Title: Prophecy (Calypso #1)
Author: Julie Anne Lindsey
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Published Date: 6th October 2014
Rating: 3.5 Stars
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*
Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.
Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend… who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, can discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.
Review: This was a pretty good read, and one that was hard to rate. It was pretty good, but it wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t horrible either. It was a quick read that I enjoyed, with an interesting plot and a romance story that kept me turning pages. This is a paranormal romance, and the paranormal aspect of things was done very well.
We have the main character Callie who I really liked. She was someone who didn’t want to stand idle while everything was going on around her. Even though she was out of her depth she wanted to help, and held strong for her friends and family. As well as that she was a swimmer, and I always like seeing women doing sports in novels for some reason. Maybe because it doesn’t happen too much. She develops a bit in this novel, from someone who is bullied at school and keeps their head down to someone more confident, fiery and willing to do what it takes.
Liam was a nice love interest, but I didn’t feel much for him as a character. In fact, I wasn’t too interested in the Hales. They were cool and all, but I much preferred Callie’s best friend, Justin. He was such a nice guy! Slow, patient and always looking out for his best mate. I wouldn’t have minded a friend like him ;)
As for the plot, there is a bit of Greek and Norse mythology in there. The Stians were a new type of villain for me. They were monsters who looked like people and claimed women, destroying them to harm their Guardians. They formed a sort of clan with which they hope to take over the world. It was up to the Hales and other Guardians (demigods) to stop that from happening. I feel like Julie explained the situation very well and gave us everything we’d need to know to understand, which was good.
To me the ending felt a little bit rushed, and I didn’t completely understand what went done at the final battle, but afterwards we get a kind of ‘debriefing’ of sorts and that was helpful. Overall a pretty good book, and I will hopefully be reading the next one in the series when it’s published.
Author Bio: Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.
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