Book Review: Strange Fates (Nyx Fortuna #1) by Marlene Perez

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Strange Fates (Nyx Fortuna #1) by Marlene Perez
(Started: April 02, 2013; Finished: April 03, 2013)

Brooding, leather jacket-wearing Nyx Fortuna looks like a 20-something, and has for centuries now. As the son of the forgotten fourth Fate, Lady Fortuna, he has been hunted his entire life by the three Sisters of Fate that murdered his mother. 
Fed up and out for revenge, Nyx comes to Minneapolis following a tip that his aunts have set up a business there. His goal ­ to bring down his mother's killers and retrieve the thread of fate that has trapped him in the body of a twenty year old unable to age or die. 
But when a chance meeting with the mysterious, dangerous and very mortal Elizabeth Abernathy throws off his plans, he must reconcile his humanity and his immortality. (From Goodreads)
Review: 3 stars
Released on: March 05, 2013
Source: Orbit Books (Hachette Book Group) through Netgalley
Available on: Amazon, Hachette Book Group
I am a Roman/Greek mythology buff. There's a ninety percent chance that I would read a book that is related to it, *hint hint*, whether it is fiction or non-fiction. It was one of the first topics I have read when I was a kid which my uncle instilled in my mind at such a young age. Low and behold, my interest of reading was born.

To be honest, I just skimmed the description of this book when I requested for it which means I really have no idea what really is it about. I just assumed that it might be a fantasy genre with romance all over it which I somehow based on the cover and title. When being an impulsive reader strikes! #bookwormproblems It was not the case though. Strange Fates was an understatement. It was all about the Fates. To put in layman's term, the three women in the Disney film Hercules who could tell one's future and tell when your life is about to end by cutting a strand of hair--using a pair of gold scissors--which is called the Thread of Fate. It focuses on their nephew, Nyx Fortuna and his plan of vengeance towards his aunts. Moving on to the characters, I love the name Nyx. Aside from being unique, it sounds badass and it really suits the character which somehow have a dark and mysterious personality. Talbot was an interesting character as well, same as his father. I would love to know more about their knowledge on mythology because that's where the story and revolves and what new things Nyx can discover in their shop.

Plot-wise, the story was promising. It has a clear vision on what the author wants to deliver but perhaps it was not executed as much as it was supposed to be. Nyx had a clear goal but it was segue to another which became his purpose at the end. This can lead to confusion to the readers on what the protagonist really want to do with his journey. When it comes to the narration, it can be easily understood but I just don't like the repetition of statements or sentences. It was find to say the supposed goal of Nyx once or twice but unfortunately, it became a constant reminder to the reader that was somehow annoying. I felt like I was treated that I wasn't able to grasp the whole point when actually I understood it and ready to carry on with it. This setback should be avoided. Off to the ending, I think it ended flat. The story, like I said, actually had a good start and was very strong at that but the ending was not able to contain the same excitement and intensity. It was unexpected but not in a way that I like it. Though for the good points, I would give it a chance and see if the sequel will be better and  hope it would be since I still have hope of its budding story. Oh, and I am also hoping for a bit more of romance since it adds a thrill to the whole thing.

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