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Demigods and Monsters (Sphinx #2)
by Raye Wagner
Release Date: April 25th 2016

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Summary:

Can Apollo’s curse be broken?

Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas is done running. Apollo’s curse has ruled her entire life, limiting her choices and robbing her of the things that matter most. But she refuses to live in fear any longer. In fact, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to break the god’s power over her existence.

When the goddess Artemis instructs Hope to impersonate a demigod and infiltrate a conservatory to get access to the Olympian library, she doesn’t hesitate. As she sees it, there’s nothing left to lose.

But once inside, Hope discovers the only way to get what she needs is to work with her sworn enemies. As the lines between demigod and monster are crossed again and again, Hope has to dig deep for the courage to accept her fate or fight for the freedom to save herself.

Demigods and Monsters is the second book in the Sphinx series.

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Excerpt:

She opened the door and heard yelling from downstairs. She took two steps before Athan was up the stairs, pushing Hope back into her room.“Hey—”  “Shh!” He hissed and clapped his hand over her mouth, closing the door behind them. “You need to get out of here.”
Her gaze narrowed, and she shook her head. She glanced down at his hand and gave it a tug. It didn’t even budge.
He leaned into her, his lips grazing her ear as he whispered, “I’ll take my hand off your mouth, but be quiet, okay?”
Her heart did a funny flip. How could he still affect her? He pulled his hand away.“What are you talking about?” she snapped. “Get out of my—”
His hand halted her speech. “They’re here.”He swallowed, and the vein in his neck jumped with his erratic pulse. His fear became a thick cloud sur
rounding them. “They’re here, and they’re hunting you.

Mama’s Thoughts: 

As with the first book, Raye Wagner effortlessly infuses ancient mythology into our modern world.  There’s even more action in the second installment of the Curse of the Sphinx series, Demigods and Monsters, and a good deal more of the story of Hope’s purpose unfolds.  I didn’t like Athan nearly as much in the first book as I did with this one, but I think that was on purpose.  I think we are set up to be wary of anyone, just like Hope is.  She’s come a long way, having become more self-sufficient after the previous book’s events.  I love her tenacity and her ability to think fast in situations as they arise.  She’s a character you genuinely root for, even when she’s not sure if she’s in the right, nor are you.  I always appreciate a good young love story, but it’s nice to not have the focus remain on romance.  We have such an exciting premise that it would be difficult not to get completely engrossed in the subject.  I’m always fascinated by mythologies that are rewritten for a new story, and Raye Wagner’s Curse of the Sphinx series is not only original, but also heaps of fun.  Safe enough for younger teens but interesting enough for adults, I’d rate it 13 and up.

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About the Author
Raye Wagner grew up in Seattle, the second of eight children, and learned to escape chaos through the pages of fiction. As a youth, she read the likes of David Eddings, Leon Uris, and Jane Austen. Inspired by a fictional character, Raye pursued a career in nursing, thinking to help the world one patient at a time.
One summer afternoon, when her then young children were playing in the pool, a plot dropped into her head, and she started writing.
She enjoys baking, puzzles, Tae Kwon Do, and the sound of waves lapping at the sand. She lives with her husband and three children in Middle Tennessee.
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Origin of the Sphinx, a novella detailing the story leading up to the creation of the mythological creature, is her first publication. It is the beginning of the Sphinx series.
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