Thursday, April 09, 2015

Mini Reviews: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake and Omega City by Diana Peterfreund

From Goodreads: 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 Rating: 3 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: While I liked the writing and the premise – the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology are somehow dying, and have, in order to survive, resorted to fighting each other and trying to find the reincarnation of the Trojan princess Cassandra for answers – of Kendare Blake’s Antigoddess, it felt very much like a prequel. Nothing really happened for the majority of the book, and the question of why the Greek gods and goddesses were dying remained unanswered. Furthermore, the ending felt a bit rushed, with one of the immortal characters dying way too easily. Despite these flaws, I’m going to give Antigoddess’ sequel, Mortal Gods, a try. Having read her Anna series, I know Blake is capable of doing better!

Antigoddess was released by Tor Teen in September 2013. 
From Goodreads: Gillian Seagret doesn't listen to people who say her father's a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War–era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced them to move to the middle of nowhere, but Gillian knows he's right and plans to prove it. When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Underberg's diary in her father's mess of an office, she thinks she's found a big piece of the puzzle - a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg's greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off on a journey into the ruins of Omega City, a vast doomsday bunker deep inside the earth. But they aren't alone inside its dark and flooded halls. For while Gillian wants to save her dad's reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg's secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried ... forever. 

My Rating: 3.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Having loved Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars series, I was curious to see what she could do with a MG novel. Perhaps it's a bit unfair, but I guess I wasn’t expecting Omega City to feel like a MG book … and was a bit disappointed as a result. For example, the villain lacked complexity, and I knew the characters were never really in any danger. I also had to really suspend my disbelief with regards to the plot because it involved four kids and a teen discovering an underground city and running around unsupervised, chased by three adults who were the ‘bad’ guys. That being said, I’m not the target audience for Omega City; MG readers who enjoy action and adventure should easily find the story captivating.

Omega City will be released on April 28, 2015 by Balzer + Bray.  

In exchange for an honest review, this book was received from the publisher (HarperCollins) for free via Edelweiss.   


  1. I've got the Antigoddess on my book shelf and have yet to read it. I was going to pick it up for Halloween but I ran out of time and the book club that I run for teens had picked Anna instead so I read that. I'm sad to see there's not much happening in the book as I'm a huge Greek mythology fan. I was interested to see what she does with the Trojan War.

  2. I actually loved Antigoddess because it was so creepy and gross, exactly what I expect when I pick up a Kendare Blake book, but at the same time, it was completely different from Anna Dressed in Blood. It was different, which made me enjoy it so much more.

  3. Hm. I've read a few first books in a series that have read more like prequel novellas given the lack of answers to innumerable questions, so I'm bummed Antigoddess is like that. Hopefully Mortal Gods will make up for all that was lacking! Fabulous mini reviews:)

  4. I'm not a huge fan of when the first book in a series just feels like a setup for the rest of the books rather than a story on its own so I am hesitant about Antigoddess. I had no idea Peterfreund had a new book!

  5. Hmm two of my biggest pet peeves - books that are lacking in answers come the end and MG books that read young and lack complexity. That's a bit too bad as I do love Diana's older books and I have heard great things about Kendare's Anna series. Hopefully Mortal Gods will be better - I anticipate your review!

  6. aw, too bad on both counts. There's something about the Antigoddess series that just doesn't seem very good. I really enjoyed the Anna books, but I have very little motivation to pick up this new series.

    I loved Diana P's unicorn slayer books but I have yet to read anything else she's written. It sounds like I should try her other YA offerings and pass on her MG. Thanks fr the info!


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