The Curse of Betrayal: Taylor Lavati
Ryder Mason is about entering The Demi God Academy and learns the real meaning of the word betrayal. Ryder whose real name is Eurydice finds herself deep inside her own mind with fears, nightmares, visions, dreams and doubts about herself that might prevent her from developing her powers. Entering the school she finds here face to face with Ari yet thinking about Ollie her first love in the first chapter of her life titled A Thousand Year Curse. But author Taylor Lavati hits the mark when readers get to learn more about Ryder, her fears about losing Ari but even more her search and goal for acceptance. Ryder was bullied by a girl named Becca and now that she has grown stronger in both body and mind she hopes to combat any fears of being bullied by anyone and hopefully will defend herself. Taking her life back in her own hands she meets Kara her roommate forming a close friendship from the start. Understanding and sensing Ryder’s apprehension with meeting too many people at first and not wanting to befriend everyone at once they take it slow. But, Lisa seems to be the new Becca and influences others against Ryder but she won’t stand for it this time. Learning more about Kara and then meeting Megan she seems to calm her nerves but in the forefront or back of her mind is her past. Remembering her love for Ollie yet finding a new romance with Ari it becomes quite clear that she will have to eventually make a choice.
Ari is now one of her professors and with the aid of his assistant Magdelina who seems bent on getting the good professor into her bed, Ryder uses every ounce of self-control not to punch her out during class every time she comes on to Ari. But, Ryder is young and naïve and often has many missteps and misunderstandings run high. At the end of novel one both Ollie and Ari made a pact to leave her alone until the curse is broken and she decides who her true soul mate is. Ryder although independent and strong has visions of the past and even the future and with the help of Professor Onassis, she hopes to begin to understand these dreams, the nightmare where she revisits with Hermes and Hades and the reoccurring dream too graphic to relate to readers. Ryder learns as strange things begin to happen at this Academy that she cannot hide from her past and she must learn to use her powers to protect not only herself but her new friends too.
As Ryder begins to settle into a routine things start to happen that create friction between her and Ari bring Ollie back to her side and test friendships and loyalties. All the while hoping that somehow she would be able to connect with her mother who when she does appear tells her it is not time yet, confusing her and trying to forewarn her of what happens next. With the help of a kindly 500-year-old professor named Onassis together they research the history of the curse trying to learn more about it and hopefully break it. But, when an unknown attacker kills two students and then the campus is under siege Kara and Ryder along with Ollie and Ari fend off the demons but the end result will change things drastically. As Kara and Ryder are hurt and Kara had been attacked before, things point to the fact the presence just might have something to do with what is happening. Fear strikes and her feelings are conflicted as she realizes the time might come or has come to decide between Ari and Ollie. A dream or vision enrages her and the art of meditation taught to her by Onassis helps control her emotions, allows her to see the dream in a different light sending her in a different direction. But, although the school was under siege, Hades and Hermes were present we learn more about Ryder’s insecurities, fears, distrust and hate for Magdelina and her hope that someday she and Ari would be together. There is much more to this story besides the jealousies, daring dares, games that are played, strength class that tests more than just strength, the insecurities and the bonds that are made or fostered between Kara and Ryder and even Junior and Ollie. But, in the back of her mind Ryder realizes that much of what is happening at the school is related to the curse, feels it’s her fault. With the professors on her side and understanding that she needs support, will the fear that is ingrained and instilled in her go away? Will more students or teachers be attacked? When Professor Nike questions the assailant he learns nothing from them? Just who else is behind this and what will Ryder do in order to protect her friends and those she loves?
Author Taylor Lavati takes readers inside the mind of a young girl whose insecurities get the best of her. Whose loyalties to her friends are undeniable and whose fear that a thousand year curse might cause more people to be injured or die. Why did Hades choose her? Why was she the recipient of this curse? What does it mean to be Eurydice and how will being her affect the lives of others? But, this story is far from over as Ryder finds herself in a dream along with her dream self and her mother. Finding out what she thinks is the truth about why her mother is missing, who she thinks is the reason creates more than just a mental breakdown for Ryder. A retreat that would cost someone their life as the demons come back and try to finish what the know Hermes and Hades started. Just what does Ryder think is the reason she is being sought after by the underworld. When you are curses you need to find out the reason why and then find out what the end result is supposed to be and you must end it! But, when the truth comes out and the final body count is tallied just who stands in her way and who needs to get out of her line of fire? Throughout the novel the author allows readers to understand the tense relationship between Ryder and her father. When he reveals his knowledge and the untold truths are finally out in the open will she be able to bond with the only person she might be able to trust?
A school that has become too dangerous and had to be closed and an ending that you just won’t expect. The clever twist at the end will alert readers that you just might not know who or what really betrayed Ryder. Listen to the voice of someone who claims to care for her and you decide whether it’s a lie. Violence, deaths, pranks, games and only one person who hopes to gain from it all. Will Ryder be able to break the curse? Who is behind this and Why? Listen to the startling message she receives and learn that the story is far from over and we need to wait I might add impatiently until our creative and talented author pens the final chapter in this trilogy. What will the fate of Ari, Ollie and Ryder be? Who is her true soul mate? Who can she trust? Explosive, riveting, fast paced and frightening: The Curse of Betrayal: A great story of friendship, deceit, lies, betrayals, trust, insecurities and hope. Ryder: A teen whose emotions are so bottled up that when she explodes more than just her emotions are involved. A character that is quite realistic as the author allows her to react in a way that most teens would not always as a grown-up, temper tantrums and often not thinking about the outcome. This is one book for all YA’s to read to learn the true meaning of what it is to be a friend and what is the definition of trust.
The more blood of a god you have in your body or system, the more effective the curse will be. Think about that. Hades did the curse for a reasonWhat will Ryder have to do to stop the curse and get her life and mother back? Lisa, Megan, Mikey, Kara, Junior, Ollie, Ari and Cristos: Who will be left to cast the next spell and break the curse? Who pays for what someone else wants do dearly? . Find out in Volume three the reason why and the outcome that Hades wants to happen that he has written down when the author pens the next chapter in the life of Ryder and the rest of the Demi Gods.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer