Hera couldn't care less what the other gods think, even when it's about her. And it often is. Frankly, Hera couldn't care less about anything, except doing her duty as queen - protecting order and defending the mortal world against any threats. But when the Fates go missing, Hera and a handful of other gods must temporarily become mortal to search the human world for the missing goddesses.
Hera finds that mortality begins to change her. It's not just the loss of her divine powers. She expected that. It's deeper somehow. It's affecting how she thinks, how she feels, what's important to her. And it gets much worse after she meets Justin, who defies every prejudice she once had
about mortals. At the worst possible time, and despite all her efforts, Hera's black-and-white world starts to unravel.
Torn between who she's becoming and who she needs to be in order to fulfill her duty, Hera must survive a horde of murderous creatures sent to exploit her new weakness. In the end, only Hera can stop a traitorous plot conceived by a secret alliance of ancient and new enemies, a plot that threatens to destroy not only the order Hera is sworn to protect, but all of existence itself.
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First of all I have to get this out of the way, the author of this book was a fucking GUY!!!
Why is that a big deal you ask?? Because this book is written in a FEMALE first person POV!! I have yet to read ANYTHING from a guy that captures the emotion of a woman as well as Thomas has with Hera! As far as I know good ole Nick Sparks writes from the guys' POV (Correct if I'm wrong!) This book had everything you could want in a book! It had action, drama, a little romance and a kick ass heroine full of Piss and Vinegar! It starts out with this group of Greek Gods taking form in mortal bodies in the human world, sent to find the "FATES". What are the "Fates"? Well they keep the balance between Chaos and Peace in the worlds and someone has taken them. Hera along with Zeus (her two timing husband) Athena, Hermes, Demeter and a few others team up with a mortal kid named Justin to try and find whomever is responsible for stealing the "Fates". (Don't worry if your Greek Mythology is rusty, the story gives you a little back history of who is who throughout) Whoever has stolen the "Fates" has also recruited a mortal to spy on the group of Gods and Justin and tracks their every move making it difficult to continue. Throughout their journey they meet new friends, and lose others, they come across new enemies hell bent on destroying them and keeping them from figuring out who is behind this. As Hera spends more time in mortal form she starts to develop feelings for Justin. But Hera being Queen of Gods and married to the philandering Zeus refuses to acknowledge her feelings to anyone, especially Justin!
OMG you guys! throughout the book i found myself rooting for Justin and Hera! Even though she is a God and he is just mortal and Zeus is a dick! As they continue to fight side by side Hera and Justin become close and poor Justin sacrifices a lot for her. That is what I loved about Justin. He started out as this shy quiet little human boy, but as the plot thickened he grew some balls and became a little more gutsy with Hera.
“I’m in love with you, Hera,” he said. “I’m in love with you.”
“Stop fighting for something you don’t even want anymore,” Justin said. “I’m willing to fight for you, Hera. I’ve fought monsters for you.” He looked up and spread his arms to the sky. “I’ll fight Zeus for you.” Then he looked back at me. “And I’ll fight you for you if I have to.”
Needless to say I fell hard for Justin! He was absolutely swoon worthy. Not only did he protect and care for Hera, but he also laid his life on the line several times to save her. He ends up going through a major change that ends up working in the Gods' favor halfway in that gave me hope for them. NO matter how many times she saw him sacrifice, and protect her though she stuck by her duty as a God to protect humanity and continue being married to that Nut sack Face Zeus! UGH! Talk about frustrating! I wanted to strangle the ever loving shit outta Hera several times! I can't hate on her too bad though, because she is pretty damn bad ass when you need her to be!
“How dare you! ON YOUR KNEES BEFORE THE QUEEN OF GODS!”
WHOO! You all know I love a woman who can kick ass and take names and Hera does! I love how she didn't just sit back and let the others' fight for her because she was Queen. She got her hands dirty, and wasn't afraid to put herself on the line for everyone else. I was pleasantly surprised to find humor during some of the more intense moments in the book and the supporting characters helped lighten the mood. Especially Hermes. I think he was my favorite supporting character in the story.
“Could you maybe give us a sec?” Justin asked Hermes. He was mortified.
“Hell, no, I love drama,” Hermes replied, eyes bright.
“We’re not dead yet,” I said. “Yay?” Hermes replied.
You gotta love Hermes for the laughter he brings to the story but also he had moments of quiet sincerity that caught me off guard.
“Hera,” Hermes said gently. “Let it go. You know what Zeus does to you isn’t love. Betraying your trust over and over again, when you’ve made perfectly clear how it’s destroying you, that isn’t love. But Justin, what he’s done for you, what he’d do for you without a second thought, now that’s love.”
Aww! Now that was sweet! As the story continues you find out little by little who took the "Fates" and that will hit you like a sucker punch! I thought it was one person but it turned out to be someone else entirely! I was holding my breath and sitting on the edge of my seat as the story drew to a close wondering how it would end. You wanna know how it ended???
BAM! Yes folks, it happens! And at a part in the story where you are salivating to find out more!!! I hate it but I LOVE it! A Cliffhanger can either ruin a book or add to the suspense and mystery and the way this one ended was very very good! I am hoping with fingers, toes and eyes crossed for a sequel!! UNGGG! The book was fantastic, it was long so be prepared to be in it for at least two days without distractions, a week if you have kids lol! Hera Queen Of Gods was a hidden gem that needs to be shared! If you love Greek Mythology as much as I do and have watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding 8 Bazillion times also, then you will love this book! (It has jack shit to do with the movie but it's all Greek to me lol! See what I did there?) This is a must read and I strongly recommend you check it out!!
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