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Clytemnestra: The Mother's Blade by Victorial Grossack and Alice Underwood: A Book Review

Clytemnestra: The Mother's Blade Author: Victoria Grossack, Alice Underwood Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Publisher: CreateSpace Release Date: 2017 Pages: 351 Source: Kindle Unlimited Synopsis: Raised a princess in Sparta, Clytemnestra understands that leaders make many sacrifices. But she is shocked when she is forced to marry the murderer of her husband and firstborn child.      Though she wields great power as High Queen of Mycenae, and adores her younger children, being Agamemnon’s wife is difficult – and becomes harder after her sister Helen’s departure for Troy ignites the greatest war the world has ever seen.      Clytemnestra remains determined to protect her children and her city. But then a long absent prince – her husband’s hated rival – begins to claim her heart…   My Review: Clytemnestra has a tarnished reputation in Greek mythology. She is known to be an unfaithful wife and a murderer. However, this novel gives us a glimpse into Clytemnestra’s psyche and th

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James: A Book Review

The Sun Down Motel Author: Simone St. James Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal Publisher: Berkely Release Date: 2020 Pages: 336 Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review Synopsis Something hasn’t been right at the roadside Sun Down Motel for a very long time, and Carly Kirk is about to find out why in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls . Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary. Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared i

Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus by Victoria Grossack and Alice Underwood: A Book Review

Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus Author: Victoria Grossack, Alice Underwood Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Publisher: CreateSpace Release Date: 2010 Pages: 262 Source: My personal collection Synopsis: Young and beautiful, born to a powerful family, Jocasta is destined to become Queen of Thebes... trapped in a loveless marriage, she cannot save her firstborn child from her husband's wrath... left alone on the throne after her husband's death, she must contend with the dangerous Sphinx and contrive a plan to protect her city...charmed by a foreign prince, she does not know she is falling in love with her own son... My Review: Oedipus is one of the most tragic stories in Greek mythology. The myth explains that one cannot escape one’s fate. This novel retells the myth, but through Jocasta’s eyes. Jocasta is also a victim of fate. No matter how powerful she is as a queen of Thebes, she was powerless in preventing her own horrific destiny from coming true.       I found