Author: Nely Cab
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Length: 300 pages
Source: Finished Copy from BEA
When seventeen year-old Isis Martin is having trouble sleeping due to perturbing dreams of a horrific growling beast, she decides to confront her fear. But what Isis discovers is something other than a menacing entity.
The human-like creature offers Isis assurance that he is not a figment of her imagination. Unwilling to accept his avowal, Isis sets his words to contest by asking the entity to prove himself—a dare, he readily welcomes.
It is in her dreams that Isis innocently stumbles upon the silent existence of the divine lineage of those that man has long forgotten.
In a quaint town, deep in south Texas, this story leads Isis onto the path of impermissible love and captivating life-changing truths. Isis Martin's journey is sure to leave any reader ravenous for more.
Protagonist: Isis Martin can't sleep, if she does she'll be haunted by the monster that lurks at the edges of her dreams. Thing is, she used to be able to control her dreams, but try as she might she can't poof away the creature that watches her, growls at her. When she decides to confront the monster, so she can finally get more than two hours of sleep at night, she discovers that he's not a monster but humanoid creature with wings, and because she chose to confront him, Isis gets sucked into a world full of deities. I really liked Isis, while she's not the type to charge in guns blazing to a fight between good and evil, she is a very strong character. She's not afraid to stand up for herself or her conviction which I really enjoyed. She was never a passive heroine and wasn't afraid to take action when she needed to.
Romance: So a large chunk of this book is dedicated to the romance and I have to say, while I had a few problems with it, by the end I ended up really enjoying it. So this story focuses on the romance between Isis, a human, and David, a deity, it's a love that it forbidden and can have dire consequences. Because of this I expected both characters to treat their attraction for each other very carefully and to push aside their forbidden feelings and while Isis does just that, David seems to spit on and disregard the rules and laws he grew up with. If they both struggled with their growing feelings I think I would have been attached to the romance for more of the book and while I think it's status by the end of the book is earned, there were plenty of bumps along the way.
World-Building: So, you guys know I love mythology so I couldn't wait to read this book, but it was almost nothing like what I expected. While there are references to Greek and Roman mythologies in terms of some of the characters, this series doesn't have a definite mythology it follows, instead it's more of a fabricated mythology that in some ways ties into them all. Even then we don't get to know all that much about the mythology of this world, which I think I could have handled better had I not just reread Prelude right before beginning this book and was hoping for some more insight on the pantheon of gods in this world.
Predictability: I honestly don't know what to write here. On the one hand there were aspects of this book that were extremely predictable, things that it wouldn't take a genius to figure out. On the flip side though I felt in the dark about so many things in this book, most of which came from my own fabricated theories about this world. I would imagine things going one way, in one instance I was nearly certain about what would happen, and then it would go a different, though not completely unrelated way.
Ending: So the final climax of this book was insanely short, I mean if we want to be technical I guess the final climax was a bit longer than just the action part of it, but the main problem of this book was resolved rather quickly. The cool down period added some intense new information into the mix that led into the semi confusing epilogue. So, the first part of the epilogue follows Isis and ends with one crazy cliffhanger and then it shifts. At first I believed this second part to be taking place at the same time or soon after the first part of the epilogue, but it became clear that it was more of a deleted scene taking place around the middle of the book. The cliffhanger the second part held though, was no less ominous.
So this book was pretty hard to rate. There were so many times in this book that I would get fed up with something, think the book was heading into what I thought were dangerous waters, or I would get pissed at a character, however most of the time it paid off. I still wish I could know more about the mythology of this world, what happened after the end of prelude and how all the deities are related, but maybe that's something we'll learn in book 2!