Welcome to the Blog Tour for Dancing in The Athenian Rain by Katie Hamstead hosted by the wonderful Xpresso Book Tours 🙂
Check out my review on this Time Travel YA book, and get a chance to win an amazing giveaway 🙂
Enjoy Your Visit lovelies ❤
When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she’s furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife.
She’s forced to learn a new language and culture, and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.
But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. Although against her best judgment, she allows him into her heart. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built.
Classified as a New Adult Time Travel Romance, I still felt that it would have been better classified as a Young Adult, from the start.
Donna is a girl who has had a hard life, considering that she is surrounded by amazingly horrible people – from her parents to her boyfriend to her best friends – and through at least 32% of the book, I kept wondering why doesn’t she drop these people like hot potatoes – seriously couldn’t even fathom why she acted the way she did. Don’t get me wrong – I have known self esteem issues personally, but never even in my lowest times, did I ever act like this (and one of the reasons why I almost didn’t finish the story).
But I still stuck with it – and now at the end, I am definitely glad for it – for the author makes an impressive recovery – like astonishing – from the character development to the plot and most importantly the writing (hence, the rating I did give this book!).
It is when Donna gets to Ancient Greece that she starts to really discover herself – she becomes a stronger person, a better person and I absolutely loved that transformation. And definitely loved the way Katie Hamstead’s writing also not only became better, but it also became informative about the society as well the bits and pieces of history about the Ancient Greece.
So at the end, if you love Time Travel books as well as a little informative history – I suggest you stick with this book at least till the 50%. You just might end up liking it 🙂
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5
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All the best ❤
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.