Monday, 24 March 2014

Nymph by Tonya Alexandra


This post contains a review, a guest post, and a giveaway!



Nymph (Love Oracles #1) by Tonya Alexandra
Published February 1, 2014 by Walker Books
Source: the publisher
Rating: 2 stars
From the blurb: An idyllic Greek island. Obsessed demigods. A fallen nymph. A mortal boy. Merope, a beautiful but faded star nymph, is banished to Earth for displeasing the gods. She tries to fit in, go to school and live a normal “human” life. And then she meets Lukas … but relationships between men and goddesses are forbidden. Will their love grow? Or will Merope and Lukas feel the wrath of the gods?
Nymph by Tonya Alexandra is the story of Merope, a star nymph. She and her sisters are consorts to the Gods, but when she refuses to be with Orion, Zeus sends her and Uncle Prometheus to live on a Greek island. It is forbidden for female immortals to love humans, but Merope meets a local boy, Lukas, and they feel an instant connection.

The idea behind Nymph was unique to me as I don’t read much YA involving mythology. Because the story is set here on Earth in the modern day, there wasn’t an excessive amount of mythology included in the story, though the names of Gods, demigods, and nymphs were constantly mentioned or referenced by Merope.

Told in third person I never connected to the characters strongly, but I could understand their situations. There is insta-love between Merope and Lukas, but I didn’t find it to be too unbelievable as she’s an extremely attractive nymph so it was easy to believe Lukas would fall for her. Her love for him was a little harder to believe as Gods and nymphs find humans to be quite ugly and imperfect, but there is something about Lukas that Merope cannot resist.

Mereope starts attending high school and her days are filled with making friends and trying to avoid Lukas, yet also wanting to be with him. There was a lot of fretting about how wrong it was yet they always found themselves together. It felt as though all the events were occurring on consecutive days but occasionally Merope would mention that weeks or months had gone by, yet to me it felt as if no time has passed.

I did like that for once the story centred on a female paranormal creature and a human boy, it made a nice change from all the books that feature the opposite situation. I also liked that not everyone in the story was described as being perfectly good looking; the Gods were, but the humans were not. But, the story did remind me of a few other books (Hush, Hush, Fallen, and Halo) due to the dislike/judgement of humans and the way Merope and her friends had to come to Earth and live amongst humans.

I think this is a book that younger teens will enjoy, especially if they’re fans of romance.

Thank you to the fantastic people at Walker Books for my review copy.


Guest post from author Tonya Alexandra

Hi book lovers,
I have a couple of questions for you -

What if you had lived for millenniums tending tirelessly to the needs of selfish, spoilt gods?
What if you had no power over your destiny, you were fated to serve others for the rest of your life?
What if you were ordered to love someone you despised?

My book, Nymph, is the story of Merope, a star nymph who rejected Orion (a demigod who had stalked her for centuries) and was banished to Earth as punishment.
Although she landed on a beautiful Greek island, Earth was an impossible place. She found mortals to be strange with their odd customs and technology; they looked at life in an entirely different way. Their lives were short but intense; their friendships stronger, their love stronger. Merope was enchanted by it all. But love between a mortal and a celestial was forbidden.
So I ask you, what if she met a boy?  An especially scrumptious one with devilish dark hair and sea green eyes?
What should she do? 
Would you risk the wrath of the gods to experience what might be your only chance of happiness in your long, long, existence?

Let me know!! 

I hope you enjoy Nymph and the two remaining books in the Love Oracles series. It has been very cool bringing Greek mythology characters to life in modern day. It brought about some funny situations like imagining how a goddess would feel about computers or how a character like Heracles would go shopping. So yes, Nymph is not all *sigh* romance, it has humour and adventure too – especially book two and three. Just wait to you see what they get up to in Olympus and Hades.

So my challenge for you (and Amanda!) – read Nymph and send me a photo of an artwork you’ve created inspired by it. Yes – it could be as cool as nail art, or maybe a sketch or painting. It could be – stars/hearts/bow & arrow/mythology characters – anything. 

Enjoy! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
All the best, Tonya Alexandra
Twitter: @tonya_alexandra
FaceBook: /LoveOracles



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22 comments:

  1. This sounds so interesting! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  2. Like you, I don't think this is one for me. I feel as if a lot of YA books are really great for younger teens but don't quite click for me. Wonderful review, Mandee! (P.S. - LOVE the new signature! Not sure if I mentioned it before, but I've been thinking it for awhile.)

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  3. Gorgeous cover! <3 I love myths but unfortunately it doesn't always work in YA novels. This seems like a perfect light reading. Just something romantic to pass your time by. :) Lovely review, Mandee! Hopes you're reading something that you really love right now. :)

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    1. The background of the cover is very pretty!

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  4. wow I love how you take the time to write such an amazing review about this book!
    The cover looks soo pretty!

    Xx Julia

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  5. Yeah I'm pretty much with you. I didn't get on very well with this book at all. I found it pretty dry and...average? Already been done??? I did like Hercules though. He was quite funny. I just didn't connect with Merope on any level at all, except for people mispronouncing her name. I get that a lot too and my name is SIMPLE.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone, Cait. It feel treasonous not to like an Aussie book!

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  6. You are right we don't get many books with a paranormal female and a human boy, I haven't read anything featuring nymphs. Thanks for calling my attention to this title.

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  7. While the whole idea of reversed sides, meaning a girl is paranormal and boy human this is not something I'd enjoy. I mean I might have years ago but I got tired of this kind of stories. Glad you enjoyed some aspect of it and great guest post. Great review, Mands :)

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    1. Yeah, you're right, even with the change in perspective, it still doesn't feel like a fresh idea.

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  8. I absolutely adore mythology but I don't think this one is for me. The premise of the romance doesn't appeal to me because I am always bothered by whole some centuries old paranormal being will be attracted to a teenager. It makes no sense to me O_O

    Great review, Mands!! :)

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    1. Haha, it is funny when you think about it!

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  9. You don't see many nymph books so this sounds pretty original. And I do like the idea of a female paranormal, too.

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    1. It feels rare, though I'm sure it gets done more than I realise

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  10. Great mani! I like how you recreated those elements from the cover! Looks like a chalkboard :)

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  11. Hmmm. I'm a huge fan of mythology, but rarely enjoy myth retelling...or stories aimed at younger teens, so I think I'll skip this one.

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    1. I don't think mythology re-tellings are for me either, Nat!

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