[Review] Curse of the Sphinx

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Title: Curse of the Sphinx

Series: Sphinx #1

Author: Raye Wagner

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: August 11, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?

Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way. It’s safer.

When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse, murder from the shadow monsters of the Underworld, or have the demigods finally found her? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust—or how to love.

Set in a universe where mythology is alive and well in the modern world, Curse of the Sphinx irresistibly blends action, suspense and romance.
Curse of the Sphinx is a somewhat fast-paced story with one of my favorite types of mythology, starring the wonderful and somewhat sheltered Hope. The prologue was wonderfully written, but the following couple of chapters became bland. I feel like I should have had some sort of emotional connection to some of the characters, but I didn't, and it's unfortunate because if I was invested emotionally to this book, it would have gotten a higher rating from me.

I really love different spins on mythology and this story was no different, especially since I haven't read a story with sphinxes yet. Moving on to Hope, I can say that I did actually care for her. Her cautious, brick-walled personality is easily explained due to only ever really having an association with very few people.... Like three people. I also was appreciative that the author made her out to be a doesn't-take-no-shit type of girl. 

As for the rest of the story, some instances didn't fully make sense, but they were also easily overlooked by the mild action that kept the story going at its fast pace. It's quite upsetting we didn't get to "see" much sphinx action, and knowing that there may be another book after this, I really do hope that there's more of it. 

The ending was okay, nothing really much to say. It didn't leave me speechless, but it left enough open to see that there's something coming later on in the year, if not, next year. I look forward to reading more and seeing where the author will lead us and Hope. 

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