Oct 15, 2014

DeeJay Reviews: Prophecy by @juliealindsey @lyricalpress + #GIVEAWAY!

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by Julie Anne Lindsey

Publication Date: October 6, 2014
Series: Calypso #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Received for free from the author and YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review

On the other side of death, is destiny.

Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.

Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend…who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, can discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.

Any book that has mythology is going to snag my attention. This was no exception and I'm happy to say it wasn't a bad choice I made. Glad to have read it as it had an interesting premise that could really go somewhere in later books.

As for the first book, the first half dragged on pretty slow with no action or anything paranormal in the least. That was a bit disappointing for me as I was expecting an action packed book. What we get is sort of a teenage love triangle as a new guy, Liam, comes to town and changes the feelings Callie has been building for her bff Justin, whom I loved from the jump. Callie spends a lot of time just trying to figure Liam out and how to tell Justin she just wants to be friends. I also loved the scenes with Allison who is just too much fun. I always like when the best friends are entertaining and fun. It allows the MC to be more serious and handle arising issues.

When we do finally get a glimpse into what's going on and why Liam and his brother Oliver have come to town, a pretty cool concept emerges–VIKINGS. That's all I'm going to say. Now I like this idea and hope the author takes it FAR in future books. I hope she goes overboard with it because it needs that to really make it special. This is mythology, this is fantasy. It needs the extreme, always.

As for the Norse mythology, I was pretty let down here. There really wasn't any, and the first god we meet is not even Norse. It's a Greek god. I'll let you figure out how all of that works. Also, when Callie finds out what Liam is all about, she accepts it much too easily for me. She doesn't really question the validity of it, she just questions to understand it better. There's kind of a reason for that, but I guess I wanted her to question the truth of it a bit more. She's mortal and Liam...well...is not. I'd be questioning things for months, lol.

Overall, not a bad read. The action does pick up, but it just takes a while. If you're looking for a book filled to the brim with mythology, this isn't it. However, there are things to love such as the characters and the great writing. The author has talent and is really good at creating scenes that you can picture quite easily. Those are important strengths for a book like this. I just hope future books pick up on the action and mythology a bit and really blow our minds!

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.

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