Mythology: The Wicked (Mythology #2) by Helen Boswell – Review

Release Date: 10/11/2013
Summary from Goodreads:

A demon with a pure heart, Micah Condie lives his life by a code of ethics, but breaking that code may be the only way for him to survive. A supernatural entity in her own right, Hope Gentry would do anything in her power to protect her loved ones, but she may be the one who puts them in peril.When the Demon Impiorum challenges the laws that keep guardians and demons in balance, ancient enforcers of justice intervene. Micah, Hope, and their mentor Jonathan become entangled in a conspiracy that will test even the deepest love and trust.

Someone will commit an act of betrayal. Someone will forever abandon a loved one.

Someone will enter THE WICKED.

Review:

*I was given an eCopy of this book  from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I wholeheartedly believe this series is a hidden gem that many YA urban fantasy lovers are missing out on. I love this series so much! The first book was wonderful (read my review here) but this book blew it out of the water!

This installment begins with Hope and Micah both struggling with their current status in the world of angels and demons. Both Micah and Hope are struggling to figure out a way for Micah to survive past his 5 year (or maybe less) deadline. If he doesn’t start feeding his deimos by stealing souls he won’t survive. Hope, in turn, must learn to deal with her new “gifts” and balance her normal life without anyone finding out about what happened.

As if life isn’t stressful enough for Hope and Micah, a new dark force comes crashing into their lives. This force threatens to destroy everything Micah and Hope care about. People they love are threatened and no place is safe, not their homes, not their school.  With this dark force brings some new characters into the mix. It also sends Micah into a downward spiral, threatening his control over his life, and the choices he has made. Micah is thrown deeper into the demon world, all in hopes of saving the people he cares about.

I have to say that I still love the characters in these books. Sometimes as a series progresses I find some characters to become mundane or annoying. I didn’t have this problem with any of the characters in Mythology. I still love Hope and Micah, and I love that their chemistry is alive within the pages but doesn’t overshadow the plot. Sometimes romance really takes over and diminishes the world-building and story-telling. This doesn’t happen in this book, Micah and Hope have their quiet, romantic moments but when the world is falling apart around them, they put their priorities in order.

I think Boswell does a fantastic job of world-building and telling a unique tale of angels and demons. Despite the forbidden-romance aspect of the whole story, it doesn’t overshadow the big details and it doesn’t become the whole story. The main characters find a balance between their love-life, their friends, and their families. Which brings me to another thing I find refreshing about Mythology. The main characters have families! In a lot of books the topic of family is glossed-over and it leads me to question “where are your parents?!” Although both MC’s parent’s aren’t alive, they have families (caregivers) that take care of them and are an integral part of their lives. I love this! I could go on and on about why I love Micah and Hope but I think I said a lot of that in my review of the first book and all of it still holds true. Micah is such a genuinely nice and caring person which is endears him so much to me. It’s always great when an author chooses to write outside of the norm. Hope is as lively and brave as ever and she really starts to come into her own in this book.  Jonathan begins to take on a bit of a new role in this book which is interesting to watch and also a little shocking at times. Speaking of shocking…many events in this book did just that, they shocked me. I definitely felt certain scenes stabbed me right in the heart.

Mythology: The Wicked is an outstanding sequel and doesn’t suffer from the sophomore slump that many series fall victim to. It’s action-packed and I was engrossed from the very beginning. I would recommend this series to those who love YA and those who are particularly looking for a story that is creatively told.

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