April 30, 2014

Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard

Summary:

In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.

Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.


Thoughts:

I did not care much for this book. I don't believe it was researched well enough. There are glaring inconsistencies between the Hindu religion and what is presented in these pages. I don't mind that there was a mix between mythologies and Hinduism, but they were combined haphazardly.  There is Greek mythology, Native American spirituality, Mayan gods.  It's all over the place and none of it is made fluid.  




On top of this, the various Sanskrit and other terms were not identified, nor explained through the actions of the characters, as if Howard automatically expects the reader to be well-versed in all of these various spiritual disciplines. 

Howard tried desperately to keep so much mystery surrounding Sera that it ended up becoming boring after a while. I was hoping there would be more about Sera's transition into understanding she was Lakshmi incarnate, instead most of the book is about her not knowing anything, being in mortal danger, and still everyone keeping secrets. It did not make much sense. 

I also felt that Sera's chapters and Kyle's chapters read like they were from two different books, not just two separate voices. There was no flow, just more jarring seams.  On top of this there is a love triangle.




Nope. 

Not only that, it is not friggin' resolved!  Sorry for the spoiler, but you should know before getting yourself into this book.  It was so trite and then there isn't even a resolution.  She doesn't pick herself or anything, she just doesn't pick.  No reason given.  Just whatever!  





If executed properly, I feel a storyline so unique and intricate could have been an award-winning story, instead I was left disappointed and, at times, disgusted by the result.  





"Even though they looked like boys, they were far from human.  They were Ifrit -- dark shadow demons who preyed on the energy of the living and killed for fun."

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