Review: Deceived by L. A. Starkey

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The battle between the Titans and the gods of old did not end with them. The demand for revenge has dripped down into the next generation. Twins, Marcus and Nicolas, heirs to the throne of the gods and sons of the last remaining Titan, learn that the purpose of their existence is to fulfill a prophecy born of hate and despair.They must battle for Pandora’s daughter’s heart, a girl lost to the human world and unaware of her hidden heritage. For four hundred years Marcus and Nicolas have only been allowed to touch the edge of their soul mate's dreams, but the time of the prophecy has come.For Samantha, life has been nothing more than a series of misfortunes and heartbreak. For years, she has kept her heart locked away, but change is rolling in like a tidal wave. Now Samantha must discern the thin line between love and lie, myth and reality, and it seems that time is running out...

Where do I start? This book was fantastic. The characters, the plot, the suspense, ugh! It was almost too much!
Let's begin with Sam, Marcus and Nick. They were beautiful characters! They are the type of characters that take a hold of your heart the very first time you meet them and then refuse to let go. My poor heart is mutilated with how many times it broke for these three. The complex, intricate relationship between the three of them was almost torturous in its beauty. 
Oh, and the plot! Sometimes, the suspense the author created had my heart in my throat. We are given the real story little by little, in tiny tidbits that are enough to keep us informed, but dying for more. Oh, and don't get me started on the ending. Cliffhanger beware! 
The writing was elegant and flowing. Sometimes, it bordered on purple prose, but never quite went there. I felt the dialogue was a bit iffy and not very natural. True, they need to speak in a bit of an antiquated way because of the setting, but I didn't feel that the author pulled it off quite well. But that aside, it was a very, very good book.
Who do I recommend this to?
Every fantasy lover out there needs to read this, especially if they're suckers for gorgeous characters and Greek mythology.
Thanks to Netgalley and BookTrope for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Awww man - I'm just seeing this! What a great review. So glad you enjoyed the book.

    I sure do appreciate you!