Author: Julie Anne Lindsey
Series: Calypso #1
About: On the other side of death, is destiny.
Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.
Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend…who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, Callie discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.
My Thoughts: This book had me at mythology. Hints at mythology are a good way to get me interested. Make it sound like an interesting twist to the tried-and-true tales, and I’m unable to say no. So … mythology? Check. Interesting twist? Check.
While, overall, I found myself wanting to keep going, wanting to see how it’s going to play out, how things are going to come together … well, overall? I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped I’d be. For one, there’s just so much implausible. Yes, yes, I know. It’s fantasy — and based on mythology — but even knowing that there just were things I found hard to accept. For example (no, not a spoiler), Callie’s easy acceptance of Liam’s explanation of exactly who/what he is and all that entails. Most girls raised normally, as Callie seems to have been, wouldn’t just accept all of that as fact without at least a small freakout moment. Even if she has seen Liam beheading someone. Especially once you read the circumstances — she could easily have written that off.
I do have a spoiler-type question, but I will refrain, as I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Although, this was highly predictable. Even the “twist” at the end? Yeah, saw that coming from way too early on in the story.
And we have more insta-love. I’m sorry, but it just does not work that way. I don’t care who you are — or who he is. Or how hot he is. Or anything else.
Callie was likable and annoying all rolled into one. She’s way too into hating on her dad for cheating on her mom. Yes, I know, that affects kids, too — but more than it would affect her mom? Doubtful. Not wanting to accept her dad’s money (he’s loaded, it seems) to make it through college? Made no sense to me. But, I supposed teenagers aren’t known for always making sense, right? She is a strong lead, despite being wishy-washy about things.
Liam was a bit over-the-top for me, but I suspect many a young reader might fall for him. Or Justin (who wasn’t over-the-top). Or even Oliver.
Despite my complaints, I did enjoy the book. I found myself drawn in by the conflict and the mythology, waiting to see how things would unfold. I was also interested to see if my predictions were right. (Yes, they were.)
Source: Received through YA Bound Book Tours for review. (Click the button below for more tour stops.)
Read It: You can purchase your own copy via Amazon. (This is an affiliate link. Purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
About the Author: Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.
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