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Friday, June 24, 2011

Review: Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

Released: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Pocket
Rated: YA
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Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy. But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .

What I thought:

I've read Jenna Black's Faeriewalker series and loved it. But I hadn't really tried anything else from her until now. My consensus is... Jenna Black rocks! I really loved this one. There have been quite a few mythology books coming out recently and I think this stands out. Because it doesn't copy a story, twist one story or involve only one specific mythological family. It includes them all. From Greek to Roman to Norse to any and all of them. Which makes the story unpredictable and a pleasure to read.

Loved the premise. Loved it completely! From how Nikki ended up one of the immortal to the civil unrest between two factions. Jenna Black has created such a masterful story with some great characters. They might not all be good, but even the worst don't seem to be all that bad in the end. I like how she made some of her characters redeemable. Great writing.

I love mythology stories, even better, ones that don't stick to old rules. The world was set up almost perfectly. There was definitely a lot of thought put into the descendants and how, exactly, they claim their immortality. The bit I liked the most? The fact that not all descendants are plentiful. Nikki's status as a rare descendant really makes the story interesting, since she seems to be one of the few of Artemis's line.

I highly recommend this book. It was a fantastic read. I also recommend the author because I think she is just a talented writer. I am definitely moving up her other novels higher on my tbr list.

My Rating:

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Jessica@a GREAT read said...

Great review!! I loooooved this one as well! Seeing a lot of mythology books lately and I love that! I've always enjoyed Greek mythology! What was even more fantastic was that Nikki was a descendant of Artemis! She was my fave goddess as well when I first learned about Greek mythology in a unit in 7th grade! I think I liked her because she was sort of tomboy-ish. Not that I was, but I wasn't a girly-girl either. ;)

jackie b central texas said...

Aimee you just bumped this one to must read this weekend, it has been on my To Be Read shelf since it released and now am getting it down and popping open those pages... You are right Jenna Black rocks!

Truly Bookish said...

I have been wanting to read this for a while now, thanks for this awesome review!
Truly Bookish

noiashui said...

Oooh, this sounds really interesting :) Thanks for the review :D
Borough of Books

Mary said...

I do love Jenna Black but haven't read this one yet -- adding it to the list! Thanks for the great review.
Happy reading,
Mary @ Book Swarm

Marce said...

Jenna Black is an author I have wanted to try and this is the one I chose so can't wait to get to it, all reviews have been great so far. I do enjoy a spin on mythology.

Mariya said...

This was my first book by Jenna Black and after I read it I decided I really need to check out more by this author! Addicted to Dark Descendant and need the next book ASAP! =DDDDDDDD

Lily Child said...

AWESOME review! I just put this on my wishlist! :)

jackie b central texas said...

Aimee got my copy out and read it this weekend after you reminding me on the 24th, loved the start to Black's new series!

Aimee said...

Thanks guys! Oh, Jackie, I'm so glad you loved the start! I think this is going to be another great series!

Donna said...

I'm a new follower from Goodreads! Nice to meet you. I would love a follow visit on my blog when you have a moment. I am also hosting a give away beginning tomorrow. Hope to see you there and look forward to following you here. Donna


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