[ARC Review] Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Antigoddess
(Goddess War #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 333 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Fantasy (Greek Mythology)

The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.
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.


 
Thank you Tor Teen for sending me this review copy. It doesn’t affect my opinions or review in any ways.

Review

I’d like to start off by saying how much I LOVE Greek mythology and Antigoddess truly gratify my dire need of a good Greek mythology and oh boy let me tell you what a fantastic book it was!

“Everything born must die, Athena.”

I was hooked from the first page, and I am not lying. The book begins with Athena and Hermes searching for Demeter to ask why they’re dying. While I highly enjoyed reading Athena’s POV, I have to be honest that Cassandra’s POV wasn’t really interesting in the beginning. Nothing particularly happens in her POV and it was as if I was kept waiting and waiting for something that wasn’t going to happen at all. The POVs switch between Athena and Cassandra one after another and the book became much MUCH more fascinating once they have met up at some point.

“Haven’t I lived long enough? Shouldn’t a goddess have the grace to accept this?”

Athena’s character surprised me a bit. I thought she was going to be this level-headed and wise girl the whole time – she’s a goddess after all – but it’s nice to see her breaks down and acts out of her character a few times due to her desperation. Considering the fact that she’s going to lose her eternal life, it makes her more…realistic and human. But, Athena sticks to her main goal, not letting personal issues get in the way of how she handles the situation and that’s what I liked best about her. I noticed that Hermes is sorta overshadowed by Athena in the first half, however, Blake gave him his own spotlight and I really love how every character in this book has their roles. Hermes proves to be a reliable and serious yet laid-back at times, and Cassandra manages to overcome her fear to do what’s important the most in the end.

Despite the fact that some of my questions are still unanswered, the world-building in this book was well-written and not info-dumpy at all. The plot got more and more excited, the action intensified in the second half and I LOVE every battle scene in this book! I won’t go in-depth with the plot cause I don’t wanna ruin everyone’s experience though. In addition, reading Antigoddess made me feel really nostalgic about PJO and HoO… It made me want to re-read those series all over again <3 But still, the author managed to add her own twists to the mythology – which makes it more fascinating and unique.

Romance isn’t the main focus in this book (thank goodness).There are two couples in this book, though. I had difficulty buying Cassandra and Aidan’s romance since the relationship seemed to be…underdeveloped. On the other hand, the other couple had me swooning and the tension built up throughout the book. I thought this romance was kinda intriguing cause Athena is a virgin goddess but anyways I’m looking forward for future development!

I extremely enjoyed reading this book. Antigoddess lived up to my expectations and I was thrilled once I was done reading it – the giddy feelings you got when you just read an awesome book. Filled with Greek mythology goodness, I highly recommend this book for those who loved Rick Riordan’s work.

23 comments

  1. I think for Hermes, it was a very different focus on him because Hermes isn’t one for the spotlight. He doesn’t really have a story behind him, it’s just not his personality to be the center of attention. I wasn’t really a fan of Cassandra and Aidan either, I found Aidan so selfish to keep that information from Cassandra, like jeez Aidan.

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! It was a good book and I can’t wait for the sequel 🙂

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    1. Yeah…I didn’t like Cassandra and Aidan so that’s probably why I don’t like their relationship :/ I’m looking forward for the next book! 😀

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  2. All I’ve been hearing are really good things about this book! Which is great, because I love mythology, and I really need a good mythology book to take my mind off the horror that was SILENT ECHO. And I love the quotes you picked out – especially the first one. So depressing but so true at the same time.

    Okay, wow, I did not know that the book was written from Athena’s POV! That’s both cool and a little scary at the same time, because I’m a bit afraid that Kendare might not be able to pull off the goddess personality, and even though Cass’s POV didn’t really grab your attention much, I’m glad that it did get better as the book progressed.

    I love the sound of how the gods are portrayed, too. I’m really intrigued by these “personal issues” you mentioned that Athena faces, and yay for realism! I always find that books with gods and goddesses are the hardest to be made realistic, because the author is dealing with divine beings, so they may seem a little detached. So glad this wasn’t the case here!

    In addition, reading Antigoddess made me feel really nostalgic about PJO and HoO” – YES. Which reminds me: I totally need to re-read PJO soon. And ooh, Kendare adds her own spin to the mythology? Awesome!

    So I’m literally bouncing in my seat with excitement now, because I never realized how much I wanted this book until after I read your review. I’m hoping I’ll be able to overlook the romance (gah, curse of the romance again) and just enjoy the bigger parts of the book. Definitely going to get this once my allowance comes in! Fantastic review, Kezia. 🙂

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    1. Her “personal issues” are more like a dilemma…to act as a goddess or human. I guess I’m not gonna talk further about it 😉 I don’t wanna spoil you any further! It’s best when you read it without knowing anything at all actually.

      I’m trying to include quotes in my reviews now. I’m sooo glad you love what I picked ^^ I will definitely get a physical copy of this <3 I hope you’ll love this as well, Meg! :DD

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  3. I really gotta read this. I got a greek mythology addiction too and this might just satisfy my craving for a bit until House of Hades comes out. I might be mad at Cassandra and Aidan’s relationship though. Sounds a bit spotty 🙁 Lovely review, Kezia!

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    1. I CANT WAIT FOR HOUSE OF HADES! I can’t believe it’s less than a month from the releas edate! Time flies sooo fast!

      I hope the romance won’t ruin this book for you though! Thanks, Ariella! 😛

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    1. AHH now I wanna read Anna series! I hope you’ll love this as much as I did! Ooh and you NEED to read HoO if you’re finished with PJO 😉

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  4. I MUST read this book. Like you I am a huge fan of Greek Mythology (because of Percy Jackson) and I must get my hands on this book.Great review, seems like you really enjoyed this book. I think it’s really important (especially in Greek Mythological books) that there isn’t an info-dump and it’s god that this one isn’t. It’s good that this lived up to your expectations.

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  5. I am reading this and right now and am not liking it 🙁 Didn’t read your review yet as I do not want to spoil myself, but your rating is giving me hopes that it MAY get better.

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  6. I am reading this and right now and am not liking it 🙁 Didn’t read your review yet as I do not want to spoil myself, but your rating is giving me hopes that it MAY get better.

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  7. ooh, I actually never really into Greek God story, but this book, for whatever mysterious reason it had, somehow managed to got me really curious and excited. And your review just make me want to get it even more!
    Loves to hear that there’s no meaningless characters in this book, but it’s kinda sad that the romance didn’t quite hit.
    Glad you like it, Kezia!

    Neysa @ [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E]

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  8. Now I’m really excited to read this book! I just won Antigoddess this week, so I’m looking forward to seeing if I like it as much as you did.

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