Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Demigods and Monsters (Sphinx #2) by Raye Wagner @rayewagner @yaboundtourspr

Demigods and Monsters (Sphinx #2)
Raye Wagner
Release Date: April 25th 2016


Can Apollo’s curse be broken?
Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas is done running. Apollo’s curse has ruled her entire life, limiting her choices and robbing her of the things that matter most. But she refuses to live in fear any longer. In fact, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to break the god’s power over her existence.
When the goddess Artemis instructs Hope to impersonate a demigod and infiltrate a conservatory to get access to the Olympian library, she doesn’t hesitate. As she sees it, there’s nothing left to lose.
But once inside, Hope discovers the only way to get what she needs is to work with her sworn enemies. As the lines between demigod and monster are crossed again and again, Hope has to dig deep for the courage to accept her fate or fight for the freedom to save herself.

Demigods and Monsters is the second book in the Sphinx series.

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The terrifying creature had the torso of a man with dozens of arms extending out like legs of a spider. A true giant, the monster was well over twenty feet tall. Instead of a single head, the beast had several thick necks and heads stacked in a conglomerate mass like the compound eyes of an insect.

Hope cringed.

His arms moved in a blur, pulling books down and putting them back up in a slightly different order. Next to him sat a mammoth-sized trolley, and several other hands were shelving books from it. The sheer number of his hands and heads allowed him to be moving at all angles at all times.

She’d heard of such creatures, other monsters created by the gods, but had never seen one. She shifted in an attempt to sneak away.

“Ho there, young demigod.” The creature bellowed his greeting in a chorus of voices halting her retreat.

She swallowed back her nervousness and faced him.

 “You must be new.” He stepped down from the ladder and shrunk a couple of feet.
“Uh, yeah.” She shifted from foot to foot then extended her hand, hoping it wasn’t too sweaty. “I’m Hope.”

“Aptly named, young immortal.” He smothered her hand with several of his own. “I am Briareus, the librarian. May I help you find something?”

My Review:

Hope is back and still in hiding from everyone who wants her dead. She is still very determined to break the curse that was put upon her family many, many, many years ago. All she wants is to live a normal life and be like everyone else. She just wants to have friends and go hang out with them whenever she wants. She will do whatever it takes to break the curse. Even if it means being around the ones who would kill her if they knew who and what she was.

Hope goes to a Conservatory where Demigods live where she hopes to find all the information she needs to break the curse. She knows that the Demigods will kill her if they find out her real identity. But she is very hopeful that she can keep her identity a secret long enough to find out how to break her curse.

When she gets to the Conservatory she meets some new friends who are willing to help her if they can. But she still can’t trust them completely after all they are demigods. While there she meets Xan. Immediately she is attractive to him but she is confused because she still has feelings for the demigod Athan who after over hearing a conversation between him and his father she isn’t sure if she can trust him anymore.

I have really and truly enjoyed reading Demigods and Monsters. I have enjoyed learning more about all the Gods and the Son of Gods in the world that the author has created. The story was well put together and I never once became bored with it. I also loved following along with Hope on her journey trying to find the info she needs to break the curse. I also loved meeting the new characters and love each and every one of them well maybe that is stretching it little bit. Not all of them were likeable but that is what makes for a good read of course. If you have not read Demigods and monsters then I suggest you do. Oh have you read the first book Curse of the Sphinx? If not then I would like to recommend that you read it first to get the complete work up of Hope and her curse.

About the Author:
Raye Wagner grew up in Seattle, the second of eight children, and learned to escape chaos through the pages of fiction. As a youth, she read the likes of David Eddings, Leon Uris, and Jane Austen. Inspired by a fictional character, Raye pursued a career in nursing, thinking to help the world one patient at a time.
One summer afternoon, when her then young children were playing in the pool, a plot dropped into her head, and she started writing. 
She enjoys baking, puzzles, Tae Kwon Do, and the sound of waves lapping at the sand. She lives with her husband and three children in Middle Tennessee.

Origin of the Sphinx, a novella detailing the story leading up to the creation of the mythological creature, is her first publication. It is the beginning of the Sphinx series. 

Curse of the Sphinx, the first book in the series, is completed, and set to be released in August 2015.

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