This was an interesting young adult adventure story. Thera is a rebellious teen who is dropped at the home for wayward girls when her grandmother decides she can't handle her anymore. Thera is difficult even by her own admission and is more villain than hero in parts of the story. She can be selfish and angry not always fair to those around her. Thera wants to slay the Minotaur that is reported to stalk her town so she can be known as a warrior. Along the way Thera learns some things about herself and the fact that people are not all good or all bad.
I enjoyed most of this but I wanted a little more in the way of world building. There seemed to me to be a bit more "telling" than showing. It's an interesting set up that is a bit fantasy, a bit urban fiction and has some Greek Mythology mixed in. Thera is an difficult character and I wasn't sure I liked her at first. As the story went on she grew on me and I enjoyed watching her grow and develop. I'm not sure I bought the romance between the two young women and that was another niggle I had with the story.
Overall this was an average read. It is by far not my favorite from this author. It is different and interesting though and may be a better match with a younger reader.
Know this: I am not a warrior. I am a disease.
When I was six, my parents died.
When I was sixteen, I was locked away in Rock Point Girls’ Home. Nobody wants to deal with a liar. An addict. A thief.
Nobody except Alle. She is pure, and she’s my friend in spite of all the rotten things I am.
There was once another girl like me—long ago. A cast-off daughter. A lying little beast who left a red stain across the land with her terrible magic. She’s imprisoned now in a maze high up on the cliffs. They say she’s half woman, half bull. They say she dines on human tributes and guards a vast treasure. They say she was born wicked.
But I know her better than the history books or stories do. She and I dream together. Our destinies are twisted up like vines.
Except I’m not going to turn out wicked like she is. I can save myself by destroying her. I’m going to break out of this place, and I’m going to enter the labyrinth and take her heart.
And once I’m redeemed, maybe Alle will love me.