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 Review Tour July 11-15

July 11-15, 2016

Release week festivities for Meg Trotter’s ANDROMEA! This debut novel well release on July 12, 2016 and we are celebrating all week! From July 11-15 we are looking for bloggers to post honest reviews and to host a giveaway. We also ask that you email the links back to me so that we may also promote your posts. We also ask that you post your reviews to Amazon and Goodreads as well if you have accounts.

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.

From Meg Trotter:

“Andromeda” is a retelling of the Greek myth of Perseus, from Princess Andromeda’s point of view. The series will follow her and several other heroines who are often portrayed as secondary to their “heroes” in each of the myths. I hope you enjoy the ride!

Final Stop on the A Spark Unseen Blog Hop

You’ve made it to the very end!! Congrats! Here is a video by yours truly explaining how this whole thing is going to work.

If you missed that here it is again.

Starting September 9, 2013, it’s the A SPARK UNSEEN Blog Hop!
10 days, 10 winners, plus Sharon’s “Big Bag o’ Books and Swag” Grand Prize!
Want to win? Follow the blog hop each day (see schedule below). Use the forward and back buttons to hop from one fascinating post to the next (interviews, location scouting, and secret character tidbits!), and enter the rafflecopter each day to win copies of THE DARK UNWINDING or A SPARK UNSEEN!
Want to win Sharon’s “Big Bag o’ Books and Swag” Grand Prize, or be one of the lucky 3 runners up? Then you will have to be clever! Each day there will be one letter hidden on one blog hop post, for a total of 10 letters. The letter will look like this:


And this one does NOT count, guys!
Collect all 10 letters, then unscramble to make two words that answer this question:
“What does Katharine Tulman want most?”
Were you clever? Then enter the two words you’ve unscrambled into the grand prize rafflecopter on the last stop and you could win. Easy!
Want to know what’s in the “Big Bag o’ Swag?” Hardbacks of THE DARK UNWINDING and A SPARK UNSEEN, books and arcs from my best writing buddies (including Ruta Sepetys), a flashdrive containing the AMAZING TDU audio book, Scholastic swag, TDU and ASU swag, and MORE, all swaddled in a cute I READ YA Scholastic tote. 3 runners up will be receiving a TDU/ASU hardback set.
You know you want it!
(And prizes will be USA and Canada only, okay?)
Want to get hopping? Here’s the schedule:

Group One: September 9, 2013
Author Interview-
Book Brats-Marla
Review-
Myth-Illogical
Playlist-
The Housework Can Wait-Lauren
Character Fun Facts- Mrs. Hardcastle
Through the Looking Glass
Quotes Then and Now- Lane
Eater of Books

Group Two: September 10, 2013
Review-
The Cozy Reader
Character Interview- Uncle Tully
The I Love Books Club
Location Scouting- The Morgue
Myth-Illogical
Character Fun Facts- Lane
Karis Bookshelf

Group Three: September 11, 2013
Review-
A Reader of Fictions
Author Interview-
Sarahs YA Blog
Quotes Then and Now- Uncle Tully
Citris Reads
Location Scouting- The Catacombs 2
Stories and Sweeties

Group Four: September 12, 2013
Review-
The Reading Geek
Character Interview- Lane
Ems Reviews Books
Character Fun Facts- Katherine
A Dream Within A Dream
Location Scouting- The Catacombs
Read and Reviewed

Group Five: September 13, 2013
Review
Book Brats-Marla
Author Interview-
667B Baker Street
Quotes Then and Now
A Book and a Latte
Location Scouting- Charenton Lunatic Asylum
My Friends Are Fiction

Group Six: September 16, 2013
Review-
Xpresso Reads
Character Fun Facts- Mary
The Book Vortex
Location Scouting- Plymouth Harbor
Esthers Ever After

Group Seven: September 17, 2013
Review
Book Loving Mom
Author Interview
Writerquirk
Quotes Then and Now- Katherine
Read. Breathe. Relax.
Character Fun Facts- Mr. Wickersham
Alluring Reads

Group Eight: September 18, 2013

Review-
Writerquirk
Character Fun Facts- Henri
Magnet4Books
Character Interview- Lane
Faerie Tale Books
Playlist
The Book Vortex

Group Nine: September 19, 2013
Review
Morgan (Goodreads)
Character Fun Facts- Uncle Tully
Bookshelf Banter
Location Scouting- Sainte-Merri Chapel
About to Read

Group Ten: September 20, 2013
Review-
Paranormal Indulgence
Character Interview- Mary
J Reads YA
Character Fun Facts- Napoleon III
Small Review
Location Scouting- Tuilleries
Book Brats- Megan

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Good luck everyone!!! Happy letter hunting!


A Spark Unseen Blog Hop, Day 9: Review by Morgan

Today we have reviewer, Morgan, on the blog to give her fantastic review for A Spark Unseen!

When I first read The Dark Unwinding in February of this year, I was blown away. It was the perfect amalgam of beautifully descriptive writing, rich characters and a haunting setting. I was enchanted and read it in one sitting. A Spark Unseen, the sequel to The Dark Unwinding, more than lived up to its predecessor for me. It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I loved every minute- the 5 star rating was definitely earned!

Tension radiated from the very first page and I was thrown right back into the gothic halls of Stranwyne. I was anxious, wishing Katharine would turn the key faster! The heartpounding opening sets the tone for the entire novel- it carries on at a brisk and action packed pace, even during the slower bits. Sharon Cameron’s writing never feels rushed, however. She is simply adept at finding the right turn of phrase and the perfect situation to keep the story moving ever onward. Much can be said in a word or a glance. Her writing is descriptive but to the point, with a lyrical cadence that I adored. I also liked that throughout the novel the French remains largely untranslated. The reader has to wonder at the words and puzzle out their meaning just like Katharine does, which kept me engaged.

The best sort of sequel in my opinion capitalizes on the parts that made the first so wonderful but enhances or twists them in a way to give the second book its own flavor and feel. I enjoyed the myriad connections to The Dark Unwinding, from Stranwyne itself to the mystery of the mechanical fish, and Ben Aldridge. There were many floating threads from that book that were carried into A Spark Unseen to great advantage.

At the same time, I loved how different the tone of the plot felt. The Dark Unwinding is best described as a gothic novel with touches of steampunk. It was haunting and magical in the best way. A Spark Unseen feels more like a spy novel. I loved that Katharine had to interact with the ladies of society- biting wit and tea make excellent companions! And I loved the political undertones and secretiveness of Paris. The tone reminded me of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation books, a historical romance spy series set during the Napoleonic Wars (with plenty of strong heroines and cutting dialogue!).

As much as I enjoyed the setting, the real magic of A Spark Unseen belongs to the characters. Each one had more to them than met the eye and it was fascinating to peel back their layers and discover what secrets lay beneath. Mrs. Hardcastle turned out to be delightfully fun and I knew Mr. Marchand has something up his sleeve. It takes talent to make not just one, but multiple secondary characters stand out and leap off the page. And Katharine is one of the best-written heroines I have ever had the pleasure to read. She is strong and capable but always willing to ask for help from her friends. She’s loyal and loving in the best ways, but fiercely independent and intelligent, able to take care of herself and those around her. She is real, and rash, and not afraid to speak her mind couched in civil language. The conversation she has towards the end of the novel with one character in particular was as close to perfect as it could be. I was grinning from ear to ear. I liked her unconventional friendship with Mary and was glad to see so much of it too. But my favorite, of course, is her relationship with Uncle Tully.

Uncle Tully is one of the most unique characters I have come across. He is simple and complex all at once; I often felt nervous for him and sad for him at times, but he can be so joyous too. He takes pleasure in the simplest things and it warms the heart. I love his eccentricities and his endearment for Katharine: Simon’s baby. I also love their relationship; it is very sweet but never condescending, and the exchange with the flower was perhaps my favorite part. I simply adore how Sharon Cameron has written him. It’s charming and interesting and utterly endearing.

There is so much to be said for this wonderful book, and this series. It’s romantic, action-packed, original and mesmerizing. My mouth dropped open at multiple parts, which I wouldn’t dream of sharing! The twists and secrets are too good to be spoiled. One of my favorite fun parts had to be the dream that Katharine has- it was so sweet and so swoonworthy! My heart melted. I also love when the dress on the cover of a book matches the book’s description, as it did here! And perhaps best of all, I love spotting the meaning of a book’s title in the book itself. Pure delight.

I had to put the book down a few times to go about my life, but every time I did I couldn’t wait to pick it up and start reading again. I’m bereft that it’s over, but at least I can always reread both! I truly hope that there will be more to Katharine’s story in the future. If you liked The Dark Unwinding, you will love A Spark Unseen. It is everything that was fantastic about the first while standing strongly on its own enchanting merits.