Something Wicked Returns roars in on day three with the tremendously talented Kendare Blake. Many of you are fans of Kendare due to the success of her wildly popular Anna Dressed in Blood duology. If you have not yet read Anna Dressed in Blood, I would highly recommend it for the upcoming Halloween season. It is a super creepy little ghost book. Kendare is here today, though, with her latest release: Antigoddess. This is a book that brings us some of the famous gods and heroes from Greek Mythology. The gods are dying terrible deaths. Athena refuses to accept her fate, despite the fact that feathers are growing in her gut, slowing suffocating her and forcing her to cough up bloody feathers. There is a chance to save themselves, but she must find a prophetess and avoid a bloody war with with Hera, Aphrodite and Poseidon. This is an interesting book to say the least, especially if you are a fan of Greek mythology. I am thrilled to have Kendare here posting on her fears. Before we get to her post, let me tell you a bit more about Kendare Blake:
Kendare Blake lives and writes in Lynnwood, WA. She likes food a lot, and hiking, and movie trivia. She is the author of Sleepwalk Society, Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares and most recently, ANTIGODDESS, the first book of the Goddess War trilogy. Find Kendare on her blog, Facebook, Antigoddess Facebook page, Twitter and Goodreads.
Please welcome Kendare Blake:
What Scares Me, and an All Hallows Read Reading List
By Kendare Blake
Within controlled, safe situations, I love being creeped out. Even being downright afraid. This one time, about four months ago, I woke up in the middle of the night, convinced that the old preacher from Poltergeist II was sitting in my living room waiting for me to get up and walk past.
Yeah. This guy. Look into his eyes.
I was certain that he was there, and that once he saw me, he’d be able to move. So I just needed to lay quietly without moving until the sun came up, when he would disappear. Unfortunately, I had to go to the bathroom, so I couldn’t play out that scenario. But man, it was fun while it lasted.
But alas, nothing’s been scaring me lately. Even scary movies that I really enjoy like SINISTER, haven’t really scared me. The lawnmower scene gave me a jolt, sure, and that was fun, but Bugool never showed up in my nightmares or sitting on my couch. Maybe because his name is fricken Bugool.
Or maybe because I couldn’t stop thinking
About how much he looked like those
Little dolls from Scary Movie 4 and Saw.
I don’t hold out much hope for Insidious 2, and I know everyone has a hard on for You’re Next but I’ve never been into the home invasion subgenre. So I don’t know what I’m going to be watching this Halloween.
In the event of this scary movie shortage, it’s a good opportunity to take part in All Hallow’s Read, where you give a scary book to someone you love. And then get one for yourself. In case you want to take part, here’s my essential horror reading list:
In no particular order:
Stephen King’s IT. Clowns are scary, man. And King writes kids so, so well.
Joe Hill’s N0S4A2. Children with fish hook teeth. Enough said. Also, just so damned imaginative.
Shirley Jackson’s WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE. Magical, and disturbing.
Joe Hill’s 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS. It’s fantastic.
Bret Easton Ellis’ LUNAR PARK. Never turn your back on a Furby.
Joe Hill’s HORNS. If for no other reason than to prep for seeing Harry Potter as the horn-having character.
Holly Black’s THE POISON EATERS. Not exactly horror, but great and spooky.
Lish McBride’s HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER. Funny and scary.
April Genevieve Tucholke’s BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. Gothic creep.
Joe Hill’s HEART SHAPED BOX. Obviously I’m obsessed with Joe Hill. Psh. Like it’s a secret.
Please throw suggestions back at me. If something on Halloween doesn’t scare me, I’m jinxed for the year. It’s like a kiss at New Year’s. You need it.
Fantastic list, Kendare. I must read Joe Hill very soon considering I am such a huge Stephen King fan. Have any of you read some of the books on Kendare's list? It remains a favorite of mine! I will be featuring Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea later this month so watch for it! Thank you to Kendare for stopping by and posting today. I appreciate that she took time out of her busy schedule! Now onto the good part, the giveaway! Thanks to the fantastic folks over at Tor Teen, I am able to offer a chance to win a copy of Antigoddess by Kendare Blake. To enter read the Contest Policies and fill out the Rafflecopter. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
Antigoddess (The Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake
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.
Four Stars: A fascinating and frightening look at the mighty Olympian Gods as they face death.
Athena coughs and sputters out another bloody feather. Hermes eyes her warily, but she assures him she is fine, for the moment. Hermes is far removed from his glory days. The winged messenger is without his wings, he is emaciated and dying of starvation. Athena is slowly being suffocated from the inside by owl feathers. Yet despite their dire circumstances, the two trudge on through the dry Arizona desert searching for Demeter, the Earth Goddess, hoping she might have an answer. It seems all of the mighty gods of Olympus are dying horrific deaths that were long ago prophesied, but no one knows for sure why. Perhaps it is because humans stopped believing in them? Regardless, they are dying, and if Athena doesn't find an answer she will suffocate on owl feathers. To make matters worse, Hera, Poseidon and Aphrodite are hunting down and killing the others. Can Athena find a way to save them from death?
What I Liked:
- I have always been a fan of Greek mythology, and I am fascinated by the many retellings. Ms. Blake delivers a tale like no other. It features the gods and goddesses as well as glorified heroes fighting to avoid their ghastly deaths in modern times. I loved that she delivered the Gods of old in today's time facing horrific deaths. Call me morbid, but I was fascinated by the ways the gods were dying from Athena choking on bloody owl feathers, Hermes starving to Demeter being stretched out across the desert not much more than miles and miles of leathery skin. This book was definitely different and completely unexpected.
- I appreciated that this book revisits many of the famous tale from Greek Mythology such as the Trojan War and Odysseus' journey. If you are a long time fan of Greek mythology or a new comer, you will enjoy learning more about the Gods and heroes of yesteryear. I liked the way the stories were incorporated through flashbacks. It has been awhile since I read on the Trojan war so I appreciated the refresher.
- As always, I love Ms. Blake's writing. She manages to create intense and amazing characters, suspenseful and exciting story lines with detailed descriptions and a smattering of humor. I can't get enough of her work!
- I was impressed by the amount of research and detail that went into this one. It was evident that Ms. Blake is well versed in Greek Mythology and it shows in this book. Even if you are an avid fan of Greek lore, I think you will appreciate the uniqueness of this story.
And The Not So Much:
- The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. There is a big climatic battle scene that results in a startling outcome leaving many lingering questions. Mainly, I wanted to know why the gods were dying? There are certainly some pressing issues that I intend on following up on in the next release.
- I was disappointed that there was only a brief mention of Zeus. Where is the mighty God of Olympus? Is he dying as well? Why was he not present? A book featuring the pantheon of Greek gods doesn't seem complete without Zeus.
- I didn't feel like I had a complete grasp as to why Poseidon, Aphrodite and Hera wanted to kill everyone else. Was it just an maniacal attempt to snatch power? Was it revenge? I thought there should have been a stronger explanation for why the three gods would want to take out the rest of their fellow gods.
- This is a book that would be better suited for more mature readers due to the violence. I didn't feel like the book was overly gory or violent, but there are a couple of bloody battle scenes. Honestly, I didn't think the violence was over the top but if you have a younger reader, I think this is best for fourteen and up.
Antigoddess is a thrilling adventure that brings us the gods of Olympus in modern times as they attempt to avoid their grisly deaths. If you are fan of Greek mythology this is a book you should read. Kendare Blake continues to prove that she is an author you need to be reading, and I can't wait for the sequel!
"Talking about anything else felt ridiculous, like talking about what to have for lunch back and forth over a blackhole."
"For the record, I don't believe in Fate. I believe that the pieces have been placed. The ending has't been written yet."
"I've felt your heartbeat, and it's so delicate it makes me ache. It paralyzed me, how different we are, and in the end I was a coward. But I've loved you a thousand years, and another thousand."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
That's it for today! I will have another post and giveaway featuring Misty Provencher's Mercy: A Gargoyle Story on Saturday!
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