Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner (Review)

Title: Curse of the Sphinx
Series: Sphinx
Author: Raye Wagner
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Pages: 344
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?

Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way. It’s safer.

When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse? Is Hope being hunted by the shadow monsters of the Underworld? Have the demigods finally caught up to her? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust-or how to love.

Set in a universe where Greek mythology is alive and well in the modern world, Curse of the Sphinx irresistibly blends action, suspense and romance. This story is sure to appeal to fans of the Percy Jackson books!


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I discuss this book more in-depth (with spoilers) in my book discussion.

Rating: 2/5 stars

This book is the first in the relatively new series, Sphinx by Raye Wagner. I picked this up because it was the book of the month for the Perustopia Book Club. I was super excited for it and immediately purchased it for my Kindle since not only was the premise extremely interesting, but it’s also a self-published book! However once I managed to make my way through the book,  I found myself being fairly disappointed.

The synopsis of the book and the background of the story are very interesting. The story incorporates Greek mythology into our world. Students have mythology classes (instead of the history classes that we have), and there are students here and there who are demigods. I enjoyed reading and learning about the Greek mythology, and I’m glad that I bought the book on my Kindle – my Kindle’s dictionary was able to give me more in-depth information about Greek Gods when they were mentioned in the book, which was helpful when I forgot what a certain God was known for.

There was so much potential in this book, but I felt like a lot of parts that would’ve made the story amazing were just skipped over. I realized this pretty early on, when descriptions would be cut short and scenes would be switched too abruptly. This made me so upset because I was enjoying the storyline and where it was going, but I wasn’t really feeling a connection to the characters. Instead, I felt myself becoming annoyed with the main character because (1) she would make a lot of poor decisions, and (2) she would spend most of the time being negative and brooding (which I suppose could be normal for a teenager, but I don’t want to read a whole book about that).

I thought that the friendships in the book were shallow, and the romance was too forced. Both the friendships and romance could’ve been developed so much more. Not only were the friendships and romance unrealistic, but so were a lot of other scenarios – some things were too convenient and simply unexplained.

Overall, I would recommend this book to readers who really love Greek mythology and want to see how they incorporated it into modern society. I gave this book 2/5 stars because while I didn’t enjoy reading about the characters and their stories, I enjoyed the Greek mythology bits.

Those are my general thoughts on Curse of the Sphinx – I’ll discuss plot points more in-depth in my book discussion.

If you’ve read this book, let me know what your thoughts were here, or in my Curse of the Sphinx book discussion! I’d love to hear other opinions.

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