A Spring 2014 Kids’ INDIE NEXT pick
A VOYA Magazine Best of 2014 Pick
March 4, 2014, Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press
In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence—Illysia (the Light Realm), Earth (the Mortal Realm), and Xibalba (the Dark Realm). Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth.
Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend, Kyle, is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.
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PRAISE FOR ALPHA GODDESS:
“Alpha Goddess is a touching depiction of the strength of family and the importance of love and loyalty. Fans of books blending the modern with the mythical will enjoy Sera’s story and the love triangle involving her best friend and her immortal love.”
~ VOYA Magazine
“I was absolutely immersed in Sera’s world! Alpha Goddess is a fiery, gripping twist on a timeless love story. The rich mythology and exotic themes were beautifully imagined and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Brilliantly dark and powerful. A must read!”
~ Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series.
“Howard’s Alpha Goddess is a breath of fresh air for any young adult fantasy fan. Sera’s adventures in discovering her parentage and her existence as the reincarnation of Lakshmi, one of the most powerful beings in the created universe, are exciting and interesting. Sera finds herself caught amid the battle between good and evil and must choose to take her place as the savior of the known world. Howard’s writing is excellent and her concept stands out among the flood of angel and demon fiction already populating the genre.”
~ Demi Marshall, Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC (INDIE NEXT nomination)
“Complete with non-stop action and deft writing, Alpha Goddess is mesmerizing and inventive. It’s the kind of novel that invites readers in and doesn’t let go until the very end. Howard is a talented storyteller whose strengths lie in her worldbuilding and characterizations. The Hindu mythology provides an alluring and refreshing backdrop, and Howard cleverly uses and adapts it to her advantage. Though her behavior and dialogue falter in the second half of the book, Sera is a great heroine with a believable journey of self-discovery. Overall, this is an intriguing read full of surprises!”
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