Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Just when you thought doomsday was over...

Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge.

As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s.

The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished. Until now. She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop her.

But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer.

Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it's your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul?
  • Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural,Romance, Urban Fantasy
  • Creatures: demons,gods,Greek Mythology, Other Mythologies,vampires,shapeshifters
  • Age: adult
  • Source: owned ebook 
  • Read from October 31 to November 01, 2013

FINAL RATING: ★★★★★/★★★★★

“The most beautiful heart of all is the one that can still love even while it bleeds, and especially after its been broken into thousands of pieces.”

That's it. That is the book. And i am not even joking. Well, other than that i have a message for Sherrilyn Kenyon:

Dear Miss Sherrilyn Kenyon,

You are a master of sadism, tortured heroes, heroines,tragedies, and everything else. Thank you for making my life miserable by reading this book. Not only have you made my life miserable, but you have also made the lives of Styxx, Acheron (and Seth's, but he is another story) completely and utterly unbearable. They suffered so much that i just had to rip them out from the book and hug them until they got bored of me.

Why? Why can't they have a little break from their pasts and even though they all had  [ happy ] end it was just completely heartbreaking. You have stomped on my heart, crushed it to pieces and put it back inside again. I will forever love Acheron and Styxx thanx to you, and i shall not blame them for their idiotism and hate and suffering towards each other. I shall forever love those two idiots - and never will hate them.
~ Kristalia

Onto the real review now: Well, if you have read Dark Hunter series before, you won't have a problem catching up with this book. But if you haven't and you are interested in what happens... just read the whole series. Or read Night pleasures, Night embrace, dance with the devil, Devil may cry, Acheron and The Guardian... I believe they are necessary for your journey for this series (but seriously, just read them all in correct order and you won't have any problems).

Like Acheron's book, this one is split in 2 parts: past and present. Past part was filled with pain,suffering and loneliness, but sometimes, there was a ray of hope and happiness... until it all began from the start... In the second part there is only suffering and in the end came happiness (in like last 10 percent of the book?). But don't worry, this story has so much more in it that you can't even imagine. And most important of all, it has [ happy ] ending. The story with characters aside was interesting, especially with Urian!

But i have to say this: i would have given it six stars. But i didn't. Why? Because Acheron's book was the only one which made me cry the entire book. I cried only 2 times in this one, but i was on verge of tears many times. But somehow, it felt like Sherri decided that Styxx deserved another chance by making his life as miserable as Acheron's... (which wasn't her plan in the first place). But, the thing that Acheron didn't have and Styxx did was a time off. Ash was denied that whole his mortal life and that is what hurt me the most. And in this book we see another, even darker, aspect of his personality. But i don't blame him - and i will never hate him. He is still my ultimate favorite. Neither Styxx nor Acheron deserved what happened to them, and they will always be brothers - in idiocy,in cruelty,in suffering,in hating each other,in loving each other,in thinking wrongly and so on. They are similar in so many ways.

Brothers forever and always.
Even through mutual idiocy.


Styxx is a prince of Greece, and a "beloved heir"... If only that was true. His life was sheer and utter terror and misery. The only one who had accepted him for who he was, was his twin brother, Acheron. But - when they had 7 years, Acheron was taken away from him and Styxx was left alone, without anyone else who cared for him. Ever since then, he was shrouded in misery, despair and cruelty. Until he met Bethany, a blind girl who had accepted him for whom he is... except she didn't know the truth. The truth that he was pretending to be Hector, just another normal person. But he wasn't.

“You love me?”
“Like the full moon loves the night. I might always be around, but I only shine in your presence. And no matter where you go, I will follow you, even if I’m a million miles away.”

Styxx is my adorable little baby. I was wrong about him on so many levels, but even he had moments of epic fails and idiotic decisions.

Bethany is the goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bet'anya Agriosa, and she is a force so powerful, that even her own Atlantean Pantheon is afraid of. And yet, after she met this interesting mortal named Hector... she fell in love. She accepted him for what he is, but she feels devastated knowing that she was lying to him...

Styxx pulled her against him and held her close as self-loathing and hatred shredded his soul. “I’m sorry, Beth. You deserve a man, not—”
“You are a man,” she said, interrupting him. “More so than any I’ve known. It’s not manly to hurt others or belittle them. Respect and kindness require more courage because people take advantage of those. I don’t know what horrors haunt you, but I know that you haven’t allowed them to destroy the most beautiful part of yourself. You have the heart of a lion. Fearless. Tell me what is manlier than that?”

Beth was adorable, interesting and wonderful character and i love how she accepted everything about him,even his soul and heart.

Acheron is a twin brother of Styxx. Once, they were best friends, brothers, who always sheltered each other and protected each other. But, when Acheron is taken to Atlantis, he is shown a whole different level of pain and misery - and he was completely and utterly broken.

“What are we?” Styxx breathed.
Acheron’s eyes were still red. “Damned.” Then he started laughing hysterically.
If by any chance, you read this book instead of Acheron's first, be aware that not all is what it seems. His past was so cruel and so horrible that he was left bitter/angry/scared. In this book, his much more darker side is revealed, and he did some stuff that were unforgivable... but even after all of that, i still love him. Why? Because when you connect his book with Styxx's book, there is no telling who was wronged more. Acheron and Styxx have been pitted against each other from the moment they were born, and each side had someone who filled them with lies about the other brother. But... no matter what, i will, never, and i mean never hate Ash.

Ryssa is the sister of Acheron and Styxx. While she showed really carrying side for Acheron, she was really and utterly horrible and spoiled toward Styxx.

It was like reading about two different personalities and after all this, i don't like her anymore as much as i used to.

Other characters: I thought Artie was the most horrible character that was ever made. She is not. Not when you see what Apollo did in this book. I just had no words - he is sadistic SOB and i hate him with burning passion. I of course, dislike Styxx's and Acheron's father, for many justified reasons and his actions scarred both of them.

From the present time, Urian and Simi were absolutely adorable and intersting and i always love to read about these two! :D

“Again, French Revolution here. Les Mis, I get. This…” She wagged the spatula. “My extent of Greek history is Troy with Brad Pitt and,” she looked over at Alexion, “Mr. Luscious in his armor.”


Oh my god. What a roller coaster of emotions. Don't read this book in public places like i did - you may embarrass yourself. I welcome Styxx in my collection of fav characters of all eternity. IF you still haven't read this series, JUST DO IT. IT IS WORTH IT.


Edit: I have to sit and reread all books in order because i need to write reviews for all of this fantastic books. Just read the whole series, trust me on that. And since GOODREADS gloriously screwed up the Dark Hunter book order, i have written them all down earlier... List can be seen here: CLICK ME FOR PROPER DH SERIES ORDER.



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