Alpha Goddess, Amalie Howard
Published March 18th 2014 by Sky Pony Press
Hardcover, 384 pages
In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods 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.
Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.
Alpha Goddess had so much potential! I was totally sucked into the idea of the story and that gorgeous cover. I’m don’t know a lot about Hindu mythology, but I find the little I have read so interesting. I was really excited to read a story that brought Indian gods and goddesses to present life. Unfortunately there was just way too much going on. I could barely keep all the parties straight and at one point I realized I just didn’t care to try anymore.
I liked Sera in the beginning. She’s having terrifying dreams as she turned 16-bloody kisses and monsters and is hiding them from her parents. She comes to learn that she is a goddess reborn -awesome right? She kind of sulks about this and proceeds to act basically like a petulant child. She also finds out she’s not just an average looking teen-her beauty is so much it had to be hidden away and its painful for a mere mortal to gaze upon. Really? That seems like a great message. I won’t even get into the love triangle she gets herself into-because she’s not just Sera anymore now. She’s now remembering her past lives and loves-and they’re still part of her life. It was all too much to keep straight.
The end explodes into a major battle between gods and demons, but even that couldn’t keep my attention. Sera stopped to chat way too many times it seemed when she could have been saving the world. She was way too consumed with her love options. The concept of this book was fantastic, but the execution was really lacking.
So sadly I’m still on the lookout for a book about Hindu mythology. Any recommendations?
Thank you Sky Pony Press and NetGalley for this advance copy in exchange for an honest review.