Series: Vampires of Athens #2
Author: Eva Pohler
Published: May 11/15 by Green Press/Eva Pohler
Genre: YA paranormal
Back Cover Blurb:
Gertie has become friends, and has possibly fallen in love, with both a demigod and a vampire, who happen to be at war. Although she sympathizes with the vampire uprising and has even become a vampire herself, she distrusts the leaders, especially when they plan to kill humans to cull out the demigods before ambushing them. As the three unlikely friends discover that neither side is perfectly good or evil or right or wrong, they work together to try to bring about the best outcome; but, when their parents and the gods undermine their efforts and hang them out to dry, the three teens realize they're on their own and no one will save them.
This is a story that will truly be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It is an easy, light read that really packs a punch. It is well written with an inviting flow that allows readers to delve deep into the story at hand. But it is also a series that needs to be read in order for context, especially since this novel picks up right where the last one left off. The plot is well thought out and excitingly upbeat. I’ve great a great deal of work by this author in the past, & enjoyed it all, but I must say that this may just be my favourite yet. Pohler’s mix of vampires, Greek mythology, and mythology is inescapable. She draws you into her world and holds you throughout.
Pohler takes actual Greek mythology as her basis and shows readers what could happen if we still believed it were true today. She also gives it a paranormal twist to take it out of this world. Pohler’s unique vampires are very well developed. I love how she keeps the general concept of blood drinking vampires and makes them all her own. She does all this with an underlying message of anti-bullying and acceptance that really sticks with you.
The well-developed characters in this novel are very approachable and easy to form opinions about. There were some that I loved, and others that I absolutely hated, but very few (if any) that I was ambivalent about. She continues to develop the individuals that we met in the first novel and introduces us to some unique new ones in a way that will catch your attention. No one is unimportant in this cast. It was the perfect cast for this novel. I really love how Gertie reads things, all available accounts of them, and combines those accounts to come up with her own conclusion like a true academic. Her chatterbox personality never failed to make me giggle. Also, the differing speech patterns for the characters speaking in Greek and those speaking in English make the translations and the contrast between the two really stand out.
My final thoughts? The quest of the Demigods! Boo Yeah!!! Anyone who knows Greek mythology will understand and those who don’t just may learn a thing or two while having a blast with this unforgettable tale.