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"When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami" is the story of when immortal teen goddess Athena is mistaken for a vampire by a desperate youth who refuses to leave her side until she turns him. This tale takes place in the world of the Goddess Wars series for young adults by award-winning author Kendare Blake. "When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami" is the story of when immortal teen goddess Athena is mistaken for a vampire by a desperate youth who refuses to leave her side until she turns him. This tale takes place in the world of the Goddess Wars series for young adults by award-winning author Kendare Blake.


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"When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami" is the story of when immortal teen goddess Athena is mistaken for a vampire by a desperate youth who refuses to leave her side until she turns him. This tale takes place in the world of the Goddess Wars series for young adults by award-winning author Kendare Blake. "When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami" is the story of when immortal teen goddess Athena is mistaken for a vampire by a desperate youth who refuses to leave her side until she turns him. This tale takes place in the world of the Goddess Wars series for young adults by award-winning author Kendare Blake.

30 review for When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

    Vampires. Creatures of the night. Beautiful, romantic figures for the death obsessed to chase. This is an interesting short about the Goddess of War, Athena, being mistaken for a vampire by a homeless goth named Lark: And despite the fact that Athena is made out to look like Venus McFlytrap from "Monster High": I couldn't help but fall a little in love with the mingling of gods, vampires and black-lipsticked teens chasing immortality. I will note that I enjoyed Blake's writing in Anna Dressed i Vampires. Creatures of the night. Beautiful, romantic figures for the death obsessed to chase. This is an interesting short about the Goddess of War, Athena, being mistaken for a vampire by a homeless goth named Lark: And despite the fact that Athena is made out to look like Venus McFlytrap from "Monster High": I couldn't help but fall a little in love with the mingling of gods, vampires and black-lipsticked teens chasing immortality. I will note that I enjoyed Blake's writing in Anna Dressed in Blood better. However, I find this short itself ballsy and for that you get four of the stars! What a fucking fairy story

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

    This was a fun little romp in the YA paranormal fantasy genre. Basic gist: The Greek warrior goddess Athena has found herself in Miami (the city of vampires, apparently) as a punked out, pink-haired, totally urbanized young adult when she notices she is being followed by a young goth kid with a sallow face and a tortured soul. She knows he thinks she's a vamp so she feeds his fantasy a bit...from afar. This works well and amuses her until he catches up with her and wants her to change him to a v This was a fun little romp in the YA paranormal fantasy genre. Basic gist: The Greek warrior goddess Athena has found herself in Miami (the city of vampires, apparently) as a punked out, pink-haired, totally urbanized young adult when she notices she is being followed by a young goth kid with a sallow face and a tortured soul. She knows he thinks she's a vamp so she feeds his fantasy a bit...from afar. This works well and amuses her until he catches up with her and wants her to change him to a vamp. Because being bitten and turned by vamps is just totally the thing to do nowadays. And this kid, Lark, will not take no for an answer. I loved the way this author has used this story to poke fun of vampire mania that seems to be taking this genre by storm. Vampires. Creatures of the night. Beautiful, romantic figures for the death-obsessed to chase. She doesn’t see the appeal. They have immortality, sure, but what use is immortality if you can never see the sun? If any mortal can take it away with a wooden stake or a well-aimed ax to the neck? Now I am fairly a newb to the YA paranormal genre, but I just do not get the vampire thing. If I am going to read about vampires, I want some scary fucking creatures who suck humans dry and leave rotting carcasses strewn across the streets, not some beautiful enigmatic sparkly fangirl fantasy. So I may have missed the point here, but what I took away from this story was that this whole thing is a satire of twilight, true blood, and all other vampire romance suckfest stories. I could see references made to a certain Bella and Edward and I loved how this author switched gender roles, making the bland and sullen human a male while the paranormal badass is female. Athena suddenly finds herself wanting to protect Lark for no reason and actually uses his scent to track him down. Sound familiar? I thought so. He is one hundred percent invested. One hundred percent enthusiasm. He came all the way from Tucson to find someone like her, he says. All the way to Miami. The vampires’ city. She’s heard it called that before. It’s from a book. A very serious, very elegant vampire book, the kind that turns readers into acolytes. “What did you hope to find?” she asks. “What did you think would happen?” The kid blinks. He’s going to say he doesn’t know, but that isn’t true. He thought it would be like it was in the book. Not how it was for the hapless victims of course, the incidental anonymous page-filler. No, he would be a major protagonist. He would find her, and she would be fascinated. They would have long conversations. Become enthralled with each other. They would fall in love, and she would make him one of them. What a fucking fairy story. Love it! But Athena is way less of a pansy than Edward. 3.5 stars Read it here for FREE!! http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/09/wh...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Kendare Blake’s Goddess War series is on my TBR list, but it wasn’t a series that I planned on reading immediately. I sort of stumbled onto this one and upon falling in love with the cover, I just had to give it a shot. This novella really piqued my interest for ANTIGODDESS and reminded me how much I enjoy Blake’s writing due to how descriptive and vivid it is. This tells kind of a sad story but it kept me flipping pages. The plot was a little odd, and I wish there had been a bit more explanation Kendare Blake’s Goddess War series is on my TBR list, but it wasn’t a series that I planned on reading immediately. I sort of stumbled onto this one and upon falling in love with the cover, I just had to give it a shot. This novella really piqued my interest for ANTIGODDESS and reminded me how much I enjoy Blake’s writing due to how descriptive and vivid it is. This tells kind of a sad story but it kept me flipping pages. The plot was a little odd, and I wish there had been a bit more explanation in regard to a few things. I like the concept of Athena and the other gods and really want to see more from them. Athena is still a little bit of a mystery in this book as we don’t get to know a whole lot about her here, but what we are shown is intriguing for sure. She is shown to be a very multifaceted character in the way she deals with her tag-along Skylar. Bottom line, WHEN GODS AND VAMPIRES ROAMED MIAMI is a short story that I would recommend checking out for a quick, entertaining read. You can do so for free on Tor’s website.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was great! I think I need to find the series and read 'em. This was great! I think I need to find the series and read 'em.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Federica

    I didn't know what to do when I suddenly remembered this short story. I liked it, even though I found it to be quite sad: Athena, Lark, the whole atmosphere. I didn't know what to do when I suddenly remembered this short story. I liked it, even though I found it to be quite sad: Athena, Lark, the whole atmosphere.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Kai Genesis-Moon ☾

    tor.com stories make way more sense when you actually read the plot before the story. okay. I'm warning you the story gets a bit triggering by the end (tw| self harm, some body mutilation) Honestly, if the actual series is like this then I'll read it. I'll bite. Kendare Blake has my attention. tor.com stories make way more sense when you actually read the plot before the story. okay. I'm warning you the story gets a bit triggering by the end (tw| self harm, some body mutilation) Honestly, if the actual series is like this then I'll read it. I'll bite. Kendare Blake has my attention.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carina Olsen

    I adored this Goddess War short story. It is about Athena, whom is my favorite character in these books by Kendare. And it is set in 1991, so a while back. The writing is gorgeous. But the story is oh so short. Ack. I wish it had been much longer. But while short, it was also amazing. And I very much enjoyed it. I'm not going to say much about the plot, since it is so short, but still going to share lots of it. Athena is alone in Miami, and she's being followed by a fifteen year old boy. He think I adored this Goddess War short story. It is about Athena, whom is my favorite character in these books by Kendare. And it is set in 1991, so a while back. The writing is gorgeous. But the story is oh so short. Ack. I wish it had been much longer. But while short, it was also amazing. And I very much enjoyed it. I'm not going to say much about the plot, since it is so short, but still going to share lots of it. Athena is alone in Miami, and she's being followed by a fifteen year old boy. He thinks she's a vampire. And he wants to be one too. His name is Lark, and he was pretty cute. But total stalker and pretty crazy too, lol. He follows her around, and Athena enjoys it. She takes him in for a day, as he is so skinny and alone too. A runaway. She feeds him. I loved how she took care of him for a little bit. But yeah. As I said, he was a little bit crazy. Wanting her to turn him into a vampire, but she isn't one. He did so much trying to make her turn him. It was a bit funny. Yet depressing too, as he was so young. Sigh. But anyway. This story is so short. And I'm not going to say more about it. Just that the writing is gorgeous, like everything that Kendare writes. She's the best. I adored reading a bit more about Athena. I think she's an amazing person. The ending of this story was a bit sad; I loved it lots. You really should read this story. It's interesting and exciting :) --- This review was first posted on my blog, Carina's Books, here: http://carinabooks.blogspot.no/2015/0...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Αταλάντη Ευριπίδου

    I absolutely adore Blakes' Athena, she's probably the most compelling character she's written thus far and this was a really nice bite-sized piece of what makes her so. My only complain is that this could have the potential for a full novel (a novel I'd be happy to read, mind you). In short, it was too short. I just finished the Goddess War series and I will miss Athena, so I wanted more of her. I absolutely adore Blakes' Athena, she's probably the most compelling character she's written thus far and this was a really nice bite-sized piece of what makes her so. My only complain is that this could have the potential for a full novel (a novel I'd be happy to read, mind you). In short, it was too short. I just finished the Goddess War series and I will miss Athena, so I wanted more of her.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This is (sort of) a prequel to the Goddess Wars, but it was pretty pointless and unnecessary. I would have rather gotten a prequel about exactly when and why the gods started dying, but instead this was about a teenager mistaking Athena for a vampire. It was only 24 pages so it wasn't a waste of time, but there's really no reason to read it. This is (sort of) a prequel to the Goddess Wars, but it was pretty pointless and unnecessary. I would have rather gotten a prequel about exactly when and why the gods started dying, but instead this was about a teenager mistaking Athena for a vampire. It was only 24 pages so it wasn't a waste of time, but there's really no reason to read it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy (Other Amy)

    I might read Antigoddess based on this taste. A definite maybe, anyway. I might read Antigoddess based on this taste. A definite maybe, anyway.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    This was another fun little glimpse into the gods, this time into Athena before she started getting sick. She finds herself living in Miami where she catches the eye of a young runaway who is convinced she's a vampire. While Athena plays along of a bit, the charade soon turns deadly and Athena realizes that alone is how she will always be. A short story but it definitely took and a sad and brutal turn at the end. But it was a nice glimpse into how Athena was before the current war started. This was another fun little glimpse into the gods, this time into Athena before she started getting sick. She finds herself living in Miami where she catches the eye of a young runaway who is convinced she's a vampire. While Athena plays along of a bit, the charade soon turns deadly and Athena realizes that alone is how she will always be. A short story but it definitely took and a sad and brutal turn at the end. But it was a nice glimpse into how Athena was before the current war started.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fay Tannerr

    When God's and Vampires Roamed Miami was a short story that took place before the events of Antigoddess. I really liked it. Kendare Blake writes really captivating characters and compelling stories. It was great to read more of Athena's earlier adventures and see her more compassionate side. Worth reading especially if your a fan of the Goddess War trilogy! When God's and Vampires Roamed Miami was a short story that took place before the events of Antigoddess. I really liked it. Kendare Blake writes really captivating characters and compelling stories. It was great to read more of Athena's earlier adventures and see her more compassionate side. Worth reading especially if your a fan of the Goddess War trilogy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Athena has moved to Miami. While wondering the streets & food venders at night she starts to be followed by a young man. Lark, who is 15, is obsessed with vampires. And he is sure that the goddess Athena is a vampire!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen

    Not half bad, and the tough/hardened narrator attitude fit the situation. Short and not outstandingly great, but a decently executed story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Lynn Kramer

    While not nearly as enjoyable as The Dogs of Athens this is an interesting little peek into Athena's life before the events of Antigoddess. While not nearly as enjoyable as The Dogs of Athens this is an interesting little peek into Athena's life before the events of Antigoddess.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    absolutely loved this + vampire chronicles references ftw!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    (view spoiler)[I like that it ends with you not knowing whether or not the vampires were real. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[I like that it ends with you not knowing whether or not the vampires were real. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lucy King

    This was so good and so sad. Very good short story. It was just enough pages. Normally with short stories I feel I miss something, more info, more story, but this one was perfect.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lexie

    I freakin' love Athena, and wanted 5 more books and a movie from the Goddess Wars world. This was heartbreaking and amazing. I freakin' love Athena, and wanted 5 more books and a movie from the Goddess Wars world. This was heartbreaking and amazing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kaka_shi

    Again a promising start to the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    Another great short story, loved the twist at the end! Must read the first full length book now!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Tragic collision of desire and expectations An immortal goddess living in Miami is mistaken for a vampire. The story reminded me a little the Sonja Blue story Vampire King of the Goth Chicks. It had the same sense of irony and tragedy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chrysa Nez

    This is a nice little appetizer that got me wanting to read more. I have a feeling this series is about to be awesome!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marcel Adiong

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 or 4 stars for this story. This one was enjoyable, read it out of curiosity. I love how Athena looks here, she's not your normal Athena. Skylar or the guy who likes to call himself Lark. I would understand the thing about wanting to become a vampire, I mean that sort of happened to me during the twilight days- lol. So I'm just gonna tell you this but I was sort of confused if Lark died- I think he did. Hahahaha Athena raged- so she became a vampire killer... now thinking of it I'd like to re 3.5 or 4 stars for this story. This one was enjoyable, read it out of curiosity. I love how Athena looks here, she's not your normal Athena. Skylar or the guy who likes to call himself Lark. I would understand the thing about wanting to become a vampire, I mean that sort of happened to me during the twilight days- lol. So I'm just gonna tell you this but I was sort of confused if Lark died- I think he did. Hahahaha Athena raged- so she became a vampire killer... now thinking of it I'd like to read a book about that. I like the thing that Athena was having fun toying with him, like making his dreams come true about her being a vampire- lol. I love how she described vampires. Vampires. Creatures of the night. Beautiful, romantic figures for the death-obsessed to chase. She doesn’t see the appeal. They have immortality, sure, but what use is immortality if you can never see the sun? If any mortal can take it away with a wooden stake or a well-aimed ax to the neck? I'd really recommend this book to the others cause bruh this was awesome. Yeah, it was too short but sometimes it's better when it short when it's really long and dragging that it becomes too thin and stretched and just tiring to read? Enjoyed this, short but awesome.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bex

    Set in the Goddess Wars series, this short story (available for free at Tor.com) features teenage God Athena as she wanders the streets with a tag along she never meant to acquire. A fourteen year old boy who thinks she's a vampire. He's obviously mistaken, but I love Athena's character and how she plays along for the benefit of the kid. Who, incidentally, is naively hilarious. Props to Blake for quickly creating some pretty cool, likeable characters in very few pages. The story is fun and quirky Set in the Goddess Wars series, this short story (available for free at Tor.com) features teenage God Athena as she wanders the streets with a tag along she never meant to acquire. A fourteen year old boy who thinks she's a vampire. He's obviously mistaken, but I love Athena's character and how she plays along for the benefit of the kid. Who, incidentally, is naively hilarious. Props to Blake for quickly creating some pretty cool, likeable characters in very few pages. The story is fun and quirky with interesting work building. I haven't read any of the authors main series but I think I will now. This is cleverly written with some dark undertones which grabbed me from the start. Definitely worth a read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    As part of the Goddess War series, I did not feel as though it terribly added much to the series overall. However, it did give more of a look into Athena's life before everything started going to hell. The setting and characters were fairly well-evolved considering the story's brevity, however, I do not think it would have made me read the series if I had not already been doing so. As part of the Goddess War series, I did not feel as though it terribly added much to the series overall. However, it did give more of a look into Athena's life before everything started going to hell. The setting and characters were fairly well-evolved considering the story's brevity, however, I do not think it would have made me read the series if I had not already been doing so.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    Even if this short story is part of a series (the Goddess Wars series by Kendare Blake), it can be read and enjoyed on its own. This is the story of immortal teen goddess Athena and of a young boy that mistakes her for a vampire and who refuses to leave her side until she turns him. Enjoyable accessible read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Carolina

    As much as I love classic fantasy and mythology tropes being subverted, and as much as I enjoyed this little snippet of subversion, I would love a short story that took place in the before, before Olympus fell, back when they were all true gods. I just want to know what that looks like in depth.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    Rather dark YA prequel about a Greek Goddess that gets mistaken for a vampire, and the desperate human that wants immorality from her so badly. Makes me quite curious about the series as a whole, but also stands alone well enough that it doesn't trigger my "stop giving me chapters of books as short stories" cranky. Rather dark YA prequel about a Greek Goddess that gets mistaken for a vampire, and the desperate human that wants immorality from her so badly. Makes me quite curious about the series as a whole, but also stands alone well enough that it doesn't trigger my "stop giving me chapters of books as short stories" cranky.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nerine Dorman

    I really need to follow up and read more of Kendare's stories, because they hit the mark with me. They're not all filled with profound metaphor, but there's a lot more depth than your standard UF YA fare. I really need to follow up and read more of Kendare's stories, because they hit the mark with me. They're not all filled with profound metaphor, but there's a lot more depth than your standard UF YA fare.

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