I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones
Series: Oracle of Delphi #1
Published by the author (self-published) on March 1st 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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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. Fed up with prescription meds and therapists, she wishes for 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 a vicious attack and 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. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. While on a mission to discover the Most Beautiful, 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.
I loved the writing. Each character’s personality and even style of speech really stood out when it was their POV. It was engaging.
I LOVED this. From the mythology to the changing plot to the slow-burn romance. It was all so good. A few things bothered me though. Not very many. It seemed like the plot twists were completely unpredictable (to me anyway) and a little confusing (and kind of all-at-once). Towards the end, mostly. The first 2/3 were quite straightforward and I loved it. The beginning was a LITTLE slow, but it quickly picked up. I just wish we had seen more of Chloe’s home life (like with her family) before her adventure began.
Also, Chloe’s chosen-one-ness never seemed to take a break. There was always some new reason she was special and rare and all that. I’m used to the whole chosen one thing enough to where it doesn’t bother me, but it was a bit cliche.
The insta-love between Chloe and Strafford (the Prince), didn’t bother me at all because it was a secret insta-love. They didn’t admit any feelings until the last 1% of the book. It was glorious to watch. All the secret glances, all the inner thoughts, the gestures…I spent most of the book on pins and needles waiting for them to get together. It was torturous. It was amazing.
And of course I’m a big sucker for Greek mythology, so this was right up my alley. I was pleased to discover I knew a lot of the myths that were mentioned and even more pleasantly surprised to learn new ones.
It really reminded me a lot of the Percy Jackson series, with all the facts about demigods and the personalities of the gods and everything. It was for a more mature audience, though, and I was glad about that.
I finished the book craving more. It’s definitely a series I will be continuing to read, at higher priority than most other ARCs.
And the characters were amazing too. Chloe wasn’t really my type of girl, but I was happy with her as a heroine anyway.
There were a lot of settings, both on Earth and Myth, and they were done really well. I could see everything pretty clearly in my head. They were fairly historically accurate as well.
Good vs. Bad
Less than perfect:
- some unexpected plot elements
This was a truly fantastic beginning to a YA mythology series. It kept me engaged every minute and the romance was torturously slow and wonderful. The characters were lovely and the setting was well done. The plot was interesting and easy to follow for the most part. The mythology was exciting, accurate, and unexpected. Would I read more by this author? I wish I had the next book in my hands right now. Would I recommend this book to others? Definitely.