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Sacrifice – N. Isabelle Blanco

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Releasing as part of the 2019 Sinister Fairy Tales Collection and part of the Dark Paranormal Ryze Series, but can be read as a Standalone!

Megara

We all know the story.
How it ended.
He survived and conquered each task.
Became the hero of all heroes.
And in the end he became a legend.
What no one told you is that I was there. I was helping him . . . and when he ascended, I was left behind to rot.
Herakles never knew I sold my soul for his success—he didn’t need to. Had I been enough on my own, he would’ve chosen to stay.
Instead, he rose to full glory.
I was dragged straight to Hades.
Beaten.
Violated.
Broken.
Eventually, mutated.
I lost track of him for nearly three millennia, but I’ve found him.
I will kill him.
He chose to become a god; I was forced to become a nightmare.
Now it’s time for us to meet again.

Herakles

I abandoned my family mere moments before the Greek pantheon fell.
‘Till this day the whispers accuse me.
Had I been there, perhaps they could’ve been saved.
But I no longer gave a fuck.
Funny how vanity can blind a male to what really matters.
It took less than a year on Olympus before I began searching for her again.
I never found her.
Now, two-in-a-half-thousand years later, here I am.
Alone.
Empty.
An immortal ghost, simply getting by.
I should’ve never left her.
The only thing I had was hoping the last of her mortal days, wherever she ended up, were happy . . .
Joke’s on me.
A darkened, twisted version of my female returns, demanding my head for every one of my sins.
And she shall have it.
But first, I’m saving her from her curse.
I’ll sacrifice every ounce of my sanity left to free her . . . right before I let her end me once and for all. 

I’d like to thank Enticing Journey for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated. So this is the 3rd book from the Sinister Fairy Tales Collection, I have loved the other 2 which meant I had very high expectations, they were not met sadly. I was very disappointed by this book we’ll start with what I liked.

The world building was amazing, I loved the world building. That’s the part of this novel that I really enjoyed and it is what actually kept me reading because if not for that I would have given up on this novel.

I could not connect with the characters at all.

It all got a little confusing, I was finding it very hard to keep up with what was happening. Now I know this is part of the series of Ryze according to Goodreads and I feel like the fact it was part of another series led up to me being confused. I felt like some things were missing for people who haven’t read that series. I just felt extremely lost and not lost in a good way. I feel like this has happened because the author knows that characters from the other series so well she may forget that new readers don’t and the little things we do need to know.

It could also be the reason why I didn’t get this novel as much is because my greek mythology knowledge isn’t really there. I remember learning an odd bit at school but other than that nothing.

So I’m really disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this, but I feel like it’s more me than the book maybe? I don’t know I just really got lost and couldn’t connect with the characters and connecting to the characters is always a big thing for me.

2 stars

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