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Antigoddess (The Goddess War) Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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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.
“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
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Honestly, I'm not really sure on this one. The Gods are dying. Heroes and victims from the Trojan War have been reincarnated and yet I'm still stuck reading about high-school romance. And how can it be even more boring when one of them is a psychic and the other is definitely hiding a big secret. And Athena? She's the virgin Goddess so don't even go there please! And in a crazy book about this with some fairly good female characters the scene that stupidly most stands out to be is one where the two girls are bad at science and let the smarter boys do all the work for them. Barf.
So I go somewhere down the middle. There's potential here for the series to get more interesting I just didn't connect with any of the characters enough to make me want to run out and buy the next book. There's a pretty big death at the end of this book & it may be harsh but I honestly didn't care.
This was modern mythology at its best, a grown-up and sophisticated Percy Jackson. Raw, gritty imagery, with twists that hit right in the feels.
If you need me, I'll be sitting right here by my Kindle, waiting for the next installment.
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.
I love mythologies and Greek is one of my favorites, although to be honest I only know the bare minimum on it. I always jump on the chance to read or watch anything relating to Greek mythology because who doesn't like reading about gods and goddesses?! Ms. Blake's ANTIGODDESS is the first book in her new Goddess War Series, and boy was I pleasantly surprised how dark it was. I've never read her Anna series (which is horror) and I knew from the cover that it was going to be dark but this book is....super creepy and chilling dark (in a good way).
Blake's gods and goddesses are like I've never seen them before. The book opens to Athena and her brother Hermes walking across the desert in search of answers to their demise from their aunt Demeter. All Demeter tells them is to find the Oracle, Cassandra of Troy. The gods/goddesses are reincarnated and are in their late teens (except Hera, Poseidon who are obviously older) and they're not what you expect when reading about them or their description. For example, Athena is the goddess wisdom, courage, and justice etc. but Blake's description of Athena is probably the opposite when the word wisdom/justice comes to mind. Athena apparently has black hair with some parts dyed a color (was it a purple streak?, I forgot),tattoos on her arm, punkish clothes and Demeter did say she looks like a harlot!
The book is narrated from multiple third person POV from Athena/Hermes making their way across the US in search of Cassandra of Troy and Cassandra/Aidan presently living normal lives as high school students. Some of the gods/goddess remembers their past life, while others don't (usually the humans who are reincarnated like Cassandra and other heroes of the past like key players in the Trojan War). The multiple viewpoints converge about halfway through the book when their lives intersect and Athena tries to convince/ or force Cassandra, and her friends to join her cause in fighting against Hera, Poseidon and Aphrodite.
This is my first time reading Blake's work (I have both Anna books in my TBR pile, which I will read eventually) and I am not disappointed. I love her writing style and the dedication in research she did for this novel which is plainly shown in the story and how she incorporated the mythology/characters to present day. The pace was good, and the amount of information/back history of the characters wasn't too much or too little. The description of how each god is dying is really descriptive and gory and there were a few times the character used curse words. I find both of these aspects surprising since it's a young adult novel...but then again most YA today are getter darker and darker.
Overall, I enjoyed the ANTIGODDESS and am looking forward to reading more of this new series. The ending wrapped up pretty nicely and if I didn't already know that this is the first book in a series I would have thought it was a standalone. Also if readers are hoping to find out `why' the gods/goddesses are dying...you won't find out in this first installment. I can't wait to see what happens next, especially how the book ended!