Review: Mythology by Helen Boswell

Posted November 16, 2012 by Rosette in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title: Mythology 
Author: Helen Boswell
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Grade/Rating” 5 out of 5

This book was purchased by me, the reader, and I thought  I would go ahead and review it since it was such a good read!


Hope Gentry doesn’t believe in Fate. Born with an unusual power to see the dark memories of those around her, Hope just wants to be a normal teenager. But on the first day of her senior year of high school, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to a transfer student named Micah Condie. At first glance, Micah seems like a boy that most girls would dream about. But when Hope’s powers allow her to discover Micah’s darkest secret, she quickly becomes entangled in the lives of mythical entities she never dreamed existed. Was this her destiny all along? And will her powers help her survive the evil of the Demon Impiorum?

Mythology isn’t just for English class anymore.

I found myself so endeared to the character of Hope Gentry.  She was one of those characters you empathize with right away.  She doesn’t have many friends.  But the few friends she has, she will risk everything for.   She is loyal to a fault and loves unconditionally. What more can you ask in a lead character?  A sweet, entrancing secondary male character maybe? Well, this author delivers, and the relationship between the two is quite tangible.  Even as I sat reading this book in the real world, I could feel the pull that Micah Condie, blue-eyed blonde hair hottie, has on Hope.   She’s an average girl. The no make-up, dress in T-shirts and jeans, kind of girl.  Her basic wardrobe are concert T-shirts. *Jealous*.

As a reader, I really connected with her character. She’s never had any real boyfriends and she’s got some outrageously, wicked powers.  So why on earth would  this extremely gorgeous boy want anything to do with her, she wonders?  And that was when I was really hooked.  Because the way the author patiently explains, how their relationship builds.

“You’re Hope, right? I’m Micah. We have homeroom together.” “Oh,” I say. He bothered to pay attention to my name during roll call. Just as I paid attention to his. And apparently, my shock over this fact is making me incapable of saying anything more than a single syllable at a time.

Hope is used to being ignored by boys, and doesn’t seem to know how to act or react when Micah has taken notice. As an adult way far removed from high school, (I shall not bother to tell how far removed) the author was able to transfer me back to when I was in high school.  I remember how uncomfortable I became when talking with the more popular boys, how awkward I felt.  The author took me back to those feelings; and that folks, makes for great writing.

He has to be over six feet tall. And he stands out in ways other than just his height. Like with long lashes framing the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen. And a mouth that’s strong but with lips just full enough to be called sensual. His blonde hair is not quite chin-length and messy, like he just got out of bed.

The world they live in has many secrets. You have the real world that the average senior in high school endures, full of homework, irritating teachers, and parties.  Then there is the world within this world, full of secrets, and danger and death.  There are lines between good and evil and sometimes they must cross.  Other times they mesh.  And what others may find evil can be completely opposite.  Hope has special powers and has no idea what to do with them. She is completely unaware of how unique she is. But with the help of Micah and several other characters in the story, she will learn.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention my favorite character, Jonathan. What can I say about Jonathan?  Well, I won’t. You’ll just have to read about him.  But he is a beautiful character and I can only hope that the author will one day expand on his story, because I bet Jonathan’s got a great one to tell. But I will quote this…

He’s wearing all black – a black suit with simple, elegant lines, a black dress shirt, black shoes. He has dark eyes, a dark complexion, jet-black hair. I wonder if he dyed it to match his suit.

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