Cover Reveal- Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake+Giveaway (INT)

Kendare Blake’s books are some of my favorites, her Anna series was gruesome, horrific yet heartfelt. The first of her newest series, Antigoddess continued with Kendare’s beautiful descriptions and incredible story telling. I am beyond thrilled for the next book, Mortal Gods. The cover is a departure from the first book’s cover. I really loved the cover of Antigoddess but I do like this one since it has a person in it…Lego Cover Art possibilities. What do you think?

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What better way to introduce a new cover than to hear from the author herself. Here’s Kendare with some of her thoughts about the Mortal Gods cover as well as an exclusive on the title of book 3:

So, as some may already know, MORTAL GODS was originally titled ARISTEIA. An aristeia is a moment in epic poetry where the hero is untouchable. Where they kill more than ever before, and with more flair and brutality. Where they are almost a god. The aristeia of the title would have referred to Cassandra, who is going through many ch-ch-changes as she attempts to recover from her loss at the end of Antigoddess and come to terms with being a weapon. The god killer. So it’s fitting that Cassandra is featured on the cover of Mortal Gods. Sure, she’s not blond, but the blond sure does look great with those golds and browns, so I’m not complaining!

Athena on the first cover and Cassandra on the second. But who does that leave for the third? Which, sneak preview here, My Friends are Fiction readers, may be titled UNGODLY.

Extras:
Interview with Kendare Blake
Review of Anna Dressed in Blood
Review of Antigoddess
Lego Cover Art of Girl of Nightmares

Because I want you all to read Antigoddess I’m going to give away a copy.
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Showcase Sunday #23

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (via Edelweiss):
Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger and Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

For Review (via Publisher):
Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill, 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil, Deception by C.J. Redwine, Twinmaker by Sean Williams , How to Love by Katie Cotugno and No Angel by Helen Keeble

Thanks HarperCollins!

Gift/Won:
The Winner’s Curse by and Marie Rutkoski and After Eden by Helen Douglas

Thank you! Sheedy Lit and Krys (Bibliopunkk)

Purchased:
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Be sure to check out my GIVEAWAYS

What did you get this week?

Showcase Sunday #22

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (via NetGalley):
Sick by Tom Leveen

From Publisher– Thank you Tor!
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Anyone that follows me knows I adore Kendare Blake. I have already read Antigoddess–you can read my review here. I also had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Kendare (my first interview for the blog!) Read it here. Coming up later this month we’ll have a Lego cover for Girl of Nightmares.

 

Be sure to enter my GIVEAWAY for The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

 

 

Review of Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

AntigoddessAntigoddess (The Goddess Wars #1)
By: Kendare Blake
Release Date: September 10th 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pre-Order:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Thank you Kendare Blake for my copy of Antigoddess….you rock

My Rating:
star

The Summary (via Goodreads):
Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.
Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.
Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

The Story:
Full disclosure: I absolutely love everything about Blake’s writing style. Her stories flow wonderfully, veer on morbid and are incredibly vivid. She weaves her words into clear imaginary. I actually found myself rereading some of her descriptions because I enjoyed them so well. Yes, they can be about disturbing topics (feathers protruding from Athena’s eyes or roof of her mouth) yet Blake writes it to be beautiful regardless of the subject matter.

Antigoddess takes Greek mythology and applies it in a new and modern way. She took a very complicated story line and made it tangible and manageable to her reader. I found the style and the pacing to be very different than Blake’s Anna series. Antigoddess moved slower and is told in third person. The stakes are higher since this story is centered on the Gods losing their immortality, thus starting the war of all wars with humanity as an afterthought.

I personally went into Antigoddess with little knowledge of Greek mythology and didn’t find I was confused or unable to follow where the story was going. It did encourage me to do a bit of googling once I finished reading to see how Blake’s characterizations compared to past representations.

The Characters:
Blake takes some of the most recognized of the Greek gods and throws them into a modern setting yet is able to keep their mysterious and godly aura. I found her personfications to be incredibly vivid and realistic. The reader follows Athena and Hermes intermixed with the story of Cassandra (seer of Troy) reincarnated and her god lover Apollo.

Blake’s Athena, the virginal goddess of wisdom, courage and warfare, was rough and a bit frayed around the edges yet exuded immense strength of will and power. The idea that her immorality was ending and her powers slipping gave her character a sense of depth that I really appreciated. She was allowing humanity to seep in; causing her to doubt her past decisions and wonder about the path she’d taken.

I absolutely loved that Blake utilized each god’s own gifts to be the way they were succumbing to death. Athena’s struggle with owl feathers was so graphic and wonderfully written:

The feathers were starting to be a nuisance. There was one in her mouth, tickling the back of her throat. She chewed at it as se walked, grabbed it with her molars and pulled it loose. Warm, copper-penny blood flooded over her tongue. There wer others too, sprouting up inside of her like a strange cancer, worming their way through her innards and muscle.

Blake pays equal attention to each of her main cast of characters, giving them dimension and depth. Since the story is told in third person I did feel once removed from them and wasn’t as able to connect to them as I wished. I believe this will be remedied in the next books.

Final Thoughts:
Reading one of Kendare Blake’s books is a treat for me because of how much I love her writing style and ease in which she uses her descriptions to convey even the most morbid of topics in a beautiful and unique way. Antigoddess was no exception, I loved how complex the subject matter was yet easy for me to read and understand.

Look for Antigoddess (The Goddess Wars book 1) September 10, 2013 from Tor Teen

Extras:
My review of Anna Dressed in Blood
Interview with Kendare Blake

Showcase Sunday #7

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review. I didn’t get a lot of books this week but the ones I did get are absolutely wonderful! So excited to read them all.

Gift:

This one is probably the highlight of my blogging experience, Kendare Blake sent her latest book to me. I nearly fainted from excitement. My husband laughs because I’ve been snuggling the book. Thank you Kendare!

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

For Review (arc sent by publisher):

This is my very first arc sent to me; I am thrilled 🙂 Thank you Disney Hyperion!

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

For Review (via NetGalley):

Thank you Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

What did you get this week? Leave a link to your post or tell me in the comments. As always, thank you for visiting.