Goodreads Book Description: She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.
hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her
head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted
title of "Whack Job" in her home town of Adel, Georgia. With the
onslaught of prescription medications and therapists threatening to push
her over the edge, she wishes for a life far away from the one she has,
a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone's
jokes and mockery.
Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.
living through an attack from her worst nightmare, she awakens to find
herself far from home, surrounded by glorious riches and servants…and a
few demigods who enjoy killing things. Upon learning that her favorite
rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the
Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future, and the great Pythia
that the gods have been anxiously awaiting to arrive for centuries.
Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given and to keep her
family safe from a demigod Princess that wants her dead, Chloe learns of
how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters,
evading divine assassins and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek
gods who harbor secrets of their own. In the hopes of discovering the
Most Beautiful and the truth of her destiny, she strives to uncover the
mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his
life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
My Review: I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones is a wonderful adventure story
starring Chloe Clever, who discovers pretty quickly that she is
different from other teenaged girls. She hears voices and sees things,
and everyone thinks she has a mental disorder. She quickly realizes that
she is the Oracle, a being can see and hear the future and has
important ties to the Greek myths of old. She meets Stafford Law, who is
a demigod and her protector, and along with some of his brothers and
friends, they try to figure out the Prophecy of the Most Beautiful
before things go out of whack. For better or worse, they go out of
whack, and we get to see the fallout.
There are many wonderful
things about this book! The adventure and pacing are great. The
information about Greek myth, Greece of old, and other background
research seems spot on. The characters are fascinating and how they meld
with the myths that we know is interesting to see play out. For the
most part, Chloe is a wonderful protagonist, and we go along with her in
the dark, finding things out as she does. The description is terrific,
and I feel like I'm in every location that the characters are in. The
best thing about this book is how imaginative it is-- I can feel ideas
bursting from the page. This is Diantha's (and the book's) biggest
I do have a couple of comments about this book.
Sometimes there seems to be too much going on and too many storylines
happening. We are trying to figure out this prophecy, and everyone
conveniently never tells Chloe anything-- so there are a lot of
questions unanswered. Second, I wanted to see more of a character arc
with Chloe-- I wanted to see her grow from the uncertain high school
girl to a more mature Oracle, but in fact, what we see is her getting
too in love with her fame, and getting herself in trouble by acting
before she thinks. That said, this is the first in a trilogy, so we have
more time to see her grow. My last point kind of goes along with the
first point-- there are jumps in POV, which for the most part make
sense. However, there are random chapters where this happens, and we
never return for 100's of pages. I almost wonder about revealing these
things in Chloe's perspective instead.
Overall, a highly
imaginative and beautifully described first novel in this series-- I
have no doubt that Diantha Jones will just get better with every book
she writes, and I am excited to continue to read her books as she
develops as a writer.
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