Book Review #1 - Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner

20 December 2015

Here is my first ever review on my blog and I'm so excited to be sharing this with you all. Please forgive me if it's not great as this is my first ever review but I do hope you enjoy it!


Title// Curse of the Sphinx

Author// Raye Wagner

Genre// Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

Published// 11th August 2015

Source// I received a kindle edition of this book from
Raye Wagner herself in exchange of an honest review

Edition// Kindle

Rating// 4 Stars

Synopsis// 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 any 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 fulfilment 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.

My Review// 
I really enjoyed this book, I thought the whole concept of greek gods still ruling in modern day was so unique and it worked so well. When I was younger I was always so interested in reading about the differently myths and legends that surrounded the greek gods (I still don't know why I haven't picked up the Percy Jackson books yet - maybe in the new year) so this book really appealed to me and I'm so glad I picked up and read it. Hope as a character grew so much during this book, she started off so innocent at the beginning but then you watched her go through horrible scenes which she had to face alone, watching her grow in to a beautiful strong young lady (yet still showing her innocent side every now and then). I loved reading about her changing scenes, where she would change in to her sphinx self, the paragraphs were always so detailed, really showing you what it must be like to go through these changes. It was also fun to picture what the sphinx would look like and so on.
  When I first started reading this book I did get a little lost in the prologue. I got quite confused with what was happening and I still don't 100% understand the actual curse that is the curse of the sphinx (I definitely want to read the novella to this book as I'm sure it will help me understand the back story to the curse a little better). Other than that I really enjoyed the story of this book and I enjoyed all the characters that were within the book too, they helped tie the story together. I also loved when the characters would use god names as curse words, it just made the story feel so real and I just thought it was such a clever idea to add.
  From reading the epilogue at the end I most definitely can't wait for the next book to come out, I just want to know whats going to happen next and see where Hope ends up on her journey.

So there you have it, my first ever review! Like I said I really enjoyed this book and I have linked where you can get above - as well as the goodreads page!
  Please let me know what you think of this review and whether you'll be picking up the Curse of the Sphinx?

Tabitha xx


  1. For it being your first review, I think it's pretty good, Tabitha! I mean, I'm not a pro or anything, but still, congrats on doing a great job! I'm totally adding this one to my tbr list on goodreads and I'll make sure to give it a try some day. It just sounds sooo good and interesting that I just. . .gah! *screams from the wall of ice on the seven kingdoms*

    Again, great job on your review!

    ~L. @ Reading Against Time ♥

    1. Thank you so much! Means a lot, I hope to write some more in the new year! It's a great read, very different to anything I've read before! Thank you once again! xx

  2. Great review, Tabitha!
    This sounds so interesting so I'll definitely add it to my TBR:-)

    Btw, I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! <3
    Gina @ A Thousand Books

    1. Thanks! You definitely should. Wow, thank you so much for nominating me! xx