(DNF) Protogenesis, by Alysia Hemming | {ARC} Book Review #327

A huge Thank you to Black Rose Writing via Netgalley for allowing me to read Protogenesis in exchange for an honest review.

I marked this book as Did Not Finish at 29%.

37759357With her unusual violet hazel eyes hidden behind heavy glasses, American teenager Helene Crawford is the kind of stWith her unusual violet hazel eyes hidden behind heavy glasses, American teenager Helene Crawford is the kind of student that always has an answer; yet, she doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere.

One fateful day, life as she knows it comes to a grinding halt. There was a fire. Her mother is gone. But something is not right… The Greek Mafia may be involved. Vivid dreams of ancient deities consume her sleep. A maze of clues leads her to believe that her mother is still alive… She must go to Greece.

The answers to her perilous quest lie there, as Helene braves into the unknown of a new life, torn between two Greek guys and a new world that literally awaits her.

And who knows, maybe the Greek gods and goddesses are on her side… or maybe not.

Publication Date: March 29, 2018.

As you can see from the title, I Did Not Finish (DNF’d) Protogenesis. I had genuine high hopes for this novel. Protogenesis is a story based within Greek Mythology. In the past, I’ve loved stories that take place, or are inspired by Greek Mythology (henceforth known as GM). When I saw on Netgalley that Protogenesis was indeed another take on GM, I couldn’t help but get excited. I didn’t know what to expect! And with a cover like the one that Protogenesis has, I was looking truly forward to reading Protogenesis even more.

The synopsis led me to believe that this story would be about Greek Mythology. I am ALWAYS up for Greek –or any other type of– Mythology book(s). While the book does have a bit of Greek Mythology in the beginning…. There are factors that made me stop reading this book, so I can’t tell you about the other 71% of Protogenesis that I didn’t read.

I ended up marking Protogenesis as a DNF at 29%. There are a few things that bother me with this book.. First and foremost is the way that the main character, Helene, acts towards cheerleaders, or really any kind of female that isn’t her or her mother. She pretty much hates all females (especially cheerleaders!!) because of one incident that happened when she was younger.

The second reason why I’ve elected to stop reading is because the characters in this book just seem to be incredibly gaudy and very much annoying. I couldn’t deal with them anymore. There were many, many worn out tropes that are seem to be (to me at least) outdated.

The third reason I stopped writing is that Protogenesis feels incomplete. Kind of hollow, in a way. The writing doesn’t have any flow to it, and there were a few times where the sentences didn’t make sense at all. So there is quite a bit of editing to be redone in my opinion.

Overall: I genuinely wanted to enjoy Protogenesis. I’ve DNF’d it because this book feels incomplete; and the writing to be just as shabby. The tropes that tried to come into play feel over-exajerized and cringe-worthy.

I give Protogenesis 1 star.

Happy Reading!

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