Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Review: The Maenad of Manhattan (18+)

Book One - Cover

Title: The Maenad of Manhattan
Author: Liz Meldon
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance Novella
Publish Date: 10/08/2014
Publisher: Independent Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

~ Book Synopsis ~
The glory days of Ancient Greece are long gone, and the gods of the Old World are scattered across the globe. As their popularity dwindles, as their worshipers forget, their power fades. Luckily for Aphrodite, she’s a household name. After all, how could anyone ever forget the Greek goddess of Love? Unfortunately, no one seems to know or care about her divinity. In a world of skeptics and technology-crazed mortals, loneliness and boredom have taken hold. Her life consists of romance advice columns, martini bars, and flings with empty-headed men—until she meets Loki. She’s intrigued: it’s been decades—centuries even—since she laid eyes on another god, particularly one outside her pantheon. In their short time together, she realizes just how much she needs the companionship of one of her own. Loki, however, seems more interested in catching a murderous maenad than swapping stories about the old days. Can she convince Loki to stay and make her life a little less lonely, or will he persuade her to join him on his quest for more worshipers? His questionable tactics make her uneasy, but how can she turn down the opportunity to live as she once did: freely, powerfully, and lustfully as Aphrodite of Olympus


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What a fantastic find! This is my first time (most likely since the author ghost writes) reading Liz Meldon's work. I believe this is her debut book and it's spectacular. I love the concept where the gods and goddesses of mythology are walking around with us today. It's what drew me towards the story in the first place because who doesn't love mythology? What I find most interesting is that the story combines mythology, not just one set of gods or goddesses from Greek or Egyptian but a combination of all in the world.

This is the "adult" version where the main characters are the actual gods themselves. I loved the contemporary feel of the story and writing, I could imagine myself there in New York (even though I've never been). I don't usually read too much contemporary but I found I enjoyed it and the little magical twists in the story. Just don't expect too much magic in this story.

I'm not sure how I feel about Aphrodite and Loki. I felt like I couldn't relate to them as much as I wanted. It probably was due to their arrogance and elitist attitude, which makes sense considering who they are, but for me, I didn't care for it too much. Still it wasn't so bad that I wanted to stop, instead it was interesting as I've never been friends with their type of personalities. They could be fairly flippant which also makes sense because they pretty much have all the time in the world. I don't think I'll ever be able to relate so I've accepted their personalities.

The plot was fairly straight forward and easy to follow considering it's a short and fast read. There wasn't too much going on subplot-wise which is fine. The pacing was wonderful so I didn't find myself skimming parts. Ms Meldon makes her word-smithery an art because I found the writing fairly flawless. I could lose myself in her writing. *sigh*

My minor complaints are that the love scenes weren't to my taste, but that's a personal thing. Don't get me wrong, they were extremely well written but some of the submissive moves that Aphrodite accepted from Loki were not something I'd personally enjoy. Still, they were hot and steamy and you'd definitely want to read about them. ^_~

I did find it interesting how Aphrodite and Loki would react as ageless beings in today's world and I think Meldon did a wonderful job expressing and showing us that. I liked how it showed how some gods survived while others vanished. The transitions between their flashbacks and present times were nearly seamless, I loved how we get a glimpse of their thought processes comparing the past and present.

I do wish that the story was a little longer but this is the first of a series of books which makes me excited. I'm glad I got to review this novella and I'd love to read more about the adventures Aphrodite and Loki get into and if they get to meet any other gods or goddesses!

If you like mythology with erotic contemporary twists then I highly recommend this to you! Aphrodite and Loki are fairly unexpected allies so throwing them together is a fun ride which I hope lasts for awhile. I'm looking forward to the next installments!

4.2 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

About the Author: Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn't writing about snarky characters of her own, she is ghostwriting romance novellas, working on her fanfiction, loitering on social media, or selling tickets at a theatre. In the past year, she has written six romance novellas as a ghostwriter. Three have been published and are doing well. She loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.

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