This month Sugarbooks had chosen to read Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Now when this book was chosen there was a lot of groaning from many of our members (since there are only six of us actively coming to meetings and making decisions you can imagine how loud the groaning was). Anyway, we made the decision in December last year and last month as we were leaving dinner the reminder that Styxx was the book for the next meeting, some “I’m not reading it” were heard. We have a rule (it’s not always followed but we have it) that states you have to at least read 100 pgs of the book assigned for the month. With this in mind we still had some “I’m not reading it”.
One of the members decided to brave it and start the book two weeks before the meeting. When she found out how many pages the book had (876), she sent out an email with a WTH. :o) She started it and finished it in 2 ½ days. She then got on email and started commenting that put a fire under the other members kettle that had them reading it (yep…even the “I’m not reading its”). Some of us had not read Acheron (and some still had not read any of the Dark Hunters series), but we felt that it was important to at least read Acheron first. You did not want to read Acheron after you read Styxx first. I think we all agreed, reading them backwords would have caused some feelings that could possibly be avoided if you read them in the right sequence.
So here is our take on Styxx (If you have not read this book , there may be some references that could be deemed spoilers, just a heads up). We all agreed it was a good book, we all agreed it caused emotions to be brought forth, and we all agreed that the men during the early part of the book (even in Acheron) were into a lot of rape and sodomy. The first half of the book dealt with Styxx being raped by his uncle(until he killed him and that wasn’t until he had been abused on three or four separate occasions that lasted anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months) and some of the gods. We all agreed that we were not fans of the gods in both stories. That is where the agreement ends.
There was a member that ended up with a dislike for Acheron after reading this book and she had been a huge fan previously. It took a lot of deducing and reasoning before she could put her finger on what she deemed the ultimate betrayal – you don’t forsake your sibling to be tortured regardless of your reasons, and you then don’t walk around like they’re in the wrong EVER. To her, that was making yourself into a victim – I was done wrong so they deserve to have wrong done to them too; you help/protect your siblings, you don’t make them victims too. Styxx never made his siblings victims if he could help it; he protected them as much as he was possible although he sometimes was punished for it and they (his siblings) still treated him like dirt. She didn’t like how Acheron assumed that Artemis placed his brother somewhere where he was taken care of for 1100 years, when he knew Artemis to be a liar. How can Ach believe people that have lied to him and mistreated him for most of his life and not allow his brother to even try to explain. It didn’t sit well with that member and she was not changing her mind.
There were several members that were disgusted with Styxx and his inability to defend himself against his uncle and father. As one member stated “he could maybe get away with catching him unaware one or maybe two times, but after that he should have been walking around with his mouth clamped shut and his back to a wall whenever his uncle was around.” Styxx had become a feared and respected warrior and leader to his father’s army, yet he still was getting assaulted by his uncle. Why did Styxx allow his father to punish him when they felt the army had his back? Why not over-throw the king or kill him? They didn’t feel like Styxx stood up for himself enough and because of it he seemed almost like a victim.
We all agreed we did not like Ryssa, the sister. We couldn’t figure out where her hatred for Styxx came from. There was no reason for the type of hatred she had. Even reading Acheron (some of us reread Ach and some read it for the first time), which had a large portion of the beginning of the book coming from Ryssa’s diary; we never ascertained why she disliked Styxx.
The culmination of the epic novel had a great HEA and we all agreed that we were happy with the ending. Sherrilyn has done it again, sucking us into a great story that brought forth all emotions. If you have not read it yet we all highly recommend it. And we would love to hear your thoughts on it. If you have read it, give us a holler and tell us what you thought.
Next month we are scheduled to read, Tracy Solheim’s Risky Game. This is the third book in the Game On series (if you do not count the anthology that was released in April). This book does not come out until May 6th so it will be a race to finish it before the meeting considering some of us have not read any other the previous books. Again, if you have read any of the books, give us a holler. We love to hear from you.