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Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her whole life on the run. With her mom, she travels from town to town and school to school—never long enough to meet anyone. But it’s safer that way. Hope is a Sphinx—changing once a month into the creature that once guarded Thebes with a riddle. And in a modern world that still believes in the Greek gods, Sphinxes are considered monsters.
Being hunted isn’t Hope’s only fear. Apollo placed a curse on her kind; marriage to anyone other than the god himself or his kin will result in death. The curse is what rips her mother from her. Now Hope is on her own in a new town, trying to survive and questioning who to trust and who to love.
I’m really into stories that involve Greek mythology. I even took a literature class that focused solely on the classics. So as you can imagine, I was super excited to start Raye Wagner’s Curse of the Sphinx—kind of hoping for a young adult Percy Jackson.
The story didn’t disappoint. The writing was nice and clean, and while it delivered on Greek mythology it was different than anything I’ve read on the subject. I really liked that instead of being a hero or demigod, Hope is a Sphinx. She’s considered by the world a monster, but it’s very easy to tell that she’s not. She starts off very naive, she moves around a lot but her mother never really tells her the why or the what behind it. She puts up this indifferent facade, not letting anyone in even though she desperately wants to.
Then once she’s on her own, Hope really starts to grow as a character. She is forced to take care of herself and face dangerous situations, which only makes her stronger as a person. Hope also starts to form some real relationships—including one with Athan.
Athan is a demigod and sent by his father Hermes to find the Sphinx. He’s really charming and is always looking out for Hope, but his motives are definitely unclear throughout the novel. I really loved how their relationship developed, especially because Hope really made Athan work for it.
I also thought the world was interesting and well done. Basically Hope lives in modern day America, which still worships the Greek gods. This means that there are demigods, and they live among normal humans or reside in camps for protection against Underworld creatures such as Skia. Like modern day religion, not all believe or are devote. If you’re not well versed in Greek mythology, the beginning of the book can get a little confusing with all the names thrown out there. There is a guide in the back though that has a listing of all the gods’ names along with a description.
And then the epilogue, did that really hook me. Can’t wait to pick up the next novel Demigods and Monsters, out April 25, 2016! For now you can check out author Raye Wagner at rayewagner.com, or pick up Curse of the Sphinx on Amazon. Let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!