When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.
Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.
When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
So… are you serious?
DNF about 50% of the way in, and only because I didn’t want to prematurely give up on this book.
If you loved Percy Jackson, I probably wouldn’t recommend this book unless you’re a fan of Michelle. To be honest, I couldn’t love this story. I wanted to, but so many bad elements came together to make something that’s hardly mythology-based, and rather much more romance-based. The gods thing only plays in to make sure there’s some devastating force coming to work against Blake and Nicole.
Here’s a list of most of the reasons why I DNFed:
- The beginning abruptly goes right into the magic scheme of themes, skipping world-building and character development. Those things aren’t really addressed… ever… within the first 50% pages.
- Instalove if I’ve ever seen it (as in 5% of the way into the story, there’s instaconnection).
- Dull love interest (your classic “the most attractive boy I’ve ever seen”) and even more dull main character who everyone loves and thinks is sooooooo special.
- Any real sense of the mythology woven through the book is either a cliché or feels like it was taken from another book. (Considering the fact that Darius, the homeroom teacher of all the “diluted god blood” students, sounds just like Chiron in PJO).
- A side note: Why are they called witches if they’re descendants of the gods? I can accept that they aren’t called demigods, but witches? Why witches? @_@
- Nicole goes from being introduced to magic to believing in it full-force within the day.
- There’s the jealous girlfriend (Danielle).
- None of the characters are more than one-dimensional.
- The rules of magic are illogical and unnecessary.
- The plot drags on, and on, and on. Mostly, it’s just waiting for the romance to actually progress or for the mythology thing to play in some small way.
I don’t know what else to say, other than that this is the third book of Michelle’s that I’ve tried to read and love, and it didn’t work out. I’d say if you’re an avid reader or someone who really values narration and prose, I probably wouldn’t read this book. If you’re looking for a mythology and action read with more drama and romance, I would probably recommend this one. However, for me, I won’t be continuing with the series. 1 star.