Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Nymph's Labyrinth by Danica Winters

Title:  The Nymph's Labyrinth
Author:  Danica Winters
Series:  The Nymph Series #1
Published:  December 31st 2012 by Crimson Romance
Page Count:  218
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed.

Shape-shifting nymph Ariadne Papadakis is tasked with keeping the truth of the group's existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of the American archeologist, Beau Morris and his troublemaking son, Kaden. When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced make a choice - fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put Beau and Kaden's lives in danger.

Can she have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of her past keep her from her heart's desire?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This novel is brilliantly written with a fun undertone that makes you want to keep going. I couldn’t put this brilliant novel down for one second. Winters paints a very vivid picture of the world surrounding her characters. I feel like I’ve been to a dig site on Crete, without ever leaving the comfort of my living room. She also develops a brilliant romance without resorting to a multiplicity of bedroom scenes as a substitute for writing with and about emotions.

Although Winters gives Greek mythology a bit of a twist to make it her own, for the most part she is spot on. As a reader you become completely immersed in the history and mythology of this brilliant tale. Winters ensures that her audience has all necessary elements to be able to follow the story, without bogging anyone down in long history lessons. She explains what needs an explanation in the context of the story and leaves the rest be. I also appreciate the fact that the dig site was portrayed in a fairly accurate light. She never makes anything out to be more than it is in the real world. She also portrays the reality of archaeology (and life as a whole) without glorifying the nitty gritty elements of the job. It makes the story much more realistic and easier to identify with.

Winters has created characters that talk and act like real, modern people, regardless of their true age. It was so neat to see how she showed the difference between the nymphs who were able to assimilate into the present day as well as those who were still struggling to do so. The supporting cast of this novel was split into 2 groups: those who were verging on becoming main characters, and those who rounded out the story. All were developed to suit their roles in the story without over or under development. There was a unique sliding scale of character development based on their roles in the novel and how well they knew the main characters. it was very well put together.

As a whole this was a brilliant novel that I couldn’t put down. I fell in love with so many different aspects of this novel and can’t wait to read more by such an inspiring author.

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