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History’s darkest secrets hide in plain sight. One of the freshest new voices in the world of young adult suspense, Chris Everheart confirms that he’s here to stay with this fast-paced, ingeniously plotted, unputdownable thriller.A lone teen, a suspicious death, an ancient conspiracy. The first book of the gripping new Delphi series, The League of Delphi draws you in, takeHistory’s darkest secrets hide in plain sight. One of the freshest new voices in the world of young adult suspense, Chris Everheart confirms that he’s here to stay with this fast-paced, ingeniously plotted, unputdownable thriller.A lone teen, a suspicious death, an ancient conspiracy. The first book of the gripping new Delphi series, The League of Delphi draws you in, takes you on a tense and thrilling ride, and leaves you wanting more. Ten years after his father's mysterious death, 17-year-old Zach secretly returns to his wealthy hometown in search of answers. Why did his mother move him away then go into hiding to die alone? Why did she change his name, forbidding him to ever reveal his true identity? Why was he never allowed to return home?Left with nothing and no one, Zach is desperate to reconnect with this seemingly “perfect” town. But something isn’t right. When a local teen commits suicide and no one seems to care, Zach’s hopes collapse into disenchantment and suspicion. Ashley, a local teenager on the fringe, piques his interest with whispers of a secret committee controlling the lives of everyone around them. Could it be true? Together, Zach and Ashley delve into the hidden life of the town and discover a dark connection to Ancient Greece and the Oracle at Delphi. Their suspicions are confirmed - but the conspiracy is more terrifying and dangerous than they ever imagined...The League of Delphi is “...suspenseful, engaging, imaginative.”Fans of Charles Benoit (You; Fall From Grace) and Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) will instantly connect with Chris Everheart’s “visual” storytelling style and relatable characters. The League of Delphi delivers a fascinating thriller filled with nerve-wrenching suspense that confounds the reader to the very end and solidifies Everheart’s status as one of the hottest newcomers to hit the shelves....

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  • Chris Everheart
    2019-02-14 03:56

    Author Statement - Not a review"I want all Goodreads users to know that I respect you and this community, that I engage only in legitimate and respectful promotion of my books."Hi everyone! This is NOT a review of my own book or a response to a review of The League of Delphi's contents. This is a response to a misleading assessment of my promotional efforts. Because the comments of one concerned user may give other Goodreads users a false impression of me as a community member, it's important to me to respond respectfully to the concerns. As author of The League of Delphi I'm very proud of the work our team has done to get the book out and share it with readers. It's way more work than any of us expected - challenging, exciting, and rewarding. I'm also very gratified by the positive response. Teens and adults alike are finding the book an exciting page-turner - I couldn't ask for better responses!One Goodreads user who didn't completely agree with other reviews, though, has stated that the positive reviews for The League of Delphi are illegitimate and the result of unethical practices by me, the author. I haven't responded to these concerns directly because Goodreads advises against responding to "bad reviews." (My publishing partner did post a direct response.) [I must point out here that I completely respect the concerned user's opinion and I in no way think of their 2.5-star review of the book's contents and their stated appreciation of the book's cover art as a "bad review." This is great feedback.] Since Goodreads is a somewhat anonymous forum, this concerned user doesn't know me personally so they wouldn't know that I am a conscientious person and a serious respecter of communities like this one. I firmly believe that indy authors, publishers, and readers alike can only thrive when we have reliable places to share books and post reviews. I believe that illegitimate promotion only hurts everyone - including authors - in the long run.For those reasons, I have never - and will never - participate in suspect marketing tactics like the ones mentioned by the concerned user. I understand their anger at authors who've done such things and I can see how they arrived at their mistaken conclusions about me and my book's reviews based on the information available. I can say confidently and honestly, though, that EVERY SINGLE REVIEW for The League of Delphi on Goodreads and any other forum are legitimate and posted by real people.Yes, there are reviews of The League of Delphi from people who hadn't participated in this forum before. True, my publishing partner's wife was one of those people. I can proudly and confidently say, however, that as a discerning reader she insisted on reading the book and giving it her honest review. It has been rightly pointed out that she should have identified herself as having an interest in the book's publishing. I agree. Chalk it up to a rookie oversight on our part (The League of Delphi was our first release as a publisher). Lesson learned.The other new members of the Goodreads community who posted reviews of The League of Delphi were people who bought the book and were excited enough about it to add their voices to the community - even though they hadn't done so in the past. I'm proud that they were willing to do so for this book. I consider myself a professional in the field of writing and publishing with professional responsibilities. I have written or contributed to 14 books that have been published over the course of several years. I have NEVER posted reviews or comments under false names or had anyone else do so on my part. I have NEVER done such things for other authors. I have NEVER solicited *positive* reviews from anyone. I ask people who read my books to share them everywhere they can - including Goodreads - and bring them to the attention of more readers who enjoy the YA thriller genre. Yellow Rocket Media is the new indy publishing company we formed that is currently focused on publishing and promoting only my books. When the time is right, we intend to add more authors who share our goal of getting exciting YA books into the hands of readers via professional and ethical practices.I know where the concerned user is coming from and I am not trying to engage in a debate, garner sympathy, or change anyone's opinion of the book's contents. I respect everyone's input on books and the publishing/promotion process. I take honest criticism of my books in stride - because good feedback makes me a better writer and businessperson. I just want all Goodreads users to know that I respect you and this community, that I have engaged ONLY in legitimate and respectful promotion of my books, that I live and work here too, and that keeping this forum an honest, reliable place to share our love of books is as important to me as it is to all participants in good standing.Thanks for reading and letting me share. We are releasing a Delphi sequel - The Delphi Deception - this October. I hope you'll continue talking about my books and supporting me and all indy authors. I look forward to getting to know you. Thanks.Chris

  • Bookwraiths
    2019-02-09 05:08

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths ReviewsZachary White is a 16 year old boy searching for something. Even he doesn’t know what exactly he needs to find. But perhaps it’s an understanding of why he has spent the majority of his life in hiding, using a fake identity and only seeing his mother sporadically and always for only a few short hours at a time.It wasn’t always like that for Zach. He remembers growing up in a small town in the U.S. of A. named Arcanville. He was just a normal kid back then, going to elementary school, playing with his friends, and spending time with his loving mother and father. Nothing out of the ordinary at all until he was seven years old. That is when everything changed, became crazy. Because that is when his dad died, and his mom fled their home and forbade him to ever speak his true name. But the most important thing Zach was to always remember was that under no circumstance was he to ever, EVER return to Arcanville again! And Zach has followed his mom’s instructions for nine long years, living a cruel parody of life in French boarding schools. But now, his mom has passed away from cancer, and he wasn’t even there when she died. He merely got a message at school saying she was dead. And as he sat stunned at the news, all he could wonder is why it all came to this? Soon, Zach’s grief turns into confusion and eventually gels into a deep resolve. A determination to understand why. Why had his mom gone crazy? Why did they leave Arcanville? Why couldn’t he be himself anymore? And most importantly, why was he never to return home again?Not long thereafter, a strange kid from France appears in Arcanville. This loner rents a garage apartment, obtains a job at the town coffee shop, stays to himself but begins to observe all the people he use to know when he grew up in this idyllic hamlet as a child. And as Zach gets deeper and deeper entrenched in the town he was never to return to, he starts to suspect that all is not right here. There seems to be some barely perceived undercurrent among these people; a sense of wrongness in nearly everything about the town. But it still doesn’t make sense until a kid Zach had been friends with as a child dies. Then a terrible truth begins to coalescence, and Zach finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of dark mysteries, global conspiracies, ancient Greek prophecies, and of course teen love.The League of Delphi is quite honestly a page turner, especially after the set up of the first few chapters. After that point, Zach’s story rushes forward seamlessly, pulling a reader along behind him as the thrilling plot climaxes in an ending that leaves one wanting more. And while Mr. Everheart has written a young adult story drenched in ancient Greek legends, this is no Percy Jackson knock-off but something entirely fresh and original, which will be enjoyed by anyone tired of centaurs and half-god summer camps.Of course, this book does have a few deficiencies no matter how enjoyable it was. In my opinion, the key mysteries of the novel are solved far too easily by our young loner. He will stumble upon slivers of information here and there, make a few assumptions and voila! he has another earth shattering revelations. It seemed unbelievable he could do this time after time, and I would have preferred him following a few incorrect leads or making a wrong move here or there, but naturally, Zach seems to have impeccable luck and always steers the proper course. Zach’s character was also written a bit inconsistently in that he is introduced to a reader as a young man wise beyond his years yet he makes decision like a suburban brat who has never stepped out of the cul-de-sac. It just seemed perplexing that a sixteen year old who has basically grown up on his own in French boarding schools since he was seven and who can pull off a move halfway around the world would make some of the clueless decisions he does at times. While I understand that some teenagers alternate between acting “grown up” one minute before reverting to “childlike” behavior the next, Zach’s character is built up as a street savvy kid wise beyond his years, and I really hope that as the series moves forward Mr. Everheart minimizes the adolescent behavior of Zach. All in all, this novel is a great beginning to an intriguing series.I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank Netgalley for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-08 04:10

    Warning-- this book has a cliffhanger which feels as if the story isn't over. That pisses me off. I need to know what happens next.. Ugh. Obviously it's a good story if I'm this upset about the cliffhanger.Zach is a great male lead. You get to enter the mind of a teenage boy who is a bit paranoid, and afraid he might be going crazy. I found myself smiling and shaking my head as his date with Katie was a total bust. I was glad because I was rooting for Ashley anyways. Oh Ashley!! I found myself relating to her so much. Sibling rivalry, jealousy and all of that angst. I could see myself having similar outburst if no one reacted to a suicide. She is overflowing with so many emotions. I absolutely love her as a character. Silly Zach, she was always the one. I found myself enthralled with the conspiracy I really want to know what happens next. So much so that it might overpower my anger about the cliffhanger. One thing I must say though... Where are the prophecies? Will there be some in the next book? I sure hope so because so far I have been disappointed on that front.

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-30 07:03

    This was a very good first book in a trilogy and an excellent mystery book; it was written for a younger audience than me but that meant that I found it full of action and a nice, interesting, gripping easy read.The main character is Zachary White; a sixteen/ seventeen year old who has returned to the place he was born after the death of his mother and the suicide of a friend of his. He comes back to town under very mysterious circumstances, living alone in an apartment and getting a job in a coffee shop. He gets to know the kids in the town, some of whom he knew from an exchange visit when they were younger. But Zach finds himself in a web of lies and a conspiracy theory that dates back to ancient Greece. The most noteworthy secondary character for me is Ashley; a girl who has clearly been affected my the conspiracy theory more than most as she has been labelled insane by her family for doubting the system and asking questions about the conspiracy theory. The storyline is very original and gripping, it was fast paced and ended on a cliffhanger making readers excited to read more in the series. I honestly thought that even though this was written for a much younger audience that this book is a perfect read for fans of the Percy Jackson series. 5 stars, a great book

  • Erin Arkin
    2019-02-02 22:54

    3.5 starsThe League of Delphi is a trilogy by Chris Everheart and takes the reader into a world of conspiracy, secret societies and danger. If you enjoy a good story with some solid characters, you just might enjoy this trilogy. Book one begins with Zach White. His mom has recently died and Zach has made the decision to go back to the town he lived in until he was 7 years old. He wants to know more about his past as well as what happened to his mom to make her so paranoid that she moved him to France and changed his name. When he gets to town, Zach gets a job at the local coffee shop as that seems to be the best way to interact with just about everyone in town. As Zach gets back into life in Arcanville and begins to observe what is going on, he realizes things are a bit odder than he originally thought. Recently, a boy he knew when he was younger died (Sutton), supposedly of suicide, and no one seems to be acknowledging it. That is, no one but Ashley Sloan. Ashley catches Zach’s eye and he begins to notice her. Ashley hasn’t had it easy. She is following in her sister Katie’s footsteps and seems to be lacking…according to those around her. Her sister is on the “Inside Track” and she has been spending time in psych wards because her parents and others in town think there is something wrong with her. Little do Ashley and Zach know that there is something else going on. The story follows Zach and Ashley on their way to figuring out just what Arcanville is all about. There is a link to Ancient Greece as well as this League of Delphi which appears to have chapters across the world. Everheart takes the reader on an action filled ride in this book. I found myself turning the pages in order to find out what was going to happen next and what the big mystery was.Everheart also creates some great characters in this story. From Zach and Ashley to Larry and Katie – it is hard to know with all the twists and turns the story takes just who is good or bad and when I hit the end of book one, I was absolutely hooked and glad I had a copy of book two as there is a definite cliffhanger. There is a bit of a case of insta-love between Zach and Ashley but overall I don’t feel like it took away from the rest of the story. Outside of that, I thought the story was well done and I am interested to see where the author takes it. Definitely check this one out if you enjoy a good mystery and a bit of that conspiracy theory stuff in your books. The fact that this was a pretty quick read didn't hurt either. Everheart did a great job of drawing me into the story and I am looking forward to starting book two to see what happens with Zach and Ashley next.

  • Wendy Joyce
    2019-02-18 00:09

    For several reasons, I expected to like this book. It certainly had the makings—a teen, a suspicious death, an ancient conspiracy. What’s not to like? Further, the author’s bio portrays a shy guy who volunteers his time to encourage kids to read. What’s not to admire? But what clinched the deal to purchase the book was that Mr. Everheart had a guest-post on Joe Konrath’s blog—a blog I deeply respect and habitually follow. Unfortunately, by the first page, my “expected to like” became a “wanted to like” because of its present-tense narration. “I push the door...I peek out the back...I close the spiral notebook.” My brain starts to argue, “No, you’re not pushing, peeking, or closing. You’re writing!” But present-tense is a writing style—some like it, some don’t—so I moved on, now only hoping to like the book. But I didn’t. I couldn’t. Not overall. Although the story is interesting, it’s poorly written. (I’m a proofreader by trade...and by insanity [see my blog post: Confessions of a Obsessive Compulsive Proofreader]) My red pen and pink Post-Its flagged page after page; subject-verb disagreement, unparallel sentence structure, redundancy. But these writing errors take a back seat to a more glaring problem, one that every writing blog, writers’ workshop, and how-to-write book has shouted about. To be a skilled writer, you must, must, be an avid reader. Period. No exception. Through reading, a writer learns about rhythm, pacing, sequencing, and voice...and about the importance of cutting your adverbs! That said, I did find the story interesting, and I do think the author shows promise.Wendy JoyceThe Anomaly

  • Nicole
    2019-01-31 07:07

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a book that I can see being popular with my guy readers, especially those who enjoy conspiracy and action books. This is a fast and easy read, and once readers invest a little time, I believe they will find it compelling (the pace is slow at the start, but it picks up once the basic characters and setting are established). The protagonist frequently pushes his inquiry beyond what I would consider the safe zone, creating a nice bit of tension and a true sense of threat. The mystery behind the town is one that involves danger to the kids that Zach went to primary school with, but it isn't clear until the end exactly what that threat entails, so it maintains suspense throughout. I did find that the romance was paced a little too quickly for my taste, and I would have been more satisfied with saving someone out of obligation, morality, and friendship rather than whipping out the "L" word so early on. I also thought there was a lot of focus on Zach's drunken co-worker for him not to have played a bigger part, but then, he might show up in the next volume. It ends with a cliffhanger and I was left with several questions, so I was happy that I could access the next book immediately. I will add this to my high school classroom library wish list and recommend it to fans of Rick Riordan's books or my ya suspense readers. Language and situations are appropriate for grades seven and up.

  • Jen
    2019-02-09 02:55

    The League of Delphi is a YA book that focuses on a small town which, on the surface, looks pretty average, but is actually much more sinister. Seventeen-year-old Zach, fresh out of a French boarding school, returns to his hometown to try to discover why his mother swept him out of the country ten years earlier, and after depositing him at the boarding school, rarely had contact with him.The conspiracy plot didn't quite feel right to me, and the lack of concern for the children of the town a bit hard to explain. Nevertheless, there is certainly a mystery to solve, and Zach heads into dangerous territory to do so.Perhaps the problem for me is that the novel moves too quickly. Zach's relationship with Ashley is one example (love in a week or two?) and the headlong dive into serious life-threatening events is another. I don't think enough time is devoted to establishing relationships, motivations, and plot development and devices.NetGalley/Yellow Rocket MediaYA. 2012. Print version: 300 pages.ISBN-10: 0985912502

  • Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
    2019-01-30 01:57

    Unclear, overdramatic, and ninety percent of it is written in prose. I had a hard time getting through this one guys. I don't want to be mean, but it's the truth. To see the full review of this book, you can visit see on my blog here: http://brittanysbookrambles.blogspot....

  • Laci
    2019-01-31 03:00

    I read this book in two days! I couldn't put my kindle down. From the very first page to the very last page it takes you on a wild ride. This book was so suspenseful it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!! I have been highly recommending to everyone I know!! Chris I can't wait to read your next one!!!

  • Roseanne
    2019-01-24 01:16

    I liked this book, but there a few things that annoyed me, though. The way the book was structured into many, many needless chapters. The author must have gone to the James Patterson school of creating chapters. 1 to 2 per pages per chapter. One scene in a coffee shop is broken into 3 - 4 chapters. So annoying because it breaks up the flow of the story. Plus the book ended abruptly. I know that this is a trilogy, but if the other two are structured the same way with multiple needless chapters and white space, this could have been one book instead of three.

  • Kari
    2019-02-12 04:16

    This book was provided to the reviewer free of charge by the publisher, however that did not in any way influence the review that follows Although I gave this book 3 stars, in reality it was probably more of a 2.5 for me. I decided to round it up to a 3 for the purpose of this review, and my reasons will be explained in the following paragraphs. I went into this book with some expectations on the style of book I was about to read. I had looked at the author's profile and seen one of his influences is Rick Riordan. I also read the snippet on NetGalley and saw that it was a novel involving a tie to a secret Greek society, and the name implied it had something to do with the Oracle of Delphi. For some reason that gave me a preconceived notion that I was about to read something that was in a similar vein to the Percy Jackson series. I was very wrong, but that wasn't actually a bad thing. Instead I would say this book is more along the lines of a Steve Berry or Brad Meltzer novel for teens. The main protagonist of this book, Zachary White, is a 16 year old boy who has been living under a fake identity for his entire life. He was born in a town named Arcanville, but when he was young his mom fled town with him and forbade him to ever speak his true name or return to Arcanville. Once his mom passed away, Zach decided it was time to return to Arcanville and solve the mystery of his mom's craziness throughout the years. As Zach gets deeper and deeper entrenched in the town he starts to learn of a secret society who controls every aspect of the town. The secrets attached to this society include surveillance on everyone, teen suicides, and lots of money. Eventually one of the secrets Zach learns reveal danger to someone he has come to care deeply about and he must make decisions that put their very lives in danger. I really liked the story line of this book. It was intriguing and kept me turning the page. I was happy it did not end up being a Percy Jackson knock-off and instead was something entirely different that could stand on it's own two feet. For those reasons I bumped my rating from 2.5 up to a 3 star. I think this series has a lot of potential.The part that held me back from giving it 4 or 5 stars was an overall feeling of underdevelopment in several key plot areas. Zach comes to some conclusions that I felt were hastily jumped to and not fleshed out enough. Zach will hear one vague piece of information and suddenly have chapters worth of knowledge imparted upon him in a paragraph. (view spoiler)[ One situation that showed this particularly well for me was during a part where Zach is talking to the town bum, Larry. Larry makes several vague comments about the town and suddenly Zach comes to all these wild conclusions about the town that I thought a little bit more dialogue or some prior hints dropped throughout previous chapters would have made more sense.(hide spoiler)]I also didn't get a good sense of Zach really growing as a character throughout this book. He seemed to alternate a lot between thinking of himself as a kid and acting too old for his age. 16 year olds are usually dying to prove they are adult enough to handle the world. Zach had a lot of moments where I felt he was showing the mentality of a 14 year old or so. Considering he has been painted as an emancipated minor who can handle the world it was a weird mix to read through. Given the gravity of some of the passages revolving around suicide this is definitely for more mature teen readers, who would better identify with a Zach who was acting like a more mature teen consistently. I hope to see some growth on Mr. Everheart's part as a writer as he is breaking into writing for older teens, and I would love to see his talents develop so the story becomes tighter and the characters a little more consistent. It was gratifying to see Zach show some wide ranges of emotion. Instead of being a guy who felt he had to be strong all the time Zach showed some weaknesses and even cried, which I see as a positive role model for other teen guys. There is a lot of societal pressure on guys to be stoic and show no emotion ever. Instead I think letting them know emotion and grief are acceptable was a good move on Mr. Everheart's part. I am interested to read the next book in the series that comes out in Fall 2013, I think there was a good start with this novel and I think it has a lot of cool places it could go. Definitely worth a read through.

  • Patti
    2019-02-16 04:17

    UPDATE: Book: 2.5 stars Author: 1 starOk, now I'm mad. I started looking into the people who gave this book 5 stars. Not that I thought they were crazy, but I just wanted to see if they were people who a) have divergently different tastes than I, or b) were the types who give 5 stars to every single book they read (and you know they are out there....). Well, about 5 or 6 people gave it a review. All of them 5 stars. My suspicious nature started to show itself. I checked out one person (one of the two who actually wrote a review) and this person had only reviewed one other book, from - you guessed it - Mr. Everheart! - which also received 5 stars! Amazing!The other reviewer compared this book to the Hunger Games. Quite a reach in my opinion, but hey, that's what opinions are all about - being diverse.So, later in the day (ok, I don't have much of a life, I will admit this) and while browsing on Amazon for my next download, this book popped up on a "other books you might be interested in" list. I clicked it to see if I was off base on my assessment of this book. And what did I find? 5 or 6 people who gave this book 5 stars! And some of them with the same names as the reviewer from here. Don't need to be a genius to realize that the reviews were basically the same.So - how does this make me feel?I'M PISSED OFF - AND YES I'M YELLING BECAUSE YOU AUTHORS OUT THERE CAN DO YOUR LITTLE MARKETING AND PROMOTION GAMES ON WEBSITES LIKE AMAZON BUT KEEP THEM OFF OF GOODREADS! THIS IS A COMMUNITY-BASED WEBSITE FOR PEOPLE TO DISCUSS BOOKS, FIND NEW BOOKS AND IF AUTHORS START PLACING PHONEY OR EVEN WORSE, PAID REVIEWS OF THEIR OWN BOOKS HERE, THEN NOT ONLY DID YOU JUST SABOTAGE THIS WONDERFUL PLACE FOR AUTHORS AND READERS TO CONNECT, BUT YOU ALSO BROKE THE TRUST BETWEEN YOURSELF AND YOUR READERS. Mr. Everheart - I bought your book - it sounded great and the book itself is pretty good (see below) but these shenanigans you pulled made me feel manipulated and trust me that is the last thing you want your readers to feel. You just lost yourself a customer.2.5 stars. I picked this book up because I heard it was unputdownable. And the plot is somewhat close to what I'm currently writing, so I thought I'd give it a chance.The beginning was great, nice short chapters and I felt like the mystery/thriller part of the story was moving along nicely. Then beginning of act two things slowed down. To the point where the MC was literally running away whenever somebody tried to help him. WHAT? This kid wanted to know the secret of the town, but when a bum comes along who says "Hey, I know things you don't know" he runs away? Can you say lack of character development and unnecessary plot twist?Then, the thing I liked about the book, the short chapters, continued to be short and even got shorter. Some weren't more than 1 1/2 pages long. And all of them ended with some sort of internalized realization. "There's something wrong with the town." Or, "Maybe I'm just as crazy as she is." Or, "Need to find so-and-so's murderer." Sometimes theses tricks didn't even relate to the thought or even the entire chapter's theme. Like it was just tacked on to the end because that's what you do when you end a chapter. It's a hook see? Need to have a hook to make them turn the pages. Um, no you don't. You need to have realistic character development and an interesting premise.Also - the whole thing he had going on with being crazy? Bad - just plain bad. Unbelievable and just rude to people who really do have mental health issues. Being sad a friend of yours committed suicide DOES NOT make you crazy. Another way the author just tried to create an unnatural plot twist to make the whole book more thrilling. Major fail. Then, as a side note, I thought this was published by a smallish/independent pub house. Wrong - self published by author who created a small vanity press to call his own. Which is a shame, because there were good things about his book - and a proper editor could have helped create it into the unputdownable book I'd been told it was.

    2019-02-08 00:59

    see the full [email protected] liked this book very much! and luckily I could go strait into the 2nd one "The Delphi Deception" which I enjoyed too and now I am waiting for the next one to see to where Mr. Everheart will take me this time. The plot is so fast acting that you can't leave the book, cuz you really carious to find what next.But before I'll go into the plot itself a few tings that i found and I think it really important facts before starting the reading itself:*"The name Delphoi comes from the same root as delphys, "womb" and may indicate archaic veneration of Gaia, Grandmother Earth, and the Earth Goddess at the site. Apollo is connected with the site by his epithet Delphinios, "the Delphinian". The epithet is connected with dolphins .**Apollo's sacred precinct in Delphi was a panhellenic sanctuary, where every four years, starting in 586 BC athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games, one of the four panhellenic precursors of the Modern Olympics.***Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and became a major site for the worship of the god Apollo after he slew Python, a dragon who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth. Python (derived from the verb pythein, "to rot") is claimed by some to be the original name of the site in recognition of Python which Apollo defeated).***Apollo spoke through his oracle: the sibyl or priestess of the oracle at Delphi was known as the Pythia- Though little is known of how the priestess was chosen, she had to be an older woman of blameless life chosen from among the citizens of the area.(e.g. can come from very well educated and noble family as well as from a poor or peasant family). The Pythia was probably selected, at the death of her predecessor, from amongst a guild of priestesses of the temple.According to Plutarch said that the Pythia's life was shortened through the service of Apollo. The sessions were said to be exhausting. At the end of each period the Pythia would be like a runner after a race or a dancer after an ecstatic dance, which may have had a physical effect on the health of the Pythia. She sat on a tripod seat over an opening in the earth. When Apollo slew Python, its body fell into this fissure, according to legend, and fumes arose from its decomposing body. Intoxicated by the vapors, the sibyl would fall into a trance, allowing Apollo to possess her spirit. In this state she prophesied. It has been speculated that a gas high in ethylene, known to produce violent trances, came out of this opening, though this theory remains debatable. While in a trance the Pythia "raved" – probably a form of ecstatic speech – and her ravings were "translated" by the priests of the temple into elegant hexameters. People consulted the Delphic oracle on everything from important matters of public policy to personal affairs. The oracle could not be consulted during the winter months, for this was traditionally the time when Apollo would live among the Hyperboreans.****Pneuma is an ancient Greek word for "breath," and in a religious context for "spirit" or "soul. In ancient Greek medicine, pneuma is the form of circulating air necessary for the systemic functioning of vital organs. It is the material that sustains consciousness in a body. This was the only thing that Mr. Everheart took some liberty and change the meaning.... and I don't care because its done so nicely with some good criticism to the pharmaceutical industry.The book it very well written and as I said in the beginning it is a fast reading full of action the character of Zach is very likeable - smart young kiddo. The other figure that will intrigue you will be Larry.As for females from some reason I found myself like Katie more then Ashley.

  • Grace Troxel
    2019-02-14 00:55

    This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures: White is a sixteen-year-old boy who moves back to his hometown of Arcanville after his mother dies. Before her death, Zach’s mom exhibited symptoms similar to schizophrenia. She was always on the run from someone and forced Zach to live under an assumed name, terrified that someone would find out who he was. Zach comes to Arcanville because he wants to understand why his mother became the way she did. Was she crazy, or was someone really after them? Who was she so scared of?As Zach becomes acclimated with the town, he realizes that something seems off. A local teenager named Sutton kills himself, and everyone in the town acts as if nothing has happened. Even his parents don’t seemed to be phased by it. Then Zach meets Ashley, a girl whom everyone thinks is crazy, and Ashley tells him about a secret government that’s running the town and has connections all the way to ancient Greece.The League of Delphi strikes me as a sort of Da Vinci Code for teens, aimed particularly at reluctant readers. The chapters are short and manageable, and are rarely more than two pages. The goal seems to be to tell a suspenseful story without making the book itself seem too intimidating.While I applaud the author’s effort, I did have a few concerns. One of them was that Zach seemed to jump to conclusions a bit faster than he should. For example, he seemed very judgmental of Sutton’s parents, when in real life someone would probably have just assumed that they were pretending to be normal because different people grieve in different ways. There were a lot of times where Zach felt like something was off about the town based on scanty evidence that could have existed in any other town or could have meant something much more benign. Rather than jumping to conclusions that there’s a conspiracy, Zach should have been more skeptical and slowly realized that something was going on based on more than how people reacted to a teenager’s death.And then there was the relationship between Zach and Ashley. Yes, I wanted them to be together, but there was a little too much insta-love going on, in the sense that Zach went from being shy and nervous to kissing her and saying “I love you” with very little to no development in between. The relationship didn’t seem to organically develop, rather, it suddenly popped into existence. That’s a shame, because one of the things that I liked about Everheart’s writing was the way that he was able to encompass Zach’s nervousness when dating so well. If he could have brought that hesitation into the early stages of the relationship and then slowly realized that being with a girl isn’t *that* scary, it would have made for much better storytelling.I’m torn on this one. I think that I’d have liked it a lot better if I were its target audience. I read a lot of books, and am very picky about what I do and don’t like, especially when it comes to writing and plot. A reluctant reader doesn’t come into a story with that same baggage, and instead wants something interesting, suspenseful, and easy to follow. The League of Delphi has mystery, conspiracy, and secret societies, all of which are great things, but the book’s execution left me feeling like something was missing.

  • Zachary Flye (Zach's YA Reviews)
    2019-02-01 23:53

    Review:Protagonist: Zach White grew up in Arcanville but was swept off to France by his mother after his father's disappearance and apparent death. Now he's back and searches for clues as to why he had to be swept off so suddenly and why his late mother insisted that Arcanville was dangerous. For the most part I liked Zach. However it felt really hard to truly know him, especially when he kept his real name secret even from the reader. I wouldn't have had a problem if I had even the slightest inkling that it was going to be this big important thing down the line, but no, it never felt important which only added to my aggravation. Honestly, I don't know if there was any real character development for him, he's not a fully realized character by any shot, but he doesn't really change or grow at all through this adventure. Romance: So at first the romance seemed to be going really well. There wasn't any insta-love and while Zach had more than one romantic interest, it never felt like a live triangle as the only romantic interest to take seriously was Ashley. Then, things went all to hell. I'm talking the L-word, which wouldn't have been a big deal had this couple earned it, but it was said after like two days, maybe even one day after they actually expressed any romantic interest in the other. From then on I felt no connection to the couple and the romance scenes were just weird and awkward. I mean, I've read insta-love stories that I connected to more than this.World-Building: So this series initially piqued my interest because while I'm not obsessed with it, conspiracy theories and secret societies always fascinate me, plus the link to Greek mythology, which I am obsessed with, was a huge plus. The whole secret society things was a bit confusing at first, I was never quite sure what they do and how they affected this town, but as the story goes on things became much more clear and it became really fascinating. I was actually surprised with how much this drew from Greek mythology, but there was actually a really cool connection with the old stories that really added to why I found the society so fascinating. Predictability: Since the center of this book is this great big secret society and conspiracy there's quite a lot of secrets in this book and far more twists than I was expecting. While there were times when I felt the foreshadowing was a bit heavy handed, sometimes it would really surprise me and the reveal I thought it was leading me to would turn on it's head and be something different, although related. There were of course times when it was easy to see what's going on, even if the protagonist was completely in the dark. Ending: So the ending of this book was a bit weird. I felt like it should have ended maybe one chapter sooner. It's not that the final chapter was bad or the cliffhanger it left readers on wasn't necessarily poorly executed, but it just sort of felt out of place with the book. The "final" climax of the book was so action pact and full of suspense, and then the cool down for the book was very well done that adding some more suspense and climax for just the last chapter felt out of place.Rating:So this was a fairly hard book for me to rate, because there's a lot to this book that I loved, but unfortunately the quick pace of the romance once it got started made me lose any connection for the romance I had and any connection I had to the two individuals involved.

  • Tanushree Baruah
    2019-02-17 07:07

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.Mild spoilers ahead.The League of Delphi written by Chris Everheart takes us through a mysterious wealthy town, its enigmatic denizens and an ancient conspiracy. The book's protagonist, Zachary White (not his real name) and his girlfriend race to find out what lies beneath the otherwise placid surface of Arcanville, discovering prophecies straight out from ancient Greece.The book's plot surprised me - there were no immediate swan dives into mythology, insane car chases, mentions of dangerous artifacts. I feel the writer respects his young adult reader by writing a slow burn first half.Please know 'slow burn' does not mean boring. The narrative immediately gives you a sense that there is something dangerous, something ominous lurking in the town of Arcanville. (A name, by the way, is well chosen because it kept reminding me of Arkham Asylum from Batman, adding more to the spook factor) The book is moody and atmospheric with a heavy sense of foreboding. I also think the use of present tense gives the story an urgency, as if the reader is watching events unfold.Since The League of Delphi is the first part of a trilogy, I will reserve judgment on character development. So far, I find Zach to be relatable; even with his mysterious past and his convenient friendship with a bunch of hackers who live in France. His mourning for his parents and his memories of his mother is based on emotion - very raw, and very real.I found Everheart's observations on technology influenced culture and human self-obsession to be very insightful. Also, the emotional hits just keep on coming with mentions of depression, suicide, mental health, breast cancer and death, all within the first 20 pages. Everheart does not hold back and we see our hero, Zach battle with his own demons of uncertainty, being a slave to what he thinks is genetically cursed.The League of Delphi has some excellent chase sequences, with a very well written description of a car toppling over a bridge. The lines spoken by the characters seem natural and something my younger sister would say. (Not that she is a power hungry teenager who wants to be the next female President)I might be over thinking it, but The League of Delphi came across as an allegory on the pressures we put on our children, to do well in school, to acquire higher grades, and the devastating consequences when some children cannot cope. It also is a commentary on how traditional support structures like family and familial bonds can fail us, and be the reason for why we are unhappy or disappointed with our lot in life.My one complaint with Everheart's Seti's Charm was that the female villain was a 'bitch' just because. I liked that the female villains in this book are intelligent, are cold and calculating with real world motivations that make them dangerous. Quite an improvement.I would give this book 4 stars - there were some odd grammatical constructs I couldn't look past and I found a couple spelling mistakes. Apart from that, I liked the world building and all the characters. Now onto part 2!

  • Pop Bop
    2019-01-25 03:04

    Thriller That Doesn't Overlook the BasicsThere are lots of YA, (and adult), thrillers out there that start with a bang and scream down the narrative raceway. That's fine, but many of those books run out of steam about halfway through and start to read like outlines of books, or like just loosely connected action sequences. That's often because enough attention wasn't paid to setting up the story and the characters at the outset.That's not a problem here. We get a good look at our hero Zach, his history, his emotional health, and his motivations before there is even a hint of thriller/action. The same is true for the main supporting characters - Larry, Katie and Ashley. They are all developed before much happens in the way of action. That's great because part of the satisfaction and part of the thrill in the book is seeing how these reasonably well established characters deal with events.In the same vein, much attention is lavished on Arcanville, on day to day life there, and on Zach's return and the circumstances underlying that return. You have to lay that sort of groundwork before you can start to tease out the creepy vibe that begins to grow and ultimately to dominate the story. There are lots of strained silences, averted eyes, odd reactions, unusual comments, and veiled asides that individually don't mean much but that start to add up to a mysterious and odd atmosphere. These cryptic and unsettling events and suggestions are what set up the thrills that follow later in the book.And once the book takes off it takes off in a very satisfying manner. The author takes a chance here and stretches the tease right up to the point where the reader begins to wonder where the thriller part of the book is. Just there, we switch gears and we're off to the races. This is the work of a confident and accomplished writer, and to me it worked very well.To be fair, the clues turn up very conveniently, the characters guess what's going on based on slim evidence, and the whole plot challenges credulity at every turn. But this isn't a work of historical reporting, it's a loosey-goosey thriller and I'm willing to trade off plausibility for an exciting storyline.The upshot is that this book rewards a patient reader and works very well. It struck me as being better and more satisfying than a lot of the standard adult thrillers out there, and isn't that a nice conclusion to be able to reach? It also seems that this would be a good volume for a YA reader who wanted to try a literate, well written, but still YA oriented thriller.Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

  • ChristinaTorretta
    2019-02-14 23:54

    Although this is a thriller I thought I'd give it a try. And being the cover whore that I am, who wants to pass this book up!? The synopsis sounds great and the cover is awesome! But mysteries and thrillers don't normally work for me. I enjoy the intrigue, to a point, but I guess I'm just too impatient most of the time to really get a thrill (hahah pun intended) from these types of books.Now, that's not to say that the League of Delphi is not worth reading. I will definitely recommend it to the YA crowd, but the thriller part just wasn't for me. I'm more of a romance or blood and guts kind of gal. I know, I know, don't ask!BUT! With all that said, let me say what I did enjoy, and didn't enjoy about the League of Delphi...I do enjoy Chris Everheart's writing. He has a way of being very descriptive and I like being able to see the environment while I'm reading. I feel more pulled into the book that way. The characters were interesting, and I think that they are actually the most interesting part of the book. While Zach is slowly putting pieces together I just kept thinking to myself... kid you are going to get yourself into TROUBLE!! Yes, with all caps!DUH.. DUN...... DUN!!!!The plot was even pretty good, but as I said above my patience dwindled! It wasn't that Chris was redundant, but it seemed like some of the things Zach did were unreasonable. But I did enjoy the overall plot, was just bogged down in the middle a bit. Zach was actually a pretty intriguing character, but again not all of his choices make sense.And in the middle of this I found myself skimming. I hate skimming! That's where the more thriller part was... I just wanted answers damn it!That said, I'm curious about book two. I have questions and I want answers and that's what a good writer is supposed to do! And I think those younger readers out there that enjoy thrillers with a paranormal twist will enjoy this!

  • Yunnuen
    2019-02-04 04:11

    I get this book from the author himself, as a gift in a contest held via twitter. One thing that attracted me of this book was that it is of the same genre of Hunger Games - I haven’t read that trilogy yet. I’ve only watched the first movie, so I found interesting to start diving into this genre.As the story progressed, I went deeper into the questions the same Zach were asking himself. The thoughts and feelings of the character are very well planned and detailed. One can step into his shoes and see the world around him from behind the counter of the coffee shop where he works. So much so that every time I visit a Starbucks I think it’s Zach who attends me … I like that feeling because it means I got into the story.Description of the action in the story doesn’t reach the point of boring and skip paragraphs. It has all: romance, intrigue and suspense.When I had read 20% of the story, simply I left the other book I’m reading now and I focused on this book. I didn’t stop reading until I finished it.The only bad point I give to this book is that it has a kind of ending that really is not to my liking. The story stops abruptly with the doubt whether there will be a sequel or not – that was one of the reasons why I hated The Professional by John Grisham. Of course, this ending wasn’t bad at all, it’s just a personal liking for endings that assure me that the story will continue. Thankfully, in this case, there will be a second part (confirmed by the same author).In the end, this book left me very satisfied and has become one of my favourites. I can’t wait to read the second part.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-02 23:50

    I am so glad that I finally reached this book in my list- I only wish that I had read it sooner. The author did a really good job at making this conspiracy- there was definitely a lot of thought put into this series and I definitely appreciated the whole idea behind this book. While this book is mostly fast-paced the beginning is a little slower as the author introduces the characters and does some serious character building. I mean, Katie is not a character that I liked (she's horrid!) but the author actually spent some time building her character. It wasn't just 'this girl sucks, period.' we got time to actually get to know her. I also enjoyed the character of Larry- he was shrouded in a bit of mystery and the author did a good job or making the reader unsure if he was trustworthy or not. I liked the significance that he had in the story as well. I will say that I think the 'love' word came out a little early into the story but as it came at a time of high-risk I can understand a bit why it was sad but I do wish that their relationship would have a had a little more time to blossom before it was sad. Although I'd have to say in this day and age it's not that 'unlikely'.I will admit that sometimes it seems that Zach manages to solve puzzles far too easily and that he is always on the right track and manages to escape. I'd love to see him fall into even more issues and follow a few wrong leads in the next book! It'd be fun to see what he can do in that situation. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Patricia Fontes
    2019-02-09 07:16

    After Zach White's father died in an accident, his mother spirited him away to a private school in France and kept him hidden. When his mother dies and he finishes his program, Zach decides to return to his home town to learn why he must never reveal his real name and why his mother was so fearful that he'd be found. Zach lands a job in the local coffee shop where he can learn more about the town and its people. After the death of one of his childhood friends, he slowly pieces together the dark secrets of his home town. As he learns more - especially about the mysterious college that influences every part of the town's life he begins to understand that the lives of its teens are being sacrificed to further its sinister goals. Zach finds himself attracted to popular and smart Katie but falls for her unstable sister Ashley. Both girls have their assigned roles to further the goals of the mysterious League of Delphi. When Zach determines to cause as much disruption to the the League as possible, he is aided by the enigmatic drifter Larry. The action in this story is non-stop. You can hardly catch your breath as Zach's research and puts him into ever-increasing jeopardy. Zach is an appealing hero, but I did find him to be too clever and I had difficulty accepting that a 17-year old could deduce the intricate dark plans of the League so quickly. Despite this minor issue, I recommend this book to any YA action/adventure/mystery fan. The book is not short, but it was a quick read because I simply could not put it down!

  • Valerie Dieter
    2019-02-19 23:57

    "Zach" has come back to Arcaneville after finishing school in Europe and following his mother's death. His mother suffered from paranoia and warned him never to return. But the draw is too much. He needs to know what is really going on in this strange town and why it tore his family apart.I'm struggling with this one a bit. It's a fast paced read - flew through it in a night. But I'm still not sure I have any clue about what's going on. We know as much as Zachary, which isn't much. The book ends on a major cliffhanger (so much so that it seems a ploy to garner sequel purchases). Overall, I like the ideas, but there are a few major plot holes that are bugging me: (spoilers ahead) How can Zachary just show up in this town and get away with socializing with all the kids, especially Ashley, without drawing major attention from the start? How was his mother able to secret him away and visit him without drawing attention to him? Where did the money come from to support his schooling? And he and Ashley fall "in love" after knowing each other for all of a day - really? I like the relationship, but some more depth is needed. I am curious where this is going and will give Book 2 a try to see if the series is worth promoting.

  • Keith W
    2019-02-21 03:50

    Written by Chris Everheart, and cited to be a book readers will love if they enjoyed the Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus, or Hunger Games series, this sadly is not the case. On the surface, it seems a thrilling mystery, with some deep dark secret at the core of the town of Arcanville uncovered by Zach White, slowly. In truth, the story is fairly plodding even if it can be breezed through in just over a day or so. The supposed secret is not really that hard to figure out either, if the reader pays attention to the clues. For those who actually wish to know without reading it, and clicked on read more, the secret is that there's a secret society which is trying to create a new Oracle of Delphi using drugs on teenagers, in a town that is somehow overlooked by the national government, to the point none of the younger folks even know what social security numbers are. Overall, if you want to read a story to pass the time, this is it. If, on the other hand, you're after serious mythology based literature, give it a pass since there are stories which are much more intriguing and have depth to them instead of generic characters that exist only to ensure the story moves forward, instead of having actual motivation.

  • Sheila
    2019-02-16 00:06

    Seventeen-year-old Zach is not desperate to find a girlfriend, does not want to sleep with the prettiest girl in school (or even spend the night chastely in her bedroom), and isn’t even in school anymore since he completed his education in France. So this is not your average teen thriller. It has a realistic (male) teen protagonist, who keeps his heart and his history hidden, his head down, and his home private. It introduces a slightly creepy town, that grows progressively more so. And it offers a pleasing supporting cast of characters, teen and adult, plus a truly intriguing central mystery.The writing is smooth, the characterization convincing, and the story progression is filled with twists and turns. History and mythology feel as real as technology and politics. And this small town’s secrets will keep readers both guessing and looking for more—what more could you ask of book one of a trilogy.Okay, the story ends on a cliff-hanger, but enough has been learned for the reader to feel a certain sense of completion. This promises to be a really great trilogy—the thinking teen’s answer to a world of look-alike romantic thrillers. I’m eager to read more.Disclosure: I was given a free copy and I offer my honest review.

  • Carrie
    2019-01-27 00:57

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This book was a really great, quick read that had me racing through the short and wonderfully paced chapters at super speed! The writing style was very easy and enjoyable, the characters were interesting and filled with secrets, and the story was enough of a mystery to keep you guessing all the way until the end. Zach has returned to his hometown to rediscover who he is. Playing the role of "outsider", he gets to observe all his old schoolmates without being scrutinized. After all this mother's warnings about never returning there, Zach should have really realized there was reason to be worried. There are mysteries and secrets within everything he discovers about this "normal" town. The story really has some unique elements to it that drew me in right away. I inadvertently read these books out of order, but it didn't actually hurt my enjoyment at all. The author's storytelling methods are engaging no matter what your exposure his books. I can't wait to see how the trilogy ends!

  • Jana
    2019-02-10 04:00

    3.75 stars.I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The League of Delphi follows 17-year-old Zach who has moved back to the town of Arcanville, where he was born, after the death of his mother. He soon is faced with the strange behaviour of some people and finds out there is something strange about the supposed suicide of a kid he used to know.I really enjoyed this book for the most part. While it started out really slow and didn't have a lot to do with the League of Delphi, which it is about, later on in the book that issue was resolved (from about halfway through on in my opinion) and I got really engrossed in the story. I am a huge fan of conspiracies, and this book is basically one huge conspiracy. I am really excited to read more about the still unresolved issues in the following two volumes of this book. I'd definitely recommend this to people who like conspiracy theories and mysteries.

  • Lucie Paris
    2019-02-09 07:15

    Full of suspense and secrets, the story is a quest for informations to understand what is happening in Arcanville.The plot is well fitted, interesting and even if sometimes they are some excessive detail that weighed a little the text. I admit, I read a few pages diagonally but the story is written to keep the reader alert with a thrilling pace.The reader follows Zach who goes in search of his past in a strange town full of secrets. Then, there is Ashley who talking about a conspiracy. A suicide person whose death is suspicious. A tramp who knows too much. Experiments on children and relations with ancient Greece and prophecies.Extensive, intense, the reader do not get bored and the ending ends in triumph for the two heroes ... A cliffhanger that makes you want to get your hands quickly on the sequel ...Lucie

  • Mandy
    2019-02-14 05:05

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The League of Delphi, a young adult adventure/mystery tale connected to the Ancient Greek Oracle at Delphi, is a quick, entertaining read. The questions Zach, the protagonist, asks about his hometown of Arcanville lead him on a journey with just enough risk (and reward) to keep the reader engaged. The book ends on a cliffhanger, requiring the read of the next book in the series - but this is something readers will be willing to do, as they will want to know what happens next!Pros: Original and interesting premise linked to Apollo's Oracle at Delphi; good pacing to maintain reader interest; easy to read Cons: Reading level seems a little low for the target young adult audience; romance between characters happens a little too quickly and unbelieveably; characters would benefit from more development.

  • Bookangels12
    2019-01-23 05:10

    The League of Delphi by Chris EverheartReviewed by TimothyImagine a town full of secrets, a town that is so secretive that even its secrets have secrets. Welcome to Arcanville. Arcanville is centered around a college that has been there since before the 1800's. It is also the location of a secret society called the League of Delphi. The story is centered around a teen that was born in Arcanville but was whisked away and given a new identity to protect him from forces that would kill him on sight. At the age of 17 he comes back to town under his new identity in an attempt to learn the town's secrets and discover the reason for his mother's death. This story has so many twists and turns you will never get bored. You will be on the edge of your toes from beginning to end. I rate this book 5 stars out of 5 and would recommend this to anyone looking for a good book to read. Great Job Chris Everheart!!!BOOKANGELS12 WAS GIVEN A COPY TO READ AND REVIEW