In June, I found about an AMAZING Readathon called #MakeYourMythTaker hosted by A Frolic Through Fiction and Charlotte@ Beige Pages. Through this readathon, you are able to choose a character and develop their abilities through a series of reading prompts.
This was such a cool idea that I really wanted to join – even though I only found out about this readathon halfway through the month. I’m pleased to announce that I managed to get through my prompts in spite of it!
Here are the books I chose and a little mini-review of each!
Gods of Jade And Shadow by Silvia-Moreno Garcia
Gods of Jade and Shadow
Published June 23, 2019 by Del Rey
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Summary (Goodreads): The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.
Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.
In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.
- Absolutely loved the entire cast of characters and the multiple POVs
- I loved learning about the Mayan gods and culture
- Riveting plot and journey
- Bittersweet ending
Crier’s War by Nina Varela
Published 10-01-2019by Quill Tree Books
Series: Crier's War
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Summary (Goodreads): After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, Designed to be the playthings of royals, took over the estates of their owners and bent the human race to their will.
Now, Ayla, a human servant rising the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging the death of her family… by killing the Sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier. Crier, who was Made to be beautiful, to be flawless. And to take over the work of her father.
Crier had been preparing to do just that—to inherit her father’s rule over the land. But that was before she was betrothed to Scyre Kinok, who seems to have a thousand secrets. That was before she discovered her father isn’t as benevolent as she thought. That was before she met Ayla.
- AUTOMATA MAIN CHARACTER (Crier) and I found her fantastic!
- Great world-building
- Not a fan of the human MC because she can be annoying at times
- F/F romance that I liked but it felt one-sided at times; the other perspective was just not as organic and there was more telling vs showing
- Great plot, with tons of intrigue
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
The Never Tilting World
Published 10-15-2019by Harper Teen
Series: The Never Tilting World
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Summary (Goodreads): Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.
While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.
But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.
- Not as fast-paced as I thought it would be
- Amazing themes and reps: mental health, disability, sapphic MC, POC
- It took way longer than I wanted to make sense of the magic system
- Slow burn at times
- Characters could be hard to differentiate (too many names!) but I ended up loving Lan
- Pet peeve: I wish characters weren’t so eager to say “I love you” because it wasn’t always believable
Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Hayden (full review here)
Published 07-28-2020by Simon Pulse
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Summary (Goodreads): The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.
Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.
But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.
- TW: sexual assault and abuse, eating disorders
- not a fast-paced read
- all about character development
- did not like one of the MC
- strong feminist themes
And that concludes my journey to creating my “Goddess” character!
Through this readathon, I got to read some of my most highly-anticipated reads and I managed to remove one book from my Netgalley ARC list! I’m definitely glad I got to participate and I’ll be joining a lot more in the future!
Did you take part in #MakeYourMythTaker?
Which path did you choose and how was your journey?
What other readathons are you part of? Let me know in the comments below!