Elizabeth is about to get a terrible surprise birthday present. Lucifer is going to send her a mass invasion of demons. It’s nothing personal, just the coming of age gift that all female Argonauts receive.
Until a possessed bear attacks her, Elizabeth knows nothing of her destiny. She thinks her greatest problem is how to escape her mother’s plan to turn her into an engineer. But a man with James Bond eyes appears to make her a much better offer.
Elizabeth is invited to join the Argonauts, a secret society of historical figures who protect mankind from evil. During her training, she learns more than just how to handle weapons. She finds out why she dreams about a white cat whenever she has a bad day. And she discovers that she is no ordinary Argonaut. When Lucifer develops too much interest in Elizabeth, her family becomes a target as well. She must choose between protecting her loved ones and obeying her mentor’s mandate against prematurely wielding her extraordinary powers.
To earn her place in the elite group, Elizabeth will have to pass a killer final exam. If she succeeds, she will become the most powerful woman on Earth. If she fails, she will lose the man of her dreams. No pressure…
This is a really hard book for me to review. I feel like it had a really unique idea, but it didn’t really deliver. It seemed like it didn’t know who its audience was. It felt like a cross between a young adult and an adult novel, but didn’t really fit the mold of either. The pace of the book is also slightly off. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but it just seemed to jump around a lot. I think the best word to describe the novel is arbitrary. It was lacking cohesion.
The characters fell flat for me as well. Though I admired the idea of using historic characters as a basis, but it felt like they were trying too hard to be the originals. The only character I really liked was Lucifer just because he was unexpected. Even then, he needed more development. Elizabeth as a heroine was fine, but her teenage life was slightly far fetched. Her mother and grandmother were very strange authority figures…nobody would let their teenage daughter or granddaughter run off with a stranger that was much older than them without any objection. I wasn’t sure how to feel about the references to God either.
I wish I could have liked this book, but it was too fragmented and choppy, the characters too unrealistic, and the ending too anticlimactic. The best thing I can say about it is that it had its moments of humour and it’s interesting that there’s a scholarship associated with the novel.
I think that Lowe needs to work on cohesion and character development. Only then may she have a future as a young adult author, but this first novel falls short.