Review: Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez

Sunday, February 16, 2014

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Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez

Release Date: July 13th, 2013
Publisher: Orbit
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 300
Source: ebook via NetGalley

Summary ( 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.

My Review:  

First off, this novel has scenes that are very graphic and there is a lot of swearing. That aside, I liked this book. It reminded me a bit of Percy Jackson on the quest aspect, but overall it is its own thing. I liked that one of the main characters, Helen, wasn't human. She was a minotaur and Troy was a seemingly perfect human and they live in a world where that is completely normal. They contrasted each other quite nicely and I really liked how they each developed while they worked their way through their quest.  I loved the setting of enchanted America where Gods and mythical creatures aren’t just accepted as real but they live alongside humans. The plot was intriguing and it was suspenseful enough to keep me turning the pages. It was cleverly written and entertaining. I would recommend it for fans of Greek myths and adventure!