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From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption.

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their div
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Disney-Hyperion
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Sarah Yes. Goodreads demands more words. The ending is certainly very final. I wouldn't say no to a Miles POV short story, though.…moreYes. Goodreads demands more words. The ending is certainly very final. I wouldn't say no to a Miles POV short story, though.(less)
Ibraheem Suhail Yes, honestly I felt the same way about the Darkest Minds, but man this book is probably one of the best books of 2021. It's a must read.…moreYes, honestly I felt the same way about the Darkest Minds, but man this book is probably one of the best books of 2021. It's a must read.(less)

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Robin
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
↠5 stars

Greek mythology meets the Hunger Games in this stunning fantasy standalone from author Alexandra Bracken. Long ago, nine Greek gods rebelled, and as punishment for this rebellion, the Agon was created. Every seven years those same gods would be stripped of their immortality and forced to fight against an onslaught of humans desperate to gain power and immortality in their death. Lora, an outcast from the supposedly wiped out line of the Perseides, is drawn back into the hunt upon the arr
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jessica
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
its been awhile since ive read a book that is inspired by greek mythology, so i already knew i would enjoy this. adding that story gave me a very mature percy jackson meets hunger games vibe, this was a lot more fun that i had anticipated.

i actually think readers will be surprised by just how brutal this story actually is. i mean, greek gods are violent beings, and this story definitely leans into that side of them. i think it made the concept of the agon that much more desperate and dangerous.
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megs_bookrack
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
While I fully acknowledge Lore will not be for everyone, I freaking loved it so much!!!

I've heard it described as Greek Mythology meets The Hunger Games and frankly, that's an apt description. What's not to love about that!?



Every seven years, the Agon begins. Essentially this event is a punishment created by Zeus for past rebellions.

During the Agon, nine Greek Gods are forced to walk the Earth as mortals, all the while being hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines.

If a God is killed dur
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Melanie

Finished copy provided by Disney-Hyperion

"Nine gods have betrayed me and now demand cruel revenge."

Nine gods have been abandoned by Zeus as punishment for a rebellion filled with betrayal. Since the banishment, these nine gods are forced to walk among humans like mortals, while carrying out their bloodline. Yet, every seven years, the Agon takes place in a city for seven days, where all the descendants from all of these ancient bloodlines can kill the god they descend fro
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Ok, dolls, I’m going to use the spoiler tag again under the FairyLoot picture to show you the goodies! I miss putting them on my blog but they messed that all up so here we are. There’s some awesome stuff



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Angelica
I have read a lot of books in my years. The majority of them being YA.  A great many of those books have been formulaic and full of tropes. It has gotten to the point that I can almost always figure out all the plot twists and reveals long before it comes. But, let me tell you, I had no idea what came next in this book. Every time I thought I knew where it was all going, something else came up that turned everything on its head.

And yet! It was not enough to make me love this.


Because while my exp
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 Teodora
2.75/5 ⭐

Watch out, there comes an unpopular (personal) opinion!
*sigh*

When I first read what Lore was all about, I was sold. A mix of Medusa (who is one of my faves, I must say) and The Hunger Games set in the present world?? Descendants of the OG heroes trying to kill the old gods to steal their powers of godhood?? That's nuts...and I loved it!
But honestly, as I started the first chapter, then slowly made my way through the story, I realised that I am: 1) confused and 2) bored.

Don't get me w
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Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Oh HELLO, Medusa!!! :o

description

I was lucky enough to receive a full ARC, after the chapter sampler was made available.

"It's not always the truth that survives, but the stories we wish to believe. The legends lie."

And everyone...this book was such a fun read!!! This was a Greek mythological Hunger Games, where the descendants of famous Greek heroes ran around New York, trying to kill the Ancient Greek gods of old in or
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Samantha
Feb 24, 2021 rated it did not like it
TW: rape; pedophilia; gore; cancer

I wanted to enjoy this. I really did. But once I got to the end, I realized that I hated most of this reading experience.

This had so much potential and ended up being so incredibly flat. The world is supposed to be modern day, but you wouldn’t know it by how characters act and how incredibly misogynistic the hunter society is. Sure, they are more of an insular culture but you can’t honestly have me believe that they are living in NYC and totally cut off from mo
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sofia
Jan 04, 2021 rated it did not like it

okay i have no clue how im going to structure this review, so i apologize in advance for any chaos.

trigger warnings:
sexual assualt, rape (a very present theme in this book), abuse, death, violence, gore


*bear with me, this synopsis is terrible, but the plot is hard to explain* this book follows our main character, lore, who is a part of these like greek bloodline thingys that hunt the gods when they come down to earth as mortals for seven days to be killed by descendants of greek heroes. anyways
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Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
Review of Sample, 6 Chapters and Loving it so far!



The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: N/A – so far
Heat/Steam: N/A – so far
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📒
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 👤👤👤👤

The setting: New York City – Present time.

The Hero: Not sure yet. Probably Castor will be the Hero, he is an old friend to Lore (Malora – last mortal descendant of Perseus). Castor is also from one of the bloodlines, descendants of hero’s that are now hunting the Gods while they’re in mortal form. Thoug
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Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Wow, I loved this one. It was everything the Greek Mythology loving kid in me has missed. (Also trying out a new review format, so let me know what you guys think!)

Plot: The story was so good! It never dragged, and wasn't predictable. The Greek Mythology was really interesting, and I thought the twist on it was fun and new.

Characters: I LOVED THEM SO MUCH. Miles, the kind optimist (I wanted to be friends with him so bad). Van, the guarded tech master and protector of the group. Castor, the und
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Lucie V.
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
If we do not end the Agon, it will end us.


I enjoyed reading this book so much, it is a good balance of action, mystery, romance, and scheming. There are a few plot twists, and the characters are great, I really liked it! 🤍

The two reasons why I am not giving it 5 stars are because the firsts chapters are a little confusing, and the bad guy is just so generic and shallow... The rest is great though!

The author mixed greek mythology and urban fantasy in an awesome way. I have not read
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Ashley Nuckles
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kicking off 2021 with a return to goodreads and this book! Loved the story and the Greek mythology, and really thought the idea of the Agon was cool. The romance kept me going though the flashbacks made the story feel a bit choppy. Either way though, I kept wanting to come back and read more which is always a good sign. :-)
Mary S. R.
Meeting this cover be like:



I mean, I WOULD MARRY THIS COVER
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marta
Jan 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
Recommended to marta by: BookTok
Someday in heaven (if I make it there):
Me: I'll take novels for 200
Alex Trebek: This novel is nothing but plot
Me: What is Lore


0.5/5

I think the worst feeling to have towards a novel is disinterest. For books I hate or love, I can easily write any sort of review to coherently express my thoughts. This book, however, is in a territory I would not like to venture towards. I can't find anything that I enjoyed about it which makes it very hard to write a review, but at the same time I want to save all
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Nellie
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2021 and the synopsis was amazing, but unfortunately, this book was a huge letdown. It was unnecessarily dense and confusing. Not to mention the romance was boring because the characters were meh. I could feel the reading slump creeping in while I was reading this. It started off great but I just lost interest at around the 25% mark and never got invested in it at all after that.
jenny✨
Just finished this SCRUMPTIOUS 6-chapter teaser and here's actual footage of me waiting for the rest of the book to drop in January 2021:



“You can gain immortality by becoming a god, but you can also gain it through glory. Kleos is the honor that comes from becoming a legend—someone others keep alive through stories and songs. Your body can die, but your name will live forever.”

This is SUCH an interesting revamp of some of my fave aspects of Greek mythology. It takes PJATO's half-blood worldbui
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Leah Waters
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely insane and I LOVED IT.

Lore (the character) is awesome, and I loved the Greek mythology and the TWISTS. Gosh, there were so many, and they caught me off guard and left me reeling. The action scenes were breathtaking, the cast was cute...

UGH, just go read this book. So good.
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
Well. I have thoughts. This wasn't the worst but it definitely wasn't my favourite which is a tad disappointing. Had some good things going for it: the challenging of misogynistic myths, Castor's unfailing love, loyalty, and goodness, the budding romance between Miles and Van, the antihero tendencies of a certain god. But holy was there also erratic pacing, convoluted backstories and overall premise, and SO MANY flashbacks and dream sequences that drove me nutty. Anyways, no shade to this book, ...more
☆ sana ☆
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“lore, i was born knowing how to do three things—how to breathe, how to dream, and how to love you.”

trigger warnings: attempted rape, violence, gore

this is one of those times where it’s so easy for me to give a book 5 stars. i never knew how much i needed a greek mythology meets the hunger games storyline until now, and this book managed to execute it flawlessly. this was definitely my favorite read from this author. literally everything about this book was perfect e.g. the plot, the main charac
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Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
Dec 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Althea | themoonwholistens ☾ by: Robin
not to spoil anyone but I already know this is going to be in a certain bookish box for January 👀
Amelie
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
“It’s not always the truth that survives, but the stories we wish to believe. The legends lie. They smooth over imperfections to tell a good tale, or to instruct us how we should behave, or to assign glory to victors and shame those who falter ... How we are remembered is less important than what we do now.”

Every seven years, the Agon hunt occurs, where the current Greek gods are stripped of their immortality for a week and are hunted by those who seek to claim their powers. Lore has left this w
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☾
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
pre-read: miss bracken has not done me wrong yet so im excited for this read!

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read: sigh. Miss Bracken has not done me wrong, but also not right.

(+) The villains. So good. Especially a specific villain, I thought the development for that character was really well done!

(-) Lore’s personality. Damn girl, we get it, you’re from NYC. We understand you pray to this city. I almost lost my mind every time she said something about “my city”. Her entire personality was being a New Yorker and also be
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Sahil Javed
Jul 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
the slytherin in me is screaming at this cover. perfection.
Chaya
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was basically The Hunger Games in God level.

The word Greek is my weakness. Just add Greek in description and I am sold.

First of all I would like to say, our character's name is Melora. First few pages, I was just mad why someone would shorten such a beautiful name. I managed to get past that.

The first few chapters, I was sure I made a colossal mistake. A few more chapters in, I was crying over a character who I didn't even knew. I was shipping a goddess (Athena to be more precise) wi
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Kimberly (Deity of Books)
6 Chapter Sampler Review: ★★★☆☆

The typeface of this book is very interesting and unique. I actually can’t believe that this is the first thing I’m saying about this book. I haven’t seen this typeface in a book before and I thought it was super interesting. Okay, on to the actual review.

Do you remember the ancient mythology you learned in school? What if that wasn’t just mythology? What would happen if humans were able to gain the power and immortality of gods?

In this world created by Alex
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Maëlys
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2021-releases
☆ 3.5 / 5 ☆

“There is no forgiveness in the Agon. There is only survival and what must be done.”

What a wild start to the reading year this book was!

Every 7 years, during the Agon, Greek gods are stripped of their immortality for a week and thrown into the mortal world where hunters look for every opportunity to kill them and claim their powers. Lore has left this world behind after tragedy befell her family but things might change as Castor, her childhood friend she presumed dead, seeks her
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
THIS WAS A MISS FOR ME

I don't know what it was with this one, because I should have loved it. Greek mythology is right up my alley, I've loved it since I was a child. My name comes from Greek mythology for crying out loud! But somehow, this was still a miss. Perhaps I wasn't in the right frame of mind? Others sure seem to like it, anyway - I'm just not one of them 🤷‍♀️

"I was born knowing to do three things - how to breathe, how to dream, and how to love you."
- Castor


👍 What I Liked 👍

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