Well, this wasn’t my cup of tea…
Thank you to Walker Books Australia for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Nymph came out on the 1st of February, 2014.
An idyllic Greek island. Obsessed demigods. A fallen nymph. A mortal boy. Merope, a beautiful but faded star nymph, is banished to Earth for displeasing the gods. She tries to fit in, go to school and live a normal “human” life. And then she meets Lukas … but relationships between men and goddesses are forbidden. Will their love grow? Or will Merope and Lukas feel the wrath of the gods?
I’m pretty sad to admit that I didn’t love this book. Honestly! I want to love every book I read! (I do.) But I have to be honest with myself…and Nymph really didn’t work for me. (But it might work for you. Never know until you read, right?)
Characters? They’re very normal for a mythological/paranormal book. Beautiful goddess, super hot demi-gods, and an utterly adorable human boy that…ooh, swoon, the goddess everyone will fall for. Instead of the normal “god meets girl”, we have “goddess meets guy”. I like that! Something different. The story is mostly about Merope, though it gets narrated by Heracles and Lukus too.
Buuut, I didn’t connect to anyone. Maybe it’s my bad. But I felt everyone was so flat. All emotions were told not shown. The only character who I felt a shred if interest in was Lukus — the dreadfully mortal and adorable 17-year-old school boy (that Merope luuuurves). Lukus was sort of soft and sweet. Aw. But kind of a creepy stalker, now that I come to think about it…shudders.
And the names…wow. The names were intense. Everyone had a Greek name. I didn’t realise until later that the entire book is set on a small Greek island. So that makes sense why all the towns-people had names like Eleni and Lukus and Dimitri. But…I know it’s the Australian tendency to shorten things. But PLEASE NO. Shortening Heracles to “Herc” and Prometheus to “Pro” and Lukus to…wait for it…”Lulu”??
The romance side? Let me put it to you plainly: This Book Is a Romance. Nothing else. I’m disappointed by that, I confess. A little bit of action? Maybe a picnic gone wrong? Gosh, I’m not asking for all Hades to break loose and give everyone 3rd degree burns. But something other than he-likes-me-she-likes-me-not-he-likes-me would have been sweet relief.
Merope spends the book going:
Close curtain! Bring out book 2, titled: Heavenly Longing.
If you like romance and hot greek gods, then I’m sure this book is for you. It wasn’t for me. But that’s okay. I’ll try some of that ambrosia, thanks. (Or how about that delicious sounded pastry that Merope REJECTED in the beginning of the book. I would have eaten it, Mrs. Eleni’s mum!)
Besides thinking about pastries, Cait has been reading like a fiend. She plans to finish up all her books ASAP so she can settle down to write. Something. Possibly a book about dresses. When she’s not tweeting about her world domination plans, she’s wearing safety googles with her niece and nephew while they eat watermelon.