Alpha Goddess

By Amalie Howard
Published on March 18th, 2014
Published by Sky Pony Press
Source: publisher
In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.

Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.

Ericka's Review:

I am a little sad about the blurb of this book, because it flat-out tells you what it takes nearly half of the book for the author to reveal:  Sera is the goddess Lakshmi reborn.  I mean, it is pretty stinking obvious as you start to read the book, but it would still be nice if it were a surprise.

Despite that letdown, I really enjoyed the book.  I took an asian philosophy course in college, so I am familiar with these particular gods and goddesses, the seven circles of hell, as well as the story of Sita and Rama, Sita being an earlier incarnation of Lakshmi.  I think it was a neat idea to create another avatar and throw her into the modern world.

From what it seems like, there will be more to this story as Sera embraces her goddess nature.  She saves the world (surprise?  not really.), and I think there is more saving to do.  I hope that the author does continue on and give is more with these characters.

I give it a thumbs up and recommend it as an interesting summer read!  :)


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