I picked up The League of Delphi on NetGalley, when I saw that the second book The Delphi Deception was also available. I love being able to catch a series when there is more than one book out, no wait in between releases! Here is the description given by the publishers:
“Ten years after his father’s mysterious death, 17-year-old Zach secretly returns to his wealthy hometown in search of answers. Why did his mother move him away then go into hiding to die alone? Why did she change his name, forbidding him to ever reveal his true identity? Why was he never allowed to return home?
Left with nothing and no one, Zach is desperate to reconnect with this seemingly “perfect” town. But something isn’t right. When a local teen commits suicide and no one seems to care, Zach’s hopes collapse into disenchantment and suspicion. Ashley, a local teenager on the fringe, piques his interest with whispers of a secret committee controlling the lives of everyone around them. Could it be true? Together, Zach and Ashley delve into the hidden life of the town and discover a dark connection to Ancient Greece and the Oracle at Delphi. Their suspicions are confirmed — but the conspiracy is more terrifying and dangerous than they ever imagined …”
The story in The League of Delphi is an intriguing one. Being a history buff myself, I love when I can get my hands on a novel that ties in any part of history. I think that since the paranormal craze has kind of taken over the world of Young Adult novels, it is refreshing to read a story that is completely out of the norm. It’s not every day that you find a YA novel that is full of conspiracy theories, prophecies, and mental illness.
I will admit, that the story line kept me going in this more than the writing. It’s not the writing is bad, I think that I have just become used to the poetic prose and pretty words you get when you are following a female main character. I felt like I could never really grip that connection with Zach. However, his personality is the polar opposite of my own. I also thought that the “romance” in this was just silly. Could have done without it really and had the same outcome, maybe better.
The first book in a series is always the hardest to read for me, because I feel like the characters need to be developed more… that there is something missing. Then I realize that what’s missing is the other books and I feel much better. I look forward to starting on the next book in The Delphi Trilogy, The Delphi Deception soon!