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Book Review: Ode to the Queen (Grace of Gods, #1) Kyleigh Castronaro

Ode to the Queen (Grace of Gods, #1)
by Kyleigh Castronaro
July 22nd 2014
238 pages
Do you love Greek Mythology, Romance, Greek Gods, Olympians? 

Explore Mount Olympus with the other Gods as 21st century adults find themselves the vessels of reincarnated Greek Gods. 

Savannah has been kidnapped. By a man who claims he's a Titan and she's one of the Greek Gods. Except, she doesn't know who her Goddess is and no one will tell her. So, it's a little farfetched and she wishes it isn't true but the evidence is piling up against her. 

While left to figure it out for herself, Charlotte is happy to make her life a living hell and the friends she does make turn to enemies. And then there's Aidan: the arrogant and mysterious King of the Gods. Savannah finds herself drawn to him despite her best efforts not to get involved with another guy. She doesn't need this kind of trouble when her life is already upside down; being a Goddess is hard enough. 

When a Titan tries his hand at repeating history, Savannah finds herself swept up into a plot straight out of Greek Mythology. She learns to make sacrifices for the ones she cares about as she tries to save her fellow Greek Gods and Goddesses. 

Driven by fate and a past she knows nothing about Savannah must navigate her new world as one of the Greek Gods Olympians, learning to be her own heroine. Will history repeat itself or will the New Olympians write their own myths? 

Get your hands on this story of reincarnation, Greek Gods and Goddesses; free now! 

As an attendee of Once Upon a Book (OUAB) this summer, I set out to read as many attending paranormal writers as possible. Canadian author Kyleigh Castronaro initially caught my attention for her beautiful cover design. I read Ode to the Queen, a modern reboot of Greek Mythological elements.

While Savannah believes she’s been admitted to a prestigious university program in Greece, she soon realizes she’s part of a much bigger plot set in motion by the Titan Atlas. Atlas has assembled a group of 20-somethings who have been knowingly or unknowingly playing human hosts to the spirits of gods, goddesses and other players from ancient Greek mythology. For her part, Savannah will come to be the reincarnation of a major ancient Greek goddess, she just must discover which one.

Grace of Gods is classified as a YA series. I typically avoid YA like the plague as I’m exhausted by the angst and self-doubt inherent to many characters in YA fiction. At times, Ode to the Queen reads like Bachelor in Paradise: Mount Olympus Edition. Savannah is constantly at odds with Aidan, her love interest, in an exhausting push-me/pull-me dynamic. While she is plagued with insecurity for much of the book, she begins to come into her own and harness the power of her goddess. I read the book quickly, was entertained for the most part, and found the concept completely compelling. I love learning and the full inclusion of Greek mythology made for an endlessly fascinating read.

Book two, Gods Save the Princess, centres on Hades and who I suspect will become Persephone, giving it the potential to be a deliciously dark read. I also plan to check out Castronaro’s Desecrated Beauty, a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, but with vampires. Desecrated Beauty is part of the author’s Twisted Fairy Tales series, a seemingly more ‘adult’ collection. Stay Tuned!

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Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
I’m fairly confident that I came out of womb reading the book. I’ve always loved stories in whatever medium they come. Books, movies, television shows… It didn’t matter. I didn’t discriminate (I still don’t!). It was only a natural progression that I become a writer myself.

I’ve been telling stories for as long as I’ve been reading. Even if it was just standing in front of my family acting out dramatic retellings of my day or making up stories of my own it didn’t matter. It was only a matter of time until I branched out into being a real writer and sharing my stories with friends and strangers alike. And you know what? It’s the best job in the world.

I write dirty, sexy stories about humans & their supernatural lovers. I grew up dreaming of being a Greek Goddess, not a Princess, so I wrote a book about it. In my Grace of Gods series normal humans find out they possess the souls of Greek Gods within them. They are whisked out of their lives and brought to Mount Olympus, thrust into the new and dramatic lives of their Gods.

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