Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: Athena’s Oracle by J.D. Brown

Publication Date: 8/18/2014
Series: Ema Marx #0.5
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:

Her love was doomed from the start...

Leena’s ‘gift of sight’ secures her place as the next great oracle of Athena. Instead of being groomed for wifehood like other girls, Leena spends her days within the walls of the Acropolis, shuffled around by the clergy and doomed to be a virgin forever. Before her ascension, Leena decides to take matters into her own hands. With the help of her father’s book of alchemy, she casts an incantation calling forth her own personal hero. But when that hero turns out to be a rogue vampyre prince with a haunted past, Leena begins to question if her feelings for him are the work of divine intervention, or a love spell gone horribly wrong.

"Athena’s Oracle" is a prequel to the novels "Dark Heirloom" and "Dark Liaison", also by J.D. Brown. Set in 4th century B.C.E., "Athena’s Oracle" chronicles the romance between Leena and Jalmari during the very early trials of their immortal lives.

Have you ever imagined having your entire life planned out for you the moment you’re born? Well.. Welcome to Leena’s Life. Leena’s  gift of future sight has christened her wit the title of Athena’s Oracle. Her entire life will now be devoted to using her gift for everyone, but herself. She’s a strongly independent young woman who wants the life she wants and not what some godly bestowed gift has given her. Taking matters into her own hands, she uses a spell to call forth a hero to save her from her pre-destined life. Yet, her hero is not the man she expects and her life is about to change even more when her choices are even more limited than had she stayed as the lonely Oracle. She damned is she does and damned if she doesn’t.

Athena’s Oracle lays down the ground work for Brown’s Marx series. By having a novella introduction to full length novel series, she has given readers the background information needed to feel a connection to the series when reading the next book, Dark Heirloom. I particularly like this book series model because you are given a chance to develop a relationship with characters that will play a pivotal role in the series yet may not exactly be key characters to the story right off the bat. Brown’s story weaving builds with the sensual and electric story of Jalmari and Leena’s sordid past and future. The book definitely comes with deep and passionate love yet harnesses the bite of the story and personality of Jalmari. The setting was also a breath of fresh air when it comes to vampire based novels. It’s not often that you find such a unique setting as we do with Athena’s Oracle taking place in Greece.  I greatly enjoyed reading this novel and would like to thank  J.D. Brown up front for allowing me copies of her novels to review for her upcoming release of Dark Becoming.

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