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Title: ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake
Series: #1 in the Goddess War series
Genre: Mature YA, Greek Mythology, Fantasy
Details: 333 pages, released September 10th 2013
Source: Blog tour with Book Nerd Tours

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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. .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................


This is my first Kendare Blake novel, and I have to say it did not disappoint. Going into AntiGoddess I had NO idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised that I actually quite enjoyed this.

Lets go ahead and get what I didn't like out of the way. First off the beginning was a little slow pace in my opinion. It wasn't necessarily boring, but it was slow. Also in the beginning it's confusing as to what's going on, things start to piece together a little ways in though so don't worry. Basically the beginning of AntiGoddess for me was not all that great. Also while I did like the variety of characters, and their relationships with one another I didn't find myself caring all that much for them. I liked them, but just couldn't get myself to care about them.

Moving on! Kendare's writing was spectacular. Like I said earlier this is my first novel I have read by her, and now after finishing AntiGoddess, I cannot wait to pick up Anna Dressed in Blood (which based off of reviews, readers liked alot more than AntiGoddess). There was alternating perspectives in AntiGoddess that Kendare was able to weave together perfectly, I personally never felt like things were jumping around too much, or sloppy. Everything flowed together nicely.

Another thing about AnitGoddess is that it was very different than any other YA novel I have read, and in a good way different! It is very unique, and is also very twisted at parts, which I LOVED. There are quite a few 'dark' moments in this novel and quite a bit of cussing, so I would recommend this for MATURE YA. Kendare does a unique Greek Mythology story and does it awesomely!

Overall, I did enjoy AntiGoddess. I feel the beginning could have been alot stronger, and I do wish I felt more emotion or cared more about the characters, but I don't and that's okay. The ending was really good and I will be continuing this series for sure and hopefully will connect more with the characters in book two. If you are someone who likes Greek mythology, or just wants to try something different than I highly recommend giving AntiGoddess a shot.

IMPORTANT SIDENOTE: Before reading AntiGoddess I had read Giselle over at Xpresso Reads review of it (you can see her review here) and she had suggested looking into the Trojan war before reading AntiGoddess, just reading the basics on Wikipedia will do. Although you don't HAVE to look into the Trojan war before picking this up, I do along with Giselle recommend it. It only took me 5 minutes to learn the basics of the Trojan war, and it made the reading experience alot better, but again it's not required, if you know nothing about the Trojan war and pick this up you should still be able to easily follow along.



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8 comments:

Sharon ObsessionwithBooks said...

I have been so eager to read this book so I'm pleased to see you enjoyed it despite the slow start. Her Anna series is creepy & amazing!

A fabulous review. :-)

kimbacaffeinate said...

Wonderful review, I have Anna Dressed In Blood in my tbr pile and it looks like despite the slow start I need to add this one as well:)

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

@Sharon ObsessionwithBooks

I SO need to read her Anna series!! I have heard from people that have read Anna and AntiGoddess that Anna was alot better than Antigoddess so I'm excited to pick it up (: Thanks hun!

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

@kimbacaffeinate Definitely worth the adding to the tbr pile! (:

Ellen Alwaysyaatheart said...

I haven't read anything by this author yet, and I really need to. Great review!!

Giselle said...

Thanks for the shout out! And yeah I stopped reading a few chapters in to go read on this Trojan war that I knew NOTHING at all about. I think it's important to at least understand the gist of what happened. I'm glad you enjoyed it though wasn't it deliciously creepy? I loved the dark/horror aspects of it which I was expecting from it being Kendare Blake and all. I also agree it does take a few chapters to really get situated in this story but it wasn't a bore at all :) Great review, doll!

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

@Ellen Alwaysyaatheart Yes you do!! (: And thank you! (:

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

@Giselle Ya thanks for the heads up!! Knowing just a little about the Trojan war helped alot, and YES loved all the darkness this novel had! I'm thinking the sequel is going to be even better (: Thanks Giselle!