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Monday, March 3, 2014

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Review: Taste a Thousand Deaths by Sarah Godfrey + Victoria DeRubeis

Taste a Thousand Deaths by Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis

The Marionettes of Myth Saga #3
Author: Sarah Godfrey, Victoria DeRubeis
Publication Date: December 26, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

She stepped through the doors of eternal night.

Now the king of the night won’t let her go.

In this thrilling third installment of the Marionettes of Myth series, two months have slipped since the collapse of the overpasses. Finally Kali and her family—friends included—have moved into a new house to begin their lives afresh. Kali has had the chance to consider her feelings for Yuuhi—and her more intimate desires. She’s survived bullets and crushing rubble, yet the question of sex still turns her bright red.

But the river has been flowing silently. War trickles into the cracks of the city and floods their lives when something arrives at their doorstep that promises to take away the very people Kali fought to protect. An army will come for them—an army they can’t conquer, not as they are. The impervious law of the Vampire Alliance Court will crush them.

It’s then that Kali realizes Cassius has ensnared them all. He’s had them since the beginning.

And only the gods can help them now.
Review copy provided by authors for review

This latest installment in the Marionettes of Myth Saga was a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for bright things in the future, according to my review for Interlude, but NOPE (if it doesn't actually get better, I was hoping things would be steady and not take a semi-huge plummet).

I was also hoping the good reviews streak would continue from February. :(

First, there seems to be a lot more plots thrown in this time around, and I felt like I was playing connect the dots all the time yet never reaching the end.

It was probably wise on the authors' part to make a companion series – the plot points might lessen in the future because it was a tad bit hard keeping track of all them that I may have spent my time tallying how many plot points there were in total.

Second, there's mythology... and astronomy. Yay! But astronomy's connected to mythology (constellations and stars have a story behind them), so I'm not really concerned about that. I just have one problem.
Orpheus slammed the brick of his fist through the metal to leave enough room for anyone inside to escape through shadow.
I don't imagine Orpheus slamming his fist and punching things. I just don't. I can see him playing the lyre and enchanting the metal enough that it parts ways for him though but certainly not slamming bricks (I do see him having power over Earth. Sort of). Then again, Godfrey and DeRubeis did seem to intend to go off the mark from mythology, which is tolerable on my standards... unless it's all over the place. By that, I mean some things are accurate and some are completely made up. Here, it's completely made up except for the names.

I just won't be surprised if a character named Bellatrix, Betelgeuse or Cassiopeia pops up sometime in the future.

But I don't imagine people of power swearing a lot either. The media would probably be having a blast then (like FDR and his acronyms. He would have a blast with text messaging).
Not exactly the greatest installment, but I'm not sure if I should blame the weather for it. It HAS been pretty grumpy.
3.5 Owls

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