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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 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 divine power and immortality. Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family's sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt's promises of eternal glory. For years she's pushed away any thought of revenge against the man--now a god--responsible for their deaths. Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods. The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore's decision to bind her fate to Athena's and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost--and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.


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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 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 divine power and immortality. Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family's sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt's promises of eternal glory. For years she's pushed away any thought of revenge against the man--now a god--responsible for their deaths. Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods. The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore's decision to bind her fate to Athena's and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost--and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.

30 review for Lore

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    ↠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 ↠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 arrival of the famed Athena on her doorstep. Together the two will form a tethered bond, joining unlikely allies in search of revenge, and an end to the Agon forever. I just want to start by saying how in awe I am of this. This book delivered in every sense of the word, flawlessly executing complex plot and strategy, all while developing the personal relationships amongst the main characters. The writing style is one that slowly took hold, enveloping me within the world like it was greeting an old friend. Upfront there certainly was a lot to digest in order to move forward, but it seemed necessary given the nature of the story and how thoroughly it was explored. The character of Lore, whose complicated past begins to hold power over current events and alliances, is just one example. The internal conflict of her seeking revenge for the death of her family versus escaping from the horrible legacy of the Agon was one of the most compelling aspects of the novel. Bracken surely drew out the revelations to her past in relation to the progression of the hunt and the meaning behind it all. There were definitely moments when I wanted to throw this book at the wall, as I came to terms with yet another expertly placed plot-twist. My only bone to pick with this is that I needed more of a definitive answer as to the point of the Agon. In the concluding events, what was the fate of the gods, and what was Zeus's plan all along? These are questions that needed to be answered for me to really feel like the book had concluded in a finite way. This truly is a book that will take the world by storm, and I look forward to witnessing it in January. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review Trigger warnings: blood, violence, gore, attempted murder, murder, murder of children (graphic), murder of parents (graphic), terminal illness, abuse, attempted rape, arranged marriage

  2. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    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. 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. it gave me anxiety, but in a good way. however, i do think the story could have benefited from dual POVs. castors arc and development is too important to the story for him to just be a side character. i think if he had his own chapters, the world-building might have flowed a bit smoother and not have felt like it was crammed into confusing info dumps via lore. but overall, this story is an exciting adventure and showcases a very unique side to greek mythology. ↠ 4 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    While I fully acknowledge Lore will not work for everyone, I'm about to swoon, because I freaking loved it so much!!! Greek Mythology meets The Hunger Games is an apt description and 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 during the Ago While I fully acknowledge Lore will not work for everyone, I'm about to swoon, because I freaking loved it so much!!! Greek Mythology meets The Hunger Games is an apt description and 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 during the Agon, the hunter responsible for their death gets to seize the God's powers and immortality, thus becoming a New God. Melora, known as Lore, is a part of the Perseous line. She is no longer participating in the Agon. Lore has left that whole world behind and kept herself hidden since the last hunt left her entire family dead in their home, including her two little sisters, murdered by a rival clan. Living in New York City, Lore has done a good job blending in and has successfully flown under the radar of anyone related to the hunt. At least that's what she thinks. One night a blast from her past, her childhood best friend, Castor, ends up tracking her down. Their brief conversation intrigues Lore enough to make her question whether she can really leave that life behind. Their interaction really rattles her. She has suspected that Castor was dead, so to have him just show up, it was a lot. Little does she know, things are about to get a lot more interesting. Arriving home, she discovers the Greek Goddess Athena, one of the few remaining original Gods, injured on the front steps of her brownstone, pleading for her help! Before she knows it, Lore has rejoined the hunt, pairing with Athena and hoping to finally get revenge on the man she blames for the murder of her family. Y'all, I loved this book from the very first chapter. I was so intrigued about this whole concept and absolutely loved the characters. I think Bracken did a great job of building this out and keeping the pace steady throughout. There was always plenty of action and intrigue to keep me wanting more. Lore is a strong character, but you can tell she is hurting. As her past is slowly revealed, through chapters focusing on her childhood and the end of the last Agon, my heart absolutely ached for her. This girl has been through it. Over the course of the story, you really watch her character evolve from a damaged soul to a true force to be reckoned with. I loved the relationships within this story as well. The friend group, made up of Lore, Castor, Van, Miles and Iro, was so great to read. I loved their dynamic and the way their personalities played off of one another; particularly Miles, the only one not from an ancient bloodline. The Agon, at its heart, is a competition; one of my favorite tropes. There was a lot of danger. I mean really, the entire time, Lore and her friends are on the move. They're constantly in fear for their lives, which makes you constantly in fear for their lives! This felt like a Superhero story to me and I was living for it. Towards the end, there are all sorts of surprising twists and reveals. Lore is a blast to read! Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney Book Group, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I truly appreciate it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    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 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 from and take their powers (and immortality) for themselves. And the start of a new Agon is finally here, and is going to take place in New York City, yet our main character is haunted by the last Agon where her family was brutally murdered. ➽ Melora Perseous (Lore) – of House Perseus, underground fighter, trying to block out the loss of her family in the past, and the recent loss of another loved one. Lore is also last of her bloodline. ➽ Castor Achilleos – of House Achilles, Lore’s best friend and fighting partner growing up, who had leukemia. ➽ Miles – Korean, queer, Lore’s roommate and best friend. ➽ Van – Black, queer, Castor’s best friend. ➽ Gil – Recently passed away, but the one who became a family with Lore and Miles these last few years. ➽ Athena – Betrayed by her sister, Artemis, and one of the last original gods, yet is wounded so badly at the beginning of this book that she makes a deal with Lore so they can both try to get revenge. "I will help you survive this week, and you will destroy the god once known as Aristos Kadmou, the enemy of my blood" And so, Athena and Lore’s lives in this Agon are forever intertwined, while they try to survive in New York City, and try to get the vengeance they so desperately have wanted these last seven years against a new god called Wrath. But things change even more so when Lore realizes she is a lot closer to another god than she realizes, and she also is quickly realizing that things are a lot more personal than she ever imagined. Especially when Wrath wants to kill all the gods, regardless of bloodline and regardless of transferring magical abilities and artifacts attached to those bloodlines. The premise and set up was truly amazing, and I was invested after the very first chapter! But I will say, this book felt a bit too info dumpy at times for me, and I imagine if you didn’t know much about Greek mythos this story could get extra confusing, but I really did overall enjoy it each time I picked it up. Truly, it made me realize how much I do miss reading urban fantasy, and I think the New York setting was very genius for the Agon. I loved learning about all the different types of magic and all the different artifacts, but I do wish they were woven into the story a little better, even though I was being all sidetracked like “wow I love this shield and I’m going to spiral about Dota AND the Iliad because of it and my nerdy ways!” And even though I did love the New York setting, I would forget that this was set in modern times, especially any scene with Wrath and any scene showing us Lore’s past. Then we should see Castor’s medical treatment in the past, or they’d mention New York bagel styles and I’d be reminded, but a bit of whiplash while reading. I also want to briefly mention, and I do not want to be too personal, but childhood cancer is something that is very close to my heart and something that impacts every day of my life, so reading a book about a boy who had to go through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and stem-cell transplants, for a cancer he had to fight twice, to get to see him be a modern-day Greek God… it was just very powerful. I can’t even think of another YA book where we get to see a young side character be impacted by cancer and see those around them be impacted by it too, and not have it be the focal point of a sad story starring it. I just wish we had more representation for this very real situation where people’s lives are so heavily influenced by this disease that impacts so many children every single day. (This is one of the few triggers I do personally have, but I thought it was very well done, and it made my heart very happy to read, and I wish more children and young adults living with cancer, or living in remission, could read stories that give happy and hopeful endings.) "It’s okay to want good things […] and to believe that you deserve a good life." Overall, I really liked this unique spin on Greek mythos, and I really enjoyed how this author intertwined this story in a modern day setting. I think it was a solid standalone, and I was very impressed with the characters, so many of the themes, and the central discussions of found family and second chances, and the constant reminder that there is no “right way” to heal from trauma and grief. Also, I will always love a good reclaiming of Medusa and her whole entire monster story. Be still, my Circe loving heart. But I really enjoyed Lore and Castor’s relationship. I loved the Van and Miles and truly were amazing side characters. "And now history remembers her as a villain who deserved to die." Content and Trigger Warnings: a lot of blood depiction, murder, loss of a loved one, graphic torture depictions (some to children), graphic violence, gore, sexual assault, grief depiction, ptsd, child abuse, threat of pedophilia,, threat of rape, implied pedophilia, slavery, talk of cancer (leukemia), child cancer (and mention of chemo, radiation, stem-cell transplants, etc.), mention of heart attack, mention of cancer coming back, bombings, explosions, brief mentions of suicide, and war themes. This is a pretty dark book, and it surprised me a lot with the constant learning of the torture that happened to Lore’s family in the past, so please use caution and make sure you are in the right headspace. Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch Buddy read with Maëlys! ❤

  5. 4 out of 5

    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 (view spoiler)[1. First we have an awesome zippered book sleeve inspired by Circe 2. We have a cute wooden spatula with a quote from Lovely War by Julie Barry. 3. Next is an awesome enamel bookmark which depicts, Athena and a badass iron-on patch of Medusa 4. Next is a cute trinket dish featuring 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 (view spoiler)[1. First we have an awesome zippered book sleeve inspired by Circe 2. We have a cute wooden spatula with a quote from Lovely War by Julie Barry. 3. Next is an awesome enamel bookmark which depicts, Athena and a badass iron-on patch of Medusa 4. Next is a cute trinket dish featuring Eros & Psyche 5. Next is art and the monthly tarot cards 6. Next is the book with stenciled edges and artwork under dust jacket with some awesome embossing Now that was FairyLoot’s January box, they were late, but it’s all good! Happy Reading! Mel 🐶🖤🐺🐾😘 (hide spoiler)] 🖤🐺🖤🐺🖤🐺🖤🐺 Ok, I don’t feel like putting the goodies on my blog SO under the Owlcrate picture I will put up a spoiler tag with all of the goodies and the book cover 😉 (view spoiler)[First we have the pin of the month and some tea. Next is a Lunar Calendar Tapestry with Artemis and Athena. Next we have another Olive Branches Pin Banner Next is a two-side bookmark Next we have the coolest thing, a Hermès Felt Letter Board Kit with a zipper pouch to keep the letters etc and a hanger on the back of the sign to hang on wall Then we have the gorgeous book! Happy Reading! Love Mel (hide spoiler)] •••••••••••••••••••• My Thoughts 💭 I’m giving this a 4 stars 🌟 right now. I think I missed something. 🤔 There is a lot a lot of gruesome killing in the book for a YA book. But I still don’t see where Medusa actually came into the book through anyone 🤔. Brilliant cover though! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  6. 5 out of 5

    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 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 expectations were challenged, every twist was met with indifference. Things would happen, and all they would get from me was a slight raise of the eyebrows. For the life of me, I simply did not care. My main problem with this book was that it was both too long and not long enough. It was all very fast-paced, nonstop action. And yet, there were moments when the story lulled within the action. It all started blending together. Despite that, I wish there had been slower moments to better know the characters and history of the world. There is a perfect balance between action and rest that I like, and this book didn't quite reach it.  Another problem I had was with the characters. While I generally liked them all, I was never fully invested in them.  The most interesting character to me was Athena, by far. I wish we could have gotten more from her history through the many Agons past. Everyone else, Lore included felt 'meh' to me. Lore, in the beginning, was contradictory and hard to get behind. She wanted to be free of the Agon, but she wanted revenge against the new god, Wrath, but she also wanted glory, but she wanted to stop fighting? Girl, pick a struggle, and stay with it. All the other characters had amazing potential, especially Iro and Van, but we never got to see it There was a bit of romance in this novel. Worry not, the romance takes the seat furthest in the back of this story. It doesn't distract, and it doesn't take away from the story. And yet, it felt forced. The romance is between Lore and Castor, two people who haven't seen each other in seven years, having last spoken when they were children. And now, after a few days together, you want to tell me they are in love? No. I don't buy it. It would have been best if the romance hadn't existed at all, and they had remained friends. It literally would not have affected the story if it hadn't been there at all. Lastly, there were so many loose ends. So many unanswered questions. So many things that I wanted to be explored that were simply left as they were. I wanted more! Especially from the ending. I kept looking at the dwindling number of pages in worry because it simply could not end in such a rushed, unexciting way! Also, just as a side note, the civilian body count in this novel is astronomical. I wish there had been an epilogue because the ruin the gods left in their wake made it seem like they had all but entirely destroyed New York City, and no one was questioning or mentioning it. All of that having been said, this book did have a lot of good parts. I loved the idea of the plot. Percy Jackson meets The Hunger Games is such a cool concept, and I think the author did a great job of making it flow. The mix of mythology with modernity was well done. I also enjoyed the writing. This was my first time reading one of Alexandra Bracken's novels, and I truly liked her writing style. My favorite line was, "fear is a foreign land I shall never visit and a language that will never cross my tongue.” The moment I read it, I was like, damn, I wanna write lines like that. Ultimately, this novel wasn't bad. It just wasn't what I wanted.  I know that this is not a story that will stay with me or that I will ever want to return to. It was an ok way to pass a few hours and nothing more.  TW: torture, attempt at rape, blood and gore **I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 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 wrong, the idea of the plot was really, really good and I was desperate to like it, but it just didn't do the trick for me. Greek mythology generally confuses me so that's not this book's problem, it's mine. But even so, contributing to my confusion was the writing style of the author. Honestly, sometimes it felt like she wanted to give us little sneak peeks of what's going to happen with the action, but wait! Not too much! So she simply let us see glimpses of past actions while they were in the middle of happening. I also had a problem with the characters. As I generally had no problem per se with either of them, I simply could care less about them because they felt (to me) a little bit flat. It was nothing there to get me emotionally invested in them. Which, I think, it's sad. Overall, my experience with this book was the same as the action of sitting in a boat in the middle of a lake with no paddles and no wind to carry me anywhere. Nice and all, but after a while, you need to get somewhere.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Oh HELLO, Medusa!!! :o 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 I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Oh HELLO, Medusa!!! :o 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 order to steal their power for themselves. There were also so many strong feminist themes about the women who were often forgotten and excluded from Ancient Greek lore, which was something I really enjoyed, especially since I often complain about that exact thing. We always get to hear about Achilles, Perseus, Heracles, Theseus, etc but the women around them are often relegated to mere damsels in distress or play the part of the villain. Plus, there was the CUTEST childhood friends to lovers romance that I’ve read in a while between a badarse girl who could do some major damage and the SOFTEST boy who just wanted to help people. They were just SO ADORABLE! <3 "You may deny the fates, but they will not deny you." I’ve never read a book by Alexandra Bracken until now, but I’m glad that I finally did. I highly recommend giving this a go when it releases in January!!! :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    sofia

    1 1/2 stars (rounded down) 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 descendant 1 1/2 stars (rounded down) 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 like 10 years ago lore's family was killed and she was all like "nah id prefer not to die, im out" so shes not involved with this hunt for gods anymore but then stuff happens and she gets thrown back into the world. yall im so sorry that was the worst plot explanation ive ever given. but one of my new years resolutions is to not stress over reviews so whatever. i do this for me, and for the kind people who enjoy my reviews. theyre not gonna be perfect, but i try my best. anyways moving on. lore looked so promising! a greek mythology book that takes place in new york? sounds like my personal heaven. unfortunately, this book had so many flaws that i genuinely just could not overlook, and my overall enjoyment of the novel was not as high as i had hoped it would be. before i start ranting, i do have a few things that i really enjoyed about this book, and felt like should be mentioned. first of all, someone needs to go pat Alexandra Bracken on the back for her originality. a big issue in young adult fantasy, is reused tropes and plots. there are so many YA fantasy books out there, that its hard to write a book that hasnt already been written. i know many people will see greek mythology and think "percy jackson rip-off!!!" which, i personally think, is totally unfair. (youll catch me being the biggest pjo stan, but not every greek mythology book is copying it) no one calls out authors when they use fae or witches or any other popular tropes or characters in their books, why should it be different now? i had many many issues with the plot and pacing of this book, but the general concept was so unique and had loads of potential. another thing that was great about this story was the antagonist plotline. i DESPISE books with weak villains, but i didnt feel that at all. there were a few antagonists in this story, but theres one in particular who, i felt, was written very well. there was only one other thing that i liked in this book, and that was the urban fantasy aspect. if you know me at all, you would know that new york is literally my favorite place on earth. like actually. i spend an unhealthy amount of time wishing i was in new york. so, obviously, when i learned this book took place in new york city, i was jumping for joy. i was disappointed by many things in this book, but definitely not by the nyc parts. the way the storyline fit into the city and its people was awesome, and i really appreciated that the main character had such a deep love for her city. because, relatable. (i meant that its relatable in the sense that i love nyc, not my own city. i live in dc. i used to think it was cool. then the capitol got stormed and i could barely leave the house.) ALRIGHTY TIME FOR THE FUN STUFF! ill split this into like four parts to make sure i can cover everything. characters, plot, romance, writing. so i guess that means ill start with characters. im not gonna do my character analysis that i would usually do for each character, because honestly i felt detached from them all. not one of the characters in this book had consistent personalities. the love interest was all over the place, the main character started out as this bad-ass fist fighter and then turned out to be annoying, and the side characters had no depth. also, i have a question. were these characters supposed to be morally grey? because theyre not. at all. they were literally the OPPOSITE of morally grey and it got very annoying, very fast. theres nothing wrong with book characters that are good people (i do love my comfort characters, who are also murderers, but thats besides the point), but they have to have their flaws yaknow? each of these characters felt way too perfect. overall i felt absolutely nothing for any of these characters and could care less what happened to them. next, plot. ask me to explain what actually happened in this book. i think we can all tell from my synopsis that i really didnt get the story. i truly believe that this plot had so much potential, but the execution was awful. the worldbuilding was horrendous. im not exaggerating. im a mythology nerd. I UNDERSTAND GREEK MYTHOLOGY. SO THEN WHY WAS THIS SO HARD TO FOLLOW?!?!? i feel so bad for anyone who read this book without any background knowledge, because i barely understood it. at the beginning of the book, the bloodlines that are trying to kill the gods were explained (in a very info-dumpy way) and then its like the author was just like "oh! well i explained it once! theyll get it now." NO NO NO NO NO. I WAS SO LOST DURING EVERY PART OF THIS BOOK. AND I SWEAR IM NOT STUPID. I UNDERSTOOD House of Earth and Blood AND THAT BOOK WAS LIKE INFO DUMP HEAVEN. but yeah, i would have appreciated a lot more explanation. the other thing about the plot was that it was so fast moving, that it became boring. that statement really doesnt make much sense, but i can explain it. i hate slow books right? like if theres no action or plot then ill throw the book across the room and leave. this book was definitely not slow, but it always had something going on, to the point where i felt no suspense. all 400 pages of this book read like a climax, which ended up making the actual climax of the story underwhelming. ill say it again, THIS PLOT HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL. WHY COULDNT IT HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER?!?!?! now ill talk about writing. i dont have anything negative to say about this books writing, but i dont have anything positive to say either. it was nothing special. honestly, it was just insanely average. there were definitely times that the things that characters said felt so unnecessarily preachy. like there are quotes from this book that sound something straight out of a self help book. for example: "you have to start thinking about your future, otherwise your past is always going to hold you back." its not that big of a deal, but i hate those quotes that were so clearly created for the sole purpose of sounding "deep." the last thing ill discuss is the romance. the main romance in this book was terrible. there was a side romance that i thought was cute but the romance that was really focused on was atrocious. and dont even get me started on the love interest. actually, do get me started. because i am pissed. this book was marketed to me as a "feminist take on greek mythology." and i was like, "sick. lets go murder those misogynistic gods." the actual narrative on sexism in greek mythology was done pretty well in my opinion. BUT THEN THIS "feminist novel" JUST HAD TO GO AND HAVE A SEXIST LOVE INTEREST. castor, the love interest, didnt do anything obviously sexist. he didnt make any misogynistic jokes or anything, BUT THERE WERE STILL SO MANY DOUBLE STANDARDS THAT HE INCITED. there was a point in the book where the MC starts killing some people blah blah, and castors all like "this isnt you lore. youre better than this. dont kill people." which is kinda annoying but like if you wanna be the ethics police, than sure, go be the ethics police. BUT THEN LATER IN THE BOOK, LORE'S IN DANGER AND GETS HURT, AND OF COURSE CASTOR, BEING THE Possessive Male Love Interest™ he is, hes all like "ill kill them." excuse me castor? i thought that killing was wrong? youre allowed to murder anyone who hurts your beloved crush, but said beloved crush cannot take revenge on the people who have caused her harm. you cant claim to be a feminist novel and then have an important character be sexist. thats not how it works. okay so thats all folks, i hope you enjoyed my review, because its kinda a mess. the bottom line is, if this book was on your most anticipated releases list, cross it off. or dont. who knows, maybe youll love it, but i definitely didnt. pre-review: don’t you just love it when one of your most anticipated releases of the year is not that good? anyways i’m still debating about my star rating. probably two stars. maybeee three. i’ll think about it. rtc. pre-read: ITS HERE ITS HERE ITS HERE!! i’m gonna try to start this tomorrow after i finish tog. ahhh my pre-order of this book arrives tomorrow 😚😚

  10. 4 out of 5

    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 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. Though Castor trained as a healer not a hunter. The heroine: Lore – Her family was murdered by Aristos Kadmou, who hunted and killed Ares during the last Agon (see quote below), taking his place and his immortality. Lore has put it all behind her and is no longer involved in the hunts. She now fights men and women in underground fight clubs for money and to keep her feelings of loss at bay. Though she knows if hunters find her she will be a target (not sure why). Background: At the start of the book I was pretty lost, but later things were explained. I don’t feel like this is giving away spoilers since the few reviews I have read so far of this sample seem to be saying the same thing about the storyline being to complicated and confusing especially since we are dropped in to Lore’s life without the background information and the forward as well as the first few chapters use terminology for events that are not explained fully till later. So I am just going to add a few quotes that help. “They sat in silence for several minutes after Lore had finished giving Miles a ruthlessly pared-down explanation of the Agon, the nine gods it had been created to punish—including the one whose wound she had seared shut in their living room—and the nine bloodlines descended from ancient heroes chosen to hunt them. She distilled over a thousand years of history into mere minutes, feeling more and more insane as his face remained carefully blank. It wasn’t like Lore could blame him; hearing herself say the words “For seven days, every seven years, the gods walk on earth as mortals. If you can kill one, you become a new god and take their power and immortality, but you’ll be hunted in the next Agon as well” Like I said above, Lore is the last mortal descendent of Perseus but basically has opted out of the fight for various reasons. She doesn’t want power or immortality. Though she does want her family avenged. But the killer is a god and even though Gods are mortal for seven days, he has a powerful bloodline and they protect him as well as hunt the other Gods. However, Castor came to warn her that she is being hunted by the new Ares. Also the God Athena comes to her after being wounded badly and wants her help. Athena gives Lore some information she wasn’t aware of. “The Spartan . . . they called you,” Athena breathed. “Little Gorgon . . . I searched for you . . . chose you . . . knowing that skill . . . knowing that you are no longer one of the hunters. . . . But you have . . . never been weak . . . never powerless.” I had been wondering where the Medusa hair on the cover came in, until I read that part about her being called “Little Gorgon”. Not that Lore actually has snakes in her hair (at least as far as the sample goes). Also it is said that the Perseides (Descendants of Perseus), were given the Aegis, the shield of Zeus which had belonged to Athena until Zeus created the Agon as punishment for the Gods. The shield was taken when Lore’s family was murdered. The shield has special powers and bore the head of Medusa on the front. This sample was very good and really just whetted my appetite for the rest of the book. I can’t wait to find out where the story goes. I just love Greek Mythology, add to that a fierce heroine and I am super excited. I definitely will snap this one up the first chance I get! I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|BookBub

  11. 5 out of 5

    Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)

    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 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 underdog and long lost love. And Lore, the fierce, determined, and ultimate embodiment of female power. Pacing: super fast and lots of action. This would be a great read for people who are easily bored in books. Content warnings: sexual assault, violence, death of family members Click here for an in-depth review on my blog!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    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 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 that many books about greek mythology, so it was really intriguing and interesting from the first chapter. This book has a hunger game vibe, but instead of being teenagers killing each other, it's hunters killing gods to take their powers. The setting also reminded me of The Mortal Instrument series. Both books are about a magical part of society that is hidden and known only by a handful of people (and both stories happen in New York). I admit that the beginning is a little confusing. I had trouble differentiating all the families and understanding how exactly the Agon works (who can take the power of the god, who is hunting which god, etc.), but it became clearer in the fourth chapter, and the list of all the families and their important members helped. Lore is a great character. She can take care of herself, is a fierce fighter, but still has a good heart and all she wants is to live a quiet life far away from the Gods and hunters after being the only survivor of the massacre of her family seven years ago. She ends up being part of the Agon once again because of unforeseen events, and we can see how conflicted she is. She wants revenge for the murder of her family, but she also wants to protect the quiet life she built for herself in the last 7 years. She realizes that she can't be part of both worlds, and she needs to find a way to stop the Agon for good if she hopes to live a normal life. “I was born knowing how to do three things – how to breathe, how to dream, and how to love you.” The romance in Lore is so cute. It is a "childhood friends to lovers" story, and it was so sweet to see Lore and Cas's relationship evolve. At first, I was not sure about the place that the romance would hold in this book, since the beginning is all about fighting, revenge, killing, and trying to survive for the Agon week, but the author did an amazing job of showing how the badass girl and the sweet boy completed each other and how they'd had feelings for each other for years. They truly are adorable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Nuckles

    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. :-)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary S. R.

    Meeting this cover be like: I mean, I WOULD MARRY THIS COVER Meeting this cover be like: I mean, I WOULD MARRY THIS COVER

  15. 5 out of 5

    marta

    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 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 of you from having to endure this bland atrocity. Firstly, the 0.5 stars come simply from the interest I had for this book during the first 15 pages or so. Beyond this it was a downhill very slow and confusing rollercoaster with no sense of direction. I will title this rollercoaster I am on: The Plotinator This book is so plot heavy. There is SO MUCH going on that it's impossible to follow. You have nine Greek gods that come to walk the Earth as mortals, but they are not really mortals because they have powers for some reason, and then there are houses of mortals but only some people can kill the gods and if certain people do it then they don't get anything.... I don't know about you but confusion is not something I enjoy in a book.. If plot is your favorite thing about a book then I would say go ahead and read this, it's the only thing holding up this novel. Personally, you're better off reading the synopsis and creating your own imaginary scenario for how the plot progresses from here. One of the reoccurring themes of this novel is "feminism". I place this term in quotation marks because I don't consider every single page reiterating that something cannot be done because ___ is a woman to be feminism. I love strong female characters, but if the only way the author convinces me she is a strong female character is BY EVERY SINGLE OTHER CHARACTER telling me she isn't... guess what?? SHE IS NOT A STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER. Lore is the blandest person while simultaneously having a different opinion every other page.... okay so maybe she has a personality but not a very good one. I really do not care about any of the other characters because they were poorly developed. The dialogue between people is only meant to drive the plot along and there never seems to be real emotion in what anyone is saying. Often times Lore's inner monologue is just repetition of what she or someone else said a couple chapters before, which got old fast. Additionally, the "relationships" in this novel were also really boring and predictable. She doesn't see or interact with someone for seven years and then loves them because honestly his only personality trait is "being so beautiful". The ending is absolute trash. I wish I could erase it from my memory. I'm not spoiling anything in my review but I did not read 500 pages worth of garbage to have this plot heavy book end in such a stupid way. Overall, this book was a terrible drag. I almost gave up multiple times and honestly I wouldn't have missed much. Once again, TikTok recommends the WORST BOOKS and GR 5 star reviews are misleading.

  16. 5 out of 5

    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 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 worldbuilding one step further: What if humans could become gods? Well, in this world, they can. Thousands of years ago, nine gods—Athena, Artemis, Poseidon, Dionysus, Apollo, Hermes, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, and Ares—staged a failed revolution against Zeus. As punishment, they are doomed to face the Agon every seven years: they will walk the earth as mortals, and if they're killed by a hunter, they forfeit their immortality. It's essentially the bloodiest game of family-run Assassins you'll ever read. Of the old gods, only Athena, Artemis, Apollo, and Hermes remain. The rest have been slain by members of the nine hunter houses (whose bloodlines trace all the way back to famous ancient Greek heroes—Perseus, Kadmos, Achilles, Herakles...). Lore is the last mortal member of the House of Perseus. She has no intention of returning to the ruthless world she left behind all those years ago, but when her supposedly dead best friend turns up, and the goddess Athena promises to help her kill the man-god who brutally murdered her family—Lore's drawn right back in. In terms of rep, so far we have several BIPOC characters—one of whom is gay and of South Korean descent!! Miles is Lore's best friend and such a funny foil to her intensity. I've always found Alexandra Bracken's writing a little more verbose than your typical YA (this one's 480 pages y’all). In The Darkest Minds it kinda made the story drag. In Lore, though, the descriptions of New York, mythological tidbits, and action scenes (Lore brawling in an underground ring, Athena bleeding out on her front stoop) keep the pace moving, and it really works. I am SO excited to see where this heads!! Thank you NetGalley and Disney Publishing Worldwide for this chapter sampler!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nellie

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leah Waters

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ☆ sana ☆

    “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 “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 characters, the childhood friends to lovers romance, the side characters and their romance, etc. will definitely be recommending it to everyone!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Althea | themoonwholistens ☾

    not to spoil anyone but I already know this is going to be in a certain bookish box for January 👀

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amelie

    “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 “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 world behind after her family’s demise, but this all changes when she is approached by a weakened Athena, whose offer of an alliance may give Lore the perfect opportunity to avenge her family’s deaths and put an end to the Agon hunt once and for all. This was a highly enjoyable, fast-paced book full of action, plot twists and a deeply engaging storyline. I thought the author did a great job at incorporating Greek mythology into the story, and introducing the world of the hunter bloodlines and their houses and traditions. While slightly confusing at first, the world-building was incredibly creative where we got to learn about the workings of the Agon cycle, and see the stakes climb higher than ever as the characters fought to survive in the hunt. “Monsters lived in the shadows. To hunt them, you couldn’t be afraid to follow. And the only way to destroy them was to have the sharper teeth and the darker heart.” We get to see the darker side to the hunter traditions, and how the world of hunters is centred around male supremacy. All the hunter bloodlines are descended from famous Greek heroes, and their power grows with ascension to godhood. But women are forbidden to ascend to godhood, and throughout the story, we see Lore face power-hungry men such as Wrath, who abuse their powers and think they can get away with anything. We see how legends have been rewritten to glorify these men and vilify women who hold power. But we also see some empowering moments where Lore fights back and refuses to be held back, and makes peace with the suffering she has faced. “Her mother had once told her that the only way to truly know someone was to fight them.” I really liked Lore’s character and reading about her journey and struggles, as we got to see her gradually let go of her past to move forward. She was an incredibly tough and confident heroine, and we got to see her vulnerability in moments where she struggled with her grief, and her desires to be completely free from the world she left behind. The interactions between the main characters were really entertaining to read about as well, and I loved how the found family trope was portrayed in this book. Despite some of their problematic relationships, we see the characters put aside their differences to work together and put an end to the Agon hunt. “When we can’t change the past, the only thing left is to move forward.” Castor was a really interesting character to read about, as we saw his childhood struggles with leukaemia seeping away at his life, and how he and Lore were childhood friends who were incredibly close. Miles was one of my favourite characters. Despite his lack of knowledge about the world of the hunters, and his recklessness, I liked how we got to see his caring and optimistic nature, and his determination to help his friends. Van was another character I enjoyed reading about, as we got to see him gradually open up to the others, and despite his cold nature at times, he was deeply protective of his friends. “You are the strongest person I’ve ever known, Castor Achilleos, and it wasn’t because of how fast you ran or how hard you hit. It was because even when you got knocked flat on your back, you fought your way up.” I had mixed feelings about Castor and Lore’s relationship. At times it felt rushed and underdeveloped, and I felt like it lacked the chemistry I needed, with the outcome of their relationship being obvious from the start. Miles and Van’s relationship on the other hand, was absolutely adorable to read about, and I liked how it was a slow-burn where we got to see the constant banter between them, and how they gradually opened up to each other and bonded through their shared experiences. “Fear is a foreign land I shall never visit and a language that will never cross my tongue.” The role the gods played in this book was incredibly interesting to read about. While we see how Wrath is depicted as a typical power-hungry villain, we also see the unexpected roles other gods like Hermes and Apollo played in the story. Most of all, I enjoyed reading about Athena, as she was an incredibly compelling character to me. She had a unique relationship with Lore where she acted as a mentor to her, and despite her darker side, we got to see her vulnerability in her hopes to earn her father’s love and approval. I thought her story arc was fleshed out well, and I enjoyed reading about the deeper meaning behind the Agon hunt, with its theme of rebirth of the gods, and the cost of true freedom. This was a highly enjoyable read full of action, likeable characters, and an engaging story conveying deeper themes and messages. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Greek mythology retellings, or anyone seeking an action-packed fantasy novel. I’m looking forward to reading more of the author’s books in future! 4.5/5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    pre-read: miss bracken has not done me wrong yet so im excited for this read! ————— 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 pre-read: miss bracken has not done me wrong yet so im excited for this read! ————— 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 being aggressive. (+) The plot. Miss Bracken KNOWS how to make a plot! I was so excited to read this book because the synopsis was like something I had never heard before. (I will say that to call it a Hunger Games book is misleading, though). Also, the plot thickens just enough when you’re starting to get bored of it, which was such a good move and I appreciate it. (-) The world building and pacing. I did not understand a THING about what was going on. Everything was explained in the beginning but never touched again, so I picked up the basics about what we were doing and how this whole Agon worked, but nothing else. As for the pacing, it was SO good in the beginning, then I felt like we were going on a goose chase in the middle (probably because I didn’t understand the purpose of doing half the things they did), and then the ending resolution bit was just sooo... quickly wrapped up. (+) Research. There was so very clearly some research done for this book, which I appreciated a lot. (-) Characters. Specifically, Miles. Why? Was he there??? I always have issues with characters who are from the “normal world” that get pulled into a situation they have literally no business in. No business. His character had no purpose because he literally didn’t know what was going on the entire time, and any small contributions he did make could have been given by Van. Overall, not a bad read!!! Definitely not something you should highly anticipate reading, though, because doing that will make the book a big let down.

  23. 5 out of 5

    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, 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, it was still good, just didn't live up to what i was hoping it would be!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stella Is Best

    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 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) with someone who killed Apollo. Next I was hating the said goddess. And very finally, admiring her for what she did. This book was not rain. It was whole Typhoon. I felt emotions I didn't even knew existed. What do you do when you find an injured god outside your home? I would never know but thanks to Melora, I know now. (Thanks you Melora.) You need a lot of bottles of Oxygen bleach. It was even funny in between which was something I not expected from this book. “This vessel requires sustenance.” “You want . . . breakfast?” Lore guessed. It is so good that the book is a standalone or else if the author would have ended it anywhere, I would have faced heart failure.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sahil Javed

    the slytherin in me is screaming at this cover. perfection.

  26. 5 out of 5

    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 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 Alexander Bracken. All of the above is real and possible. Lore of House Perseus, our protagonist, lives in New York City. Her entire family died during the last Agon and she thought she had left this world behind. But now she is somehow part of this again. I know you must be wondering what an Agon is. It’s basically a killing contest. “For seven days, every seven years, the gods walk on earth as mortals. If you can kill one, you become a new god and take their power and immortality”. Then the cycle continues. The beginning is very confusing and kind of info-dumpy. I’ve read about 3 chapters and I can sense a possibly cringey (insta love???) romance developing already. I don’t really find anything unique about the characters yet. I am super intrigued about this world though and the Agon though. It seems like the plot starts to pick up when the sampler ends. I can’t wait to read the entire book when it comes out next year! Sampler received via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maëlys

    ☆ 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 ☆ 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 out and she finds a dying Athena on her doorstep. Lore wants revenge for the murder of her family and an alliance with the goddess would give her that chance as well as maybe provide a way to end the Agon for good. The story was action-packed and fast-paced from the get-go and most information about the hunt and its origin was laid out then. We spend a lot of time getting to know the world of the hunters' bloodlines and the pitfalls of this world. I wish we’d spent a little bit longer on the gods instead though. This is just a personal preference but I was more interested in them and understanding their powers (which felt a little handwave-y to me) than seeing how every line’s archon is the same brand of terrible. “If there were once heroes, they are all gone now. Only the monsters remain.” The world of the hunters is full of power-hungry men, misogyny, and is clinging to old and harmful traditions. While all bloodlines are descendants from some of mythology’s greatest heroes, their hierarchy in the modern world can be traced to their line’s success with ascension to godhood and the generational wealth passed down from business ventures. Being a descendant of the Perseus line Lore has been treated as lesser by her peers because of what was seen as a wrongful ascension. Women are forbidden to ascend to godhood and should instead bring a wounded god to their archon for him to take the power. Tidebringer’s ascension as the new Poseidon was then seen as shameful instead of bringing prosperity to her line and led to the decimation of her family. This violent misogyny is presented to us time and time again and Lore herself has had to face these archons abusing their powers all throughout her life. These powerful men thinking they can get away with anything are painted as the true villains of this book and this world without negating the impact of everyone else being complicit. I really liked Lore’s character, her determination and her actual skills which sometimes can be a YA pitfall where a character is said to be competent but never shown to be. Her journey with the horrible things that have happened to her was really well handled and I loved seeing her find peace and a parallel between her experiences and Medusa’s, making her more than her family’s crest and create a powerful connection. “If the shield should be carried by anyone, it should be you- you, the one who knows the darkness of men yet refuses to be afraid.” This is a world that does not care for anyone but the powerful as we can see with Castor’s story. His line was constantly dismissive of him and barely supported his leukemia treatments. This is also a world where not wanting to fight is seen as weakness in boys and few roles are deemed acceptable for them. Castor’s friend, Van, is a testament to that and how it can turn a person bitter. I still really liked his character though and his relationship with Miles, Lore’s best friend outside of this messed up Greek world. My favourite character of them all though was Athena. I think it’s pretty rare to see a mythology inspired book have her as such a prominent character or give her the layers this story did. We see her as a strategist, as a daughter, and as a mentor. She develops a very unique relationship with Lore and they share bonding moments while having important discussions on survival and complicity. Athena also presented an interesting perspective on the Agon and what it meant to be part of the original 9 gods thrown into the hunt. The overall theme of the renewal of the gods and the distinction between old gods and new gods as well as their alliances was so compelling to me. I think Athena’s story arc was so well executed for so much of this book but then the ending did not feel satisfying to me. “A person alone could be controlled, but a person loved by others would always be under their protection.” Ultimately the conclusion is what lowered the rating a little for me. I would’ve given this book 4 stars because it was so enjoyable but the buildup of gore and ruthlessness kind of just fell flat and was so easily resolved. It created a disconnect for me between these last few chapters and everything else we’d seen up until now. I think that the resolution could have done with a little more time. I also felt like some scenes were confusing to read about at times and it hindered my enjoyment of key moments and fights where the layout was too unclear for me. Overall this was still a solid read for the beginning of the year and I’d be interested in reading more from this world! Youtube ☆ Twitter Buddy read with Melanie ♡

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    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 👍 P 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 👍 Premise: The Greek gods cast out of Olympus to fight for their lives against the descendants of the legendary Greek heroes. It had a kind of Hunger Games feeling with a Greek mythology twist, that was compelling. 👎 What I Disliked 👎 Exposition: The execution of this book could have been better. The world was rich and complex, that's for sure, but it needed more exposition. The information came in clumps here and there, making it feel like you were continually behind on everything. I felt like I had to catch up all the time or that I was missing something. It was a bit frustrating. Frantic: There were so many highs in this book. So much action, so much happening again and again. Action is great, but there needs to be 'downtime' too. This didn't have much downtime, making it feel frantic. "Mystery": There is a central mystery to this book that didn't feel like a mystery to me at all, because I had it figured out from the beginning. It only took one sentence (of course I won't say which) in one of the first chapters to lay the whole thing bare for me. Ending: The ending felt strange, as if something had been left out. (view spoiler)[ This was partly because Lore fainted right at the height of the action, which is a reading pet peeve of mine. I feel like we as readers missed the entire ending because Lore did too. (hide spoiler)] It made the ending both confusing and unsatisfying. Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 15 Books to Read if You Love Jane Austen

  29. 5 out of 5

    ♡ jules ♡

    mythology and alexandra bracken. that's all i need to know mythology and alexandra bracken. that's all i need to know

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    This. Cover. Versace could never. . Let this be what I tought the Ninth House was going to be (with a lot less triggers.) This. Cover. Versace could never. . Let this be what I tought the Ninth House was going to be (with a lot less triggers.)

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