Saturday, August 4, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

Prophecy of the Most Beautiful (Oracle of Delphi #1)
By Diantha Jones
Published: February 28, 2012
eBook, 401 pages

She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.

Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of "Whack Job" in her home town of Adel, Georgia. With the onslaught of prescription medications and therapists threatening to push her over the edge, she wishes for a life far away from the one she has, a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone's jokes and mockery.

Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.

After living through an attack from her worst nightmare, she awakens to find herself far from home, surrounded by glorious riches and servants…and a few demigods who enjoy killing things. Upon learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future, and the great Pythia that the gods have been anxiously awaiting to arrive for centuries. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given and to keep her family safe from a demigod Princess that wants her dead, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters, evading divine assassins and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. In the hopes of discovering the Most Beautiful and the truth of her destiny, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process. -- Goodreads

4 Stars

Greek mythology is universally loved. Myths of the gods and goddesses are extremely similar to the current celebrity gossip that is viral. The Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a prime example of Greek mythology's popularity. After all, it's almost impossible to go wrong with Greek mythology supporting the book. Hilarity is bound to ensue as long as a god or goddess is present to destroy something.

At first as I read Prophecy of the Most Beautiful, I found the plot to drag along a bit. Events tumble one after another, but the action does take a while to pick up the pace. Once the plot thickens and the conflict is presented, Prophecy of the Most Beautiful is an adventure that I could not put down. Although the time taken to introduce the world is longer than I would like, the other half of the book completely made up for the lack of pace earlier.

Unsurprisingly, the characters in Prophecy of the Most Beautiful are all considered beautiful. I know this is somewhat unrelated, but here's a heads up to those who enjoy reading about deformed faces. Anyway, there are a few characters who are flat, causing them to be known to be entirely good or totally evil. It would have been nice to see a bit more of the antagonists and their purpose, instead of focusing solely on the prophecy, called the prophecy of the Most Beautiful, of course.

There are many different point of views in Prophecy of the Most Beautiful that help create a tale that is full of many secrets awaiting their reveal. Each of the point of views contributed information to help piece together this original take on Greek mythology. Instead of causing confusion with the many narrators, Prophecy of the Most Beautiful instead uses the alternating narrators to give the reader an amazing view of many of the characters and much of the world of the Olympians as well.

Prophecy of the Most Beautiful is a fun, romantic Greek mythology whirlwind. Despite its flaws, I loved the mystery surrounding the prophecies. The prophecies really brought the plot along when I was afraid that the most interesting scenes of the book were the vivid descriptions of Chloe's wardrobe. Ending with so many mysteries just waiting to be revealed, Prophecy of the Most Beautiful leaves the reader panting for the sequel.

Purchase this eBook: Amazon (Kindle)/ Barnes and Nobles (Nook)

Diantha has offered 3 eBook copies of her book, Prophecy of the Most Beautiful, up for giveaway. Enter below.

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