Mortal Gods - YA Review by Claire W

Reader: Claire W.
Age: 13
Title: Mortal Gods
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pub Date: 10/14/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: The whole plot is really great. You can tell that the author really spent time researching the Trojan war and Greek mythology. This is the second book in a series and it flows very nicely from the first. The plot felt like it was leading up to a very predictable ending but I was pleasantly surprised. Character development was great. The author does a great job of showing Cassandra's mourning for Aidan. She also shows her inner turmoil really well and believably. The dialogue was good, not great, but good. Also the setting was pretty good. The only slight problem was the passage of time was pretty warped.
Memorable or Forgettable: The book was quite memorable for me because not many authors try to write a book about Greek mythology because it involves a lot of work. But Kendare Blake did and it was well worth it.
Cover: I liked the original cover of the first book much better. And the girl on the front of the second book cover has the wrong color hair which bugs me quite a lot.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Cassandra still can't believe that Aidan her boyfriend, who was really Apollo, is dead. Every day she wakes up with new hope that he will appear and say the whole thing was just a joke. But Athena is keeping her going. Cassandra has the ability of prophecy and to kill gods. But she is on the side of Athena, Odysseus and, Hermes. All the gods are dying in a different ironic way. Athena is going to choke of feathers. Hermes will die of malnourishment. Aphrodite is rotting from the inside out. And Hera is turning to stone. But part of Cassandra just wants to kill all the gods (good or bad) just to rid them of her life. All she wants to do is stop fighting and make the Gods leave her alone forever.

tags:  fantasy / The Goddess War series / Greek mythology / paranormal / romance / ya lit

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