Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake Review

Title: Antigoddess
Author: Kendare Blake
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Horror
Series: The Goddess War, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A terrifying, action-packed thriller using mythology as its platform, Antigoddess completely swept me away--this new take on mythology will appeal to many readers!

Cassandra is a psychic--the psychic from the myth. But she doesn't know it yet. She also doesn't know that the ancient Greek gods are dying--yes, literally, dying--and killing one another off in a bloody war, creating carnage no one has seen since Troy, in a bid to prolong their own lives, driven mad by illness. Athena, Hermes, and a very reluctant Cassandra ally with Aidan, her boyfriend, to try and fight--but they might just be putting off the inevitable..

What I enjoyed:
-The evocative prose that is Blake's trademark, sucking me in from the very first page
 -The intriguing idea of the series itself--gods are popular these days, but you never see them like this! The novel was deliciously different
-The pacing, breakneck from the beginning, the prose moving quickly and smoothly from chapter to chapter
-The research Blake did in creating the characters of this gods, so much like the gods of the myths but with modern, unique spins
-Athena, and her desperation to win the war despite it not making her the most popular character--even I felt disgusted with her at some points
-Hermes, and the comic relief he brings to an otherwise heavy novel
-Hera, Aphrodite, and Poseidon
-Cassandra, both prophet from the stories and awkward teenage girl, a perfect, reluctant heroine
-The ending, and the open ended cliffhanger that promises sequels

What I didn't enjoy:
-Sometimes Athena's thickheadedness got on my nerves
-Hermes's bitching
-At times Aidan annoyed me, not seeing the bigger picture

I loved, loved, loved Antigoddess and I'm so glad I bought it! It's a freaky, beautiful horror story that fans of Blake--and Greek mythology--should check out! Next on deck: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett!

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