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Teenage Greek gods: A Review of L.A. Starkey’s “Deceived”

Goodreads.com Description: “They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life. But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most? The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union. But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose? What if your choices had eternal ramification? Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.”

I received an e-copy of this book via Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

L.A. Starkey’s Deceived had to be the hardest book for me to read–the first chapters were too slow. Plus, the male characters were a bit stereotypical. Ken, a possible love interest for the main character, is a drop-dead handsome captain of the basketball team and major player.

The next obstacle for me was the cliched dialogue. The line about Tony the Tiger almost ended the journey. Thankfully, Deceived improved–not so many cliches and the story line started to make sense.

I was initially drawn to this tale because of the promise of a plot line centered on the Greek gods. By chapter nine the promise was fulfilled. The story picked up and I was intrigued. I liked how the author told the reader exactly what the premise of Deceived was about–Sam’s World Lit essay topic. Although it was a little obvious, the topic was meant for her alone.

The real story is the tale of the Greek gods, Marcus and Nicholas. The main character, Samantha, is more of a sidekick for the twins. The prophecy surrounding the twins and the Zeus/Prometheus battle kept me intrigued.

I recommend giving Deceived a chance. Starkey has an imaginative plot, but it requires patience. You’ll be rewarded with a unique perspective on Greek mythology. There are two more books in this series. I’m giving Starkey another opportunity to prove herself. Besides, I’ve got to find out why the main character keeps fainting!

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