Book Review: Hope’s Decree by Angela McPherson
Title: Hope’s Decree
Author: Angela McPherson
When everything else is lost, there is always hope.
While most teens want an epic senior year, Trinity Whitebone hoped for a normal one. Being seventeen was hard enough. Having the emotions of everyone around you in your head made life more than a little difficult.
Until Blain Heros enrolled.
He screamed hot-god in jeans with just his walk. His intense stare warmed her skin like a thousand suns. Unfortunately, his interest in her seemed to run from blazing to freezing in the span of moments and left her nothing but confused. She could deal with things not being normal, but when life goes from strange to dangerous…
Trinity is the direct descendant of Pandora and fated to rectify the terrors released into the world by her curious ancestor. With powers she didn’t know existed and abilities she never wanted, Trinity tries to walk away from everything her life had become. She thought she could turn her back on her fate, until a band of rogue immortals discover who she is and will do whatever it takes to control her powers. Trinity is left with one decision…Embrace fate or die trying.
Reviewed by: Katheryn J. Avila
Rating: 3.5 stars
This was quite the ride for me. I flip-flopped between not liking it and loving it, hence the rating. Between characters I found a little annoying, and really cool fighting scenes, Hope’s Decree is a fun, entertaining ride into a different take on Greek mythology.
The story starts with Trinity, a fairly regular kid in high school just trying to make it through her life. She’s a pretty typical teenager, with her close group of friends and a rivalry with the “mean girls” clique. As I continued reading the book, she reminded me of Bella from Twilight – feels plain but everyone around her continuously tells her she’s special, better looking than her peers, etc. Her inner monologue is supremely entertaining as, like a typical teenager, she has no filter. Part of what kept me reading was how real she felt as a person. Unlike Bella, though, she’s a much more proactive lead, taking on anything her surroundings throw at her, no matter how scared she is. As far as leads go, I enjoyed watching her grow from an unsure teenager thrown into a destiny she isn’t ready for into someone who wields her power if not with ease, then with confidence that she can handle herself.
As for the rest of the cast, I found them all really enjoyable. The only one I had a problem with was Blain, the male lead. I’ve never been a huge fan of romances that include a supremely possessive, almost domineering guy. He’s reminiscent of Twilight’s Edward (right down to removing the battery from a car) and that put me off him a bit, making me like all the other characters better. To be fair, it makes much more sense for Blain to be possessive and protective than Edward, since it’s his job, so I let that slide for the most part. Also, one of the other characters calls him out on it, which appeased any issues I might have had.
One of the best things about the story is definitely the mythology behind it. To avoid spoilers, I won’t go into it too much, but McPherson brings a great twist and expansion to the Pandora myth, one that makes one of the more well-known Greek myths something completely new. She does a great job of telling the reader the story in way that’s engaging, as well. I’m usually not a fan of exposition, but the way that she wrote it made sense in the context of the story. Every time the mythology came up, or something supernatural happened, I couldn’t put the book down. Each fight scene and instance when the characters used their powers was like watching an action movie. With fast-paced action and easy descriptions, I had no trouble picturing what went on in a scene. These moments carried me through the book much faster than I thought I’d get through it, and I was surprised at how quick a read it was – I read it in a day.
All in all, it’s a pretty fun book that does a good job of setting the stage for a fun Greek-themed adventure. Though it’s the first in a series, I think it’s able to stand alone as it provides pretty good closure and answers most of the reader’s questions by the end. I don’t feel a burning need to pick up the next one, but I probably will anyway, since I’d like to see where Trinity’s powers take her next, and how she’s going to further evolve. I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of Twilight and Vampire Academy.