Sunday, July 21, 2013

Prophecy of the Most Beautiful (Oracle of Delphi #1)

By Diantha Jones

About the book:
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.

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After reading the synopsis of this book, I was eager to start reading it.  I enjoy reading about the Greek Gods because the story can go in any direction.  Diantha Jones took the typical mythology story and put a nice spin on it by telling it from the Oracles' point of view.

The story is very easy to read with natural dialogue and a plot line that flows well. It is enjoyable to read and isn't bogged down with symbolism. It is a very fun and quick read.

Jones takes readers through many different realms and locations. It's fun to discover different areas of her world. I love that the characters had to travel through these realms to fulfill the prophecy, and that any God could interfere and take the plot line on an unexpected journey.

The plot line has characters trying to solve a prophecy.  I loved it when Jones revealed what the prophecy meant.  I was kicking myself in the butt because the answer is so obvious! I'm good at guessing plot lines (Oh, my husband hates watching movies with me because of this!), but I didn't figure out the solution.  Good job Diantha Jones.  I will say, that some astute reader might be able to figure out what the prophecy means.

The only issue I had with the story are the names of several characters.  They were very simplistic and distracted me from the story.  The main character is Chloe Clever, but other characters include Haley Havoc, Twinklewink,  Mystic Mayhem, Dropper, Crystal Chaos and others.

I really want to know Strafford's story.  I want to know what he did to disgrace himself.  Luckily Diantha Jones has given readers his back story in another book. I'm also looking forward to him restoring that honor and pride in future books.  He's a character that I will need to keep my eye on.

This book is geared to young adult readers.  Younger teens, older teens and even adults can enjoy this story.  Readers who enjoy mythology with a hint of romance and some action will enjoy Prophecy of the Most Beautiful.

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About Author Diantha Jones:

Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries.

The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.

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