February 19, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner
Book one in the Sphinx series
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: August 11th, 2015
Source: Ebook from the publisher
Rating: 4 hearts
Synopsis (from goodreads)
How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?
Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way.
When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse? Is Hope being hunted by the shadow monsters of the Underworld? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust—or how to love.
Set in a universe where mythology is alive and well in the modern world, Curse of the Sphinx irresistibly blends action, suspense and romance. Curse of the Sphinx is the first book in the young-adult Sphinx saga.
Hope is cursed, like her mother and her grandmother, she’s the Sphinx, each month she has no other choice but to change. Her family was cursed by Apollo, who takes this decision: if he can’t have the Sphinx then nobody can. Hope is on the run and always was, she hasn’t got friend, boyfriend or more than her mother Leto and her aunt Prisca. Now she’s alone in a new city and some people want to be her friends, Haley, Tristan and Athan.
This book is a mythological story; there is Apollo, Hermes, Hades, Demigod, Skia and other mythological creatures. The Sphinx is considered like a monster, and even if she’s hiding herself, Hope is subject to bully in her new college. Multiple times during the book I wanted to hit some girl.
Hope is a brave girl, at the beginning of the book, she wants friends but when she has friends and things goes very wrong she changes her mind. When she arrives in Goldendale, she’s trying very hard to be alone, she’s not nice with other kids but it’s just her way to protect herself. I wanted to go in the book and help her, protect her and be her friend too.
Athan is a demigod, Hermes’s son and he must find the Sphinx. He’s a very friendly boy and when he wants something he do everything to have it. I like him, he’s funny and smart.
A character I really love in this book is Mr Stanley, I like his riddle and he’s a very nice person.
The story is great and I like books with Greek mythology, Raye Wagner has written a story with mythology and problems of our time. Let me explain, the Sphinx is consider like a monster by the Gods, they want to kill he. Hope is treated like a monster by her school mate because she doesn’t want friends, and skip school often.
Some little things bothered me, like when Hope is attacted by Skia and Athan who is a demigod recognize the wounds but forced her to explain and tell her that she doesn’t trust him. But hey What the hell, he didn’t tell her he was a demigod either. He’s so arrogant sometimes it’s bothered me.
But all in all, Curse of the Sphinx was a great reading, it was in my TBR since august and I regret to not have read it before. I’m impatient to read the second book because I have a bad feeling about what will happen. And I will probable read Origin of the Sphinx before because I want to know the origin of the story.
If you’re enjoying story about Greek Gods, you definitely want to read Curse of the Sphinx.
About the author
Raye Wagner is the second of eight children, and learned early to escape chaos through the pages of fiction. She grew up reading Eddings and Uris, and went into nursing because of a fictional character (true story). She enjoys baking, puzzles, Taekwondo, and the sound of the waves lapping at the sand. She and her husband have three children, and call Middle Tennessee home.