Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Review - Daughter Of The Goddess by Rita J. Webb

Today I am reviewing the Novella "Daughter Of The Goddess" by Rita J. Webb.

I was contacted by the author who sent me this blurb:

DAUGHTER OF THE GODDESS is a novella that has been called “heart-warming” and “sweet”.

Take a free-spirited teenage girl.

Throw in a childhood vow and a stolen kiss.

Add a demon hell-bent on destroying everything the gods love.

And I’ll give you my own rendition of the Greek myth Eros & Psyche.

The thing that caught me was the re-telling of the Eros and Psyche story as it is one of my favorites.  So I agreed to do it.  However, after reading it, I found it has limited similarities so I was disappointed.  I think I should have looked at the blurb on Amazon.  Which is this:


The Heart.
The God of Love seeks a bride who is pure in heart and full of life—full of soul. Instead of a woman, he finds a child with laughter in her heart. Waiting for her to grow up, he befriends her, pretending to be nothing more than a blue-eyed boy with wild, tangled hair.

The Soul.

Left on the temple doorstep, a young girl turns the lives of the priestesses upside down . . . until one summer day before her eighteenth birthday, a traveling oracle tells her she is to marry a stranger in a foreign land.

The Nightmare.

An ancient demon—half-man, half-snake—wants to destroy anything the gods love. When she was a child, he haunted her dreams, but now he stalks her across the countryside. If he catches her, he’ll devour her.


The above is a more accurate description of the novel.  Although I'd leave out "The Heart" and "The Nightmare" part of the above. 

At the core, it is the story of a a young girl growing up. It also had a subtle Christian theme to it:  God's love and forgiveness.   Because it was short (85 pages), it didn't have time to really flesh out the characters and the plot was very straightforward.

Still, a sweet little story.  Well written, no typos.   

I think it is younger YA or I don't think I'd be afraid of MG girls reading it either. 

 I'm giving this three stars - Liked it more than I didn't like it  

Disclaimer - I was gifted an e-book copy in exchange for an honest review.