Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Review: Westwick College by Liz Meldon (Love and Liars #3)

Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and lust, is so done with taking cases in Nowheresville towns. She thought partnering up with Loki to fight supernatural baddies meant excitement, drama, and exotic adventures. So far, the sleepy town of Westwick in rural Idaho isn’t quite meeting her expectations. Still, spending day in and day out with the Norse god of lies and trickery adds more than a little spice to life. And she’d rather be with another god, bored, than all by her lonesome again.

Meanwhile, Loki, Norse trickster, is trying—and failing—to come to terms with the fact that his powers aren’t returning as fast as he’d hoped, even with all his freshly acquired followers. When an academic from his past implores him to help battle a magical presence at Westwick College, he puts his mounting frustrations aside in order to help a friend, dragging his gorgeous, albeit occasionally moody, love goddess along for the ride.

Magic has descended on Westwick College in Idaho, holding its students hostage by creating bouts of sickness and eerie bumps in the library stacks when night falls. While Loki believes it will be a simple fix, Aphrodite, having learned from her time with vampires in Vancouver, braces herself for a tough road ahead.


And as if that isn’t enough, something—someone—is watching Aphrodite’s each and every step. Biding their time. Waiting for the right moment to strike.

Review

MINOR SPOILERS

I read this several months ago and forgot to write a review so this will be short and generalized as I don't remember the details.

This is the 3rd book in the Lovers and Liars series (read my reviews: Manhattan(#1) and Vancouver(#2)). Here we are back with Aphrodite and Loki investigating strange occurrences at a college. I enjoyed the paranormal and occult aspects of it but the occurrences were more minor to the plot than I thought it would be, it's more like we know it happened but we don't necessarily see it happen much. 

That said, we do see a huge influence of magic applied to the gods, especially Aphrodite. She experiences a huge change, which I loved seeing, but for some reason thought it hard to believe. Considering the power of a witch versus a goddess, I thought the stronger of the two would be a goddess but I suppose I was wrong. Then again, I think the witch had another power help her. I guess I didn't love that part but it was interesting, seeing Aphrodite vulnerable. I loved her sidekick Rowan, he was a brave and kind one. I also sympathized with him wanting to fit in. I also liked the unfortunate circumstances Loki found himself in, I cringed for him and what he did but glad to see it all work out.

Overall, the story kept me interested enough to finish. Not many love scenes as in the previous books which is fine since we're seeing more plot but I also feel that the characters grew the most in this book compared to the others. I enjoyed that but we haven't yet seen any of the other gods around or what they are doing. I'm still waiting for them. lol This is a decent book but I'd like more growth for the characters and more of the other gods and how they are doing. Maybe run into a few of their spouse or descendants unknowingly? That would be kind of fun.


3.4 out of 5 for me!



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

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