Series: Goddess War #2
Published by Tor Teen on October 14, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My Reviews in this series: Antigoddess
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She's ready to wage a war of her own, and she's never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she'll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.
Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can't have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite.
The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra's hate will get them ALL killed.
The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can't, fates far worse than death await.
Dying and warring Gods of Olympus done young adult style
Athena what you do, you do so well
Whether it’s do something right or do something wrong – this gal doesn’t do things by halves. I like Athena – to me she is the ultimate star of the show. While the books so far really have seemed to center around both Athena and Cass. This time around I was so much more interested in Athena (likely because Cass annoyed the snot out of me). Athena has her failings as it seems the book tries to make abundantly clear that “gods” have just as many flaws as an average person, but their mistakes just tend to impact people way more. I love the struggles that we see Athena go through in trying to lead this motley group of humans and gods against the other set of gods. I adore how stubborn and strong (or even bull headed at times) she can be on some fronts but then also how vulnerable she can be in others. One particular scene with her and Hermes tweaked my heartstrings so much. While I can’t say I was entirely too happy with some of the choices she makes regarding her and Odysseus I can see where she’s coming from but still hey I’m not going to agree with her on her reasoning. Seize what you want I say!
Sometimes you just wanna smack that pouty look off someone’s face
Who? Why Cass I tell you! View Spoiler »Suffice to say the loss of her love Aidan (even though she hates him also) and the acquiring of her original memories have « Hide Spoiler turned Cass into this bitter anger ball. Just reading her scenes sometimes was like a trip to the dentist to have a sour tooth pulled that leaves this nasty abscess behind that you can’t treat with anything! Did she annoy me that much – yeah, she did, she really did. I’m quite sure that was the exact intention and response the author was trying to get out of me. And it worked, oh boy did it work. Cass only has one thing on her mind really and that’s revenge. In a way she is almost unrecognizable to me from the original character I knew and liked in the first book. I’m one of those readers that has a really hard time enjoying a book if I’m not enjoying reading a specific character – but luckily Cass is not the only point of view that we read from, and not everything centers around her part of the storyline. So my rating is unfortunately a direct reflection of mostly Cass. – This was still a great book and I definitely plan on reading the next one – but I can’t get over how annoyed I was most of the time and I personally don’t like to be annoyed for the bulk of a reading experience.
More Hermes, Odysseus and party please!
I really enjoyed the snippets of Hermes and Odysseus I got this time around so much so that I wish there could have been more from them. I’m thinking that we might see much more of Hermes taking the spot light in the next book but that also might be wishful thinking on my part. I found myself ultimately only really caring about Athena, Hermes and Odysseus in this book and I know some of that is because I didn’t like Cass’ attitude in Mortal Gods but I also felt like I needed more of a presence from the other secondary characters. They were so very second fiddle that I couldn’t bring myself to care much about them.
Why do second books cliff hang me so?
I’m not a fan of the second book cliffhangers. Indeed you could say I hate them. Rarely are they ever done in a way that leaves me “wanting” more. Do I want to continue reading – yes. But am I left with a feeling of dissatisfaction? – even more so yes. It is really something I see mostly in young adult books and perhaps its part of the reason why more and more lately I find myself only reading the first book in a YA series. I am not a patient person. I think there must surely be a way to avoid cliffhangers at the end of series novels.