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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.

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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 House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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Book 4 (Book 1: The Lost Hero, Book 2: Son of Poseidon, Book 3: Mark of Athena)

Novel Summation:

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus

My Thoughts:

This was a great book. The book is really split into two perspectives: one is the journey of Leo, Frank, Jason, Piper, and Hazel accompanied by Coach Hedge and Nico as they go to Greece to the doors of death on earth’s side and then there is the perspective of Annabeth and Percy as they journey through Tartarus to the doors of death. There was no book specific prophecy and it mainly was a set up for the major Prophecy of Seven and the final book. I liked what they did with Leo’s character since they made him more than just a comic relief. They gave him depth by giving him a romantic interest and his demigod abilities to create all kinds of devices was impressive. For Frank he definitely stepped up as a son of Ares, conquering his fears and becoming a leader. Surprisingly I felt like Jason didn’t do too much in this book which was a bit disappointing because Jason and Percy are sort of top dogs. Jason did finally come to realize that he isn’t exactly all Roman would leads me to believe by the end of the series there will be a serious blending of the two groups. His moment with Nico was interesting. Piper also didn’t do too much but it looks like she’ll be fighting ready when the time comes. Hazel got a lot of attention since as a daughter of Hades there was her connection with Nico and since her mother was a witch she has other talents she can rely on.  Nico didn’t get his own point of view but you definitely get a lot more background. In Tartarus Percy and Annabeth have only each other to rely on as you can definitely feel the love but sometimes it felt too much. Annabeth kept going on about how Percy and herself has gone through so much to not be split apart now, which sure is true but she constantly is saying it. They don’t really encounter many monster challenges as I was expecting but instead it was the very environment that was against them. They do meet some surprising allies along the way. The whole Roman camp vs. Greek camp was always in the background but nothing definitive outcome came out of it yet.

Future Books:

The final book in the Percy Jackson/ Heroes of Olympus series is called Blood of Olympus and comes out Fall 2014.

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.

Belladonna by Fiona Paul

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Book 2 (Book 1: Venom)

Novel Summation:

Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass’s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose-the only evidence that will prove he’s innocent.

My Thoughts:

First I’d like to say I didn’t really like the cover chances (from mask’s to silhouettes).  As for the story I found it to be very interesting. It had a lot more mystery and had some things answered while leaving plenty other questions for another book. The pace was a lot more fast paced and with action but it does slow down three quarters in for a bit. The book is once again very beautifully written and you get a strong feel for the imagery and the time period. Cass was both her usually inquisitive, somewhat reckless self while also growing and taking more control. This was especially true for her quest to save Luca.  She was very much on her own in this book and that’s where you see her character grow. I didn’t like Falco in this book because he seemed very superficial. He was like the embodiment of lust and he came off as very weak willed when it came to protecting/explaining things to Cass and when dealing with Belladonna. Luca isn’t in the book in person but more in the thoughts of Cass so there isn’t really much to say on his character. Belladonna was an odd character and very much gave off the creepy cult feel. The whole random mention of vampires was ridiculous and I would have preferred if they just said someone was going around murdering people and draining their blood. By adding the ideas of vampires it ruins the feel of the book even if it is an idea. This book is definitely a step up from the last book and I would recommend this series.

Future Books:

The final book in the Eternal Rose trilogy is called Starling and comes out March 20, 2014.

Goddess by Josephine Angelini

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Book 3 (Book 1: Starcrossed, Book 2: Dreamless)

Novel Summation:

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count. To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

My Thoughts:

I love this book so much. Mostly for the wonderful way Greek mythology is incorporated, in particular the Iliad. This book takes us through the whole Trojan war essentially and we get to connect which character is who from Troy as well as some other timelines. We got to see Helen and Lucas as Guinevere and Lancelot and I would have loved to see them in other roles as well but only Helen and Paris and that role were described. A lot of the book is spent with Helen having memories of the original Helen and of the fall of Troy which sort of gave the current situation and the characters context but I wonder if this couldn’t have been included in either of the other two previous books. I will admit at first I couldn’t remember character personalities well since it’s been awhile since I read the previous book but I eventually got right back into it. I couldn’t remember much about Matt’s character, yet he had a critical part to play in this book. Jason and Ariadne also seemed sidelined in this book. I like Orion and you really relate to him as a character. He wants to be someones first choice and I think everyone can relate to that (he puts in a lot more eloquently). Hector is his usual self and I absolutely adore him. Lucas didn’t do too much in this book but his decision towards the end of the novel was surprising and maybe a bit hasty. Helen grew as a character and I really like her. I didn’t like the fact that she became goddess like and felt that she was way too overpowered. The idea of a Worldbuilder was neat and I liked how it connected with Hades, Morpheus, and Zeus but I wasn’t sure if I liked how it played out in the book. Also, the fact that no one could figure out who the Tyrant was when it seemed incredible obvious was frustrating. I liked the idea that their was a Scion for each god and the concept that the cycle needed to be replaced (Titans defeated their parents, Gods defeated their Titan parents, now Scions should defeat their God parents, something I’ve thought about in my Percy Jackson fan fiction). I was sort of looking forward to more gods involved in this story and more of a battle but sadly there wasn’t much. It was very much a Helen character journey which was enjoyable. I definitely recommend this series.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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Book 1
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Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage to the respite of the convent of St. Mortain. Here she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts and a violent destiny. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. But how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who has stolen her heart?

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book. It reminded me of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass. Here we have a girl who has a horrible experiences with men and joins a Convent that teaches her the skills to defend herself against those type of men. The whole experience leaves her bitter towards men. She is very much a novice throughout the book in terms of killing (not that she isn’t any good at it) but she isn’t experienced and she doesn’t give off that assassin vibe (which might be to her advantage). She reluctantly is forced to work with a man and you can tell exactly where this partnership is going. The world itself is wonderful and interesting and I wish more of the gods/saints were explained or a glossary was provided. The god/saint focuses on is Death and the gifts he passes to his followers. This was all very interesting but I wanted to know about the other gods/saints and their gifts as well. I have no idea if any of the history is true or if it is all fiction but the book made me want to learn more. The romance is very much a tease and I would have liked to have more of it. Ismae was a wonderful character to follow and completely believable. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history, romance, and good assassin story.

Future Books:

There is a companion book called Dark Triumph and it comes out April 2, 2013 (it is about another character from this book).