The Symbol of Hope
By: Marisette Burgess
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mythology
Publication date: 10.3.2013
Amazon link: The Symbol of Hope
Date read: 2.28.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review
Summary: "I love you too much Kasey. I know I will end up paying for it." ~ Dion
Heaven, Hell, and Earth are threatened. God has asked the only living granddaughter of Pandora to help fight off the Greek deities and save his Earth. Here’s the thing, she never believed in a God and now that she knows one exists she hates him.
Even though Kasey Reese would love to ignore her duty she is unable to escape her destiny. Personal conflicts, betrayal, and love are the elements that make this situation dire for Kasey. She is about to embark on a journey with her love, Dion an immortal saint, that guarantees no happy outcomes.
In this final book, Kasey and Dion will face mythical creatures, Greek deities, and treachery, but nothing will be as devastating as her possible end. She must reach inside herself and find qualities like courage, strength, and hope. It is her time to fulfill her destiny no matter the cost.
This is the last leg of The Symbol of Hope Blog Tour. Well, we have now come to the end of the story for Kasey, Dion and his brothers. It is now time for her to go up against the three main gods (Zeus, Poseidon and Hades) - and it's not going to be an easy feat.
This was my favorite of the three books - much more adventure and action, several twists in the story and you learn a lot more about who the brothers are and what they have gone through in their lives (especially Sam, John and Antony). You see more of the gods and goddesses - and find out what they are capable of, even though they have been banished to earth without all the powers that they had before. There are some scary moments, where I caught my breath, hoping that nothing bad would happen to the group - and there's also sadness in this book as well. Marisette did a very good job of concluding this series.
Without giving away parts of the story (if you've read the first two, then you know in what direction the relationship between Kasey and Dion are going already), I do want to say that I love that Marisette remembered that this is a YA story when it came to the passion and romance between the two. Dion is very big on no sex until he's married and any descriptions of such matters are left purely to your imagination. (Some YA authors forget that young people are reading this and put way too much sex into their books for my taste. This one was different and I liked that a lot).
Marisette, I hope you write more - I would love to read something else from you :)
My favorite character: It is still the brothers. We got to see more of Sam in this one and he's the one I was most curious about. We got to see what made the brothers become estranged in the first place and learned more about the backstory of the Sleeping Seven. Marisette did a really good job on these characters.
I can't say that Kasey has become one of my favorite characters, but I have pointed out in two other reviews that I didn't care for her, though in the second book she got better. In this book, she behaved as I wish she had throughout the whole series and I was very proud of how much she took on even though she was very scared. She still had her moments of childish stupidity, but she grew up a lot.