Hi Kind Friends! Today we have a review and giveaway for The Curse of the Sphinx and Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner, books 1 and 2 in the Sphinx series. I’ve been noticing a resurgence in mythological based Young Adult books lately. Have you seen it too?
The Sphinx series follows Hope as she first tries to keep hidden from the beings sent to kill her (in book one) and then as she tries to break the curse that has befallen her family for centuries (in book two). This curse forces her to transform into a “monster”, a sphinx, for a few days out of each month. Can she break the curse?
I’ve been noticing a resurgence in mythological based young adult books lately. Have you seen it too? What I love about this take on mythological YA is that the whole world knows about and believes in mythology, so this isn’t a story where the world is like “Whoa! Myths are REAL?!” Everyone just knows, it’s even required to take mythological classes in school.
I gave the first two books of the series four out of five stars on Goodreads because it felt like there was something missing. I know that is not a helpful bit of feedback, but I just can’t pinpoint why this series is a four over a five. The characters were believable, I enjoyed the plot twists, and light love-triangle in book two. The last chapter of book two made me really want to keep reading (what a setup for book three!), but overall the whole of the series wasn’t as much of a page-turner as I want in my five-star books. ie It didn’t make me want to stay up late to see what happens.
But overall, it was such a fun series to dive into and I can’t wait to see more of the mythological world as it goes on.
I can’t wait for more details on book three!
Do you have a favorite mythological book? I’d love to know more!