Monday, March 24, 2014

Goddess

Today's post is in remembrance of Rusty - our nearly 16 year old cat that died in my arms yesterday at 4:38pm. His loss is felt deeply with a hollowness in our heart. As a little guy, he used to love me reading him Harry Potter out loud and for years he was fascinated watching me rearrange my books. His sweetness was of cheerfulness and love and he is missed terribly. We love you, Rusty.

Goddess is a YA modern-day Greek mythology supernatural novel and the final book in Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed trilogy.

As a major fan of both the first two books, Starcrossed and Dreamless, I was very excited to read Goddess. Bet you can guess what I’m going to say…

Do NOT read this review until you have read both of the above mentioned books!!! Click on their titles to read those reviews, but avoid this one to avoid spoilers! Got it? Promise?!? Okay.

Fans/readers of the first two books may now proceed –

After a bloody, torturous, horrifying confrontation with a minor god, Helen is now facing many unsettling facts.

One is that she inadvertently caused the separate Scion houses to unite – meaning war and devastation as the gods can now return to wreak havoc on humanity.

Second is that after that terrifying moment with Orion and Lucas in the cave, they became blood brothers – and she now has more powers than ever before.

This revelation is creating a divide between her and her friends, especially as the Oracle warns that the Tyrant lurks in their midst and all fingers appear to be pointing to Orion – whom Helen refuses to believe would ever turn against them.

As the war that has been building over centuries finally comes to a boiling point, Helen knows that just as the original Face played a vital role – so she does here as well.

Before reading Goddess I re-read Starcrossed and Dreamless, and just as the first times I read them, I loved them. And my, is the end of Dreamless intense!!!

Goddess was riveting and engrossing from start to finish. I missed some of the lighter moments, the humble personality of Helen suffered a bit from all she’s undergone and we got a lot less of Helen’s kick-butt best friend Claire and her sweet, awesome dad.

However, this is an epic conclusion to a trilogy about Greek mythology – so I had to trade my love of the more fun interpersonal relationships for the more dramatic, life/world-changing finale stuff.

There were some shocks that were quite impressive, some rather depressing turns of events, and flat-out romantic moments. I can’t say I felt the Goddess met all my expectations – sometimes I felt it could’ve used more time to introduce and blend some newer characters in a less rushed way and that Helen could’ve used a bit more development involving the changes she went through – but I can’t say it wasn’t an entertaining, great end.

Perhaps a re-read in the future would lead me to love it even more.

What I will say, though, is that the final epilogue? LOVED it.

Really, overall, I thought Goddess was pretty fantastic and completed an amazing trilogy!!!

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