Review: Alpha Goddess – Amalie Howard.

alphaGods 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. Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.

It sounds promising. But…

Sigh. Sigh. Here it is again, the clichés overruling everything. I cannot top this GIF review of the book, but I’ll give my two cents anyway.

Sera is super. Let’s put it that way. She is, as any heroine seems to be now, the diamond in the rough, the most special girl, unlike any other. And I get there has to be some quirk to be central to the plot, but it gets tiring having to be the most brilliant thing in the world. But if her conflict matched up to her status, it would be okay.

It’s apparently full of Hindu myths that aren’t right or are incomplete, but they didn’t stand out because I was so swept up by the badly written plot arcs. Like, everyone knows about Sera bar herself, and she clearly overhears numerous not-so-subtle conversations of her parents debating whether or not to “tell her”. It’s supposed to be tantalising and cryptic, instead it’s a cliché of the not-so-subtle mystery.

A teen book with a love triangle? I dislike that as a trend anyway, because a plot shouldn’t need that to hold it up, but even when I try overlook my own issues with that (sometimes it’s done well), this was just not right.

Sera is whiny, the ending – the climax of the love triangle – is disappointing to the max. It had demonic ideas! Mythology! Goddess-types! Hell! Danger! But it was so disjointed and, urgh. The romance was a mess even by the generally low standard I’ve seen of late, and the mythology was muddied throughout the whole thing. Sorry, but this one just falls totally flat.

[★★]
Pub: 4th Mar 2014 | Sky Pony Press

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