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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Goddess War (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765334437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765334435
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–This exciting, supernatural thriller pairs ancient Greek mythology with contemporary American culture. A feather slowly tears its way through the roof of Athena's mouth. Despite the centuries of immortality she has shared with her family, the gods and goddesses of Olympus, a twilight has fallen upon them, stripping them of their power and their invulnerability. While there has always been animosity among them, the growing fear has amplified these tensions, and as the Goddess of Warfare, Athena knows what is to come. A world away, Cassandra has been experiencing premonitions throughout her entire life, but can sense that the visions are about to abruptly end when she turns 18. Athena sets off to find Cassandra, who she believes will be a weapon in the coming war, and soon realizes that she cannot escape the sins of her past and must rely on those she has hurt the most. One of the strongest features of the book is the use of alternating points of narration, with chapters switching between Athena's and Cassandra's perspective until they join together for a final confrontation with the forces that seek to harm them. This technique keeps readers focused on both of the heroines. Antigoddess is sure to be a high-interest title for fans of the supernatural.–Ryan F. Paulsen, New Rochelle High School, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

“We are more monsters than gods now, but some are worse than others,” Demeter whispers, describing the chaos in the contemporary world as god after god begins dying horrifically. Athena’s body is being overwhelmed by white and brown feathers invading her organs; Hermes is becoming weaker and gaunter. Both know another war is coming, this time with the two of them aligned against Poseidon and Hera, and other gods choosing sides in a battle to their deaths. But Demeter has told Athena that 18-year-old Cassandra (who lives in Kincaid, New York, and was once the prophetess Cassandra of Troy) will “change everything.” In alternating chapters, Blake gradually weaves the gods’ painful journey to garner allies and understand their diseases with Cassandra’s typical teenage life of good friends, supportive family, and a handsome, loving boyfriend. The gods’ world, while contemporary, is violent and laced with bizarre circumstances and powers, but Cassandra’s is a normal adolescence in spite of her clairvoyance. It is Cassandra’s visions that align their two worlds, creating the series debut’s ultimate drama and tension, which promises to play out in subsequent Goddess War adventures. Grades 7-10. --Frances Bradburn

More About the Author

Kendare Blake grew up in the small city of Cambridge, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York and received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in London, England. She loves to travel, is an advocate for animals, and cheats a lot when she plays Final Fantasy. Adopted from South Korea at the age of seven months, she arrived with the following instruction: "Feed her chocolate." Though not medically advisable, she and her parents are eternally grateful for this advice.

Kendare Blake's short fiction has appeared in numerous markets, including The Momaya Press Annual Review and Mirror Dance Magazine, among others. Her debut novel, Sleepwalk Society, deals with four friends coming of age post 9/11. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (2011 NPR Top 5, Kirkus Top Ten), and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (2012 Kirkus Reviews Top Ten), are YA horror chronicling the strange life of Cassio Lowood, a teenage ghost hunter who falls in love with the dead girl he was supposed to kill.

The Greek mythology-focused Goddess War series began in 2013 with ANTIGODDESS and continues with MORTAL GODS October 14, 2014. It will conclude with UNGODLY in 2015.

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The plot has plenty of twists and turns, making for an exciting read.
Marty Shaw
I found Antigoddess to be a bit predictable and I just could not connect with the main characters.
Amazon Customer
I loved that the ancient Greek gods and goddesses were updated and brought into the 21st century.
Stephanie Ward

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tori VINE VOICE on June 27, 2013
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I LOVED Anna Dressed in Blood. It was creepy, unique, heartbreaking, and so well written that it was hard not to fall in love with it. In comparison, I wasn't such a huge fan of the sequel in that duo. Regardless, I still had high hopes for Antigoddess.

I'm really not sure what to think. Interesting concept (I love my Greek mythology), but so-so execution. My attention wandered quite often, to the point where I would put the book down, go do something else, and not want to continue reading. It took weeks for me to finish this.

Characters, like the execution, left me feeling kind of meh. They didn't grab my attention, and I didn't connect with them. I'm bummed, because I really wanted to like this story. I think my lackluster review reflects my perception of Antigoddess. Not much to say, because it didn't leave much of an impression.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leeanna Chetsko VINE VOICE on June 27, 2013
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ANTIGODDESS is a book I wanted to read ever since I heard about it. I love twists on Greek mythology, and I thought the gods dying would be a gigantic twist. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Fast forward to me actually starting the book. Within a few chapters, my excitement died down, much like Athena's slow death from the feathers growing inside her lungs. The book started out with Athena and Hermes making a painful journey across the desert to find Demeter, and then getting in a fight with Poseidon's minions. Good stuff, but ... there was something off for me, and that off feeling only got worse the more I read.

In ANTIGODDESS, I just couldn't connect with any of the characters. From Athena to Cassandra, they fell flat. Like they were two dimensional stereotypes instead of fleshed out and developed characters. I don't have to care about every character when I read a book, but I want to get emotionally invested in at least one or two of them. Kendare Blake wasn't afraid to hurt her characters (which was a plus), but when very bad stuff happened to them, it didn't have any impact for me because I didn't care about them.

ANTIGODDESS also crawled along at a snail's pace for me. I really wanted to like this book, but I had to keep making myself pick it up. Every bookworm knows that magical feeling of wanting to read straight through until a book is done, but I never had it with ANTIGODDESS. I think the pace was slow for a couple of reasons. One, the book is written in third-person, mainly from the viewpoints of Athena and Cassandra. Athena would have an action scene, and then it would jump to Cassandra doing something super normal, like having lunch with her friends. It was disjointed for me. Two, in ANTIGODDESS, the events of the Trojan war are pretty important.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 8, 2013
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'Antigoddess' is the outstanding first book in a new young adult fantasy series that brings Greek gods and goddesses into the 21st century. Gods are supposed to be immortal - so why are they dying? Athena is being slowing choked by the feathers of her owls and Hermes is withering away before her eyes. They don't understand what's happening to them or how to stop it, so they go on a journey to discover the truth. Along the way, they meet up with other gods and goddesses facing the same excruciating deaths. It appears that Hera, queen of the gods, has gone insane and has made an alliance with Poseidon and Aphrodite in an effort to kill the other gods in order to save themselves. A full on war between the Olympian gods is about to begin in the midst of unsuspecting mortals. The only hope that Athena and her friends have is the reincarnation of a powerful prophetess, Cassandra, who is much more than she seems. With Cassandra's help, will Athena and her friends be able to stop the war from happening or will they all end up dead?

This is the first book I've read by the author and it far surpassed any and all expectations I may have had for it. From the very first paragraph, it sucked me into its pages and didn't let up until the end. I loved that the ancient Greek gods and goddesses were updated and brought into the 21st century. It made them more fascinating and yet easy to identify with as characters. I enjoyed learning about their lives, both past and present, and the history of all the Olympians. The entire cast of characters was incredibly well written with distinct personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and hopes and fears. Each and every one of the characters in the book made an impression on me and I felt like I almost knew them myself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parajunkee VINE VOICE on June 30, 2013
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As a fan of Kendare Blake and her sick writing ability I was thrilled to get my hands on ANTIGODDESS, even the title seems twisted. I wasn't disappointed. Blake wove a crazy and complex story that was nice and dark just like I like and she didn't bend and stuff it with a few young adult tropes just to pump sales. Can't wait for more!

ANTIGODDESS is from several view points in 3rd person. At first we are in a more broad view point, following Athena and Hermes as they trek through the dessert in search of answers. They are both dying, Athena is sprouting features from inside her body, Hermes is wasting away to nothing. They are gods, once powerful, now almost mortal on the verge of dying. Then the scene shifts and we are plunged within the normal young adult scene, a high school, a girl named Cassandra, a boy that loves her, Aiden and their friend Andie. And so the story goes until they converge, when the ethereal meets the reality and both find out they are more intwined then the want.

It was a good mix, the merging of the two realities, it was like both a young adult book, mixed with an adult fantasy novel. Rather odd as it sounds it worked for me. There were some points where Blake had to reinforce her age range, placing lines in there that hinted at how young Hermes and Athena looked, even though they're existence was in the millennia. Other then that, it just sort of hovered in the mature young adult range, with a very complex plot.

The characters were great representations of the Greek pantheon too, I'm always a huge fan of anything mythological and I studied Ancient Greece in college, so I love seeing some of my favorite historical characters come to life in novels.
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