Author: Peta Crake.
Published: September 2012.
Publisher: Destiny Romance.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
As an Olympic messenger, suburban Aussie girl Ophelia Lind is used to being at the beck and call of the gods. But when gorgeous demigod Aden moves into her neighbourhood and starts taking advantage of her services, Ophelia believes life could not get any worse. She's about to be proven very wrong. Ophelia tries to enjoy a normal, everyday life while running messages for the Greek gods – but without warning an odious creature - evil incarnate - begins to stalk her. As a messenger dealing with the all-powerful and sometimes frightening gods, Ophelia is accustomed to adventures and scrapes. But this is different. Even Aden, who is madly and deeply in love with Ophelia, finds it difficult to protect her. Suddenly Ophelia is in a battle for survival and begins to question everything – her upbringing, her identity, and her true feelings for the alluring and entirely frustrating Aden.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
While this is definitely not the best book I’ve ever read, the low rating on Goodreads surprised me! The first two reviews are 1-star ratings.
This book is a quick paced story that is set in Australia. Ophelia – also called Phi – is an Olympic messenger. Her mother passed away a few years ago and her father is supposed to be Hermes. She has quite a family. Not everybody has Hades and Zeus as uncles. Her life is turned upside down when she meets demigod Aden, son of Aphrodite and Adonis. She turns him down and as a revenge, he sends her all of the world to deliver nonsense messages. Some even get her almost killed, because we get to meet a huge variety of mythological creatures.
There is also Simeon, a mysterious creature with a bad reputation in the world of Gods, but he is protecting Phi. He keeps warning her, but the search for her real father and her flirtations with Aden are keeping her far to busy. Unfortunately for her, someone is after her and an orb she never heard of. When she learns new information about her mother, her life is starting to get really complicated. To make things worse, she is kidnapped by her real grandfather and she gets another task in this world. This happens over a large timespan and she suffers a lot. Despite that, Phi kept fighting. She doesn’t take shit from anyone and I found her very strong. I only wished that she took some things more seriously. She felt a bit immature sometimes, but she is already in her mid twenties.
The other characters are fun. I really liked Hermes, but Aden wasn’t too bad either. We also have the arrogant and bitchy Gods, especially Aphrodite. I thought that Hades rocked.
I must admit that the storyline gets a bit overwhelming sometimes. There is a LOT going on. The search for her real father, the new identity of her mother, complots from several Gods, kidnapping and abuse, flirting with Aden and her inner struggle: do I surrender to my feelings or do I keep listening to my brains? This all made sure that the story is never boring, but it was also a bit chaotic. The plot is okay and the ending was happy and wrapped everything up like I expected.
Keep in mind that this story isn’t YA. The writing-style felt like it, but there are some situations with quite some violence and sexual related content (nothing to heavy, but still.)