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The Woken Gods

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  400 ratings  ·  119 reviews
The more things change...
Ten years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awoke all around the world.
The more things stay the same...
This morning, seventeen-year-old Kyra Locke was late for school.
But that's not out of the ordinary in a transformed Washington, D.C., dominated by the embassies of divine pantheons and watched over by the mysterious Society of the Sun that gov
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Strange Chemistry (first published 2013)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
While nothing was glaringly bad within this book, it just wasn't entertaining. I didn't enjoy reading it, I didn't have fun with it. However, with all its faults put together, and just the lack of enjoyment that I got out of this book, I can't give it anything more than 2 stars. It doesn't rank as "good" in my eyes. I really wish we could give half stars, because this book is a prime example of one that completely necessitates it. I have a pretty long list of complaints about this book that I wi ...more
Experiment BL626
Ancient gods, a secret society, and the end of the world; I expected to be wowed. I was not wowed.

The book described how bad things were (really bad) and how high the stakes were (really high) but I scarcely felt it. Despite all the danger and how any moment they could die, or at least get maimed, if they did not tread carefully, I was never scared for Kyra and her friends like I should have been.

+ the characters

The most I ever felt in the book was some sympathy for Kyra’s situation and annoya
Milo (BOK)
The Review:

“A great, fast paced and fun novel that puts a new spin on the “Gods Are Real” storyline that fans of the Percy Jackson series and other similar titles will love.” " ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Okay, let’s get this straight right off the bat. Every so often, a cover sells me on a book. I picked up Douglas Hulick’s Among Thieves because of its cover, and many others were purchased on that basis. And the main reason why I requested The
Ben Babcock
The Woken Gods has a wicked premise: what if the deities of various ancient mythologies were real entities, but at some point in time, for reasons lost to us, they were put asleep or fell asleep? What happens, then, if they wake up and return with a vengeance, and the only people who can stand against them are a shadowy secret society called the Society of the Sun that just happens to have made it its mission to collect relics and artifacts that can fight back?

In the middle of this epic landscap
Initial Thoughts: This was a fun read set in Washington, DC after "The Awakening." The world is overrun by all sorts of ancient gods from many different backgrounds. These tricksters wreak havoc and cause technology to falter. I really enjoyed this and I am glad that I picked this book up.

The Review: There’s a lot to like about Gwenda Bond’s The Woken Gods. Set in Washington D.C. five years after “The Awakening,” when ALL the gods of ancient mythology rose, The Woken Gods is an action-packe
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, fantasy, young-adult
After her successful debut with Blackwood last year, Gwenda Bond is back with a new book in a new setting. Having really enjoyed Blackwood, I was very much looking forward to The Woken Gods, with its multitudes of pantheons and a secretive society, whose mission is to keep humanity save from the not-that-benevolent gods using the relics they've hunted and gathered over the years. It sounded like it would be a blast. And it was. I was completed sucked in by Kyra and Oz's tale and I had a great ...more
With promises of Egyptian mythology and sudden disappearances, the wait for this book was a difficult one. I find mythology in general to be a fascinating thing, and that combined with plot elements and characters would make this a wonderful read...Which was why, by the end of this, I was even more disappointed.

Gods, the Society of the Sun, relics...these are features of the new Washington, D.C. Features that are a part of Kyra's world, but that she has no direct experience of until she's approa
3.5 stars

It's been quite some time since I actually sat down to write an honest to God book review so forgive me if this one is a little disjointed, alas I am rusty.

First things first, is this a series? I haven't found anything that says it is, which is disappointing. It ended in a very series sort of way. If there's not going to be another book I'm going to be seriously bummed out (and it also might force me to deduct a half'll see why as I ramble)

The main thing I am pleased to repor
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5

I’ll admit to being a little hesitant in reading YA books--or any books, really, but especially YA ones--that deal with gods. All too often they aren’t written well, to be honest, and no matter how good the rest of the book is I’m always going to be highly irritated at bad writing of gods.

Thankfully, I didn’t need to worry with The Woken Gods. The gods here--specifically, the tricksters--act like actual gods. And yes, that means that they more or less don’t really care about
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest opinion. Find more reviews at The Reflections of a Bookworm

What worked: When I first received The Woken Gods to review, I let it sit on my shelf for a little while and in that time I completely forgot what the blurb said. So when I eventually got around to reading it, I threw myself in with wilful abandon. Granted that sometimes this can backfire but for me, it was the best decision I made.

I wasn’t overly impressed with the plot (which I’ll
Wyatt Packard
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, fantasy
In Washington D.C. gods roam. One day, the ancients awoke. Chaos could have ensued but The Society intervened and made the gods mortal. When Kyra Locke is attacked by egyptian god Set, she does not know why. She is quickly introduced to her grandfather, the director of the Society, and is thrust into an adventure that will take her into the house of a god, befriend a beast, and maybe save the day from the apocalypse.

Thanks Strange Chemistry for the early Review Copy!

This is an unusual complaint,
Kellie Sheridan
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Strange Chemistry books so much. Seriously, I just want to collect them all and build myself a fort of storytelling excellence.

Anyways, on to The Woken Gods, a what-if story set in a version of our world where all of the ancient gods have reawoken, creating a fantastical fantasy world with intriguing political elements. Kyra Locke doesn’t realize that she’s right in the middle of all this insanity, and it’s so much fun to explore this world with her.

While I definitely loved both Kyra and
Courtney Schafer
Loved the premise; just wish I'd liked the characters a little better.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm going to try coming back to this in a few months, really enjoyed Gwenda Bond's previous book but not getting very far with this one.
3.5 Stars.
This wasn't perfect and it dragged in some places, but overall I really enjoyed it. I thought the mythology and world building were really interesting (although they could've been better developed), and I liked the characters. I do wish (view spoiler)
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Excellent world-building and so creative, but the action itself felt dull. The prophecy wasn't interesting and didn't feel impactful. And most of the characters felt flat. I'd love to see a whole new set of characters and action take place in the setting of this book.
Jesse Presgraves
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! I love the blend of mythology
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't ever really get into this book, hopefully i can come back and try again at some point because it was an interesting plot even though it never pulled me in
Nerine Dorman
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Seventeen-year-old Kyra Locke’s world is very different from our own because five years ago the ancient gods woke, and since then things have been a bit chaotic for humans.

Washington D.C. where Kyra lives is the epicentre of all the action and is where the gods have their headquarters. Kyra’s truly in the thick of things due to the fact that her father works for the Society of the Sun, which acts as an intermediary between gods and mankind. Mostly, the Society has access to relics that help the
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
With THE WOKEN GODS author Gwenda Bonda has created an exciting world populated with vibrant characters straight out mythology. The gods of world mythology have literally stepped down into our world realm and taken up residence.

SETTING AND SUMMARY: Imagine seven of the worlds Tricksters gods moving into Washington D.C. and taking over the embassies there and calling it home. Now imagine a secret society bent on controlling the gods, a dangerous relic that is missing which could open up the realm
Timothy Pecoraro
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
The Woken Gods is definitely a different take on the traditional fantasy teen novel. However, I really had a hard time with some of the world building in this book. Let me run down some of my issues. One of which is that in the beginning of the book the author states that magic has thrown technology so out of whack that there is no point in students even studying physics anymore. However, there are electric lights and they use them when it’s convenient to the plot and not use them when it isn’t ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

Shadowhawk takes a look at Gwenda Bond’s stand-alone second Young Adult novel from Strange Chemistry Books. This is the 14th in his Advent Review series and you can check out the details here.

“Mildly entertaining but not too exciting is the best way that I can sum this book up.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Continuing its trend of putting out novels that are as different from each other as you can get, Strang
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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In The Woken Gods, we are taken into Washington, DC, a twisted and god-inhabited version of it, with Kyra as she races to save her father and the city from doom while trying to cope with her feelings of rejection and abandonment. One moment, she has friends, a day at school not to look forward to and many questions about her secretive mother who chose prophecy over family. The next, she is being attacked by gods, told her father is a traitor to the
Punk Farie
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
My Rating – 3 Stars

*I recieved a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Strange Chemistry*

Another mythology adaptation. Sigh. My kryptonite.


Apparently five years ago humans learned that the gods of all religions are real. They were woken up and now they live among the humans. They live somewhat peacefully with the puny humans. Why? Because the Society of the Sun closed off the god’s access to the afterlife, meaning they can’t come back if killed. And the Society showed o
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This review is also posted on: Thoughts and Pens

Now, there were two reasons that I picked up this book: 1. It has the word gods in it and; 2. It’s Y/A which means that it most probably have the same elements that I love about Rick Riordan’s PJ series. Before you start making serious assumptions, The Woken Gods follows a very different route. If you are expecting to read about demigods, then be prepared to be disappointed. It integrates the modern world and mythology however… that you can expect.
Five years ago the world changed; the gods woke. And took over Washington, D.C.??? Hearing that description, I was unsurprisingly intrigued. I'm a huge fan of Rick Riordan, so I was expecting this to be similar but geared towards a older teen audience.

Seventeen-year-old Kyra Locke is dealing with the changes to D.C. the best that she can. Her mom's left her and her dad behind, she's just broken up with her boyfriend because she doesn't want to be more than friends, oh and she just discovered her
Aug 24, 2013 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc, confusing, myths, netgalley, ya
This had so, so much potential. This could have been big. I loved the Percy Jackson series, and I've always loved mythology, so this seemed like it would be a natural fit for me. Here, the story doesn't limit itself to one pantheon of gods: it's all gods, all the time, baby. From the well-known (Hermes and Set) to the not-so-well-known (Enki, Sumerian fish/creation god, anyone?), they're all here. There's also a strong Afro-Carribean presence here, which is very welcome to me as a librarian. The ...more
Books A-Brewin'
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

I received this book from Strange Chemistry in return for an honest review.

I had been wanting to dig into this book for quite a while but with classes starting up and other review books taking priority I didn't get into it until now. Boy am I sorry I wasted so much time when I could be reading this book. It seems everything I have gotten from Strange Chemistry seems to be a really good read.

Imagine, if you will, a world in which magic is not just possible but a comfortable familiarity. Magic
Kristin Taggart
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!

(Description nicked from B&

“Five years ago, the gods of ancient mythology awoke around the world.

This morning, Kyra Locke is late for school.

Seventeen-year-old Kyra lives in a transformed Washington, D.C., home to the embassies of divine pantheons and the mysterious Society of the Sun. But when rebellious Kyra encounters two trickster gods on her way back from school, one offering a threat and the other a warning, it turns out her lif
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, e-arcs
A copy of this novel was provided by Strange Chemistry via Net Galley.

Let me start off this review by saying that the story of The Woken Gods is unlike any other I have read. It’s pure epicness in story form. I loved the thought of gods being woken up from a deep slumber, only to not take over the entire world because they can die. It’s just amazing. Which is why I am so torn about this book,

I just couldn’t fall in love with The Woken Gods. I have no idea why. As I just mentioned, the story is a
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Gwenda Bond is the author of many novels, primarily for young adults. Among others, they include the Lois Lane trilogy, which brings the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novels, and the Cirque American trilogy, about daredevil heroines who discover magic and mystery lurking under the big top. She and her husband author Christopher Rowe also co-write a middle grade series, ...more
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