Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book Review: Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest

Title: Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest
Author: A. Lee Martinez
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Humor
Rating: 4/5
Page Count: 368 (paperback)
Publication Date: July 16th, 2013

Synopsis (Goodreads):
Witness the epic battle of the cyclops!

Visit the endangered dragon preserve! Please, no slaying.

Solve the mystery of The Mystery Cottage, if you dare!

Buy some knick knacks from The Fates! They might come in handy later.

On a road trip across an enchanted America, Helen and Troy will discover all this and more. If the curse placed upon them by an ancient god doesn't kill them or the pack of reluctant orc assassins don't catch up to them, Helen and Troy might reach the end their journey in one piece, where they might just end up destroying the world. Or at least a state or two.

A minotaur girl, an all-American boy, a three-legged dog, and a classic car are on the road to adventure, where every exit leads to adventure. Whether they like it or not

This book wasn't amazing, it didn't blow me away However - it was a lot of fun, sometimes ridiculous, but fun. The synopsis up there gives you the basics, but I wanted to add more.

This book is about these two teenagers who happen to half-witness / half-almost be sacrificed and it makes them wind up on this strange quest for a god. And one of my favorites parts of this book is the world they live in, because their parents just wish them luck and wave as they drive away. Quest? Everyday happenstance!

Helen, as you get from the synopsis, in a minotaur - and that was interesting and different. And Troy, all around American honestly good guy (seriously, I bet his teeth sparkle when he smiled), who I obviously liked because I couldn't find a reason to not like him. And they're a great pair, they set out on their quest/road trip and hope for the best.

This book is really about them - even through the strange cyclopes battles and dragon forests - it's really about them. And, also, a bit about these bikers who are also Orcs, who have kind of been sent on a mission by their god to kill these two kids.

It's insane, basically, and it's not really well written (though it's not terrible), but it's fun and the characters have something that makes them feel real. I'd probably mostly recommend this to people who like mythology, mostly Greek but it jumbles a bit at points, or people who like road quests trips.

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