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The Orphanage of Gods

2.90  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Twenty years ago, the humans came for their gods.

In the bloody revolution, gods were all but wiped out. Ever since, the children they left behind have been imprisoned in an orphanage, watched day and night by the ruthless Guard. Any who show signs of divine power vanish from their beds in the night, all knowledge of their existence denied.

No one has ever escaped the orphan
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published February 21st 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Umairah | Sereadipity
Aug 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
I very rarely give books one star but I found The Orphanage of Gods so pointless I couldn't possibly give it anything else.

Plot: 1/5
Characters: 1/5
Writing: 2.5/5

The book was based in a world with gods and humans. The gods had silver blood and special abilities and the humans had red blood, however, the humans rebelled and killed many of the gods. They tried to wipe them out at all costs. At first I found the premise intriguing (I thought it was like an inverse Red Queen) but my interest quickly
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
This book actually really surprised me. It wasn't quite what I was expecting when I read the blurb, but I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I started out feeling quite neutral about it but as the book continued I started to get really invested in the story. The blurb did remind me a little of Strange the Dreamer, but it did not end up being at al similar.

The book is set in a world where there are humans, and gods (people with silver blood who have magical powers called a 'demesne').
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan is a fantasy young adult book.
All the adult Gods have been killed and now the guards and trying to find their children to dispose of them. Two of these teenagers are on the run and are trying to stay alive.
Plenty of action in this book but unfortunately I did not connect with the characters.
Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was given an eARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

The concept of The Orphanage of Gods sounds great, and really it sounds like something I would normally adore. That being said, I really struggled to connect with the characters and their motivations. I wasn't captivated enough to continue reading, and it has actually taken me three attempts at reading it to get through; that was due to personal perseverance rather than my overall enjoym
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s, ebooks
This is only barely 3 stars as I tend to not give less than that since I realise what a monumental thing it is to write a book. And I think that is part of the problem here. Orphanage of the Gods is pretty intense with way too much going on and it turned a really promising story into one that eventually became a chore to read.

The premise and cover are amazing. This is the kind of story I like, but as the book progressed it became way too complicated and muddled especially with it being YA. I ju
Dec 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
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I am the perfect audience for this book, on the surface, because it has all the things I like: A rapidly changing setting, unknown locations, hints of mythology and evolving magical abilities. Unfortunately it also has one of the most irritating narratives of all time and, in truth, it just sucked.

In this world children are kept in orphanages until they have been there for eighteen years. At this point the guards will test their blood to see if it runs red or silver. If it is silver they are god
Jane Kelsey
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
It was enjoyable, but it did not blow me away unfortunately. Review to follow.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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4.5/5 Stars

*I was provided with an ARC by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. All quotes used may be subject to change upon publication.

Wow! I definitely wasn’t prepared for this book! This was one intense read and I truly loved every minute of it. As soon as I saw that this was about Gods, I immediately wanted to get my hands on it, as I have an unhealthy obsession with mythology a
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
The premise of this sounds similar to strange the dreamer so was a bit hesitant, but other than it’s about gods and god spawn it is completely different. I did enjoy this but found it a bit slow to start, although action starts straight away I found it hard to get into at the beginning. But I felt there was a bit too much action going on for me, needed a bit of a slow down at some points or could have been spread over another book. I couldn’t really connect to the characters as much as I’d like, ...more
I'm afraid I had to DNF this one. I tried, I really did. I was determined to see past the low rating this novel has but honestly I think it's justified. It wasn't that the writing was bad, I actually enjoyed the writing style, I just didn't like the characters and the worldbuilding felt shoddy - it took me ages to realise it wasn't actually set on our planet. Full review to come. ...more
Pauliina (The Bookaholic Dreamer)
DNF @ 40%

Like so many others it seems, I was beyond excited for The Orphanage of Gods because it gave me strong Strange the Dreamer vibes. Right in the beginning it was clear that those expectations were completely unfounded.

I wasn't a big fan of the way The Orphanage of Gods was written. The characters mull over tragedies endlessly. They go in circles on and on about things that happened to them very vaguely so that the reader doesn't know what has happened but still has to endure the endless
Heather Wright
This was Illumicrate’s February box pick and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would.

Firstly we have 3 different perspectives but it doesn’t read like they are any different at all apart from who they refer to based on their relationships. The one perspective is of a 10 year old but it doesn’t read like a 10 year old at all.

I enjoyed some parts of the story and a few of the characters but the side characters (who you don’t get a perspective for) seem a little 2D and flat. Their only r
Apr 26, 2020 marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, available
26 April 2020: $3.99 on Kindle ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried very hard to read this book as it seemed like a great concept and storyline. However, in my opinion, the actual writing style and complicated plot lines that confused me, made it a difficult read. I abandoned it about 50% of the way through as I felt it was not worth trying to complete.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Sadly that book wasn't meant for me. I couldn't connect to any of the characters. And there were just so many things I found way too illogical.
And none of the relationships between the characters were believable to me. I had a hard time finishing this book. :-(
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard about The Orphanage of Gods, I had an idea in my head about what the story would be.  I imagined a wildly fantastical story, sort of like Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.  And there were definitely aspects of that... if you cross it with The Darkest Minds and add a bit of an X-Men feel.  I love all three of those things, so you can imagine how excited I got as I read more of this book!

The premise is simple.  The children of Amareth live in orphanages, under guard their en
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Firstly I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book; all opinions discussed below are entirely my own.

This book was honestly quite a disappointment for me, I was so excited to read this book because the premise sounds fabulous and really sounds like something I would enjoy, but the reality was actually very different. I really struggled to connect to any of the characters and honestly struggled to understand the motivations of most of the characters. There was very
Carmen (TheReadingTrashQueen)
I can’t believe I actually finished this- finally!

Still torn and might go down to show as 3 stars, but as terrible as the editing and writing is in places, I love this story so much. It just has a lot of issues readingwise, sadly.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no high expectations as most of the reviews of this book weren't that great. But I actually quite enjoyed this book, especially the writing which I found nice and unique!
I understand that maybe some people struggle with the book because of this. The story was action-packed and filled with lots of fun characters. Though I found the ending a little bit rushed and abrupt.
I was initially super into this, but after the first change of narrator, I struggled a little to stay invested. Got more into it again in the third/final section, but not in the way I had been at the start. Will update with a more detailed review and thoughts as to why that might have been once my hands are less painful.
Jade Knight
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sounds like a discount ‘Strange the Dreamer’
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about how humans have condemned all children to live in an orphanage until they are eighteen, they are then tested by the guards of the orphanage to see if their blood is silver, the blood of  a God. I f they are a God, they are taken away and if they are human, they are let out into society to live out their lives. 

At the start of this book, we follow Hero who is a half-God and Joshua, who is a full God while they are trying to rescue their 'sister' Kestrel, who is human. Kestre
I wasn't made for this book. ...more
In a world where gods and humans exist, a revolution happened twenty years ago by humans called the Guard. A revolution meant to kill every single god and half-god. Now only some of them are still there, and all the children left behind since then go to an orphanage where they being watched day and night for signs of them being gods. There are seven attributes that make a god, such as speed and strength, premonition, beauty, endurance, the ability to heal oneself, the silver of their blood or th ...more
Nusrat Mahmood
Dec 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
It breaks my heart to give such low ratinv to this book because it has huge potential. An interesting world but without unclear background and non moving plot just ruined it.

This book is about a world where gods are killed by human and half god and god and other orphans are thrown into an orphanage. Reaching to age 18, kids are brought to a blood test if they are human or other things and then the guards who rule the word kill them if they are not human. Gods and half gods have supernatural pow
I was attracted by the synopsys but unfortunately this is not my cup of tea.
It's full of potential but I think that both world building and characters need some more developing.
There're a lot of good ideas but somehow they never deliver their full potential.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
Niamh Ryall-Taylor
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2-lgbt
Reading the blurb of orphanage of God's, I had a feeling it was going to be a good book. I was determined to ignore the low rating it seems to have attracted on goodreads and I'm incredibly glad that I did. Overall this is a book about the way power can corrupt us and the way love lights within us.

Fast paced (the kind of book where you don't realise you're a hundred pages in and then you look up and it's dark out), a lovely writing style and incredibly complex characters that made my heart ache,
Jessica Gilmore
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I was really intrigued by the premise of this book. As a Classics nut who wouldn't want to read about gods and demi gods imprisoned in a strange orphanage making a bid for freedom? So I was suitably thrilled when the Netgalley elves agreed to my request for an e-ARC.
The Orphanage of the Gods starts in the middle of the action. Hero and her self-adopted brother are on the run, the malevolent and deadly Guardsmen on their trail. And that's kind of where my problem with this book lies. It starts o
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

I’ve read a lot of commentary about this book in the blogging community, so I was looking forward to reading it. It seems like this book is really dividing opinions with some readers loving it and others hating it. I have a strange tendency in life to like things that other people don’t, so I was curious to see how what side of the debate I would fall on with this book.   

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