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Title: Aphrodite (Daughters of Zeus, #4)
Author: Kaitlin Bevis
Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)
Genre/Pages: Mythology / 204
Summary: Being perfect isn’t easy, but Aphrodite is determined to live up to the ideal. So when Poseidon asks her to investigate strange happenings on several cruise ships, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Demigods are going missing, and no one remembers them having been on board. Aphrodite charms herself into the best room on the ship, prepared to investigate in style. Unfortunately, the room belongs to the one man immune to her charm.
When Aphrodite realizes that he could be the next target, her investigation gets more complicated. Worse, whoever is responsible for the missing demigods charmed the passengers and armed them with long-forgotten weapons designed to kill gods. When the ship goes dark, Aphrodite and Adonis have to work together to discover who is behind the mayhem before Poseidon decides their ship, and every charmed and armed human on it, are more trouble than they’re worth.
Cover Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 of 5) The first cover was beautiful, the second was breathtaking, and the third was kinda cool. But the fourth cover? I hate it. Well, not the whole thing. The bottom half, though still photoshop, is at least nice looking photoshop. It’s pretty, it matches the other three covers, and it looks really cool. But the top half is horrible. Like, yes, I understand that this is Aphrodite but this IS still a YA novel, and the top half is just ughhh. Also, why do people think it’s okay to cut off heads? I know they’re just trying to draw more attention to her (photoshop generated) body, but it’s dumb and not at ALL aesthetically pleasing. This is not a book I would carry around with me anywhere. Probably won’t even buy a physical copy because I don’t care to have this cover on my bookshelf. Which is sad, because I love Kaitlin’s books.
My Review: But please, don’t judge this book by it’s cover. The book was actually pretty fantastic, and it is not the lovely author’s fault that the cover is bad. It took two whole years, but finally we got the fourth book! I don’t like how this book ended (it made the book feel more like Part One of Two, rather than a complete book), but it was still thoroughly enjoyable.
Favorite Quote: “Love could be pain and fear and strength and wonder and everything in-between. But it was never poison.”
Hero/Heroine: Aphrodite and Adonis. Though they still aren’t as awesome as Persephone and Hades, the stars of the first three books, Aphrodite and Adonis are both pretty fantastic characters. They are complex, flawed, and fascinating. You really CARE about them, and I thought that was beautifully executed. I also loved the very different take on Ares in this book compared to how you normally see the god of war portrayed. It was wonderful and intriguing to see him as a caring, compassionate kind of person.
Plot: As I mentioned earlier, it didn’t feel like a complete book, but that’s alright because Kaitlin will be writing a fifth book in the series. Though I pride myself on being able to predict plot twists, Aphrodite remained surprisingly unpredictable and very emotional. Reading this book was a whirlwind ride. I absolutely adore this world that Kaitlin has created – I love her new and refreshing take on mythology, and the life that she breathes into these characters. As always, this book was a masterpiece by Kaitlin Bevis!
Content Advisory: This is a story about Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, so that should tell you something… It gets very intense, but never graphic. It deals with heavy topics such as rape, rape under the influence of drugs, and blackmail rape. Most everything happens off-page, but it’s still discussed. Even then, this is what lost Aphrodite the possible 5-star rating. I think there was a lot more than necessary in a YA novel, even though it does help create awareness about crucial issues such as date rape. There is also a massacre (not graphic), and some torture. This book does narrowly maintain it’s YA rating, though.
To Sum It Up: Kaitlin masterfully weaves each new mythology retelling, and I will continue to read everything she writes. She is a phenomenal author! Aphrodite was a nice addition to the Daughters of Zeus series. It was well-paced, suspenseful, and full of surprises. If you’ve read the other books in the series, absolutely read this one! But I don’t think it’s the kind of book I desperately want to re-read. I recommend this book to readers 17 years of age or older.