Series: Goddesses #1
Published by Zumaya Thresholds on June 19, 2013
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal
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Jordan Lake discovers an ancient bracelet in her grandmother’s house and uncovers a family mystery that links her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, a romantic movie, and an aunt she never knew. Jordan hopes the bracelet will bring her love.
Instead, it brings one nightmare after another, unleashing Hathor, the Egyptian love goddess, who decides it’s fun to mess with the McKnight High School social scene. Jordan holds the key to vanquish Hathor, but will she figure out what it is in time to save her school, one of her best friends, and get a date to the Valentine’s Day dance?
After trying to figure out what she can do to get her crush, Ethan, to ask her to the Valentine’s dance, she goes to her grandmother’s house to help clean out the attic. While there, Jordan finds a bracelet that looks like a prop from one of her favorite movies. She puts on the bracelet, not knowing that it once belonged to Hathor, an Egyptian mythological goddess of love and merriment. She puts on the bracelet, has a strange feeling, and thinks about Ethan. After some crazy things happen, including Jordan hearing voices in her head and feeling strange sensations from the bracelet and Selena’s crush asking her to the dance, Jordan goes home and comes face to face with Hathor:
Hathor smiled, making her even more gorgeous, but her icy gaze still pierced me. Then, she raised her arm and pointed at me. “The bracelet will give you the power to have all the romance you crave and even more. But choose wisely, or else…” Uh-oh. Or else what?
Hathor has fun causing all kinds of trouble for the girls at their school, then things go into pretty much utter chaos. We can’t tell you what happens without giving it away, but this book has it all: drama, romance, history, paranormal witch-craft-type-stuff and and an evil goddess. You name it.
What We Loved:
We seem to be on a mythological kick and were excited to read this one. We loved her friends and how much they relied on each other. There’s a lot to be said about loyalty and trusting your friends, even if what they say seems to be totally unbelievable 🙂 We loved this:
“Just remember you don’t need magic to make things happen.”
Um...Not So Much:
Okay, first of all, there are bugs in this book. Yes, they’re harmless glittery green scarab/beetles, but we don’t care. We. Don’t. Like. Bugs.
This book was kind of slow-moving for us at times and unrealistic. Not including the entire Egyptian goddess wreaking havoc on her school thing. LOL There’s also a kind-of Lord-of-the-Rings-must-have-the-precious vibe coming from the bracelet and while we totally get why everyone felt that way about the Ring, we didn’t really understand how this bracelet could have that kind of force. And why her grandmother “forgot” about it and left it up in her attic, if that were the case.
There were also a lot of Audrey Hepburn references in this book. We love Audrey as much as the next girl (and *swoon* Gregory Peck), but if we didn’t know anything about her or her movies, we feel like we would have been lost.
We would have also liked more swoon. But that’s probably a given.
Andrew. Jordan’s other BFF. He was cute and sweet and we loved him from the very beginning.
Jordan was fun, and pretty typical for what most teens are today. She loves Audrey Hepburn and is a good friend.
Selena. Jordan’s BFF. A great friend to have. Funny and real. We loved her.
Hathor. The Egyptian goddess. She was fun, even if she was mean.
What We Think Will Happen Next:
Though the story doesn’t end in a cliff-hanger, Baccellia left it wide open for a sequel involving Aphrodite. We’d love to know what happens with Jordan and the gang, especially Andrew.
If you’re looking for a cute story with high-school antics and a heavy dose of paranormal laced with mythology, No More Goddesses by Kim Baccellia is right up your alley.
***About the Author***
When writing No More Goddesses, Kim Baccellia watched almost all of Audrey Hepburn’s movies and learned to love this famous icon. She went on to watch and read all she could on Audrey. She has always had a secret desire to travel to Egypt and visit the pyramids. The closest she’s come to fulfilling this dream are her younger sister Autumn and Egyptian-national brother-in-law Eihab, who were kind enough to share some things with her, including a Hathor sistrum and some incense.
Kim’s other works include Crossed Out, a YA paranormal, and a YA multicultural urban fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea.
A member of YALITCHAT and RWA, Kim is writing book two in the Goddesses series. She’s also revising a New Adult multicultural suspense adventure novel. She lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and two parrots.
- Signed copies of NO MORE GODDESSES and CROSSED OUT
- iTunes $15 gift card (the main character, Jordan, loves Taylor Swift!)
- NO MORE GODDESSES bookmarks
- a French tote bag
- Audrey Hepburn buttons (Jordan is a fan!)