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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
What a cool book! City of Gods, Hellenica is one of the coolest takes on Mythology/Religion that I've read in a LONG time. What if all the gods you've ever read about were real? Now imagine that they're tired of being passive and letting us decide how to live. All the gods, big and little, have come back to make Earth their playground and rule over their individual districts with an iron fist. As you can imagine, the world is in a bit of chaos now, so the only remaining province - Hellenica - decides to build the Academy and train minor gods to police what is left of the world. So, four of the monotheistic gods come together and the only way the world can be brought back to some form of order is if they can get control of their powers...
The writing style of this book was excellent. Familiar gods have new and unique personalities and you can just feel the teenage angst radiating off the main characters. I loved how much I grew to feel for each one, and the plot kept me reading long after I should be doing other things...like eating...or driving... As for the characters themselves, I felt somewhat more drawn to the females of the four than the males. Kayana and Saoirse just seemed more real and to have been given a touch more depth, so I enjoyed them more. The boys weren't bad themselves, but I was drawn to the girls. Jonathan Maas does a wonderful job of writing young adult-ish fiction that doesn't even seem like it should be in that category. It's older, and wiser, but still just as much fun as any other book in the genre.