18 February 2016

Omega Beginnings Miniseries by Lizzy Ford

Series: Omega Beginnings Miniseries, #1-8
Publication date: September 12, 2015
Publisher: Selfpublished
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Greek mythology
Format: Paperback, review copy
Source: The author in exchange for an honest review
Pages: 293
Rating: ★★/5

A five-year-old child with an unusual gift starts a chain reaction when she reanimates a gargoyle, setting the stage for her rise to power a dozen years later as the Oracle of Delphi. Alessandra awakens the grotesque prince from slumber ...
Mismatch warns the child who will be queen of a family curse
Phoibe turns to her shadow friend for protection
Lantos delivers a message and mission to a priestess
Theodocia chooses serving her goddess over her gladiator boyfriend
Niko wins an audience with a member of the elite
Cleon grants a final favor to his betrayer
Herakles takes an oath to protect a special child with an unusual gift
The fate of the world rests in the hands of a child and the seven strangers who will become her allies and enemies. It's the beginning of the end - and not even the gods can stop what comes.

I read Omega in July of last year and I loved it! (Read my review here.) It's so intriguing, fast-paced and actionpacked - and very unlike all the other YA books with Greek mythology out there. When I found out about this series, which is a novella series which takes place before Omega, I knew I had to read it! I love novellas which give more knowledge about the story and/or characters and this one does both!

Omega Beginnings Miniseries contains the complete novella series of 8 novellas by Lizzy Ford! A thing I especially loved was the fact that they 'lead' the way to each other. For example; in Alessandra Mismatch is awoken - so the next story is Mismatch. Then in Mismatch we come across Phoibe so the next story is of course; Phoibe. It's a small detail but a detail which made the reading experience so much better!

A thing I usually trouble with is multiple perspectives, and since each of the stories are told from a different character, I feared that it would be a problem while reading Omega Beginnings Miniseries - but it wasn't! It was so easy to follow each character and I'm not sure why - maybe Lizzy is just that good? I really feel like she did an amazing job portraying each of the characters.

I'm not sure which story was my favorite, because all of them are great, but I loved Phoibe since we don't get that much information about why she doesn't talk in Omega (at least I don't remember if that is the case).
I was a bit shocked in Theodocia because it's a bit sexy and definitely in the New Adult section - even though Omega is classified as YA, a YA with older characters that is. I didn't expect them to tear each others clothes of and have sex - but that is what happens and it shocked me!

My biggest problem is that I feel like this series can't stand on it's own. Having read the 'original' book I knew how it connected with each other, but some of the stuff that happened in Omega Beginnings Miniseries I didn't quite follow - maybe it's because I just forgot some of the things that happened in Omega, but it definitely implies that you probably should read Omega before going into this one. I really don't know which one to read first..

Nonetheless, I devoured these 8 short stories/novellas and I definitely recommend reading them! This bind up of the series are also quite beautiful!
All of the stories are free on amazon if you're interested! They're quite short but enjoyable!

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