Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

Dark Descendant by Jenna Black
2011, Pocket Books
Series: Book 1 of Nikki Glass

Synopsis: Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . .

Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy.

But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .

The Good: Mythology, especially Greek mythology, is a weakness of mine and Jenna Black does it right in Dark Descendant. Descendants of the gods, walking the Earth, fighting amongst themselves has been done, but Black tweaks the formula enough to make it fresh. Plus, she gives us a strong heroine in Nikki who's not too stupid, too naive, too trusting or too man-crazy for her own good.

The Bad: Other than just about perfect aim, Nikki's descendant superpower is that her hunches are pretty accurate. She's like totally good at finding stuff, but it only seems to really work when she's not focusing too hard on it so the whole search that depends on her is just running around in aimless circles until she gets sort of zen about it and learns how to trust her instincts. Not the most thrilling of mystery climaxes.

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