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Lore by Alexandra Bracken is about the Agon, an event where every seven years, nine Greek gods fall to Earth as mortals, and hunters from ancient bloodlines try to kill them and gain their powers. Lore Perseous has tried to stay away from that world ever since her family was murdered, but as the new hunt begins, she meets the goddess Athena. Athena offers Lore a chance to end the Agon forever, but the decision could cost her everything. Based on the synopsis, I thought I would love this book, but overall, I didn’t like it as much as I expected, even though it had a lot of strong elements going for it. The concept of the Agon was interesting and unique, and I enjoyed the amalgamation of modern and classical created by the urban fantasy genre. Also, I appreciated the many references to Greek myths sprinkled throughout the book. The Percy Jackson series was one of my favorites as a child, and since I learned a lot about Greek myths from those books, this one felt familiar to me. However, the world building could have been better. There were a lot of information dumps throughout the book, and I found that I was often confused about what was going on; there were many times where I was bored and not very invested in the story. Also, I never felt too connected to any of the characters, so the book wasn’t very emotional for me either. Because of all those things, this book took me longer to read than most books do. That being said, there were some sections in particular that I really enjoyed, such as the flashbacks to Lore’s past and the discussions about the role of women in Greek mythology. The last 100 pages were also pretty good, with some intense action and plot twists. Overall, Lore had potential, but it wasn’t my favorite. But I know a lot of people loved this book, so if the synopsis sounds interesting to you, give this one a try! I would give it an 8/10.