Monday, August 31, 2015
Author: Kendare Blake
First Published: September 10th, 2013
Series: Goddess War #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Greek Mythology
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Rating: 8/10
Let's first begin with the cover. It is beautiful. I love it so much! It's dark and captivating, so you know this isn't your Percy-Jackson-type book. Yes, it's based on Greek Mythology, but it's like the complete opposite of PJ.
Athena. One word. Badass. (Sorry for the language). But yes, she travels the world (whilst dying) with Hermes (who is also dying) to find Cassandra, who they hope will be able to help them. Along the way, they meet up with some old friends and foes. Everything is dying in this book. The gods, mostly. Each and every one of them are cursed to die in a painful, slow, humiliating way. Athena is choking on feathers. Artemis is hunted down. Demeter has melted down as part of the ground. You get the gist of it. But I thought this was a strong idea. You see these all-powerful beings, sometimes arrogant, being doomed to a humiliating fate. And now the gods need a human's help to solve everything.
Cassandra and Adain - they are one of the main ships in this book. I find them cute, and the chemistry was there, but Kendare Blake didn't do such a good job at letting us know. Her writing is good, just not when it comes to romance. Same goes for Athena and Odysseus. I get they are love, but I'm not feeling it.
Here in this book, the gods are portrayed more human than anything. Athena, Hermes and Apollo especially. Athena is more like a teenage girl, with the burning need to protect and save her family. Apollo flings everything away for a girl. Hermes is just along for the ride.
The book consists mainly of 80% running from evil, 10% finding Cassandra and 10% discussing things without taking any action. Sure, when Athena finally confronts Hera, the scene is written vividly - it isn't at all difficult to imagine it. But the problem is: the plot unravelled way too slowly. There wasn't much action. It was just conversations and running from everything until they thought of a plan. Other than that, it was good.
If you're looking for some mythology-based books, here is one. It's a darker version of Greek Mythology, the good guys and bad guys are jumbled up, but it's a good book nonetheless.
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