The Maenad of Manhattan (book review)


The Maenad of Manhattan was written by Liz Meldon.  It is the first book in her Lovers and Liars series.  This post was organized by N K Author Services.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

Book One - CoverThe glory days of Ancient Greece are long gone, and the gods of the Old World are scattered across the globe. As their popularity dwindles, as their worshipers forget, their power fades. Luckily for Aphrodite, she’s a household name. After all, how could anyone ever forget the Greek goddess of Love?

Unfortunately, no one seems to know or care about her divinity. In a world of skeptics and technology-crazed mortals, loneliness and boredom have taken hold. Her life consists of romance advice columns, martini bars, and flings with empty-headed men—until she meets Loki.

She’s intrigued: it’s been decades—centuries even—since she laid eyes on another god, particularly one outside her pantheon. In their short—albeit incredibly sexy—time together, she realizes just how much she needs the companionship of one of her own. Loki, however, seems more interested in catching a murderous maenad than swapping stories about the old days.

Can she convince Loki to stay and make her life a little less lonely, or will he persuade her to join him on his quest for more worshipers? His questionable tactics make her uneasy, but how can she turn down the opportunity to live as she once did: freely, powerfully, and lustfully as Aphrodite of Olympus.


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My review:

First of all... I absolutely LOVE the cover.  So perfectly Aphrodite.

This was a really fun little read.  I think the idea of the Greek and Norse Gods living in present day (not through some type of time travel or alternate time, but because they've just lived through all of the centuries) was really clever.  Aphrodite writing a romance column was brilliant.  I loved the idea that the Gods that remain in people's minds, and are still believed in (like Aphrodite) remain alive... while those who fade from the minds of humanity just fade away themselves (kind of like Rise of the Guardians).

Then throw in Loki... the trickster... the liar.  Who doesn't love Loki?  His character is almost always fun.

It was interesting to think of each of the Gods having slowly lost touch... all living their own lives... never seeing each other, or really knowing anything about where any of (essentially) their family is.  The Gods were all powerful and ruling... and now they're kind of floating adrift, alone.  The connection between Aphrodite and Loki was almost a primal one.  An attraction of like beings.  It will be interesting to read the next book (Vampire of Vancouver) to see if their connection is anything more than just being 2 lonely Gods.

About the author:

WIN_20150202_151628Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn't writing about her own snarky characters, she is ghostwriting romance novellas, loitering on social media, or taking care of animals.

As a freelance ghostwriter, she has written eleven romance novellas, eight of which have been published and are doing well. She loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.