Saturday, 4 February 2017

6 Reasons To Read Children Of Icarus by Caighlan Smith

Children of Icarus was one of my favourite reads of 2016 so I thought to highlight some of the reasons why this book should be added to your TBR this year. You could even use it as one of your books for the Beat The Backlist Challenge, here, if you are taking or wish to take part. I hope you enjoy them.

It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.

1) Dystopian Fantasy: Lose yourself in a realm of mythic beasts, fallen angels and a deadly maze.

2) Mythology: As in Theseus and the Minotaur, this maze is not filled with roses and azaleas but wrathful creatures with dark souls and darker histories.

3) A heroine who comes into her own: MC starts off with little survival knowledge, existing only on the help of others and by her will. By the end of the book however she confronts her fears, learns to use the horror of the labyrinth, and grows into a strong individual.

4) No romance: Refreshingly this book contains no romance. Some light sparks between certain characters, but little in the way of any interest, but in a good way. It's nice to read a fantasy or dystopian that focuses on the action rather than romance once in a while.

5) The Executioner: The most kick-ass character in the book and that's all I'll say.

6) Horror: Absolute and unyielding. If you want a book that will keep you awake at night, this is it.

As always, thanks for reading and do let me know your thoughts in the comments below or @ me on Twitter!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

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