Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review: Intrigue (Night Muse #1) by Stacey Rychener

Intrigue (Night Muse #1)
Title: Intrigue

Series: Night Muse #1

Author: Stacey Rychener

Publication date: December 2011

Published by: Stacey Rychener

Source: Amazon Freebie

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Amid the 80,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit, a battle shrouded in secrecy is brewing. The Greek Olympian, Ares, runs the city as his own personal Coliseum while Apollo and Hermes struggle to shield teens from his deadly hobbies. Ares endless supply of gladiators is all the more accessible because the abandoned buildings of Detroit have become the flame for moths of ravers, vandals, scavengers, and urban explorers. The key to the entire conflict, Calliope, is just hoping for a fresh start now that her lifelong crush has finally noticed her. Although hoping for a fresh start in Detroit, is like saying you’re going to Las Vegas in search of true love. She soon catches the notice of one of the Immortals that recognizes her for what she is: a Night Muse. A Muse is a human that carries the soul of an Olympian within her, which gives the god immense power. Until Calliope reaches adulthood and awakens as a Bright Muse, there is no way to determine who her soul mate is. The Immortals start to draw Calliope and the people she loves into a deadly chess match. With her best friend’s life at stake, Calliope must seize control of her destiny and eliminate the deadly threat herself.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Calli is seemingly your average, normal girl... but she's not, really. You see, Calli is short for Calliope, as in one of the nine Greek Muses! Calli is a Muse, she just doesn't know it yet. However, there was a very different take on the mythology in this book, so the Muses aren't like the traditional Muses in Ancient Greece. I love Greek mythology and I'm all for different/unique takes on it, but this one just didn't do it for me. I mean, the gods are portrayed as freakin' vampyres! (Yes, that's vampires with a 'y.') Oh, that and (without giving too much away) the whole thing about the gods and their souls being separated, and the reincarnation-type thing... it just didn't work! It didn't make any sense to me!

And the romance-thing that was going on... ugh! So, Calli has a boyfriend, Thrace, but then she starts drooling over the new guy who she doesn't know is the Greek god Hermes. It's understandable since he is a god, after all. But then Apollo comes in and, well, here we go again! More drooling! Apollo is my favorite Greek god, but come on! Her attraction to all these guys at the same time was very, very annoying! Make up your mind, girly!

I did love the tone of the book. It really had a great voice and I just loved being inside of Calli's head. The writing was style was great, too.

Overall, the book was quite enjoyable. I mean, I wasn't crazy about the take on the mythology or the story itself, but I did enjoy the way the story was told! It was just a lot of fun!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a link to your review or comment below! :)

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