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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 d
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Tor
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Navessa by: Ally
Shelves: myths, young-adult, 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
Oct 03, 2012 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
Natalie Monroe
Recipe for an awesome Greek Mythology YA (Antigoddess style)

You will need:

-3 sticks of Greek Authenticity butter

-a dash of humor

-1 Witty Messenger egg yolk

-Half a cup of Ruthless God/Goddesses flour (also from Greek Authenticity brand)

-4 tablespoons of creativity

-Some Romance cream, well-whipped

-1/2 teaspoon of Interesting Characters yeast

-a pinch of plot holes (Preferred brand: Derp. Its motto is I-can't-believe-she-bought-he-was-a-god-so-easily-and-why-didn't-she-google-his-mythology)

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
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog, young-adult, arc
**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
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
That ending can't be.

I refuse, somebody has to FIX it.
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
"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
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
Emily May
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2013
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. ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Brad Sells
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
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 marked it as to-read
Me when I found out Kendare Blake wrote this book

Kimberley doruyter
danm now i have to get the rest of the series.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating story and intriguing characters. It is a unique way of missing the Greeks in a modern premise. The immortal Gods are dying and now a war is set with Cassandra and Achilles being the weapons both sides want. I am looking forward to seeing how this series plays out and I am glad I have the whole series on my end table! On to book two to see where the series takes us.

My quick and simple overall: entertaining start to a series!
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2stars
So i got this because it was cheap and it kinda reminded me of American Gods *which i need to buy*.apparently it is a trilogy because YA books always need sequels.side note,i don't get the Percy Jackson comparison *i read book 2 in like 2010?11? meaning i will never finish the series*.just because there are Greek gods it doesn't mean they are anything alike.
Positives,it is such a fast took ten years to finish it because i'm a lazy bitch and took like a week vocation after reading 3cha
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
With the influx of mythology retellings in YA in recent years, I was terribly afraid that I'd spend half the time comparing this novel to all of the other recent additions to the genre as other reviewers have complained of doing.  Fret not, my loves, for Kendare Blake makes this story her own, giving it her usual flair for the dramatic and making it wholly awesome in the process.

I'm going to share a little secret with you guys.  I kind of really loved this book.  So much so that whenever I neede
I loved the Anna Dressed in Blood duology.
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
Mary ♥
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

Gods are cold. War, killing, and stabbing each other in the back is really what we do best.

To put it simply:

Talk to me about how the Chaste Goddess was "fixed" by a mortal boy and I will cut you, I swear
-A quote by me

Honestly? I don't know how I feel about this book. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did it infuriate me? Also yes. It was fast paced, breath-stealing, action-packed, bloody and violent and full of mythology, in a way that would make me love it, if not for the simple fact that Ath
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bear this one thing in mind: no one can write about gods/dying gods better than Neil Gailman in 'American Gods' and N. K. Jemisin in 'The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms'...

With the above statement in mind, I feel confident to say although Antogoddess by Kendare Blake is not the best fantasy novel about gods which I've encountered, still Ms. Blake did manage to keep her story fast paced, effective, enjoyable and with a couple of creative ideas fixed in.

Rating: 3.7 stars

I have more interest in the stor
Nasty Lady MJ
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Antigone G.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Okay, I have REALLY conflicted feelings about this book. There were certain things I liked, and other things I completely HATED. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying this is a bad book. But, - unfortunately - this is an average book. I think a lot of people will enjoy it. I enjoyed some parts of it, but it just didn’t blow me away. When I first read the synopsis I thought this was going to be awesome! Even though there’s a ton of YA that deals with Greek Gods and Goddesses, Antigoddess has one o ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
When ANTIGODDESS began, I recognized the Kendare Blake who wrote ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES. Athena, hiking across a desert with Hermes, is slowly dying of feathers growing in her body. She recounts, in detail, what will happen when one finishes coming through her mouth. It is quite the image, full of blood and tissue and canker sores.

At other times, I had trouble recognizing Blake's style. Where were the sharply drawn characters like Anna and Cas? I love Greek mythology, and f
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