ARC Review: Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Ahhhhhhh y’all! Lore was one of my absolute favorite reads of 2020 and I cannot wait to tell y’all all about it and why you need to grab it/read it when it comes out tomorrow! Thank you so much to Disney-Hyperion Books and Netgalley for letting me read Lore early. I had been looking forward to Lore for the longest time and I love everything about Greek mythology, so i knew I was going to enjoy it, especially because I love Alex Bracken’s writing, but man, I didn’t realize just how much I was going to love it!

Lore 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: 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. 

First off, I love the concept of the descendants of heros competing every 7 years against each other and the gods to try and 1) survive and 2) take the power of a god. Such a fun/intense concept! I love it so much. Next, I love Lore as a narrator/main character. She’s easy to empathize with, especially because of the way she lost her family when she was super young. I also loved Miles and Castor. The new Ares, Wrath, is a great villain and the way that Alex Bracken has the story pan out and the way things happen were definitely unexpected (I’m trying to be as vague as possible so y’all don’t see it until it hits you either). I can definitely see myself rereading this book over and over again- this has for sure become my favorite Greek mythology based book (plus, it’s set in NYC, and your girl loves NYC). There wasn’t a second where I was bored or wanted to put Lore down- and it’s not like Lore is a short book- the hardcover is 480 pages! I highly recommend picking this one up ASAP!

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