I love to curl up with a nice, steaming cup of tea and a free book to review. In fact I subscribe to three book review sites: Book Crash, Book Rooster and The Bookplex just so I can indulge in my favorite leisure activity. What’s even better is when an author contacts me for a review. If you’re an author looking for someone to review your book or short story, check out my Request a Review page.
Because I like to share the great reads I’ve found (and warn readers of the not-so-great finds), I developed a system:
- One cup — worse than a cup of luke warm black pekoe
- Two cups — it may be hot, but you’ll need plenty of sweetener just to tolerate it
- Three cups — it’s not my favorite, but it beats going without
- Four cups — nice and hot and only needs a smidge of sweetener to be perfect
- Five cups — loose leaf vanilla Earl Grey, yummy
Sometimes a book or story doesn’t warrant a five cup rating, but it’s so good it can’t be missed. For those I include the “Must Read” starburst in front of the cup rating. You’ll find my cup rating above the picture of the cover. Enjoy!
Hera, Queen of Gods (Goddess Unbound) by T.D. Thomas
The Fates are missing. Hera has no choice but to lead a handful of gods to the human world to search for the missing goddesses, even though it means giving up her powers and temporarily becoming mortal. But mortality begins to change Hera in unexpected ways, and it gets much worse after she meets Justin, a boy who defies every prejudice she once had about mortals. Torn between who she’s becoming and who she needs to be in order to fulfill her duty, Hera must survive a horde of murderous creatures sent to exploit her new weakness. In the end, only she can stop a traitorous plot conceived by a secret alliance of ancient and new enemies, a plot that threatens to destroy not only the order Hera is sworn to protect, but all of existence itself.
I could not put this book down. I loved the fast-paced action and the constant wondering about what would happen next. I started out believing the main characters would all make it to the end, but Thomas took that safety away early on, making it clear that death could snatch any of them at any moment. Talk about adding tension.
Perhaps the best part was the mystery behind who took the Fates. Like my favorites, this book kept me guessing. In fact, I never figured out who was responsible for capturing the Fates until it was revealed and that rarely happens.
I also loved the epilogue. Like prologues, I often skip epilogues because they rarely add anything to the story. Not so for this book. The epilogue gives a nice conclusion while still leaving you on the cliff.
There were a couple places during their rituals that I couldn’t suspend my disbelief. For instance, it’s difficult for me to believe that pricking the finger of four people would create enough blood to create a circle if you poured it on the ground. Thankfully those details are not integral to the plot, so they weren’t make-it-or-break-it for enjoying the story as a whole.
Hera, Queen of Gods (Goddess Unbound) by T.D. Thomas is a roller-coaster ride that mystery and fantasy fans alike will enjoy. Make sure you clear your schedule when you pick up this book, because you won’t be able to put it down.