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Alpha Goddess

(Alpha Goddess #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  281 ratings  ·  98 reviews
In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all s ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Sky Pony (first published March 4th 2014)
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Feb 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
DNF (40 percent through and then, it was just too painful to read.)

The word 'cliche' does not even begin to describe this book. The only one unique quality about this book which completely deserved the one star I gave is the usage of Hindu mythology (coming to think of it, I don't think it was very accurate). And that too did not make me finish this book.

I do not understand why most of the stories need to revolve around one sole teenager. And all the friggin' time the teenager is oblivious to t
Colleen Houck
Official blurb-I was absolutely immersed in Sera’s world! Alpha Goddess is a fiery, gripping twist on a timeless love story. The rich mythology and exotic themes were beautifully imagined and unlike anything I've ever read before. Brilliantly dark and powerful. A must read!
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of myth retellings, YA, anyone looking for quick, not too deep read
May I say, before I begin, you will need a bit of patience to read this book. Nothing of real interest happens until the later half and then it all happens really fast.

If I had to compare this book to a movie, it would the Marvel Avengers, because even though you know three-fourths of the movie is plain junk, you still watch it for the awesome ending and for the sheer fan-girl-joy of it. (Yay, the Hulk! And Hawkeye! And Iron Man!)

It might be because I've been reading many YA books lately, but I
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Heven and Hell by Cambria Hebert
The story in this was pretty interesting. Despite all the mythology that was in it, and the many different types of deities and demons and hells and everything else that we were introduced to, it still managed to make sense. It explained everything well enough to follow and there was a good amount of action. I dont have any complains really besides the characters, namely Dev and Kyle. I think this book handled its love-triangle rather poorly.

The book alternated between Sera and Kyle's POVs, so
I did not care much for this book. I don't believe it was researched well enough. There are glaring inconsistencies between the Hindu religion and what is presented in these pages. I don't mind that there was a mix between mythologies and Hinduism, but they were combined haphazardly. There is Greek mythology, Native American spirituality, Mayan gods. It's all over the place and none of it is made fluid.

On top of this, the various Sanskrit and other terms were not identified, nor explained t
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mythology, arcs
Thank you for the ARC in exchange of an honest review!

Hmmm... This is a bit hard to review. Not that it's a bad book or something.
It's not, well, in my opinion. First off... I got friends all over the world since I got so active in reading and doing discussion everywhere about books, life, work or anything under the sun. Why am I telling you that? It is because one or two or three of those friends are from India. They're born, grew up, is living and working in India.

So when I read the book... I
Who the hell did Sera pick?

Ah man I loved this all the way up to the ending.
I don't care if she picked Kyle, prince of hell, or Dev, ruler of all gods. What I did care though was that in the end this love triangle concluded. But instead Sera kisses both guys, she promises Dev a future together and then kisses Kyle and promises him right now. Who does that!? Grrrrrrrrrrr.

The plot was really fascinating and was written and developed well.

The ruler of hell wants to rule all three realms, underwo
Courtney LaSalle
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, net-galley
Review To Come! Really enjoyed this book


This is a book That was new and very unique to me.
There wasn't much I didn't like about this book besides
the love triangle and Sera's attitude in the beginning.
But Sera def redeems herself.

You can read my full review here
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a pretty weak book all told. The plot was telegraphed from miles away and wasn't particularly interesting to begin with. The characters are all fairly flat and don't really have much in the way of motivations. Mostly they are a collection of different hair dye and/or tattoo jobs.

There is an extremely cliched love triangle of a particularly dull sort (girl likes good boy and bad boy! which will she choose?), which isn't even resolved in a satisfying way.

After the third time someone died
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got an ebook copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. This being an Advanced Reader Copy, some things in this novel are still liable to change before its publishing.)

I was mostly interested in this book because of Hindu mythology, something that I haven't seen used in many stories so far. I only know the basics, so I can't really tell if everything in Alpha Goddess is exact, or if the author changed a lot of things. I'm not sure I agree with the changes in spelling—why Asuras
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amalie Howard has done it again! With Alpha Goddess, she brings us an amazing, gorgeous story with vivid, detailed mythology, amazing characters and wonderful prose.

Sera was an interesting character. She starts off disbelieving, craving to be normal. As is typical with Howard’s books, Sera was reluctant to accept her destiny. But over time, she grows and matures and accepts her destiny for what it is. She embraces who she is and who she is meant to be. I always love Howard’s MC’s because of thes
Barbie Pomales
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As far as Ya / paranormals go this one is well written. i enjoyed discovering both Ser's secret but Kyle's secret as well. I loved how she ( the author ) revealed everything and how everyone was connected. I understood why Ser hung out with kyle so much and how she saw the good in him when he didnt .
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this book was intriguing -- I don't know a lot about Hindu mythology and so I was excited to read something that centered around it (though I suspect it's highly inaccurate and I should just research it myself) -- but it failed spectacularly in its execution.

The main character, Sera, one day discovers that she is special. Everyone knows about it but her. Similarly, everyone around her is hiding something of their true
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, 2014
(Although I received this book for review my review is still 100% honest.)

This book was a really fast read for me. I enjoyed it a lot and it had a pretty impressive adventure within it. The concept for this book was very interesting, its about gods and demons. Except that its all based on Hindu gods, goddess and demons. I found myself really enjoying this book from the very beginning.

The main character of this book is Serjana. Shes a sixteen year old high school student with really only one fri
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
(I received a copy from Sky Pony Press for review - all opinions are 100% my own).

At first glance, I was super intrigued by the premise of the story - a retelling of Hindu mythology? Yes please. I don't think I've ever read a novel with that concept so I went into this really excited.

With that being said, this story takes some getting used to. If you're a Hindu mythology newbie like me, things can be hard to follow and there's a lot of plot build up during the first half of the story. However, a
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
1.) I found the author, Amalie Howard, to be very inspiring rather than condemning. Through out the whole novel. She focuses on the views of love, friendship, and family. The Alpha Goddess is based off of Hindu mythology, which is centered around Sera, the main character, and her world getting flipped upside down when she finds out she is the reincarnation of the powerful hindu goddess, Lakshmi. Because Amalie decided to center her story around this belief, she brought the story and her characte ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Howard's latest book, Alpha Goddess, and as usual, I could not put it down! For me, this book started a bit slower than her last (Almost Girl) - but I believe it was simply that I am not as familiar with the underlying mythology for the story. Based loosely on the "myth" of Rama and Sita, it took me into an Indian cultural basis that was entirely new to me. I will do my best not to go into the plot as to not give anything away here!
As the story began, our protagonist did
Jul 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc

Alpha Goddess had so much potential! I was totally sucked into the idea of the story and that gorgeous cover. I’m don’t know a lot about Hindu mythology, but I find the little I have read so interesting. I was really excited to read a story that brought Indian gods and goddesses to present life. Unfortunately there was just way too much going on. I could barely keep all the parties straight and at one point I realized I just didn’t care to try anymore.

I li
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sigh. Sigh. Here it is again, the clichés overruling everything. I cannot top this GIF review of the book, but I'll give my two cents anyway.

Sera is super. Let's put it that way. She is, as any heroine seems to be now, the diamond in the rough, the most special girl, unlike any other. And I get there has to be some quirk to be central to the plot, but it gets tiring having to be the most brilliant thing in the world.

It's apparently full of Hindu myths that aren't right or are incomplete, but the
Mary Kyle
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Although there are lots of things wrong with this book, it is still an interesting take on the whole teen angst love triangle story. But then when gods and goddesses are involved it will probably be different. And when a goddess is both of heaven and hell things do get pretty convoluted.

Sera is the incarnate goddess Sita or Lakshmi. She is supposed to maintain balance in the worlds but when her uncle the god of death sets out to overthrown everything and call forth Kali bringing hell on earth s
Kate Ormand
The goddess within Sera awakens in the form of nightmares and hallucinations. Her parents shade her from harm and keep her true identity hidden from all outside a close circle of friends and family. Sera herself doesn't even know what she is. She is hidden because of her unusual abilities that can be used for both good and evil, and if evil find out who she is and what she can do it'd stop at nothing to get her, putting all realms in terrible danger. Sera soon learns of her part and of the extra ...more
May 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
Normally if I hate a book I'll only complain about it to my family and friends; but this book was so horrible I just had to tell the world. Let me first say the storyline of the book was a pretty good idea, I have never read a book about Hindu gods and goddesses so I was pretty interested when I first seen this one but the more I read the more I wanted to set the book on fire (Blasphemous I know). The overall structure of writing seemed as if the author had so many different ideas that she just ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-books
I am going to be honest I did not like this book, and it took me forever to read because I didn’t care about the characters at all. I am not even going to give a description because honestly if you read one teen girl fantasy with an unnecessary love triangle you have read this book. Nothing stood out, it was slow starting, and then the action was rushed. Sera’s love triangle with Dev and Kyle was boring. I didn’t know why she was attracted to either one of them. Also I am not that familiar with ...more
Prabhjot Kaur
A book about Hindu Goddess Lakshmi reborn to save the world. Yes, I was looking forward to reading this but as soon as I started reading and encountered the things that I have read numerous times I was disappointed.

Sera is Lakshmi reincarnation and she has no freaking clue that she is a goddess. Sera is so stupid that I was rolling my eyes the entire time reading this. Clueless and stupid and different than others of course.

I was really looking forward to the mythology part but there was none.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good concept, I just get so tired of every book having a love triangle of some sort. One bad boy to lust over vs. the perfect guy for you and you can't choose. DUMB!!!!! Other than that I love the originality of it all.
Alyssa Indira
Hey guys, I just finished Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard. The main thing I enjoyed about this novel was the aspect of Hindu Mythology embedded deeply within the storyline. That actually was the main reason I wanted to read this. Lol. The storyline in itself was alright. However, at times I do have to admit I lost attention while reading this book. Or, maybe I was just thinking too hard in regards to certain aspects. In addition, at first the background details were a tad overwhelming, though I k ...more
Katherine Paschal
Sera has always felt like an outcast, with only her one friend Kyle, a fellow misfit to keep her company. But Sera does not know anything about the supernatural world that Kyle is part of, as well as the ongoing battle between good and evil that has been going on forever. When strange things start to occur in Sera's life, she realizes there are secrets her parents are not telling her- secrets that have everything to do with Sera.

Overall this was a very cool concept for a book, with ancient deiti
Jenn Bradshaw
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amalie Howard's ALPHA GODDESS is a YA OwnVoices paranormal novel with some elements of romance. Like many paranormal stories, the author draws from ancient legend and myths to create her world. Unlike the overdone Greek and Roman myths, though, Ms. Howard draws from her Indian heritage and features the colorful, rich tapestry that is Hindu mythology.

Serjana has been struggling with increasingly vivid, violent nightmares since she turned 16. Her parents are making her crazy with being over-protec
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, read-but-unowned
I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss. This is my honest review.

I made it to 60% of this book before having to give up on it. I just couldn't handle a lot of aspects and found myself skimming the novel too much for me to really appreciate the storyline. Sera finds out about this major secret about herself, and after 10 minutes of freaking out, she has accepted and knows everything about this new world. There seems to be no transition period where she is learning about this change in he
Miguel (cityoflostdivergent)
I found Alpha Goddess to be interesting, to say the least. The concept was really intriguing to me, I enjoyed certain dynamics between characters. The writing was really easy to understand and get through. The book didn’t present itself to be challenging, I thought it was before I started reading, but glad to prove myself wrong. Nothing really happens in the first part of the book, it has a lot of world and character building, but towards the second half of the book everything starts to happen. ...more
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AMALIE HOWARD is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. The sequel, Bloodcraft, was a silver IPPY medalist and a Children's Moonbeam award ...more

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