Review: Hera, Queen of Gods (T.D. Thomas)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
pages: 536
Published: October 3rd 2012
available on Amazon
genre: mythology
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review




Hera, Queen of Gods (Goddess Unbound, #1)Hera couldn't care less what the other gods think, even when it's about her. And it often is. Frankly, Hera couldn't care less about anything, except doing her duty as queen - protecting order and defending the mortal world against any threats. But when the Fates go missing, Hera and a handful of other gods must temporarily become mortal to search the human world for the missing goddesses.

Hera finds that mortality begins to change her. It's not just the loss of her divine powers. She expected that. It's deeper somehow. It's affecting how she thinks, how she feels, what's important to her. And it gets much worse after she meets Justin, who defies every prejudice she once had
about mortals. At the worst possible time, and despite all her efforts, Hera's black-and-white world starts to unravel.

Torn between who she's becoming and who she needs to be in order to fulfill her duty, Hera must survive a horde of murderous creatures sent to exploit her new weakness. In the end, only Hera can stop a traitorous plot conceived by a secret alliance of ancient and new enemies, a plot that threatens to destroy not only the order Hera is sworn to protect, but all of existence itself.

Mythology is all over the place lately, which makes me pretty happy since it's one of my favorite genres. Hera, Queen of the Gods by T.D. Thomas is another action packed installment in this genre.

The plot of Hera, Queen of the Gods was quick. It's certainly a page turner. I found myself reading 80+ pages in what felt like minutes. The author did a good job of keeping the reader's interest from start to finish. I really liked the idea of the gods searching for the stolen Fates on earth. Of course that's not the only thing they had to deal with. There was this little thing about an uprising to over throw Zeus and Hera causing a bit of a problem in the background as well. Overall, the plot was solid and well developed.

Unfortunately, there were a few minor things that really hindered me while reading Hera, Queen of the Gods. Hera is supposed to be strong and fearless She's a god afterall. However, this Hera has moments of strength, but overall she comes across as a whiny brat and weak. Now, I know the gods are inhabiting human bodies, which seriously limits their powers on earth, but inner character doesn't change. It took a mortal boy to bring out her inner goddess (pun intended), which contradicts everything I know about Hera. Strike one. Another thing that annoyed me were some of the minor characters. I just couldn't buy into how quickly they accepted the gods and goddesses. It was as if no one questioned their story or anything. I tolerated Justin's quick acceptance, but then there was Beth and Stella. Not buying that as easily. I also didn't like the dialogue in some parts. It felt very stiff, and nothing like what real teenagers would actually say. So that was strike two.

Luckily though, these were minor offenses. The plot was good enough to mask these minor flaws. Overall, I enjoyed the story once I got into it. It was a pleasant addition to the mythology genre.
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The Lost Girl read-along: Week 1

First off, let me start by saying how excited I am that you decided to participate in my first ever read-along. It makes me giddy with anticipation. I always love discussing books as I read them (and after), but it's so hard to find someone to discuss them with!

So, without further ado, lets begin this amazing journey together.


Your homework this week is to read the first 54 pages in Sangu Mandanna's The Lost Girl. Now, if you're like me, you will be sucked away instantly into the story and probably read waaaaaaaaaaay past page 54. That's ok. BUT, you have to promise not to spoil it for those that might not have read ahead. (I am going to practice my own preaching, because I am the worst about dropping hints.)

As you read this week, think about this question:

What power does a name provide, and how does being denied one devalue a person? What does your name mean? If you could choose your own name, what would it be and why?


For week 2, we will be finishing up part 1 of The Lost Girl. I will post the discussion questions next Sunday, so check back then to post! Remember, you get 2 entries in the giveaway for every comment you leave on the blog, plus an additional 1 entry for posting on the Facebook page (LINK HERE). So don't be shy! It doesn't matter when you post either, just as long as it's before we finish the book.

Happy reading!


Week 2 discussion questions here.

Week 3 discussion questions here.

Week 4 discussion questions here.


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