Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review: Alpha Goddess by: Amalie Howard

Release Date: March 18, 2014
from Sky Pony Press
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.
Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect."

My Thoughts:

This was a really fun read and everything I want when I pick up a young adult fantasy read. I’ve always enjoyed mythology but I’ve never read anything with Hindu mythology and I have to say it was a refreshing change. It makes Alpha Goddess a breath a fresh air in a sea of angels, demons, and Greek gods.

Sera is our heroine and she is the kind of heroine I really like. You start off really feeling for her. She has been smothered her whole life and just wants to be normal. She has no clue who she is and she also has so clue why she has been so sheltered. Once she finds out the truth, she is shocked and of course it changes her. What I loved is that she didn’t just all of a sudden become super strong and awesome; she had to grow into that. She had to come to terms with all the new information and honestly it’s a lot to process, but I loved the way she handled everything. Now throw in two truly lovable guys and of course she has a lot on her hands.

Now I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes and dismissing this one already because of the love triangle, but I would urge you not to. This is a very well done love triangle and you will be just as torn between the two as Sera is. Both guys are genuinely good and you can’t really hate either one, which is exactly how you should feel in a love triangle. Dev represents the cosmic love that spans time and is a whirlwind and undeniable. Then there is Kyle, who represents the love that grows over time and is born from friendship. Of course there was one I was pulling for more than the other, but I never hated either.

Kyle was my favorite of the two. He has had a rough past and truly believes he doesn’t deserve anything good. But he loves Sera and is willing to go to extreme lengths for her. He doesn’t always make the best decisions but they usually come from a good place. He also owns up to his mistakes and takes responsibility for them. He doesn’t try to hide them and fix them himself. He isn’t perfect and that is why I think I loved him so much.

Alpha Goddess is written in the third person and it works so well for this book. It was nice not to be constricted to Sera’s point of view. We got to see how all the pieces fit together in the story from numerous points of view. It worked really well and I enjoyed every second of it.

As I mentioned before I really liked the Hindu mythology aspect to the story. I have never read anything with this framework before so it was very refreshing for me. I’ll admit that at times it was a lot of information for me to take in, but that was mostly because all of it was new to me. I really enjoyed learning about this new (to me) element.

Alpha Goddess was a great read and it was a lot of fun. There was a ton of action and interweaving plot lines and a great romance. Everything you want in fantasy young adult.

11 comments:

  1. Hindu mythology? Now that is interesting! Definitely changes things up a bit! Sera does sound like a good heroine, and I love that she grows in her power, like you said. So I know I wanna get to meet her. Still cringed a bit when I read love triangle... but since you liked it then I know I'll be able to handle it!!

    Great review, I might have to check this one out!!

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  2. No wonder lots of people love this! I've been seeing it a lot but haven't really read a review until now. Hindu myth is interesting in itself, I'd sure would love to see that taken to the fictional/fantasy realm.

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  3. Great cover! I haven't read anything involving Hindu either. I bet that was very interesting. Thank you for the review, Teresa!

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  4. This book has been on my radar for some time now. I enjoyed author's dystopian book and I have paranormal on my shelf. Not to mention that I love reading about mythology. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Great review, Teresa :)

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  5. Hmmm....I can deal with a love triangle and I love myth but I'm wondering about the Hindu thing. Hmmmmm...I do love the cover. Great review.

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  6. I was intrigued with the cover and hooked with Hindu mythology! I'm so glad you loved this, Teresa. And it's absolutely something I'll be picking up! ;)

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  7. I love that she doesn't just suddenly turn into some kick ass powerful heroine. That seems to happen all the time, and I'm always thinking "if this was me I'd kind be a little freaked out to discover I was meant to save the universe with my super human powers!!" lol. The Hindu mythology does sounds really different, I can't think of any books I've read about it. Fab review :)

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  8. Sounds like the kind of main character and love triangle that I would like

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  9. I love Mythology! This sounds like such a great fantasy read! I love that this story was written in third person! It's always tough to comprehend when a lot of information is in a story, but it's also fun to learn something new! Excellent Review Teresa!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  10. Great review Teresa! I think that's the cool its about Hindu mythology! I haven't read one with that before! I'm ok with love triangles as long as they are (as you said) well done! I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much and will definitely keep it on my radar!

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  11. Oooo, Hindu Mythology! This sounds fascinating, and how cool that you learned something new! It's wonderful when that happens! You know I love a good love triangle, so add that to the fact that I know how much you adore this author and this one is definitely going on my TBR. Lovely review, Wifey!

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