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Artemis Rising

November 4, 2011

Artemis Rising by Cheri Lasota

Torn between her father’s Catholicism and her mother’s Pagan beliefs, Eva finally chooses Paganism. She accepts the name of Arethusa but learns too late that her life will mir­ror the Greek nymph’s tragic fate. When they sail to the Azores Islands, her mother tells her that her des­tiny rests with Diogo, the shipowner’s son. But Eva sees a vision of another . . .

When the ship founders off the Azores, Tristan, a young Azorean, saves her. Destined to be with Diogo yet aching for Tristan’s for­bid­den love, Eva must some­how choose between them, or fate will soon choose for her.

Full Disclosure: Thanks to Mr. Beechinor for sending me a review copy!

In this beautifully written first novel, Cheri Lasota pens an epic tale of romance and fate versus free will with a strong female lead, which, I must say, I find very rare in YA. Lasota’s writing style is gorgeous and poetic, but the plot moves at a generous pacing and never gets bogged down by the narrative.

The novel is set in Portugal in the Azores Islands, and the setting is treated with such respect and reverence that the reader has no choice but to fall in love with it. I was also charmed by the all Portugese cast. It’s refreshing to read about other cultures and have a heroine that doesn’t fit the standard blonde, blue-eyed, white” mold. Being a logophile, I also appreciated the Latin and Portuguese speckled throughout the novel. ( There’s a lovely glossary at the back for like-minded readers.)

The love story between the two main characters is handled with grace, and I appreciated that, as the story went on, it became more about Eva’s fight against destiny. Without spoiling anything, by the end of the novel, Eva is asked to really consider what it is she wants in life, as opposed to just being a pawn on the chessboard of Fate. I appreciated her strong will and gusto through out the novel. I often find myself getting annoyed with YA heroines for one reason or another and some point in the novel but that was never the case with Eva. Which is not to say she isn’t flawed, she is, but I could appreciate her flaws.

Artemis Rising does not read like a first novel, and I would recommend it to any and everyone. Readers of YA, Romance, and Historical Fiction especially.

Artemis Rising can be purchased at SpireHouse Books, Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, and Apple’s iPad stores.

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