Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review: Dancing In The Athenian Rain by Katie Hamstead

Title: Dancing in the Athenian Rain 
Author: Katie Hamstead
Publication: September 9th 2015 by Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: New Adult ~ Historical Fiction ~ Romance
Purchase on: Amazon

Rating: 1/5


When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she's furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife.

She's forced to learn a new language and culture, and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.

But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. Although against her best judgment, she allows him into her heart. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built.

I'm a really big fan of ancient history, especially set in Greece but unfortunately I couldn't find a single thing in this book that I liked. There was so much wrong with the story that I'm not quite sure how to fit it all into one review.

The thing that initially put me off was the start. Donna's supposedly best friend and also her boyfriend were both pretty much mentally and even physically abusing her and I really didn't see how it related to the entire story. And that was all before Donna got send back to ancient Greece.

Once she got send back by Dr. Stephens, the story moved way too fast for me because before I knew it Donna was married to Peleus and months went by. There were barely any descriptions where I could actually imagine what everything looked like. I also didn't care for the romance. 

There was no connection with the characters or the entire story. Some things really didn't make any sense at all. And the plot was very lacking. The book also felt more YA than new adult.

Dancing in the Athenian Rain was a pretty awful story and I felt so frustrated by it all while reading. So history buffs, I would definitely recommend you to stay away from it so you all won't be disappointed by reading it like I was.

       About the Author:

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Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.

When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.


  1. This sounds like quite a messy story, Stephanie, and I don't think I'd enjoy it either! Abusive friends and boyfriends where it brings nothing to the story sounds weird, and why weren't you told about everything that happened to her in Ancient Greece? That would have been my sole reason for picking this up, and so I'd be pretty mad about not being a part of her journey.
    Great review, and I hope your next read is a winner!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. The abusive friend and boyfriend was what put me off the most and the whole mess once she traveled to Ancient Greece was just getting worse and worse. It sucks because I don't 1 star a book easily and I love these kind of books. But oh well. :P

  2. Oh no, and I got so excited about this one in the tour post! I don't think I will be reading it then, especially if you hated it so much. It does seem a bit useless to have all that abuse going on when it doesn't actually relate to the story. And it seems like after things got off on a bad foot, it just didn't improve.

    1. I'm sorry! But it really is a bad book. I'm still shuddering at the thought of it.


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