[Review] Hope's Decree

Monday, March 7, 2016

Title: Hope's Decree

Series: The Fated #1

Author: Angela McPherson

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: August 13, 2013

Source: Copy provided by the publisher.

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

When everything else is lost, there is always hope.

While most teens want an epic senior year, Trinity Whitebone hoped for a normal one. Being seventeen was hard enough. Having the emotions of everyone around you in your head made life more than a little difficult.

Until Blain Heros enrolled.

He screamed hot-god in jeans with just his walk. His intense stare warmed her skin like a thousand suns. Unfortunately, his interest in her seemed to run from blazing to freezing in the span of moments and left her nothing but confused. She could deal with things not being normal, but when life goes from strange to dangerous…

Trinity is the direct descendant of Pandora and fated to rectify the terrors released into the world by her curious ancestor. With powers she didn’t know existed and abilities she never wanted, Trinity tries to walk away from everything her life had become. She thought she could turn her back on her fate, until a band of rogue immortals discover who she is and will do whatever it takes to control her powers. Trinity is left with one decision…Embrace fate or die trying.
As a lover of Greek mythology (and all other mythology), when I was approached by the author/publisher to read this book, I happily obliged, excited to see how the author would work the mythology into a story. I haven't read too many stories with Greek mythology present, but those that I did, didn't really satisfy me. So, when I found out about Hope's Decree, I needed to see what the author could do... especially with it being tied to Pandora's Box.

One of the main things that stood out in this book is the originality of mixing in the mythology to be incorporated into normal human lives. However, unfortunately, that was diluted by the overbearing young adult cliches. Now, don't get me wrong; I know 99.9% of the genre always contains a teenager who finds out they have this power and this big responsibility to save the world/town/etc... I know it contains the overused love triangles and so forth, but usually (not all the time), the underlying cliches can be completely forgotten if done right, but not so much for this book.

Every scene that had one of those cliches were offered an eye roll from myself and a silent wish to finally read something that didn't contain them, but I continued forth. I like the fact that the author did her best to keep the whole 'love at first sight' from being a factor in the book, but even with the trying, I already knew the outcome which still made it 'love at first sight' for me (I hope that makes sense).

The story itself was promising. I really liked where it was going along with the premise itself, though the execution of the turn of events didn't really surprise me. A reveal like that should have been pretty big and left me stunned, but I kind of had a feeling it was coming. The supporting characters were well done and believable (I really love Crystal) and I absolutely loved the fact that the parents played a consistent role and weren't just forgotten. Speaking of the parents, the mystery that lies there with the father is really interesting and I would love to learn more about that history.

Overall, the whole thing was okay. I wasn't completely gripped on the story, making it hard for me to pick up my Kindle in excitement and try to finish it in one sitting. The main characters were what you'd expect from a YA genre, filling their cliched roles properly, but they were still well done and, to an extent, believable. As for the ending, it wasn't satisfying, and knowing there's more to the series, I expected a cliffhanger, only to be disappointed (I have a love-hate relationship with cliffhangers). Though I have had mixed emotions throughout this reading journey, I'm still intrigued enough to want to continue through the series to see how things build up and hope to be satisfied in the end. This book had a lot of potential and I do hope to see that potential taken advantage of in the next book.

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