“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.
For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:
Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
No, I didn’t forget the summary this time, it just hasn’t been released yet. Regardless, as soon as I saw the cover, as well as just the fact that I freaking LOVED Antigoddess, was too much not to feature Mortal Gods. I can’t wait!!! All of the squeeeeeees! The cover is pretty cool as well with a similar vibe, but much different look than the first book. That probably didn’t make sense…but oh well.
I am looking forward to when the summary is released so that my excitement level can kick up a few more notches! I’m sure this will be just as amazing as Antigoddess, with an incredible world, brilliant characters, and Blake refusing to pull any punches. Weeee!
What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave a link to your own WoW post and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday! ^.^
Totally Random Tuesday
This year was the first time I heard about the 2013 End of Year Book Survey which is hosted by the lovely Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner and I loved the idea! Apparently this is the fourth year this has been running, but better late than never! Without further ado, let’s get into the survey!
1. Best book you read in 2013? – Every time I think of what book I loved most it always comes back to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It had all of the feels and a big part of me connected with that story, even if it hurt at times. I loved it and will likely make this one of my few re-reads of next year.
2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t? – Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer. I enjoyed everything I read by Levithan prior to this book, and there was SO much hype surrounding it so I thought it was an easy win. Boy was I wrong. It was disjointed, the female MC was just…ugh, and Cremer was not at her best here from what I have heard.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book from 2013? – Doll Bones by Holly Black. I thought this would be a good MG read when I bought it, but I didn’t think I would end up loving it! Great book, wonderful characters, so sweet.
5. Best series you discovered in 2013? – Easily the Razorland trilogy by Ann Aguirre. I’ve read (and loved) Enclave and Outpost already and Horde will be one of the first books I dive into for my challenge in 2014. It’s the best dystopian series out there.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013? – If I HAD to pick one it would be Ann Aguirre, but here is my Top Ten Tuesday post from last week about new-to-me authors which is a much better representation!
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? – I had read a tiny bit of steampunk before but Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger is in my top ten books for the year and made me go out and get a bunch more. Freaking awesome in every way!
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book of 2013? – Has to be Antigoddess by Kendare Blake. The book had action galore, the story never had a dull moment, and it is about Greek mythology which I LOVE. So ya, definitely unputdownable.
9. Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year? – Thirteen Reasons Why is the number one, but besides that it’d be Paper Towns by John Green. I’d love to say An Abundance of Katherines because it was the book by Green that spoke to me the most, but I technically read that in December of 2012, so Paper Towns will do quite nicely.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013? – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. The cover is simple but adorable, and it makes me laugh every time I look at it.
11. Most memorable character in 2013? – Ritchie Sudden from Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin. He was the most original of any character I experienced this year and the journey he takes to discover who he is was a blast to be on.
12. Most beautifully written book in 2013? – I’m trying not to repeat myself too much so I’ll go with Looking for Alaska by John Green which was wonderfully written. Loved it.
13. Books that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? – Thirteen Reasons Why is the far and away #1, but the other ones that comes to mind are both by Zoe E. Whitten, Penny for Your Debts & Peter the Wolf which both hit me hard.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2013 to finally read? – An argument can be made for a ton of the books I read this year, though next year the list will likely be a mile long. I’ll go with Cursed by Jeremy C. Shipp which came out in 2009! Crazy.
15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013? – From Looking for Alaska: “We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations.”
16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2013? – I didn’t include anything of novella length so that makes my shortest book The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (145 pages) and the longest book Divergent by Veronica Roth (487 pages). I’m happy to say I enjoyed both quite a bit! ^.^
17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it? – I don’t remember going crazy over any one scene despite reading about so many great ones, but there was definitely one involving the feather on the cover of Antigoddess that had me going right to Twitter. Kendare Blake, why do you make me love you so?
18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013? – The dynamic between Artemis Fowl and Holly Short in the Artemis Fowl series is beautiful and I ship them so hard (as weird as that may be).
19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously? – Outside of the books previously mentioned, it would likely be the most bizarre book I read this year, Fade to Blue by Sean Beaudoin. A great read but truly insane.
20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read based solely on a recommendation from someone else? – Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver. I believe it was Kat from Katytastic on YouTube (who is awesome by the way) that recommended this one to me as well as Doll Bones, and both are my favorite MG reads for the year so thank you Kat!
21. Genre you read the most from in 2013? – I’d say it is a tie between fantasy and contemporary, to close to call.
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013? – So many to choose from! It’s got to be Aja Killian from the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale who is just so adorably awkward. ❤
23. Best 2013 debut you read? – Besides Splintered? Then it has to be Insomnia by J.R. Johansson, a pretty creepy book that I enjoyed quite a bit.
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013? – Splintered and Antigoddess for the umpteenth time, but also Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Holy freaking crap. Just read it if you haven’t, so pretty!
25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013? – Etiquette & Espionage again, but also Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin was a really fun read. His sense of humor and mine just click.
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013? – Thirteen Reasons Why is really the only book I read this year that had me super close to tears. I felt all of the emotions while reading that book.
27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out? – The Archived by Victoria Schwab. While Vicious has been received and enjoyed by many, The Archived seemed to be a book that people only found out after Vicious’s success, and I encourage any who are on the fence to give it a try.
I hope you enjoyed this survey and feel free to join in on the fun by clicking here and linking up your own responses! I definitely plan to do this again next year, it should be pretty interesting to see how the books I read then will match up to the ones from 2013. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^
Summary From 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.
If you’ll excuse me for just one second, there is something very important I need to do.
Alright, much better. Antigoddess, in case the outburst didn’t clue you in, is absolutely fabulous. I have loved mythology, Greek mythology in particular, since grade school, so this book and I were meant to be. However, even if you don’t have a fondness for mythology going into Antigoddess I think you’ll love it (almost) as much as I did.
Kendare Blake is a genius for putting that spin on the gods, making them seem almost human with their illnesses. It’s something that just isn’t done, making the gods, those that are immortal, incredibly powerful, and sometimes seemingly invincible against every force but themselves, die? It’s so crazy that it works. Instead of having a disconnect with this all powerful being because we have such a hard time relating to them, they become vulnerable, and all humans can relate to that feeling. What got me the most about using this tactic, is that I felt such an overwhelming sadness, seeing these gods weaken, as well as feeling outraged that they had to suffer. The emotions were intense and they drove me through the book at a pretty frantic speed. I NEEDED the gods to find a solution, a good one, something to set things right. This isn’t how it is supposed to be, fix them already! No worries, I won’t spoil what happens for you. 🙂
Ooo, and to continue my squeegasm (that’s a thing right?) can I mention how wonderful it is seeing things from Athena’s perspective? Let me break it down for you. WE GET TO SEE THINGS FROM THE VIEW OF A GODDESS! So ya, awesome. She’s fun, she can be a hard-ass a lot of the time but she isn’t without some kindness for those she really cares about. I loved her character. If this is what the “real” Athena is/was like sign me up. I wanted to give her a hug so many times in this book, especially when she doubted herself, but I’d just get my block knocked off, so probably a good thing I’m not a character in Antigoddess. ^.^
We do also get to see things from Cassandra’s point of view. While it wasn’t nearly as fun as the thrill ride with Athena, Cassandra is the linchpin of the book, we need her to be the transitional piece between human feelings and those of the gods. You can relate to her. She’s in love but it gets complicated and she doesn’t really know what to do about it, she’s got these cool powers but doesn’t really know how to utilize them or what they are for, and despite being swept up in the madness that is the gods she clings to those she cares about most, her family and friends, and the town she calls home. She just wants what is familiar. The lovey dovey feelings she had toward Aiden, her boyfriend, were a smidge over the top which felt right being she is a teenager and they (thank goodness) didn’t overwhelm the other parts of the book.
Aiden, the love interest, is pretty typical in most respects. He’s a strong, I’ll-always-be-there-for-you type boyfriend, but with secrets he keeps even from Cassandra. Luckily, he’s not perfect, he shows some flaws here and there (can’t go into detail without spoilers) that keep him from feeling fake or a stereotype/cookie-cutter model. Aiden just wants to be with Cassandra, that’s what is important to him above all else, and he’ll do anything to keep them together. It’s pretty hard not to like the guy for that alone.
There are epic battles between gods in this book. I really shouldn’t have to go more into the plot or goings on than that, but I will. ^.^ We have a human who might be a prophetess discovering her place in a world she didn’t know existed. Gods turning evil and doing everything they can to survive, at great cost to themselves and their siblings. Blake takes us on a journey where we learn more about the gods, why they are the way they are, how they connect and where their allegiances lie. The world, the cast, and the story are perfectly blended together and the writing is just as amazing as in Blake’s previous works that I loved (Anna Dressed in Blood & Girl of Nightmares) and simply put I loved Antigoddess.
This is my favorite book of the year. As much as I enjoyed some of my other reads, Antigoddess surpasses them all, it’s just the perfect mix of everything I enjoy. The character’s voices are unique, the transitions are crisp and smooth, the world is dazzling, the relationships sweet, and the action intense. I couldn’t ask for more. Loved it. Definitely one I would recommend to ANY reader.
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #136/200
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
If you saw my Sunday Post a couple weeks ago you would know that I had planned for it to be a monthly feature. This would allow me to have plenty of books to share as well as news and a good overall recap. Well I’ve accrued 15 books in the last two weeks and if I don’t post this now I’m a bit scared of the number I’d be trying to share by the end of the month. So here we go.
Ze Book Haul
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
Rogue by Gina Damico
Main Haul/Sequel Mania
A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards
Everbound by Brodi Ashton
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Deception by C. J. Redwine
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
Fire With Fire by Jenny Han
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Needed It In Print
Attic Clowns by Jeremy C. Shipp
Book Haul Talk
If you read my last Sunday Post two weeks ago you may be wondering why I’m doing another one so soon. The answer is quite simple, I already had built up such a large amount of books that had I waited until the end of the month to do a book haul it would have been a mile long. This haul has new releases (Antigoddess!), ones I’ve read before but wanted a print copy of (Attic Clowns), and a ton of books that I’m really looking forward to. The top section of the stack of books is made up of sequels and while I am looking forward to all of them I haven’t even read book one of any of those series. XD I just couldn’t help myself! Also, at the bottom of the stack are two MG books, Doll Bones and Liesl & Po which I got purely because Kat @ Katytastic really enjoyed them. ^.^
The Last Two Weeks
I am hosting a giveaway (still open!) as part of the Off to Oz Giveaway Hop and am giving away 3 Amazon Gift Cards!
I wrote about the Top Ten books that I wish were taught in schools
Read and reviewed Croak by Gina Damico (which I loved)
Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to stop by! Enjoy your Sunday and I’ll see you in a couple weeks for another Sunday Post! ^.^