Human Sacrifice, Oracles, and Cannibals, Oh My!

Human Sacrifice, Oracles, and Cannibals, Oh My!

Sacrificed: The Last Oracle by Emily Wibberly is full of enticing elements. It evokes Aztec and Mayan culture and involves some rather vivid human sacrifices. The strong female protagonist is an oracle who doesn’t believe in oracles. There is a good man in a bad position who wants to take care of said protagonist despite her fierce independence. Also, cannibals!

Sacrificed (The Last Oracle, #1)Sacrificed by Emily Wibberley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clio ran from her fate as a vessel to the Oracle, but fate has other things in store. When a tragedy leaves her the sole surviving Oracle, Clio must battle her conflicted feelings about what it means to sacrifice and to be a sacrifice. Clio is an interesting character. She has been isolated from the outside world because of her intended destiny, but she is resourceful and resilient. She acts on impulse and is fiercely independent. When her future is decided for her and she has to come to terms with her fate, it creates a good dynamic for her character’s growth. The love interest in this book is also swoon worthy. He is noble and kind, but circumstances, too, have given him a fate that he has some trouble embracing. He has it all worked out in his head, but his heart is a different matter. When these two characters get together, prepare for a lot of disagreements and lots of action. The pacing is designed to accommodate the action more than the development of a relationship, so don’t expect a lot of elaborate romancing (I’m personally okay with that). I did notice a few times when the language was a little more modern than the setting, but it wasn’t often enough to annoy me. This book is appropriate for high school students. I am adding it to my classroom library wish list because I think the premise, the action, and the romance will engage many of my high school readers. At $2.99 on Amazon, it is a solid purchase.

But . . . I won us an autographed copy, so you can check it out from our classroom library.  If you destroy it or even bend a single page, your tail is mine!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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