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Review: The Orphanage of Gods

Book: The Orphanage of Gods

Author: Helena Coggan

Year Published: 2019

  • Plot: 1/5
  • Characters: 1/5
  • Writing: 2.5/5
  • Overall: 1/5

I’m not going to mince my words, The Orphanage of Gods was just one giant waste of time, space and paper. I actually feel bad for the trees that went into making it. I very rarely give books one star but I found this book so pointless I couldn’t possibly give it anything else.

The book was based in a world with gods and humans. The gods had silver blood and special abilities and the humans had red blood, however, the humans rebelled and killed many of the gods. They tried to wipe them out at all costs. At first I found the premise intriguing (I thought it was like an inverse Red Queen) but my interest quickly sputtered out.

The plot made no sense. Two gods, Hero and Joshua went to save their human friend Kestrel from the Guard. They saved her then ended up joining a rebel group and then lots of things happened but ultimately they all amounted to nothing and I finished the book with a pervasive feeling of disappointment.

I felt like the book had no direction. It took me here and there, up and down, side to side, over hills and under starry skies and then at the end of the day, nothing much happened or at least nothing worth caring about happened. Whilst I was reading I thought, ‘This story is going somewhere, right?‘ and I kept thinking that thought until the very last page. Then I realised that unfortunately, the story was always going nowhere.

Furthermore, the book was split into three parts with three different points of view and I didn’t understand why I was reading the story from those perspectives, especially because I couldn’t care less about the characters and their motives. The second perspective was a ten-year-old girl called Raven who apparently was very special and was supposed to be in charge someday. I had no idea why her point of view was included because during the book she was such a useless character.

The romance infuriated me because Kestrel and Eliza had only known each other for a few days and they were suddenly throwing around declarations of love. Also, Eliza was a complete maniac and Kestrel seemed to not mind at all no matter what terrifying things she did. It was so unrealistic and annoying.

In conclusion, I thoroughly disliked this book and I would love to have the hours I spent reading it refunded to me so I can spend them on a better book.

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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