The Immortals

I should know by now that the $2.99 and under section on the Nook Store can be full of enthralling stories just waiting to be read. I never go into these stories expecting much, then when I finish I am blown away, stunned and lured in. That is exactly how these stores do it – they give the first book in a series away for mere pennies then overprice the rest. This is the exact case with The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky. I was already on a Greek Mythology kick because I was reading Circe when I picked up this up. It sounded like a decent enough read and at that price point it was worth buying. After I purchased Immortals, I looked up the other two books in the series to see if they were also $2.99. To my dismay, they are listed for $9.99 and $13.99 on the Nook Store. I’m not a cheap person by nature but that is highway robbery for digital books. I will add, they are similarly priced on Amazon and Kobo. I understand that everyone needs to earn a living but I just don’t believe a digital book should be similarly priced as a paperback. In light of this conversation, I do feel the need to step up onto my soap box for a moment and say this, if you really look into this digital world we have found ourselves in, whether you own content on Vudu, Barnes & Noble or Amazon, for example, they have the right to take your digital content away from your library if the need arises. You think you own it, but do you really own it? Ok, enough with the soap box, lets get into the review. The Immortals is the first of three books in Brodsky’s Olympus Bound series about the Greek Gods living and functioning in the twenty first century. The Immortals follows Selene DiSilva aka Artemis (the Goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness and virginity) as she fights to protect women all across NYC while also keeping her head down and avoiding her crazy family. When she stumbles upon the body of a woman, wreathed in familar laurel and dressed in ancient Greek fashion, she must work with a man to stop an ancient cult from murdering more women. As I mentioned in my review for Circe, I am a massive fan of Percy Jackson, I loved Rick Riordan’s take on classic mythology but reading it as an adult made me see some aspects of it as cheesy. I wish it had been around when I was a young adult, I think I would have appreciated the cheesy lines a lot more (still adore it though.) The Immortals differs in a lot of different ways from Percy Jackson but the biggest difference is that it deals with the Gods themselves and not demigods. Regardless of the differences, I do see The Immortals as the mature version of Percy Jackson. It gave me all the same feelings plus adult content. Once I began I could not put it down, I was entertained and mesmerized. The Immortals painted a picture of who the Greek Gods may have been in the twenty-first century. Brodsky researched each Gods personality and chose their respective careers accordingly, I found it all so interesting. Am I the only one who has ever imagined what Athena, Poseidon or Ares would have been like in modern day? I would consider this novel fantasy but I would also consider it a murder mystery. I loved solving the murder with Selene and I never guessed who the murderer was. It took me by surprise, which is also quite surprising. To my surprise there was actually a lot of historical facts in this book which accounted for most of my highlights and bookmarks. In the Author’s Note, Brodsky explains that the
“stories of New York City’s past are all real.”
I am completely inspired to visit the waterfall in Central Park’s Ravine, the abandoned City Hall subway station and Montayne’s Fonteyn. I want to see New York City for what it was, I want to experience the history of the oldest city in America. Overall, it’s a good read and it may be worth purchasing the other two in the series. Though the story was entertaining, learning a little history of New York City was even better. 4/5 xoxo Amanda

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