Series: Into The Dark, #1
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Genres: Mythology, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.
Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.
Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.
I’m going to try to keep this nice and clear. Do not bother with this book. That is the best and only advice I can give you.
But why Mel? It looks soooo good!
Haden Lord has a pretty crappy life in the Underrealm. He’s disowned by his father, despised by his twin brother and shunned by everyone else. However, when King Ren (his father) seeks out the help of the Oracle to see who is most fitting to go on the the quest to save the Underrealm. And just somehow, Haden is chosen. Nope, not his more educated brother, but him. Yet soon, the author manages to turn him into the typical, Gary Stu. When Haden arrives on Earth with the mission to seek out Daphne Raines (who is like the key to deciding the fate of the Underrealm), he’s declared as ‘hot stuff’. He also has this talent for learning this after seeing someone perform the action just once. Like seriously, can we be a little more realistic?
We also have our Mary Sue, Daphne Raines. When she starts at her new school, Olympus Hills (aww no way), she’s envied by everyone. She’s got the perfect tanned skin and gorgeous blonde hair, her dad is a famous and rich rock star and Daphne also happens to be really talented herself with her voice and guitar. Daphne, doesn’t have much logic though. She kisses Haden when he killed all supernatural and creepy with lightning (she doesn’t even know his powers and everything yet at this point) however says he has issues when he has her name engraved on his arms. Okay, so that’s really creepy. But isn’t the first one really creepy as well? LIKE I’M SO CONFUSED WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING.
Well…half of the pages were really irrelevant to the story. They do a little music, do a little stalking, do a little bitching and the plot line just pokes it’s head in every 100 pages or so. 500+ pages? Definitely not needed.
Instant love. Angst. This was basically a love story. Because the only way for Daphne to co-operate and save the Underrealm is for her to fall helplessly in love with Haden.
No. Don’t bother. You’re wasting your time. I’m a huge fan of Greek Mythology, and while I did like that aspect partially, the other 95% was NOT WORTH IT. Go read Percy Jackson. Sheesh. (They also have a way better ship. PERCABETH)
~Thank you Egmont USA for sending me this copy!~
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