ARC Review: Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

Mortal GodsTitle: Mortal Gods (Goddess War, #2)

Author: Kendare Blake

Publication date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Tor Teen

Pages: 352

Source: Review copy from publisher (Thank you, Tor Teen!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store

Synopsis:

Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She’s ready to wage a war of her own, and she’s never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she’ll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.

Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can’t have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite.

The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra’s hate will get them ALL killed.

The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can’t, fates far worse than death await.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads 

My review: 

With more action, jaw-dropping twists, and a tidal wave of intense emotions, Mortal Gods is one gripping book that I totally enjoyed reading this year. It’s the kind of sequel that you’d want to read at a relaxed speed because every moment in the story is precious. Although there are parts where the pace is a bit slow, it doesn’t matter because those give readers time to prepare themselves for big scenes that will blow their minds in every way. Big Bang-like explosions of feels and surprises are also components of those scenes, making Mortal Gods an epic reading adventure. Tension, shock, pain, and heartbreak are the four dominant emotions that left a lasting impression on me. I think it took a day or two for those extreme feelings to die down.

The characters are fantastic! Each one of them is distinctive in personality, actions, and opinions. The diversity of characters injects a flavorful spice that generates excitement and compulsive appreciation for the story. In addition, the conflicts that the characters live through brilliantly emphasize their flaws and strong points. My favorite character in the book is Athena. A daring goddess who exudes intelligence, determination, and a firm grasp of reason, Athena is the ideal picture of a remarkable heroine. Regardless of her identity as a goddess, Athena has a vulnerable and empathetic side that also makes her so human. The clash of emotions raging through her is very realistic and is something that readers would identify with. Second favorite character is Cassandra who grew to be more insightful and braver as she acknowledged her role in the war of gods. Cassandra still grapples with her past and present self so with the tragic event in Antigoddess; nevertheless, she’s making an effort to get better. I have to mention Hermes and Odysseus as notable characters as well because they are both strong driving forces in Athena’s team of warriors. Furthermore, new characters will be introduced. Some of them readers will love or hate or both. But one thing I can tell about the fresh faces is that they’re unpredictable. Why? That, you have to find out for yourself, dear readers! Sorry! 🙂 My advice to you is to be ready for a huge impact coming your way!

Kendare Blake’s writing is exquisite. She imbued the story with life that sparkles with energy and brightness. Her beautifully constructed sentences depict sharp images, transporting readers to a rich and spectacular world where reality and mythology coexist.

Heart-stopping and out of this world, Mortal Gods is a sequel that leaves you breathless and thirsty for more. I NEED Book 3 now!

 

Rating:

4.5/5 stars

 

Book Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

13246736Title: Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher: Tor Teen

Pages: 333

Source: e-ARC provided by publisher (Thanks to Angie of Tor!)  / Finished copy bought at Fully Booked

Synopsis: 

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.

*Image and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

I learned about Antigoddess via Twitter. If I remember it right, it was a fellow Filipino blogger’s tweet along with a photo of an ARC that caught my attention. The stunning cover propelled me to research what the book is all about. After reading the synopsis, I became more enthusiastic to read it. I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology and the fresh, engrossing, and thrilling take of this book is what I’ve been waiting for.

Antigoddess is the first Kendare Blake novel I’ve ever read and it did not disappoint me. Her lyrical writing style is spellbinding and I am in awe of the author’s aesthetic flair that resounds all throughout the book. The descriptions are fluid, clear and so artistic. It’s incredible how simple words become so powerful, brimming with color and radiance. I can say that Kendare Blake is a pro in painting astonishing images in readers’ minds that would definitely render them breathless.

I like how the chapters showed the interconnectedness of events in a clean and well-organized sequence. I am also impressed by the wonderful narration of the story in alternate perspectives using third person POV. I think it is a great way to tell the story because readers get to experience what it’s like to think like a god as well as dive into the thoughts of a reincarnated mortal character in Greek mythology. Although Antigoddess is written in past tense, every action feels instantaneous.  When I was reading it, I felt like I was part of the action or I was in the actual scene of a particular event.

Now let’s go to the plot. It is mind blowing! Old gods are dying and at war with each other? Who wouldn’t be intrigued by that? Each chapter is loaded with conflicts, twists, and surprising revelations so action keeps on building up, making the story an exhilarating adventure.

The characters are fantastic. I have a fondness for Athena and Odysseus! They have chemistry and I can’t wait to see the spark between them burst into flames. Cassandra and Aidan are good as a couple and they really complement each other. Aidan is so sweet! His love and devotion to Cassandra is immeasurable. He may have done something terrible (unforgivable, even) to her in the past and he makes up for it by showing how much he loves and cares for her. Other standout characters are Andie and Henry whose bickering I find adorable. The humor of their characters sprinkled laughter that put the suspense of the story into a temporary halt.

Another thing I admire in Antigoddess is the illustration of the past lives of gods and heroes entwined with present time. It’s fascinating because every character displays both his/her past and present self shaped by layered memories of history and current reality. And the gods acting like mortals made their characters so cool, relatable, and normal.

Antigoddess is a spine-chilling, electrifying tale of modern day Greek mythology. I highly recommend this book to those looking for a riveting adventure set in a world where myths breathe the same air as actuality.

Rating:

5/5 stars

Book Haul: Mythology FTW!

My shiny new books! HOORAY! *throws confetti*

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The highlight of my bookstore visit yesterday was picking up these books. Aren’t they both lovely? I’ve been dying to get a copy of The Chaos of Stars since the first time I read about it on blogs. Hello Egyptian mythology! Interesting, right?  *flails* Now I have a copy! *flails again* 🙂

And Antigoddess! I’m currently reading the e-ARC of this one and gosh, the story is sooooo good! GREEK MYTHOLOGY IS L-O-V-E. ❤ I can drown in the book’s awesomeness ALL DAY. Now that the book’s out in the wild, I just have to get myself a finished copy. For after all, that’s what I do every time I read an ARC and fall in love with the story. 🙂 Can’t wait to share with you my thoughts about Antigoddess as soon as I finish reading it!

How about you, dear readers? What books did you get this week?

*Thank you so much to Nikka of Fully Booked Alabang Town Center customer service for facilitating my book reservations. You are the best! 🙂

Latest Haul!

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Bought: 

Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt (Fully Booked)

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar (Fully Booked)

For review: 

Antigoddess

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Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (NetGalley)

Thank you, Tor Teen!

Won: 

Time After Time

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E-ARC of Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone (from Alice Marvels‘ giveaway)

I didn’t expect to win Alice Marvels’ giveaway! I was so happy when I received Lauren’s e-mail on August 8th telling me that I won an access of the Time After Time ARC. Two days later, Tamara’s e-mail came with the code of the Time After Time ARC from Disney Hyperion! *flails* Time Between Us is one of my favorite 2012 releases and I’m dying to read its sequel. More Bennett and Anna! Many thanks to Lauren of Alice Marvels, Tamara Ireland Stone, and Disney Hyperion! You guys definitely know how to put a smile on a bookworm’s face . 🙂