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Lore, by Alexandra Bracken

hmierow's review

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5.0

I know this type of book won’t be for everyone but I LOVED IT.
I can see it being really confusing/frustrating for anyone who doesn’t know a decent bit about Greek Mythology though.

atelmari's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

kendraji's review against another edition

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3.0

This was definitely a compelling story. I absolutely loved the spin on Greek mythology set in modern day New York. I do wish that the urban fantasy element was played up a little bit more. There were points in the story where I completely forgot that we were in NYC. The story really takes off right away and is pretty unpredictable. I believe this is a stand alone, but I would love more from this world.

3.5/5 ⭐️

slaris's review against another edition

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4.0

I LOVE Greek Mythology and I think Lore is a great rewriting of the original gods. It’s completely different than any Greek mythology I’ve ever read and was very creative.

tamutheshamu's review

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5.0

"You only have to look at the Medusa straight on to see her. And she's not deadly. She's beautiful and she's laughing."
- Hélène Cixous

[4.5/5 stars]

I've seen plenty of reviews saying that this book is the love child of Greek mythology and The Hunger Games, and though I agree, I have to say that it is so much more than that.

As a self-proclaimed mythology buff myself, I was almost immediately hooked when I read the book description, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. It works so well as a standalone novel, and it plays out like an action-packed movie. I will say that the vivid imagery of death and violence might be a little much for some younger readers or easily-squeamish people, but personally, it didn't really bother me.

Lore is a story about resilience, love, and self-realization, and it's told in way that incorporates legends and myths from one of the most well-known and indulged ancient civilizations in history into a modern context, all while maintaining a powerful sense of elegance in the prose. It's truly an engaging, mesmerizing read, and I'll highly recommend this to anyone interested in Greek mythology, fantasy/contemporary fantasy, or just really good story-telling in general.

honeysbooks's review

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adventurous challenging tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

3.5

capsandclauses's review

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adventurous emotional lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.25

honeycake's review

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3.0

2.5

awesome concept, poorly done, sadly :( the writing wasn't good and it wasn't bad, but it relied on a lot of infodumping.

Spoileralso im sorry but once you have a character face near death 3 times, the third time the stakes are gone and i don't care

book_case7's review against another edition

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5.0

I loved it. The premise, the characters (and how they’re all a little morally grey), the writing and narration, the representation, the obvious love the writer has for her city, the ending that’s also a beginning, etc. Loved !!

ciaraw8787's review

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medium-paced

2.75