Chapter Sampler Review: Lore by Alexandra Bracken

OMG y’all I freaking LOVE Greek mythology and I freaking love Alexandra Bracken so when she started teasing Lore forever ago, I was hooked right away. When Disney/Hyperion put Lore on NetGalley, I jumped on that request button so fast, I didn’t even realize that it was just a chapter sampler (although I don’t think they had actually marketed it as a chapter sampler anywhere, so I’m sure I’m not the only one who was confused). Anyway, I was approved for the chapter sampler and in my approval email, they said that they’re going to put the full ARC on there in August/September sometime, so your girl is 100% going to put in a request for the full ARC then (I probably won’t be approved for it, but a girl can hope!)- so thank you so much to Disney/Hyperion and NetGalley for giving me a chance to review this sampler early!

I figured that since I have this sampler, I might as well read it and tell y’all all about it (especially since it’s one of my most anticipated books for 2021, so I need to make sure it’s really high on your lists too)! So let’s get started-

First off, here’s the summary of the book from Goodreads in case you know nothing about it- Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.

Since you’ve seen my featured image, you’ve seen the majesty that is the cover of this book- holy crap. I love it so much! I love the snakes and the marble and Medusa/the Gorgons have always been so cool to me (I really loved the one in Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty series). I don’t know if the font in this sampler is going to be the font in the final book, but I’m not the biggest fan of it- it makes the lines kind of wavy which makes it a little hard to read.

I forgot how amazing Alex Bracken is at creating images out of words- I can picture absolutely everything that she’s writing and I love it! Her writing is so lyrical and beautiful, but it doesn’t take away from the plot, which is something that often happens when people get too caught up in imagery. Man, she’s my favorite.

I just finished chapter 1 and I already love Lore and I love the hunters and this story is amazing so far. I can already tell that this is going to become one of my all time favorite books. The underground fight club in the basement of a Chinese restaurant is so out of the norm for things that I’m used to, but somehow I can totally picture New York having those, and why wouldn’t the descendants of Greek heroes be there? I mean that only makes sense. Oooo I just met Castor and I love him! I think it’s really shitty that he left Lore for 7 years without a word, but I’m sure there was a good reason (but like let’s be real, if any of my best friends abandoned me for 7 years and then showed back up… we would 100% have words).

Oooooooo ok so I just finished the sampler (which is the first 63 pages of the book) and it’s AMAZING and I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of it! It’s got the adventure you want, it’s got drama, it’s got Greek myths- we even met Athena in this sampler!- like what else could you need??? I already have so many thoughts about where things could go from here and who is really evil and who really killed Lore’s family and man, I need the rest of this book PRONTO!!!

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