Ciro (Shivers #1) by Remmy Duchene ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

Ciro Title: Ciro (Shivers #1)

Author: Remmy Duchene

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Hades hath no fury than Hera’s wrath…
Ciro is the son of Zeus and the goddess of the Storm Winds. He must stop his crazy, cursed brothers from destroying Earth, but most importantly from destroying the man he loves.
Ciro Pyktis was born with a target on his back, thanks to his father Zeus’ infidelity. Tired of her husband’s man-whoring ways, Hera cursed his latest offspring born outside their marriage to become Shivers. Somehow, Ciro was born a good Shiver, but a few of his brothers are hellbent on destroying him and the humans.
Finally, Ciro finds the man of his dreams and he should be happy, but now, not only does he have to protect all of Earth and Olympus from his brothers, he must also keep Carter Olabasu safe from the evil Ciro knows is coming.
Carter Olabasu has everything—his brother finally accepts his homosexuality, Carter has a thriving architecture business and the freedom to do what he wants when he wants. But he’s lonely. A chance meeting at a nightclub brings him into Ciro’s path. Almost instantly, he’s obsessed by a need that he’s never felt before—one for Ciro. However, when the world starts falling apart around him, Carter will have to face the fact that his new man isn’t who Carter thinks he is, and there are things that go bump in the night humans can never, ever find out about.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

PizzyGirl’s View:

I am a total sucker for mythology based stories. I love to see how much research an author puts into each work and I love seeing each unique take on the well established beings. Will the author hold true to the history or simply use the ideals and characters to create a world of her/his own? This one however, did not really work out too well for me in the mythology department. There were too many obscure characters with similar names I could not pronounce. I spent more time researching to see which characters were legit and which were made up, than I did enjoying the story.

The premise of the story and the potential for additional books in the series was great. The world the author created was interesting and I connected with some of the supporting characters. I want to see more from them. In this book, there was the start to a great bad boy redemption story and there was evidence of a future coming out tale.

However, the execution of book 1 left me exhausted, and not in a good way. This story read like an over dramatic superhero version of a soap opera complete with Matrix like fighting in a storm. It was like a very big family temper tantrum. You know what I am talking about. Those families with the self absorbed or flighty parents who don’t notice that their children are acting out just to get their attention. Where jealousy drives everything and no one has a chance to rest because of the continual backstabbing. Yeah, perfect description of book 1.

The action was all over the place with so much going on that there was little chance for adequate backstory or development.  I was left with more open ended questions than answers. There were so many high running emotions that I do not know how the characters did not all have heart attacks or aneurysms.

However, I do want to point out that the author did a great job with the imagery. I could easily see this being a movie as it had great cinematic qualities with the fighting in the sky and popping in and out, etc.

Overall, I like the premise of this series and want to see where it is going. I just wish the execution was a bit more developed and easy to read. I will give book 2 a shot and see if things get any better.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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