Wild Card by Jamie Wyman

Wild CardWild Card by Jamie Wyman
* I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

It was bad enough that gods gambled with human souls, but Catherine Sharp’s soul just had to be won by the Greek goddess of Discord, Eris. As if working a dead-end tech support job didn’t suck the life out of her as it was. Now, Cat finds herself performing random tasks for the goddess in her free time.

But when Coyote, the Native American trickster himself, claims to have won her own soul in Mayhem’s weekly poker game, Cat wants in on the action. With five sneaky gods upping the ante, Cat needs to find a way to collect the winning chips that could save her soul. Marius, a handsome yet irritating satyr with his own debt to Eris, might finally come in handy for something. If they play their cards right and work together, Cat and Marius may just get their freedom back. If they don’t kill each other—or fall in love—first.

Catherine Sharp has had a run of bad luck and love which has led to her soul belonging to Eris, the Goddess of Discord. She may have a life but she is expected to be at Eris beck and call. When the Goddess offers her a chance to get her soul back, how can she refuse? She just never expected to be tested by all the players in the game.

Along with Marius she sets out to retrieve poker chips from the five other members of the game. She and Marius are in a battle for her life facing things of nightmares. The more time they spend together, the more she discovers about him that she actually likes. She starts to see beneath his glamour, and that frightens him.

I enjoyed this story and I think Catherine is a strong heroine.  I like that she can take care of herself but isn’t afraid to ask for help when she needs it.  She knows that she needs Marius if she is ever going to complete this task and get her soul back.  Along the way she discovers things about herself that she never would’ve imagined.  With the help of her friends she begins to harness her new found powers while fighting to stay alive. 

The actual poker game at the end was my favorite part of the book.  I would’ve liked to see her be able to win the right to “deal” herself into the game for a chance to win her soul back.  I was happy with the outcome of the game though and I loved the twist at the end.  I have to admit that I loved seeing the Goddess of Discord get a dose of her won medicine though.

I didn’t like Marius very much in the beginning but as Catherine began to peel back his layers, he started to grow on me.  He has a reputation to uphold, hence his attitude but underneath he seems to be a very lonely man/beast.  He turns out to be a good friend to Catherine, even though he has ulterior motives. 

This book combined a couple of my favorite things and I enjoyed it very much.  Mythology has always been a favorite of mine and reading about the Gods was fun.  During a conversation with Loki, the quote about whose hammer Catherine wielded during the battle has to be one of my favorites.  I also loved the techno aspect since my husband is a techno geek himself.  Overall I really enjoyed this book and give Wild Card 4 Flaming Hearts.  4 Hearts