The Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner
How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?
Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way.
When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse? Is Hope being hunted by the shadow monsters of the Underworld? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust—or how to love.
Set in a universe where mythology is alive and well in the modern world, Curse of the Sphinx irresistibly blends action, suspense and romance. Curse of the Sphinx is the first book in the young-adult Sphinx saga.
I picked up this book because it was the Perusetopia Book Club pick of the month earlier in the year, and when I read the synopsis for the story, I was immediately hooked. I loved that the author created a modern world in which people believed in the Greek Gods, like one would believe in the existence of God or Christ, today. I found this approach unique and exciting.
I found Hope to be a very believable character. She was a breath of fresh air, and I felt the same way regarding the romance, which took up a large chunk of the overall story. She and her love interest's romance grew at a healthy pace, and their chemistry was apparent. I liked that Hope was incredibly independent, but not in a way which made her seem precocious or pretentious by any means. She carried authenticity and innocence, along with her independence which created a window in which the reader could connect with her easily.
My only issue with the book, was that I felt like the pacing was a little off. It seemed to start off at an awkwardly slow pace, only to rush into the bulk of the story, at which point I felt like it was then moving a little too quickly. I would liked to have seen the beginning chunk of the novel compacted, and been able to immerse myself more inside of the story's main plot.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Greek mythology or YA Literature of any kind. The characters were wonderful, and the story was engaging. I rated this book 4/5 stars on goodreads.