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Friday, July 19, 2013

{BLOG TOUR: Review +Giveaway} Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

It's my stop for The Oracle of Delphi Blog Tour today! *does happy dance* Scroll down and you'll see my 4-star review of the first book in the series, Prophecy of the Most Beautiful. Excited? Well, you should be! There are two giveaways with great prizes so make sure to check them out. You can also visit the other blogs participating in the tour to read more reviews, guest posts, interviews, top ten lists and more.

Now, for my review . . .

Prophecy of the Most Beautiful

Author: Diantha Jones
Genre: YA Fantasy, Mythology
Series: Book 1, Oracle of Delphi series
Published: March 1st 2012 by Diantha Jones
She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.

Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of "Whack Job" in her home town of Adel, Georgia. With the onslaught of prescription medications and therapists threatening to push her over the edge, she wishes for a life far away from the one she has, a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone's jokes and mockery.

Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.

After living through an attack from her worst nightmare, she awakens to find herself far from home, surrounded by glorious riches and servants…and a few demigods who enjoy killing things. Upon learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future, and the great Pythia that the gods have been anxiously awaiting to arrive for centuries. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given and to keep her family safe from a demigod Princess that wants her dead, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters, evading divine assassins and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. In the hopes of discovering the Most Beautiful and the truth of her destiny, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.

**I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

I haven’t read a mythology-themed story about the Oracle of Delphi before now so this book is a first for me. The usual stuffs were re-tellings about gods and goddesses or adventures of demigods. I’m glad PROPHECY OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL offers something new. I’ve always thought the Oracle is an important and powerful character in the Geek myth but oftentimes she was downplayed as an ordinary seer, operating in the sidelines and reciting riddles and prophecies for the demigod’s quests. In this book, however, the Oracle is in the middle of the action.

I must say I really enjoyed this book. It was unique and interesting. A real page-turner. I was always curious what will happen next. The characters were amusing although I think Strafford’s too good to be true. It’s like he’s so perfect and awesome. I was not smitten by him, though. It was also a bit annoying whenever the main character, Chloe, recounts just how gorgeous he is. Meh. But basically, Chloe’s okay. I think she’s a strong character, judging on how she managed to handle the sudden change in her life. She was ripped away from her family but she did not wallow in sadness. Instead, she accepted her fate and did her best to uncover the prophecy. Ace and Swindle were really good, too. They were great guardians and friends to Chloe and helped her adapt to her new life. Ace was freaking funny while I admire Swindle’s intelligence. Colorful characters make for a colorful story.

The action was something to look forward, too. They’re exciting and well-written. I liked the build-up of suspense and the pace of the story. I think it’s also a good thing that even though Chloe is the Oracle, she’s not always right. It made her character more real. The mystery behind Strafford’s past piqued my curiosity, too. I wanted to know his secrets badly. Chloe’s little brother was also special. He wasn’t just a secondary character. The author did a good job of adding the right amount of importance and mystery to each character. No one was neglected. Ms. Jones also kept the reader’s interest by not divulging all the secrets at once. They were carefully laid out and will make you excited for the next book.

All in all, Prophecy of the Most Beautiful is a powerful first book in a series. You’ll surely want to read the next books because it’s that interesting. A unique re-telling of the story of the infamous Oracle, this book is a must-read.

Diantha Jones was born the day thousands of turkeys sacrificed their lives to fill millions of American bellies on November 22 which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day (Her mother says she owes her a turkey). She is a Journalism graduate who wants to be a career novelist (of books, not Facebook posts). When not writing or working, she is reading on her Nook, being hypnotized by Netflix or on a mission to procure french fries.

The Oracle of Delphi fantasy series is her first series. She is also the author of Mythos: Stories from Olympus, a companion series, and there is another fantasy series in the works. She also writes (new) adult fantasy/paranormal romance under the name A. Star. Invasion (An Alien Romance) is her first title released under this pen name. Future releases under A. Star include, the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.

Email Diantha Jones at: theauthor (at) diantha-jones (dot) com

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