Pub Date: Jan 26th 2016
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.
Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.
When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.
Can I just point out that the last review I’ve posted was in October for Michelle’s last release Diamonds are Forever! How funny (and fitting) that after my mini hiatus I would come back with a review for her upcoming novel? I’m so incredibly lucky <3
I would like to thank Michelle for choosing me to be one of the fifteen lucky people to receive a paperback ARC for promo and review! I’m having so much fun making edits and taking pictures of this gorgeous book.
Michelle pitched this book at her release party for Diamonds are Forever and the second she said it will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle I immediately knew that this was the book for me! My middle school years consisted of me obsessing over those two series and I was so excited to read something new that was reminiscent of them, so you can only imagine my excitement when I finally had the book in my hand- and boy it did not disappoint. I swear I could have read this in one sitting, but dumb responsibilities (like finals) made me read it in two instead.
The world, the history, the magic! It is very evident that Michelle took a lot of time to intertwine the different elements together into one beautifully crafted story that made me absolutely envious of her writing skills (especially since I was fresh out of NaNo!). I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical, but intrigued, when I thought of how she was going to connect Greek mythology with magic powers and witches. It seemed like it would be hard to connect the two, but she managed to do it seamlessly with a rich and intricate history to further explain it. I was in awe of how beautifully put together the magic system was, it was so interesting to learn about.
Despite the very detailed explanations and history, Michelle avoided the dreaded ‘info dump’ that many books fall victim to. Clearly she must have some magic of her own because I felt like I could’ve explained the history and origin of the characters’ magic after just learning about it! Makes me wish that she wrote the textbooks for my class…
The characters were spectacular, since Nicole is new to this school we get to experience the ‘introductions’ to the different characters in a natural way. Darius, her teacher, seems like the coolest teacher ever and he does have some Chiron (from PJO series) vibes. He seems calm, intelligent, and truly values the thoughts and ideas of his students- all wonderful and rare qualities in teachers. One of the first students we meet is Kate and I really, really like her! If Kate was a Harry Potter character she would be best friends with Hermione Granger, she is referred to as a goody two shoes and seems to be extremely smart and studious- which is why I like her so much. Chris is just adorable to me, he is such a sweet guy and is down for anything fun and adventurous. He is really outgoing and I cannot wait to read more about him. Blake and Danielle are the ‘cool kids’ of the book, the ‘it’ couple and honestly my favorite characters. They both have a sense of mystery and this book begins to shed some light on who they really are.
Our main character Nicole is pretty awesome as well. She makes the best of the situation she’s in instead of complaining about it, which is a relief since we’re in her head, and is not afraid to fight for what she wants. I really admire her bravery and perseverance. I’d be lying if I’d say that I wasn’t sure about her at first, she was a bit indecisive of what she believed at first even though she practiced the magic but after that passed I grew to love her so much.
Since I haven’t read Michelle’s Transcend Time series, this is the first book by her I’ve read that has adventures, mythical creatures, and even a bit of badass fighting and I loved every second of it! She flawlessly weaved together our world with this beautiful world that she created in a way that made me think ‘if this mythical creature existed and attacked me, this is EXACTLY how I would handle it (hopefully).’ The adventure our characters go on is extremely entertaining because of what happens, but also because we learn more about them! And if that isn’t enough to keep you satisfied, Michelle adds in a little humor that can give Percy Jackson a run for his money. This book has everything- humor, adventures, friendship, mystery, and even a bit of romance.
Honestly this book is probably one of my favorites of 2015 and I think I may even reread it next year before the sequels are released. My favorite part of the whole reading experience was being able to DM Michelle on twitter whenever I got to a part that I just HAD to share. I cannot wait for book 2! If you have the opportunity to get this book I HIGHLY recommend that you do- it’s so worth it!