Daughter of Sparta
Spoiler- Free Synopsis:
Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the Gods need her to save the world!
Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne's brother's fate in her hands—upends the life she's worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods' waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother's life will be forfeit.
Guided by Artemis's twin-the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo-Daphne's journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.
A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta by debut author Claire Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.
~Special thanks to Netgalley and Jimmy Patterson Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~
When you find a book that you actually like, and you just stand there.
I can honestly say, I squealed for about five minutes after having found out that they actually let me read this.
Rating: 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪 4.7 awestruck stabby stabby fwends
I need Dr. Booksy to take the floor now because Booksy is crying in pain as to why this had to end.
*clears throat aggressively*
*adopts a British accent*
Known data: Booksy willingly chose to keep this book in the 'Currently Reading' pile, for about three days.
Unknown data: What the heck did she try to accomplish??? Three days later, she's still a mess.
Hypothesis: Booksy needs help.
This book was without a doubt, a blessing. It was such an extremely enthralling story, filled with gripping action that left my 3 am self (welcome back, my love) in a state of shock. Apart from that, of course, I must mention that I gasped in horror/betrayed/heartbroken/YASS GIRL about six thousand and twelve times, because UM HOW COULD I NOT. (Dr. Booksy is a guest, not the driver. All caps belong to Booksy. Forgive her intrusion) The book obviously had some things I disliked, but they are so little and so rarely present, I dare not take it out from Why Did This Happen Arsenal. Ha! Smart being, 'tis I.
The lack of actual want to do other things besides, sleep, cry and eat, have forced me to actually sit my butt down and write this.
The writing, y'all. It was splendid and so very delicious. Forget about a snack, it was a whole MEAL. I had a CRUSH on this writing. I was MARRIED to it. You get it, right? The descriptions were exquisite, the way certain things were handled, like the pace, and feel of the story were staggeringly amazing. And best of all? I remember none of the, 'Not like other girls'. You want to know why? Because GUESS WHAT! All of the female species found in between the pages of this story actually had a certain degree of personality and vigor to do something else than just be present. Which as you know, I absolutely adore. What else can I say about the writing... hmmm... oh! I NEED MORE OF IT.
So, let's talk a bit about the plot. Oh, how I wish I COULD SPOIL, DANG IT.
It was so astoundingly well-thought-out. The way it all started, from beginning to oh so bittersweet end, left me craving for more. And not because I NEEDED more, regarding the details and such. But because I NEEDED AND WANTED MORE. All the little clues, and masterfully placed questions, and intriguing conclusions. I couldn't believe what I was reading- a book with an actual PLOT. The twists and descriptions left my heart feeling full, forgetting the fact that I do not have one. A heart, that is. All the things had a purpose, which I loved and had actual meaningfulness to the story. Picture this, try not to breathe for two hours. That's how it felt. And no, I don't mean in Basic YA Breath Holding. That's another topic for another time.
Next on, because if I stay too long in a section, I'll somehow convince myself to 'take a break' and return in 'five minutes'. Y'all KNOW those five minutes feel like three and turn out to be five hours at the end of the day. Pfft, I don't know how I've survived this long without getting sued for Endangerment to Productive Beings.
The characters. My PEOPLE, the characters were so GOOD! I was annoyed and feeling like I had been smack down with a truck at the same time, because of how surprised and flabbergasted they made me feel. Well, most of the characters, of course. We can't have it all, it's against the rules of Life.
I was stupid enough to google Daphne (who is the MC, by the way) and basically decided to read her whole life history. Which included spoilers. LOTS OF DANG SPOILERS. So yes, I would recommend not doing that. The crushing sense of disappointment that will invade your soul afterward, will taste like your parent's stories of when they were young and literally had to walk across the Pacific Ocean to get to school. *sigh* That makes incredible SeNsE, naturally. You know what WASN'T natural? How an amazing MC this girl turned out to be. See, I am sure all of you have experienced a certain satisfaction when the main character in a novel (be it YA or otherwise) actually has a spine and is willing to pull it out and use it as a sword to cut people's heads off. Metaphorically, obviously. Unless you count this girl, I don't think the word 'metaphorically' existed in her vocabulary. And oh my goodness, did I LOVE it. Since it is an ARC , I'm not going to be able to quote this wonderful human being, so I'll have to deal with describing her in three words.
2.) Slightly arrogant (with reason, because, COME ON)
The rest of the cast characters were wonderful in their utmost detailing (Dr. Booksy is slightly drunk on chocolate). It was full of color, and flamboyant sarcasm. For which I live for. Again, I cannot delve in too much into each and every one. So I'll just state the following: All of them were well constructed, all of them had a story, also, ALLL of them were a LOT of characters. I advise you to keep a mental notebook handy and Wikipedia ready to be googled. Oh! And don't forget, THERE ARE GODS AND MYTHOLOGY AND GOSH DARNIT I NEEDED MORE. Alas, I will never be satisfied, satisfied, satisfieeeeddd. *smirk*
The romance was good. No, it was GREAT.
Why? Because it was barely present. *smile like nobody is out for you*
I suggest that if you're looking for something that will make your toes curl (and not because of all the action. Although those are the best) would very honestly advise you to find another book slightly more... romantically focused. Don't get me wrong, it was sweet and swoony, and cute, and bloody (don't mind that last one). But it isn't anything to make your nonexistent heart go for a run. Scratch that, sometimes it went for a sprint. With a rain shower nearby to cool down.
On a closing note, the action was a palpable delight, the characters were a whole buffet and of course, the whole story was amazing from start to wonderful finale. Did it have flaws? Yes, and I don't mean the grammar or anything. But I think that in the mood I was in when I read this, that specific subject was not of importance to me. The book actually lived up to the hype which I'll forever be grateful for.
I just realized y'all.
IT ACTUALLY LIVED UP TO THE HYPE.
I recommend this to people whose expectations have slightly lowered but are still sky-high (if that makes sense) and actually want to enjoy their next read. If you're not a fan of an overly enthusiastic fast-paced book, then um... maybe don't read this. Also, if you actually have plans before reading this book, please cancel them. It will help your mental facilities to cope.
Although I never have plans, since I'm extremely antisocial and socially awkwar-
Disclaimer: Any and all opinions said up there are my own, and please feel free to call me out for any errors or any offensive comments, so I can get right on it and get it fixed!
P.S: The mythology. I need a moment.
I have no clue whether it was accurate nor if it had misconceptions, but really? I'm just glad it wasn't boring. I can't with this.
I literally can't.
*fans mascara less puny eyelashes*
It was so beautifully crafted, and I got flustered on multiple occasions because of how much I enjoyed reading about it. Now, I'll go compulsively add mythology books to my TBR, thank you very much-
Oh! AND THANK YOU FOR READING THIS, SERIOUSLY. THANK YOU.
It's been a looong while since I've sounded so optimistic during a review. It's creeping me out.