Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

“A deadly hunt in a modern day setting where Greek mythological goddesses and gods are hunted, Alexandra Bracken’s Lore delivers in this action packed novel that never lets up until the very end.”

Cecelia Beckman, Sheaf & Ink

They Story

Lore Perseous wants to put her past behind her.  Because every seven years she’s reminded that the ancient bloodlines hunt gods and goddesses of Greek legend. To try and capture their immortality. And advance their power. 

The game is ever approaching. 

But this year’s hunt is different.  Lore must find a way to stop the cycle once and for all.  Destroying it and finding her way towards freedom.

My Review Lore

Lore Perseous is a survivor.

She has to be; she’s the sole heir to an ancient bloodline of the house of Perseus.  Just like Suzanne Collin’s Katniss Everdeen, in The Hunger Games, Lore is drawn into a game, a battle for her life in order to save her city, those she calls family, and herself.  Although Collin’s novel is a dystopia, Bracken’s thrilling action and Greek mythology infused tale has a modern day backdrop of New York City.

And if you’re a Greek mythology enthusiast like me you’ll enjoy the way Bracken pulls from the legends of past and weaves them together in this newly imagined action packed narrative as though she were Arachne herself.  Each of the goddesses and gods brought low by being mortal, Bracken blends the deities pasts into her very own story to magnify the sheer brutality and hubris of the gods along with the underlining message of greed and power (felt by both divine and mortal alike).

My Thoughts

Bracken also writes about some touchy and heavy topics that may be overshadowed by the hunt itself.  Poverty, murder, rape, and sexism are all touched on in Lore’s story, but some of these topics seem to get lost or become confusing in the overarching story.  As though we are given glimpses of an image, but not given the proper lighting.  It does not detour from the overall story, however it makes it difficult to follow if not fully addressed.

Let’s not forget the romance!  I think Bracken’s Passenger duology is brilliant and the romance is the biggest aspect of the novel that I absolutely loved.  And she does not disappoint in Lore.  This is no enemies to lovers trope, but one built on a lifetime of friendship. 

Lore and Castor’s bond is very clear.  As the reader you become fully immersed into their friendship.  The way they fight for each other and keep each other safe.  How Bracken builds their relationship over the course of the novel will keep readers wondering when these two are going to act (kiss already moments) and see if they both can survive the hunt, and each other.

There is also some great LGBTQ rep. Lore’s bestest and roommate is gay. He’s not only her friend, but part of the group she calls family and is willing to die for. Found family is another trope that stands out in Bracken’s novel. And readers will be taken by Miles and how his own love story unfolds.

One Last Thought

Unforeseen plot twists, murderous goddesses and gods, and some clear societal concerns, Bracken’s Lore is a multifaceted story that will have fans of Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games and Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves ready to dive into this book.

Happy Reading  ̴ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blot – Satisfyingly Inked


Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: January, 2021

Pages: 576

ISBN-10: 1484778200

ISBN-13: 978-1484778203

Audience: 12 and up

Jacket Design: Unknown at this time


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