A review by tamutheshamu
Lore, by Alexandra Bracken

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.