Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: Goddess War #1
Pages: 333
Received: Received an e-copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 10, 2013
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

My Review:

I am sad to admit that I have not yet read Anna Dressed in Blood, but seeing that Kendare had a new series starting I jumped on that train right away. I was really intrigued with the synopsis of this book, taking a story about those that cannot die and actually having them actually have a slow death in a way. I haven't really found a lot of books that deal with the gods and so this book stuck out to me because of that.

I think Kendare did a great job with the creepy aspect of this story, I was definitely disturbed at times with how some of the gods' deaths were described. Kendare Blake has created a scary world that is about to become even worse as the gods fight to stay alive, and these are gods that fight dirty. I was really impressed with the characterization of the gods and the descriptions, Kendare really brought them to life for me.

I really liked the back and forth narration between Cassandra, and Athena. Cassandra does not know anything about the gods and yet she may be the key to saving this war and we follow her as she slowly learns about her past and how this affects her. This story draws you in and keeps you wondering about the importance of people and things throughout the journey.

Honestly, this is a very hard book to talk about without giving away a lot of things about the story and the characters. I'm glad that when I went into this book I didn't really know too much information because I think I enjoyed journeying with Athena to find out information, and where that takes her is up to you to find out. I can now be happy knowing I have read a Kendare Blake novel, and seeing how she can write disturbing scenes I am excited to go through her back list and read more. She definitely knows how to creep her readers out at times.

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