Oracle of Delphi Blog Tour

Diantha Jones’ Oracle of Delphi series adds a new spin to YA urban fantasy with a hot cast of gods and demigods making mayhem and playing with mortal lives. With the release of the second book in the series, Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise, this past Monday, I am ready for another installment in the misadventures of Chloe, our modern-day Oracle.

An interview with Diantha Jones – literary fate-maker and author of the Oracle of Delphi series

Your Oracle of Delphi series draws on a number of Greek myths and figures. With so many vampires, fae folk, and paranormal creatures hanging out on YA shelves, what made you decide to go Greek (so to speak)?

I’ve always loved Greek myths so it really wasn’t hard for me to decide on mythology when it was time to start planning out the series. Don’t get me wrong, I love my vamps and fae peeps as much as the next person. But I knew I didn’t want to write about them from the beginning. I was determined to create a series that explored a sort of “undiscovered” territory within the Greek myths. I think the Oracle of Delphi was a pretty good choice.

Chloe and Strafford take part in some kick-ass fight scenes. Action scenes are so fast-paced and detailed, how do you balance narrative and action when writing these scenes?

Action scenes are terribly hard to write (at least, for me they are). I think the less talking involved the better, but sometimes it’s necessary. How many silent fight scenes have you seen (in a movie)? Exactly. Basically, it’s about spreading out the focus and making sure the reader can visualize every part of the scene, and not just what the main character is doing. Easier said than done, I know. But in the end, the effort will be worth it.

Characters are almost like children (or pets) for a writer. You’ve spent so long living in their heads, that there must be one that you really connected with. Which of your creations do you consider your favorite brainchild and why?

What a question. Chloe and Strafford are my favorite and most complex characters, but I also enjoyed creating Ace and Benjy (Chloe’s little brother). Ace is just so full of life and humor, and Benjy is flat out adorable. We didn’t get a huge dose of Benjy in Book One, but in Book Two, we’ll see a lot more of him.

You probably get this question all the time, but inquiring minds always want to know… what is your writing process like?

What process? LOL. I literally open up a document and start writing. I’m so serious. I don’t use outlines and crap like that. I just wing it.

I think one of the best things about writing is getting to imagine otherworldly scenarios and situations. If you could write yourself into the role of a demigod, what power would you give yourself?

Ooohhh. I think I would be a daughter of Zeus. It would be so cool to be able to control the weather, especially lightning. I could see myself wreaking major havoc on the world with a power like that. Just for kicks and giggles.

About Diantha Jones

Diantha is a fresh voice in YA lit. She’s Texas-born but a Georgian at heart. You can read more about Diantha on her website: diantha-jones.com

Check out the rest of the tour stops on Diantha’s blog.

And don’t miss out on an opportunity to win the first 2 books in the series and a $25 Amazon Giftcard! Just click on the links and enter Diantha’s raffle.

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creatures of myth and wonder

Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

YA Fantasy novels are often inspired by myth and folklore, but it’s not often that one takes on a modern characterization of the Greek gods and their cohorts. Diantha Jones’s Prophecy (part of the new Oracle of Delphi series) does just that, with a side of adventure for good measure. 

Top student Chloe Clever used to be on the right path to graduation, until she started experiencing visions and violent episodes. Already labeled a screw up by her classmates and school administrators, Chloe just wants to get through school without another incident, but the fates just won’t allow it. Beating the vice principal’s son to a pulp Chloe is ready to say goodbye to her final chance and hello to a psych ward, when she finds herself under attack. Facing down a foe straight from one of her nightmarish visions, Chloe’s life suddenly becomes a lot more complicated… just the way the gods like it.

Not only are Chloe’s visions real, she’s the new Oracle of Delphi! Discovering her new role, Chloe teams up with a band of demigods that have vowed to protect her, including the impossible sexy Strafford Law, disgraced Sun Prince. Not only must Chloe learn to use her new-found knowledge of myth, she must decipher the Prophecy of the Most Beautiful she gets herself and her new friends killed. Deadly encounters, vengeful gods, and hot immortals abound.

I found the novel was a bit slow to start, but when Chloe’s power become evident, the action really picked up. Overall, I enjoyed the novel. The action sequences were well-written and fast-paced, and Chloe’s journey into the Billows (a sort of stairway to heaven that takes you wherever it wills) was one of my favorite parts. The Olympians were also well-portrayed in a way that drew on their mythical traits while setting them up as modern rock stars, megalomaniacs, and club owners. Other than a few typos (insignificant enough that they can be overlooked unless you’re a grammar geek), my issues with the narrative are really just pet peeves. For one, I don’t care for descriptions of fashion that are too label-oriented and time-specific. I find that it dates a novel in the long-run. Also, there were several instances when interactions between male characters were described as “queer,” or the males were labeled as “pansies”. Not something I cared for, but might go unnoticed by other readers.

It’s a fun, original YA read that can appeal to fans of urban fantasy similar to Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales series or readers who just love mythology. With myth, romance, action, and fashion, there’s a lot for YA readers to love.

You can learn more about the series on Diantha Jones’s homepage: http://www.diantha-jones.com/p/oracle-of-delphi-series.html

Disclaimer: I received my e-copy from Diantha Jones. No payment was received or requested for this review.