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Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  4,275 ratings  ·  856 reviews
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
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Tor Teen
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Antigoddess is all sort of freaky loveliness. For fans of greek mythology, this novel brings in a creative and original depiction of the well loved myth, where the gods are caught in a new story and facing the war of all wars--their lost immortality.

First thing's first, you might want to brush up in your knowledge of the trojan war if you're not very well versed on that event in greek mythology--or at least have Wiki at the ready. As much as I enjoy this myth I have only dived into it in the pas
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 2.5

I can't believe this book was written by the same author as Anna Dressed in Blood. This is like...Gameboard of the Gods level of disappointment for me. Granted, it's not even the same genre, but approaching this book from such exalted standards...I can't help but feel rather let down.

It is not a bad book, but it didn't bring me the level of enjoyment I had come to expect, given the premise and given my love for mythology. Yes, the mythological representation of the gods and god
Roxanne (Story Envy)
Aug 05, 2014 Roxanne (Story Envy) marked it as to-read
This is my reaction while reading the summary:

And this is my reaction afterwards:
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And then when I looked at the release date... well, see that it's set for 2013:

I can't wait to read this!!! I've always loved mythology and this book sounds like it's going to be absolutely amazing. To me the Greek gods and goddesses have always been immortal so to see them in a state like this will be completely thrilling. The idea is really intriguing. Plus I just plain love Athena.

Oh, there's a cove
Feb 16, 2014 Navessa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Navessa by: Ally
Shelves: myths, ya, meh

This book is decent. But it’s not great. Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of people will enjoy it. Hell, I enjoyed most of it. It just didn’t blow my mind. I do see potential in the series so I plan on continuing with it, but…


I just wanted more. The mythology was handled well but it focused on gods that I’ve never really given that many fucks about. Athena? Hermes? Really? Where’s that warmongering bastard Ares? If the gods are fighting for their lives I’d think he’d be the one leading the
Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
EDIT: 12/07/12 Oh goodness... Just look at that cover. Isn't it so intriguing? I wonder what the blood dripping feather stands for. Does the feather means what happened to Athena? I mean, she woke up sprouting feathers right? And then the drop of blood from the feather, rippling in the water may mean something to Hermes... Something in his flesh-eating fever? And also what is that? It looked like something that is a forest (located at the back of the ANTIGODDESS title) and a green sphere-shape ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
I wish every book could be described using the words dark and twisted, that would make me ridiculously happy. However, since I clearly can’t have that, at least there are some that fit the description, and when they come my way, I am seriously overjoyed. Antigoddess is one of those books. With characters like Athena, Hermes, Apollo, Poseidon and the cursed prophetess Cassandra of Troy, what could possibly go wrong?

Very little, as it turns out. Blake’s version of the Greek gods is very
**I received a free copy of Antigoddess from Tor in exchange for an honest review.**

After centuries, the Twilight of the Gods has arrived.

Already fallen from Olympus, now more mortal than god, each deity is dying in a manner peculiar to their power. Athena, goddess of battle and intelligence, is being slowly suffocated by the feathers of her sacred bird, the owl. The feathers fill her lungs and sprout beneath her skin. While many of the gods are resigned to their demise and see their end as a f
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Note: I received this as part of the Amazon Vine program.

THAT is it?!!? Seriously, you have one of THE strongest, most unique concepts of YA today with an author who isn't afraid to be gritty and THIS is all I get? A book of 90% b!tching, blathering, unanswered questions, running, waffling and otherwise time wasting?!

We have THREE female characters, all unique and interesting. We have the Greek deities, portrayed in a somewhat serious fashion (at least they aren't a bunch of whiny
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I'm one of the few people who never got around to reading Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood, though I do have a copy and will read it...someday. Initially, it wasn't really on my radar, because horror isn't something I seek out, but the reviews convinced me. Antigoddess, however, was a topic that called my name and I was hopeless to resist that call, much like Odysseus and the sirens. Thankfully, Kendare Blake lived up to all the hype, and Antigoddess was a non-stop horrorshow and thrill rid ...more
Antigoddess is an action-packed, sizzling, and explosive whirlwind that completely captivated me and never let me go. Kendare Blake's Antigoddess is absolutely epic and impossible to put down. One of the best books I've read in a long time.

I've wanted this book so badly ever since I first heard about it. So when I got my grabby hands on a copy, I dived in immediately. You know when you anticipate a book so hard, and then you're let down by it? That is totally not the case with Antigoddess. This
"Good morning Upper Eastsiders, Gossip Girl here. You're number one source for a glimpse into the scandalous lives of Kincade's elite. Kincade? Yes, today we're not in Manhattan, we went upstate instead.
Big News everyone! Dream psychic Cassandra and Trust Fund hottie Aidan are really getting it on. I hear sexy Helloween costumes are to be revealed. In other..."

"Silence, thou spoiled damsel! It is not fitting to ruin a classic with your impertinent ramblings about promiscuity!"

"Dude, chill out. A
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Antigoddess is the second book I have read by Kendare Blake, after the fun times I had with Anna Dressed in Blood earlier this year. And as much as I appreciate a good ghost story, I have to say Antigoddess was more up my alley.

Funny story, though: When I first added this book to my reading list, I only saw the cover and thought it was going to be a story about angels. Damn feather threw me off. It wasn’t until I read the
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Ancient Gods on a modern quest with both old and new love.

Read my Interview with the author Kendare Blake @ Not Yet Read

You would think Antigoddess is a tale of Gods but I saw it as a look at mortality. What is one willing to do when faced with with the reality of a Death you thought you’d never meet? When time is endless there are so many things you will excuse yourself of, but when time is short would you do all manner of evils to save yourself? That’s the question now isn’t it.

Athena is dying
Howdy YAL
Sep 11, 2013 Howdy YAL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Greek Mythology
To see full review click here.

I really do love Greek mythology. And when YA gets it right (which is rarely) I'm in a happy mood.

This book made me pretty happy.

And while I'm going to talk about the book (obviously) in this review. I think the best way to explain what I like about it is what usually goes wrong in these retellings.

I think the first thing that was in favor of Antigoddess was its synopsis. The gist is that the Greek gods are dying. There's nothing about insta love, forbidden love, or
I loved the Anna Dressed in Bloodduology.
I have more than a tiny obsession with mythology.
I harbor a bit of a girlcrush on Kendare Blake.*
Kendare Blake wrote a modern mythology retelling.

Sounds like a recipe for a book I could love, which generally means I won't, because the world is funny like that ha ha ha. But fortunately, this was one of those cases of me loving a book just as much as I was hoping to. I absolutely loved Blake's modern take on Greek mythology, the Trojan war and the Twilight
This review is part of the Finding Fright in Books event on the blog, where you will soon find an interview with Kendare Blake!

Antigoddess FREAKED ME OUT, you guys. I was not expecting that...which, honestly, I should have, after being freaked out by her previous Anna Dressed in Blood. But one common asset between Anna Dressed in Blood (and likely its sequel, Girl of Nightmares, which I haven't read yet but Mel recently loved) and Antigoddess is that Kendare Blake has this awesome skill of getti
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I really don't know whether to give this three or four stars.

On the one hand, the first few chapters dragged. They were a tad boring and it took some time to get into the story. Also, Cassandra didn't have much of a personality. I could't connect with her. And Apollo/Aidan irritated the crap out of me. He's super overprotective of Cassandra. You'll see when you read it.

Yet the action picked up very quickly and after the first 50 pages, I soon had a vested interest in the
Feb 19, 2013 Lisa marked it as to-read
Me when I found out Kendare Blake wrote this book

Emily May
I might write a proper review for this sometime soon but, in short, the second half is MUCH better than the first. I found the first half of the book to be slow and tedious; I even considered not finishing at one point, but I'm glad I did. Still, not as good as Anna Dressed in Blood.
the golden witch.
Oh, you guys. I was so excited for this one, and it delivered. I think it's safe to say that Blake has proven herself an awesome talent in YA/NA lit (it's kinda hard to tell whether this one is mature YA or NA just due to the horror/gore imagery alone). If you liked "Anna", but wanted more, I think you guys are going to love "Antigoddess" - I know I did. One of the more original looks at the Greek pantheon and the Trojan war (plus "Iliad/Odyssey"), "Antigoddess" has a little something for everyo ...more
Wyatt Packard
The immortals are dying. They thought they would live forever, now they are being proven wrong. Athena was among those who thought themselves above death, now she is slowly being smothered by the feathers that sprout insider her. Hermes goes along with Athena on a quest to discover why this is happening, as he too is dying from a fever that is leaving him more and more emaciated. Their journey will lead them across the world, gathering old allies on their quest to discover the cause of their dea ...more
This has a lot of potential, and I'm curious to see what the next book will bring. But I spent most of the book trying to figure out who to root for. I didn't really care about most of the characters, though they were compelling, I just didn't get a feel for their emotions until the end. And too much time was spent wringing hands and trying to decide what to do and where to go.

But I loved her portrayal of the Greek gods in modern times, what they look like, what they still care about, and how t
Dec 03, 2012 Elaine marked it as to-read

Apologies for the caps, but I have been waiting for an amazing greek mythology YA novel FOREVER. & I have faith in Kendare Blake.

But why oh why is it only out in SEPT 2013. Gosh.


Could this finally be THE greek mythology YA novel that I have been searching for but have yet found?!

(Overused gif, but oh so appropriate)
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 30, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) marked it as to-read
Not only does the summary sound completely like my thing (yes to more mythology based books), it's from Kendare Blake of Anna Dressed in Blood in blood fame. There's no way I'm not going to read this. Too bad it's still a year off. :(
That was so good.

This is one of the books I brought in Edinburgh. Actually, I did not planned to buy it, but I saw it, all alone in the shelf, I could not just leave it there. Now that I have finished it, I cannot tell how much I am happy to have followed my instinct that afternoon.
I had already read Anna Dressed in Blood and I really liked it, so I was pretty sure that I was going to like this one too. Moreover, I adore Greek mythology, so I was curious to know how K. Blake decided to develop t

Athena sta morendo. Così come suo fratello, Hermes, e tutti gli altri dei, ognuno di loro che pian piano soccombe a una maledizione diversa. Così piume di gufo cominciano a spuntare nel corpo di Athena soffocandola, Hermes si consuma lentamente in una febbre che sembra mangiargli la carne. I due si trovano a cercare Demetra sperando che almeno lei, nonostante le sue condizioni, possa dire loro cosa fare, come salvare se stessi. Sembra che Cassandra, una ragazza in grado di predire il futuro sia
Sara Grochowski
Antigoddess is unlike anything I've read before. A fresh, creative, and engaging take on mythological gods and goddesses in the modern world, this third novel from Kendare Blake is sure to both wow current fans and earn her many more.

It's normal and completely expected to see novels and films that feature mythology, gods, and goddesses set in places and time periods that fit the stories and legends on which they are assumed to have taken place. Blake departs from this expected and well-establish
I hate to compare an authors books/writing to their earlier work. I think each book and series should stand on it's own, but I admit I had high expectations going into Antigoddess because I was a huge fan of the Anna Dressed in Blood duology. I think Blake set a new standard for YA horror with that series, going places that I had never seen an author go before. It was gory and anything could happen to any character at any time which I found refreshing.

I found Antigoddess to be a bit predictable
This book was just awful, from the immature, awkward dialogue to the gross, over-the-top slut-shaming to the shallow understanding of Greek mythology. Antigoddess wants to be a dark and gritty story, and so of course Athena is a tattooed punk, all the gods are dying in grotesque, horrible ways, and there's absolutely no levity or lightness to the story, making it feel like a melodramatic slog. I'll give credit where credit is due: Kendare Blake is excellent at conjuring up brutal, beautiful imag ...more
Mai- *♥runs with the Winterians♥ *

Oh gods.

I felt like I've read a really gory version of the Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series or a really bad version of The Hunger Games for Greek gods and goddesses. BUT I gotta give it to the author, the writing is beautiful.
I guess this is one of those books that you just have to say the cliche "it's really me not you". The first chapters are totally draaaagging and it's like a weird rollercoaster of excitement and lethargic moments. It's hard to know what the hell is really going o
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“The urge to fall [in love] was utterly new and made her [Athena] dizzy. He [Odysseus] could catch her and hold her up. She knew he could.

If this is how Aphrodite feels every day, it's no wonder she's such an idiot.”
“This is what men risk so much for; this shiver, this acute heat and desire. This is what they think eternity feels like.” 12 likes
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