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Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

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

My Thoughts:

I think it was necessary that the narrative switched between Athena and Cass so that we could get the perspectives of both a dying god and a mortal but I enjoyed Cass’ perspective a lot more. It was really cool how each god was suffering from something very specific to them and the book was pretty graphic which is to be expected from Kendare Blake (author of Anna Dressed in Blood). This is such a promising series and there’s so much to work with. I really hope this series sticks to Greek mythology and The Trojan War/Odyssey. You do need to know some of the history of the Trojan war or at least have seen the movie Troy to figure out who each character is supposed to be. The book is very much a story about Cass and Athena and out of the supporting characters Aidan and Odysseus also got some depth. It kind of had a slow feeling since one half (the gods side) was exciting at times while the other half (mortal side) was slow and then they would switch paces. Only at the end when the two sides merged did the novel really pick up.

Future Books:

The next book in the Goddess War series is Aristeia coming out 2014.

The Wicked Within by Kelly Keaton

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Book 2 (Book 1: Darkness Becomes Her, Book 2: A Beautiful Evil)

Novel Summation:

Her fate is not set in stone. Having temporarily defeated Athena, Ari races to break the gorgon curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Her one lead sends her on a quest for the Hands of Zeus, an ancient relic last seen in the charge of New 2’s ruling elite, the Novem. But if there is one thing that Athena desires as much as revenge, it’s the Hands of Zeus—and Athena always gets what she wants. Before either can locate the Hands, the statue goes missing, and a trail of blood follows those who once protected the relic’s secrets. Ari knows that her city, her friends, Sebastian—her life—depend upon her finding the statue before Athena. And with rumors an ancient power is on the rise, that may not be her only concern…

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy the world this book takes place in. It’s really cool to have demigods (from a variety of different pantheons)/shapeshifters, witches, vampires, and some other supernaturals. I think this book was really fast paced which is both good and bad. It did go from one action piece to the next but it also lost quite a bit of depth which means there was no build up to any climax. The characters aren’t given the depth they once were except Ari and a bit of Sebastian. The whole flipping back and forth between romantic feeling with Ari was a bit annoying. I would have liked a bit more history of the gods and maybe saw some more of the Greek gods. If there is a future book it would be cool to see other supernatural people from other cities come to New 2 or some other gods causing trouble.

The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. 3: The Morning Star by Robin Bridges

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Book 3 (Book 1: The Gathering Storm, Book 2: The Unfailing Light)

Novel Summation:

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890. Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III forbids women to attend medical school; his interest in Katerina extends only to her ability to raise the dead. Twice now, Katerina has helped him by using her power to thwart the forces of darkness—vampires bent on resurrecting the lich tsar Konstantin Pavlovich so that he can take what he sees as his rightful place on the throne. Katerina thought she had bound Konstantin to the Greylands, the realm of the dead, but he has found a way out. Now he is searching for the Morning Star, a sword that will allow him to command a legion of supernatural warriors. Katerina must find the sword before Konstantin does—and she must travel to Egypt to do so. Along the way, she puts up with unwanted attention from her former fiancé, the nefarious Prince Danilo, and struggles with her feelings for her true love, George Alexandrovich. But with the looming threat from Konstantin, Katerina’s focus remains on the sword. Russia’s fate will be determined by whoever wields the Morning Star—and delivers the final blow.

My Thoughts:

I love this series. It is beautifully written  and the setting is so captivating that takes you right into the time period and country. What I love about these books is the diverse range of character types and characters as well as the fact that you are transported to the locations Katerina goes to. We get a very clear picture on Egypt from that time period which was really neat but I don’t like the deviation away from Russia. I loved the very Russian feel of the first book and I just wished that this book could have remained in the country. Katerina for the most part seemed like a helpless heroine all the time. I liked that she wants to study medicine and her dreams are so strong that she is never deterred from fulfilling it but she also had a calling as a necromancer and she never answered it or wanted anything to do with it. George Alexandrovich was barely in the book and I wanted more of him with Katerina because they both seem so complete and stronger when they are together. I liked having more Danilo but he was blurred so much with Konstantin that it was hard to separate the two. A lot of the book felt rushed and a little bit of a cheat. For example the return of someone past dead made Katerina no long necessary, Danilo’s decision at the end, zombie creatures barely made any appearance or difference, why introduce the Gregori (though I like the lore) when they didn’t do much, and the battle wasn’t very big or epic like I hoped. I didn’t like the end of the book since it seemed boring. I do love this series and would definitely recommend it.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Book 2 (Book 1: Throne of Glass)

Novel Summation:

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt. But her heart never wavers. After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes. Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.  Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

My Thoughts:

So I liked this book a lot. It wasn’t as action packed as the first one but it had more drama. The novel mainly focuses on Celaena’s feelings towards Chaol and an underlying hint of revolt within the city. Calaena was just as strong as she was in the last book, maybe even a bit more dangerous. She could be a little frustrating with her unwillingness to take any responsibility for the fate of many but her reaction was understandable. Still we knew she was meant for bigger things before she did.   Chaol is still strongly loyal to the Crown but when Celaena becomes involved we get to see him feel conflicted. He’s very passive that I don’t find it to be an endearing quality. I really like Dorian and we definitely get to see a more vulnerable side of him as he is dealing with his own issues but there was so little of him in the book. Since it was clear who Celaena was leaning towards romantically I had hoped Nehemia was a possible love interest but that didn’t work out so I was a little disappointed in the romance in this book. Celaena’s and Chaol’s relationship was gradual and I guess that was supposed to make it more realistic but sometimes love is at first sight is (like with Dorian). I’d recommend this series.

Future Books:

There will be another book coming out in 2014.

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for. Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten

My Thoughts:

So I really enjoy the world of the Fey that Julie Kagawa created and I couldn’t wait to get into this book. The first third of the book starts off in the human world and for the most part I didn’t get into the book until they left the human world and started to get more involved with the Fey and the Nevernever. The book is told from the point of view of Ethan, Meghan’s younger half brother. It was interested to get the book from a male point of view and it is a very male point of view (over protective, macho man thoughts at times). Ethan seemed overly antsy and moody at times that it was a bit annoying at times but he has the makings of a great hero. Kenzie was Ethan’s love interest and I found her really annoying. It wasn’t until the end of the book, when we find out why she seemed so annoying that I did a complete turn around on her character. I understood her and found her no longer annoying. I liked Keirran (who you might remember from the Iron Knight) but there wasn’t enough of him. Also, his thought process about the The Lady and the Forgotten at the end seemed random and out of place.  Lots of familiar people return such as Leanansidhe, Grimalkin, and a brief appearance by Meghan, Ash, and Puck. It was a little disturbing how Meghan and the others hadn’t aged and were around the same age as Ethan, including Keirran (who’s relationship with the main cast I won’t spoil). I definitely recommend this book.

Future Books:

The next book in the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series is called The Iron Traitor and it comes out October 29, 2013.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Book 3 (Book 1: Clockwork Angel, Book 2: Clockwork Prince)

Novel Summation:

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

My Thoughts:

I read this book awhile ago so these are the thoughts I remember. Beware of spoilers. I’ve never read anything more beautifully written, much swooning and crying was done. I have nothing but praise for this book but I do have some minor comments. First Tessa, I think I can completely understand her mixed feelings and how she could love two men (I’m writing my own story with similar problems). She might not be the most athletic and impressive heroine but she had her own strengths which was her unfaltering love. I never expected Tessa to be half demon and half shadowhunter. My guess was that she was a clockwork creation herself but I really did like this twist and I wonder if it has any influence on Valentine’s behaviour in the mortal instruments. Now Jem, Jem is the sweetest most beautiful fictional character I have read about. I was surprised by Jem really being Brother Zachariah but his “death” seemed so anti climatic that I didn’t think Jem was really dead. I can’t wait to find out how Jem got back to normal and it was really interesting to see him in the present day time and not sick. Will was also sweet and you always secretly rooted for him. Now the love triangle. I found the ending with Will and Tessa being together and then Tessa and Jem getting to be together in the epilogue to be a bit of a cop out but the whole love triangle made me believe so strongly in love. It was nice that love couldn’t be denied by any obstacles and everyone was happy in the end. I wish that Jem and Tessa got to be more together and express their feelings like Will and Tessa did. Not only was the love triangle beautiful but the bromance between Will and Jem was wonderful.  I missed the old Jem and Will dynamic that was so strong in the first two books and I didn’t like how Jem was sick this whole book. There wasn’t much plot to the book but more of character development which was nice but also a little disappointing. The many narratives were a bit confusing at times and I found myself wanting to know what was happening with particular individuals rather than other people’s stories. Mortmain wasn’t much of a villain and I found him boring at times but his creations were cool, especially the demon infused clockwork creations. Also, I am so appreciative of the family trees in the 1st edition book which I only just discovered (it’s in the flap of the cover).  I recommend this series for the beautiful writing, world, and for so much more.

Splintered by A.G. Howard

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now. When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

My Thoughts:

This is a wonderfully written book. The imagery, creativeness, and world that is created is beautiful. The author has taken Lewis Carroll’s work and created something of her own while staying mostly true to the inspiring work. However, besides the breathtaking, frightening, and captivating world that is created the story lacked a bit. I would have been fine with a quest like story but instead what I read was something that was completely confusing at times. I found myself confused but what people said and their motives. The actual mission and purpose of Alyssa’s journey kept changing that I was left confused and disappointed in the end. Another thing is I don’t mind love triangles in books but for this book it seemed strange. Jeb seemed very misogynistic while the Morpheus was manipulative. I found myself liking Morpheus more but it was obvious who she wanted to be with even when she struggled with it. Also, I found it distracting at times. I was surprised by who Morpheus was from the original story (I thought he might be a new character). I’m not a fan of bugs and Alyssa artistic talent with them grossed me out as well as the many descriptions. Alyssa is a really neat character and she is someone I could see on the streets which made me take a liking to her. The book is very punk which was really refreshing since not many books tend to go in that direction. I think if people like this book the manga/anime Alice in the Country of Hearts is something you should check out. This book should be read for how it is written and the creative genius, despite a somewhat confusing plot.

Future Books:

The next book is called Unhinged and comes out January 2014.