*I’d like to thank the author for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
I heard that this book featured the underworld, myth, and a heroine who just may not be as ordinary as she thinks she is. I knew I had to try it based on all this, and because it seemed like it was pretty action-packed, with an interesting hero. Lucky for me, my instincts about this book were right, and I got an interesting story, with some original world-building that I can’t wait to explore further.
Cora was very relatable. Who doesn’t want to be extraordinary? As a thirty-year-old woman, Cora was still trying to find her way in the world. She didn’t know what she wanted out of life, just that she wanted something exciting. Her wish was granted on the day that she died, and discovered that various gods, myths, and legendary heroes were real. She had to go on a quest to regain her mortality, and it was fun watching her character change throughout the story.
The side characters in this book were mainly mysteries. We only really got to know one, which was the guardian angel, Jack. He was a great male lead, and I thought he was wonderful for Cora. I definitely think that their relationship will change the two of them for the better. We met Xavier, a cute little boy. We also got to meet some goddesses, valkyries, and even the angel of death. I’m hoping that in the following books of this series, we’ll meet more characters, and get to know the ones we have already met a bit better.
The plot of this novel followed Cora on her journey to become more than she was. She was searching for an exciting and fulfilling life, and it was interesting that she only got that when she died. We followed Cora and Jack on their quests to take Xavier home, as well as get Cora’s second chance at life. The story was relatively fast-paced, with just a few slow parts. I had a slight problem when the point of view changed from first-person to third, and then back again. However, with all that said, I found this story to be interesting fantasy, and fun reading.
Overall, this book was original, with a unique world. I liked Cora as a strong main character, and am thinking that she’ll be even better in the next installments of this series. With all the various revelations we got in this book, I’m very intrigued to see what will happen next, and how the world will expand to become true urban fantasy, and not just fantasy.
Ellie Di Julio is a nomadic writer currently living in Hamilton, Ontario with her Robert Downey, Jr. lookalike husband and their three cats. Between nerd activities like playing Dungeons & Dragons or watching Top Gear, she enthusiastically destroys the kitchen and tries to figure out what it's all about, really. She also writes urban fantasy novels riddled with inside jokes and sexy secret agents.
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