Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mything You Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Mything You blog tour! I have a review and a giveaway for a paperback copy of the book. But, first allow me to introduce the book:

He wasn’t looking for love. He only wanted to prove he was worthy of being a king’s son.

Adventurer Theseus had dreamed of meeting his father, King Aegeus. As Theseus journeys to Athens, he meets his match in strength along the way. But is it the will of a beautiful young princess that puts this strong young man finally at his mercy? Or will he be able to conquer the princess’s heart?

She had settled for a life of unhappiness and believed a man who would love her for herself was only in her dreams.

Princess Ari has followed her father’s dictates all her life. On her way to meet her bridegroom, she is attacked. Saved by a handsome adventurer, Theseus, she tempts fate and follows him on his journey to Athens. Being with Theseus opens up a whole new world of opportunity for her. But will she allow her heart or loyal duty choose her life for her?

My Rating: 3/5

A nice book. There were a few issues, but I still enjoyed reading Mything You.

I really like Greek mythology so retellings appeal to me, which is why I was excited to read this book. But, I didn't like how the book was a conglomeration of several myths. I think it should have just stuck with the myth of Theseus and Ariadne. Instead, we had that myth mixed with Midas, Hercules, Amazons, a bit a back story for the Trojan war, and a sprinkle of the Perseus myth. It was just too much at once. This book would have been completely excellent if it had stuck to a single myth. And, I'm pretty sure Theseus was the son of Poseidon, so I would have seen that at least mentioned, if not extensively incorporated. It's a pretty big part of the myth.
My other major issue is that the language was far too modern. Considering that this was set in Ancient Greece, I think that language should have been reflective of that. There were too many modern slang terms and teenage speak that didn't fit into the setting.

Now to the better parts.

Theseus was a great hero. Most of the book was from his perspective, so he was the main protagonist. He truly earned the term "hero." He was brave, strong, and determined to do what was right. Not to mention how handsome he was.

Ari was okay, though not as great as Theseus. She was described as strong, but I would have liked to have seen more of that. Most of the book was of her getting into danger and Theseus having to save her. She was fine, but by no means a great heroine.

The plot was fast paced. There was constant action to keep things thrilling. The ending was left a little open, so I'm wondering if there will be a sequel. But, if not, it tied everything up well with happily ever after.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a paperback copy of Mything You. Ends April 26.
Good luck!
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About the Author:

Victoria Pinder also writing under Greta Buckle grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, then became a lawyer. After realizing she hates clients, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is fun, but writing is a passion. She wrote one hundred and one fan fiction stories online before deciding to transition into writing her own stories. Never ask her to republish her fan stories from age eleven- horribly written stories of princesses. Victoria dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Theseus story came to her when she was a freshman in high school as her English teacher, the nun, told her how life was hard and tragedy teaches lessons. The sci fi stories come from years of Star Trek and Star Wars fandom. Victoria’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused. How is she crazy? The voices in her head are characters in novels and she’s not insane.


Tour Schedule:

April 15th- Sharing Links and Wisdom (Review)
April 15th- Kaidans Seduction (Review)
April 16th- Proserpine Craving Books (Review)
April 17th- Book Briefs (Review)
April 17th- Deal Sharing Aunt (Review)
April 18th- Imagine a World (Review)
April 18th- What's Beyond Forks? (Review)
April 19th- My Home Away From Home (Review)

2 comments:

  1. Theseus is the son of King Aegeus. His father fell into the sea and died thus naming it the Aegean sea in that area. Theseus is supposedly the product of two fathers in the actual myth. His real father being a human, but since all great kings must be related to gods, later myths did add Poseiden as a second father. I don't know how genetics works to have two fathers and I chose to stick with King Aegeus which to me sounded more likely. Also historically accurate is that women were property and lived in the women's quarters at this time. I'd never want to live there in real life. I've taught World History before, day job. I'm glad you liked it generally and that you enjoyed Theseus. Thank you for reading it and taking your time.

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  2. Love Greek mythology! Mything You sounds like an interesting book. Great review. Thanks for sharing.

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