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Paperback Book Details
  • 06/2021
  • 9781736430019
  • 312 pages
  • $16.99
Open Ebook Ebook Details
  • 06/2021
  • 9781736430002
  • pages
  • $4.99
Justine Manzano
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Never Say Never
After she walks in on her mom doing the horizontal mambo with a man that's decidedly not her dad, Brynn Stark swears to never fall in love. One of her friends, Val, reveals her true identity—Aphrodite, goddess of love—and promises to show Brynn why she shouldn't lose faith. But when Brynn realizes she's beginning to fall for Adam, Aphrodite's boyfriend, Brynn's forced to decide if she'll choose her goddess-given fate, or risk it all for the wrong-but-right guy. One thing's for sure. Love sucks. And it's all about to blow up in their faces.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: This creative story blends Greek mythology with teenage romance and friendship. Manzano successfully integrates genuine coming-of-age elements with the more fantastical details of the mythological premise.

Prose: Manzano achieves a fine balance between the banter of the dialogue, exposition, action, and description. 

Originality: While the use of Greek mythology as a basis for the story is a familiar tactic, the author offers a fresh twist in the form of a love-disillusioned character who becomes entwined with Aphrodite.

Character/Execution: Throughout the story, characters show individual and collective growth. Emotional circumstances--catching a parent having an affair, developing romantic feelings for a friend’s boyfriend, and learning that someone you like just doesn’t share the same feelings--prove relatable and engaging. 

Date Submitted: April 01, 2022

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 06/2021
  • 9781736430019
  • 312 pages
  • $16.99
Open Ebook Ebook Details
  • 06/2021
  • 9781736430002
  • pages
  • $4.99

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