Andromeda by Meg Trotter (Priscilla Reviews)

Title: ANDROMEDA
Author: Meg Trotter
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: July 12, 2016
Source: Publicist

From Goodreads:

For as long as she can remember, seventeen-year-old Princess Andromeda has done what was expected of her. She consented to a political marriage to a hateful older man. She became a quiet, obedient housewife. After her husband’s death, she agreed to be united in yet another political marriage for the sake of her country’s stability.

However, when the Greek goddess of the sea disrupts this second wedding ceremony, jealous of the pomp of the celebration, she places a curse on Andromeda and her home: either sacrifice the princess to a sea beast or let the creature destroy her country. A visit to the Oracle reveals that Andromeda needs four ancient weapons of the Greek gods to fight off the beast and the goddess who controls it.

Now Andromeda must find the strength and the cunning to do what she has never done before — to fight for her own life — while keeping the well-meaning “hero” Perseus out of her way.

It has been too long since I’ve written one of these!!! I’m unsure of how to start.

Whew! What a journey! I feel like I’ve crammed this massive enterprise in to just a few days. I’m here reviewing the book Andromeda by Meg Trotter. I must preface this analysis by mentioning that I have very very little knowledge of Greek Mythology or gods and goddesses of the like. Lucky for you and for me, there is absolutely no need to study up before leaping in to this book. Megan does a great job of keeping you in check along the way!

The only time I was lost was at the ending. I didn’t expect to have emotions, but I will say I did tear up in the last chapter. I’ll leave this vague for you, as I don’t want to ruin the ending. If you have read or seen Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and enjoyed it, then you’ll likely love this version as well. It rides along the lines of that story with touches of familiarity, however is told from a totally different angle. I felt as if by the second chapter Andromeda gripped hold of me and haunting me to come back for more. Let me put it this way, real life kept getting in the way of my figuring out what happens next. Megan’s descriptions are made of just the right stuff to build a strong vision for that brain movie that gets going when you’re reading. I loved our heroine’s personality here. She was unsure of herself and yet powerfully driven with purpose! I thought I was reading in to an epic love story, and in a way one could see it as such, but really it’s about the adventure of a girl (with help) throwing caution to the wind to save the day. Along the way she makes some pretty epic friends who stick with her.

I feel like Andromeda is someone I would want in my life. You know. If she weren’t in a fight for her life! I really love that my idea of certain gods and goddesses were pretty much shoved over to make room for these varied details that personally I never knew, or more possibly that Megan wrote in on her own. Which is wonderful! Very good read, I would recommend to anyone looking for a little quest filled with courageousness, surprises, and a definitely unexpected ending!


Priscilla

ANDROMEDA Release Day!

It’s here! It’s finally here! I am so excited that you guys all get to read ANDROMEDA by Meg Trotter now. I feel so privileged to have been able to take part in the process of bringing this book to all of you. I am so lucky Meg trusted me enough to help her. The e-book is available on Amazonfor just $2.99! What a steal you guys!

About ANDROMEDA

For as long as she can remember, seventeen-year-old Princess Andromeda has done what was expected of her. She consented to a political marriage to a hateful older man. She became a quiet, obedient housewife. After her husband’s death, she agreed to be united in yet another political marriage for the sake of her country’s stability.
However, when the Greek goddess of the sea disrupts this second wedding ceremony, jealous of the pomp of the celebration, she places a curse on Andromeda and her home: either sacrifice the princess to a sea beast or let the creature destroy her country. A visit to the Oracle reveals that Andromeda needs four ancient weapons of the Greek gods to fight off the beast and the goddess who controls it.
Now Andromeda must find the strength and the cunning to do what she has never done before — to fight for her own life — while keeping the well-meaning “hero” Perseus out of her way.


About Meg Trotter

Meg Trotter writes novels about myths, legends and people who populate worlds both imaginary and real.
Her debut series, the “God-Haunted Saga” will focus on mythology set in ancient Greece. Though Meg has not gotten the chance to go to Greece herself, she’s spent countless hours pouring over books and maps. And since all her knowledge of the place, history and culture is coming from reading books, she’s pretty certain she’s pronouncing every Greek term incorrectly.
She was raised in Florida and currently resides in Tennessee with her husband, son, and extremely fluffy cat. When she’s not working at her full-time job as a journalist or wrangling her toddler, she’s usually spending way too much time playing Sims.


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You Before Anyone Else was an unexpectedly entertaining and attention grabbing book. This is definitely not a book that I normally tend to read, but the description was enough to get me to check it out. While I don’t think this book will change lives, it’s definitely worth reading. I finished the book in a matter of hours because I couldn’t put it down.
The lives of struggling models in NYC is not a world I am familiar with, but it’s the world both Finley and Eddie live in. Their worlds collide one evening at a party and fate keeps pushing them back together. Sometimes while I was reading I felt like everything was moving too fast, but when you put into perspective that each of these characters has already graduated high school and they both are living as independent adults, it’s really don’t feel that quick at all.
The story definitely brought up some great topics. Finley struggles with who she thinks she wants to be and what she can actually do that will fill her with passion every day. Eddie struggles with a secret for most of the book (that I will not give away here because SPOILERS) as he too tries to figure out the difference between who he thinks he should be and what he should actually be.
I really liked these characters and I enjoyed reading their story. I would definitely read more books by these two authors in the future. I feel like all of the characters in the story were well rounded. There wasn’t anyone in there who wasn’t there for a purpose or who I felt like wasn’t a real person. It feels like they were all given the same amount of detail as the two main characters and that was something I really liked.
The end of the story was great. I love that the best outcome possible happened for all of these characters. This is a book I would read again. Four stars!

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From Goodreads

After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can’t accept that her brother’s death was an accident.

A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There’s a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham. Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother’s killer claim her life, too?



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