Mini Review: Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner
Curse of the Sphinx
Genre: YA Mythology
How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way. It’s safer.When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse, murder from the shadow monsters of the Underworld, or have the demigods finally found her? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust—or how to love.Set in a universe where mythology is alive and well in the modern world,Curse of the Sphinx irresistibly blends action, suspense and romance.
Review copy provided by NetGalley
Curse of the Sphinx did an interesting spin to the existing mythology surrounding the Sphinx. Like the gorgon Medusa, the Sphinx was a victim of a god's ability to understand the word "no". Either a god would seduce the unfortunate object of his affections or would pursue until he runs her ragged. And that was what happened to Hope's great-grandmother, although the curse did not start with her but with her daughter.
I don't get the significance of the Sphinx in this book's mythos, aside from the curse. I feel there's a hidden prophecy somewhere.
Curse of the Sphinx wasn't bad, it was quite good. However, I felt that the book was one straight narrative - you think that it was building up to a climax but as I got to the last chapters, I was puzzled where we were going. If there was anything revealed, I didn't notice, perhaps, because everything I needed to know was already revealed in the first half. If I was watching a TV series, then the entirety of a the book felt like just half of a mini series.