Friday, March 7, 2014

Book Review: Promise of Shadows by: Justina Ireland

Release Date: March 11, 2014
from Simon & Schuster
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changes when her sister is murdered—and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.
Zephyr is on the run from a punishment worse than death when an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend (a surprisingly HOT friend) changes everything. Because it seems like Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess made flesh that is prophesied to change the power balance. For hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that.

But how is she supposed to save everyone when she can’t even save herself?"

My Thoughts:

Part of me loved this story and was like five stars- five stars all the way BUT then another part of me was like OMG dumb no stars for you! I don’t normally rate books on my blog, but I think this falls somewhere in the three star range. It was fun, but some of it just did not sit well with me. I really liked the mythology aspect and honestly it’s very much a guilty pleasure kind of read. 

Zephyr is our heroine and she is just so frustrating but kinda likable. It’s weird. She is just very inconsistent. One minute she is all “I am super powerful, I will kick your butt” and then the next she is like “nope, must be a mistake, I can’t be the girl in the prophecy”. I understand being hesitant to accept something so huge, but it was the back and forth that got me. Then with the love interest. Gahh. The amount of times she said something along the lines of “I’m not gonna think about him, I don’t have time for him, but too bad I can’t stop thinking about him” was just crazy. So much repetition. But at the same time I still liked her, like I said: weird. 

The aforementioned love interest is Tallon. And again I liked him, but inconsistent. He was so hot and cold and not in the broody hot and cold way that makes him all swoony and mysterious. More in the way of why are you putting up with his nonsense. But I still liked him in a weird way, because it’s not like he is a bad guy. 

So yeah, my biggest issue with the book was character inconsistencies. And it didn’t stay to the main characters, it was pretty much all of them, so that makes it hard. Also, it’s pretty predictable and I pegged a lot of the story. I know as a reader we are going to spot things better than others, but I think this took it too far past the predictable line, to the point where I spotted the big reveal at the end within the first couple of chapters. 

With all of that though, it was still fun. I love Greek mythology so that might have helped and it did move at a very quick pace, so it kept me entertained. Like I’ve been saying, I like the story in a very weird way, which makes it hard to review. It was kinda nice to read something that didn’t put my brain into overdrive for a bit. So yeah to wrap it up: quick, fun, albeit inconsistent and predictable.


  1. Oooh. Character inconsistencies. Those really drive me crazy, especially when you think you're getting to know a character BOOM! Something completely unlike them happens and you're left feeling kind of blind-sided by it. It sounds like you still enjoyed this save for that? I love mythology so I'm glad that aspect really worked for you. Great review Teresa!

  2. No! I can feel my heart cracking. I expected this so much and with character named Zephyr I need to have an amazing story, not that whiny girl. Damn! I'll just skip it as I think I expect too much. Great review, Teresa :)

  3. First off, I adore the cover art and the blurb sounds like so much fun!

    Sad to hear the characters were a little flat. I'm guessing the myth and world building is its saving grace? If this is a series, I hope the next book would have improvements in terms of the characters.

  4. Hmmmm....I normally really like Greek myth books but you're right. This one does sound up and down. Good review.

  5. Aw. Sorry this one didn't work out for you. I would be annoyed by the consistencies too, but I'm glad you found certain aspects to enjoy.

  6. I'm glad you got some enjoyment from this. Too bad it was so inconsistent, Teresa. I really like the premise. But I totally understand your frustration with the characters being wishy-washy. Great review, my dear.

  7. I love Greek Mythology, but the character inconsistencies would drive me crazy too! As readers, we are more likely to predict, but the fact that you predicted the ending so early on sounds disappointing. At least the story was fast-paced, and fun! Great Review Teresa!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  8. Boo for character inconsistencies!! they are the worst and definitely make a story less enjoyable. :( I do love me a good mythology story, but this one I'm not too sure about. But I definitely loved your review !!! :)

    *high fives*

  9. Oh, as much as I love the cover & the premise, all that hot & cold/wishy-washy business turns me off. I don't think I have it in me to give this try haha. Glad you somewhat enjoyed it though.

    1. Yeah, I know you would not enjoy this one.... Zephyr would make you crazy! lol

  10. Oh, this review tickled me! I can FEEL your emotional roller coaster with this one. Hot and Cold. Yes and then NO. Love. Hate. Love. Hate. Rinse and repeat. It has me so curious, though! The most important thing is that this one was still fun when all was said and done! I love your review, and this one is definitely headed to my TBR just so I can see which side of the roller coaster I end up on!! *squish*


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