Saturday, May 3, 2014

Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake - Ashley's Pre-Reading

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Title: Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Year Published: 2013

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.

Why?: I loved Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares, so I was super excited when I found out about Kendare Blake's newest series. I really enjoy Greek mythology and stories based around it, so I knew I just had to read Antigoddess! 

Expectations: I have really high expectations for this book, since I loved the Anna Dressed in Blood books so much. I expect this to be a pretty dark book, since it involves the gods dying. I'm just so excited to read this book that I hope it's everything I think it will be!

Judging a book by its cover: I really love this cover. I love that it doesn't give anything away, but the feathers are still related to the book. I also love how stark the white is against the black background and how this cover is totally unlike most other YA book covers out there. I'd totally pick it up if I saw it on a shelf in a bookstore or library somewhere.


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