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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Book Review: Goddess

Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 432 pages

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

Review:

Protagonist: Helen has grown so much, she's not the docile girl she was at the beginning of this trilogy. She's found and lost love, she's released an entire race from the plague of the Furies, and she's even defeated a god, but her biggest change comes in this final installment. After her defeat of Ares, her powers begin to grow and she gains new powers that she hadn't thought were hers to have. As she grows stronger and learns who and what she really is, the control she has over her powers starts to slip. I love the development that's made in Helen's character, though I feel that she has too many powers and that it almost hindered her character to be that powerful.

Romance: Once again, I hated knowing that Helen and Lucas weren't really cousins when they didn't, however it that knowledge did bring me some peace during certain moments, particularly those in which I was wholeheartedly rooting for their relationship. The whole love triangle is mostly solved near the beginning of the book, but the other characters' romances developed throughout the book. While some character's relationships developed to new understanding and highs, other characters were finding love and learning to deal with the mistakes from their Trojan war counterparts getting in the way.

World-Building: Speaking of Trojan war counterparts, we get to find out everyone, or at least almost everyone's counterpart in this final installment. As the new war draws closer parallels can be drawn between both wars and we get to see first hand what the war was like, as well as another past incarnation of "The Face" and it's impact upon the world. I loved seeing many of the gods as villains, while I do like them as benevolent beings as well as neutral, seeing them in an antagonistic role is always fun as it shows that the gods of Olympus weren't anywhere close to perfect.

Predictability: I have to say that this was the least predictable out of all three installments. I was blown away by the various twist thrown in and even if I suspected or thought something was a possibility I would always find an excuse for the possibility to be true so when some of these terrible or shocking conclusions proved true it was a heavy impact. The ending and final confrontation was the craziest of all.

Ending: As I got closer to the ending I kept thinking that this ending would turn out as some Greek Tragedy as it seemed to fit the lives of the characters. While I won't tell you if it turned out that way I will say that the end was very fitting to the theme of the series. The ending of the final confrontation was very Trojan, and for the life of me I'm not sure how I didn't see it coming. The ending has few not painstakingly important loose ends that leave it open to a possible spin-off, which I seem to be seeing more and more at the ends of series.

Rating:



This was a brilliant end to a breathtaking series and while I have a few questions on what happened to certain characters and what may happen in the future I hold out hope for a possible spin-off to see what's next for these characters.

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