Saturday, June 22, 2013
ARC Review: Antigoddess
Tor Teen, 2013
YA Mythology Contemporary
Scheduled to release September 10
Source: Received an ARC from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.
Sorry for the very early review; however changes to the Amazon Vine program necessitate completing a review within 55 days of receiving the item and I was fast approaching that time.
This book has such an amazing premise-in our modern world, the great Greek Gods of olde are dying, slowly and painfully. For example, the great Athena is chocking on bird feathers (see cover) while Hermes is winnowing away to nothing. But they are not going without a fight, tracking down the great prophetess Cassandra reincarnated as an ordinary girl loved by a god and banding together to battle Hera and other ancients in a fight to the death.
So I loved the premise for this book and was super thrilled to get a copy. Additionally I really enjoyed Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood (and still mean to pick up the sequel.) But I just could not get in to this book, mostly I think because of the writing style. When the characters were talking to each other, I was fine. When action was being described, though, I lost interest and had to fight to stay on top of the plot. As I try to analyze why, I'm wondering if it's because the dialogue had a lot of humor and I tend to prefer comedy whereas the movements were more serious and high-minded.
Furthermore none of the characters really sparked for me. I guess I do like my gods to be immortal and I was as well-equipped as they were to face the fact that they were no longer. Athena and Hermes still had attitude aplenty but they weren't what I wanted. I think my favorite character was probably Cassandra for her journey to remembering her past but even she was insufficient to keep my full attention.
Overall: I really wanted this book to capture my imagination and enthusiasm but I found it lackluster and disappointing. I hope it works better for others as I know it has been highly anticipated.
Cover: Spot-on! As mentioned, Athena is coughing up feathers as they slowly suffocate her (remember her affinity for owls and probably other birds.)