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The Orphanage of Gods

3.10  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  37 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
Hardcover, Illumicrate Exclusive Edition, 401 pages
Published February 21st 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
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E L E A N O R (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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Pauliina Vuorinen (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
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.
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 ent
Jane Kelsey
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
It was enjoyable, but it did not blow me away unfortunately. Review to follow.
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
Sounds like a discount ‘Strange the Dreamer’
Jessica Gilmore
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  ·  review of another edition
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.  
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
Sifa Poulton
THE ORPHANAGE OF THE GODS has a nice concept, but severely lacks on execution.

There is a lot of flashback that's intended as exposition. In the first part, probably half of every (very long) chapter is memories,. Sometimes this comes in the middle of a scene, other times it's at the end. Often, these flashbacks don't clear up anything, just drag me out of the action.

It was a very confusing book, with three different POVs. During action set pieces, I had no idea what was happening, and the explan
Andover Library
A difficult book to review, I've settled on 3 stars as the middle ground. This book had flaws but there was also something about it that kept me reading.

The story is told from 3 viewponts, Hero a 17 year old Half-God, Raven a 10 year old Half-God with strong powers and Kestrel a 17 year old Human. a change in view point during a book isn't a problem for me usually, I read a lot of Fantasy and this is a fairly commonly used narrative technique. the problem here was that the voice's weren't disti
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a2, a4n, feb, hodder, nyp, 2019
I really tried to enjoy this. It's just the sort of story I like. But the action is so breakneck, and all the characters are so confused all the time, it's hard to keep a handle on what's going on, or who's who, or who's on what side for what reason. Even the (extremely hurried) relationship was hard to follow or believe in.

This could be a great story if it was expanded out, allowed to breathe, given better explanations. As it is, I'm afraid it's just messy. Even in the excerpt included below...
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is hard review to write because I feel so conflicted about this book. From the synopsis it sounded amazing and I was ready to love it. But I can't. It's not a bad book it's simply ok. I didn't know that it was going to be told from multiple view points, and it threw me slightly the first time it changed. And the ending. What was that? Everything wrapped up so quickly and seemingly from nowhere. Just pages before they had no idea what the antagonist was going to do and how to stop him. Plus ...more
Bonnie Evie Gifford
Fast-paced, packed with side-characters and sub-plots, The Orphanage of Gods feels a little like it's trying to cram too much into a single book.

Following three protagonists; Hero, a 17-year-old orphan and self-proclaimed coward with the power to heal. Raven, a 10-year-old shapeshifter with a big responsibility on her shoulders. Kestrel, a human who would do anything to save her siblings of choice.

While the multiple first-person narratives are compelling, many of the subplots feel as though the
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I had high hopes for this book the synopsis made it sound so good. But I struggled to get into it. At first I thought it was the first few chapters setting the story up, but after a time it started to bore me. I was confused in places, I couldn't figure out who was speaking. There wasn't much world building and so much going back and forth from past to present made me feel dizzy and it wasn't clearly defined that we had switched one to the other. I'm sorry to say I did not finish this I
Michaela's Journey into Books
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

DNF @ 40%

I really wanted to love this but sadly it just didn't pull me in. The concept and plot are full of potential however, the execution just didn't appeal to me. I couldn't connect to any of the characters and struggled to become invested in the story. I also got quite confused at times about what was actually going on and it wasn't always clear who's point of view we were readi
Alexis Hilgert
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would, I enjoyed it so very much! It sucked me in from the start, forcing me up long past my bedtime because I just wanted to keep stay in their story. I don't think I've read a book this long so quickly in a while, lol. The Orphanage of Gods comes out in March 2019 and you need to preorder it now!! I loved it so much that I'll be buying a copy when it comes out so I can have that cover, too!! A MUST READ. Made me feel every emotion fro ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2019
It could be a great story about the racial segregation, abuse and thrill of being in power in a fantasy/dystopian surrounding if not for a poor execution of these ideas. Some sentences lacked the logic and left me confused. Some expressions made me roll my eyes so hard that I might strained something. Some plot holes were just ridiculous. Still, the ending surprised me completely and I don't think I read a story ending LIKE THAT in a very long time. So, mixed feelings but I don't think I waste m ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In theory, The Orphanage of Gods sounded like the perfect book for me. I read the synopsis and immediately wanted to dive into the story. Unfortunately, it ended up being my first disappointment of 2019.
I very much enjoyed the first few chapters but after that, I honestly got bored reading it and had to force myself to power through parts 2 and 3.
I'm actually quite sad because I really wanted to love this one.
Zoe MacIver
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This book should have been split into two. Too much happened, there wasn't enough time to soak everything in, I didn't care about the characters and the ending felt too rushed with too much happening. Two books would have allowed for more relationships to be explored and for the plot and pacing to be more whole and well rounded.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! Sometimes the POV change was a little hard to adjust to. The relationships and plot felt a little forced here and there but overall I enjoyed the book!
Rachael Mills
This was quite enjoyable but there were too many problems to justify rating it above 3 stars. Full review to come.
Maria Mihaela
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really liked this book. Not sure why as is not my usual read but it was energising and made my brain work. Weird but nice 😂😅
Judith Moore
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Chain Interaction

I ended up quite enjoying reading this book, I wasn’t sure at the beginning if I would or not, I found the opening quite slow and it’s quite hard to gauge the characters’ motivations at first (they are revealed in a bit more detail later on in the book) but the synopsis promised quite a few of the things that I loved in YA when I read it as a teenager so I powered through to see whether they would come through.

For the most part, they did. This book does feel
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Helena Coggan wrote the first draft of The Catalyst when she was thirteen. Her ambitions up to this point had been somewhat linear- she had wanted to write stories since she was six, and before that, she wanted to live in one. She lives with her family in London and divides her time between writing and procrastinating, which her parents insist on calling 'school'.