe" for me to love, but a decent book overall. I'm not sure if I'll read the next book in the series. It all depends on how many mushy romantic POVs I have to suffer through. This is a book that I think that is a solid four stars in the right reader's hands...it's just not for me. (C)
For anyone not familiar with Greek mythology, all of the information that was thrown at me while reading may be a tad confusing. It didn't affect the story flow, thankfully, and I had no trouble passing. The beginning dragged a bit but it wasn't long before I was hooked in Chloe's (the protagonist) world. And...no love triangles! It's very refreshing reading a story where all the characters aren't falling in love with the pathetic damsel in distress (not that Chloe fits that category, or course).
Prophecy of the Most Beautiful is a great book for fans of Greek mythology. I do think it's better suited for YA readers as I found it like the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and The Weight of Night by C.L. Stegall, but with a feminine twist. A delightful read and I look forward to the sequel.
Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones is a wonderful adventure story starring Chloe Clever, who discovers pretty quickly that she is different from other teenaged girls. She hears voices and sees things, and everyone thinks she has a mental disorder. She quickly realizes that she is the Oracle, a being can see and hear the future and has important ties to the Greek myths of old. She meets Stafford Law, who is a demigod and her protector, and along with some of his brothers and friends, they try to figure out the Prophecy of the Most Beautiful before things go out of whack. For better or worse, they go out of whack, and we get to see the fallout.
There are many wonderful things about this book! The adventure and pacing are great. The information about Greek myth, Greece of old, and other background research seems spot on. The characters are fascinating and how they meld with the myths that we know is interesting to see play out. For the most part, Chloe is a wonderful protagonist, and we go along with her in the dark, finding things out as she does. The description is terrific, and I feel like I'm in every location that the characters are in. The best thing about this book is how imaginative it is-- I can feel ideas bursting from the page. This is Diantha's (and the book's) biggest strength.
I do have a couple of comments about this book. Sometimes there seems to be too much going on and too many storylines happening. We are trying to figure out this prophecy, and everyone conveniently never tells Chloe anything-- so there are a lot of questions unanswered. Second, I wanted to see more of a character arc with Chloe-- I wanted to see her grow from the uncertain high school girl to a more mature Oracle, but in fact, what we see is her getting too in love with her fame, and getting herself in trouble by acting before she thinks. That said, this is the first in a trilogy, so we have more time to see her grow. My last point kind of goes along with the first point-- there are jumps in POV, which for the most part make sense. However, there are random chapters where this happens, and we never return for 100's of pages. I almost wonder about revealing these things in Chloe's perspective instead.
Overall, a highly imaginative and beautifully described first novel in this series-- I have no doubt that Diantha Jones will just get better with every book she writes, and I am excited to continue to read her books as she develops as a writer.
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