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Becoming Athena


Loved it! 😍

An ode to present-day Greek Mythology from a loveless girl learning love while fate remakes as it unmakes. I'm wowed by Lore's magic.

As a lover of Greek Mythology, the title was the first thing that drew me in. I didn't know how one became Athena if it wasn't going to be the goddess's story but knowing the aspects of her made for a promising main character I'd follow around for a while. And Scarlet didn't disappoint. She starts as this standoffish girl in high school, who doesn't fit in nor stands out. The demons she faced made me instantly want to see her victory, and that had everything to do with how strong her will was. She had all of these rules that kept her motivated and gave her control over her life. While some of them were restraining, they made her a good sister with good intentions. It was just that she wasn't exactly living.

Cy was unexpected and constantly kept me wondering. First, who doesn't love a chivalrous Texan boy with enough charm to challenge a leprechaun? Add in five little sisters who adore him and his love for fixing up cars, I was hooked from the first time he called her, "love."

What I do want to mention is that this book is about religion. The theme of Mormonism is heavy, and while that may draw readers away, it didn't feel like a sales pitch to me. I thought it was brave of Lore to use such an element to influence character actions and development. What she did well was making Scarlet unsubscribe to the religion or any religion. In a community where she was from the only non-Mormon family, there's a lot of discussions had that both supports and challenges religious views. If I can also learn while reading a contemporary romance that's a bonus for me. I learned a lot about religion, but I also learned a lot about Greek Mythology, astronomy, and science. All things that are difficult to comprehend but used so effectively that I now feel smarter.

I won't give any spoilers, but this is a love story. It's full of youth and identity-searching in the beginning. High school never fails to push limits or be the landscape of our greatest mistakes. There's also a lot of heartbreak because both Scarlet and Cy were still learning how to balance their separate obstacles - obstacles that exuded a lot of emotion from me and I thank Lore that she split them throughout the novel so that I didn't suffer two-fold from the beginning. I don't know how I would've survived.) These two made me believe in love and that's a mark of a good love story, no matter how sidelined I was by the number of tears I ended up shedding.

Becoming Athena has family drama, coming-of-age, signs from the gods, and discussions of religion. This story made me question my faith, made me think about mortality, and watch for signs of opportunity. I am wowed by Katherine Lore's writing. This was a moving debut and an author to watch out for.

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From the suburbs of St. Louis, with her heart stuck in the city, she has a bachelor's in English and two writing certificates. Reading is her hobby and passion and she's always looking for her next read. Maybe someday, she'll publish and/or become an editor.


About the author

Katherine Lore began writing poetry as a teen, but took a detour and became the female version of the Sandman, sending people off into their dreamworld. Her stories all contain an element of magic, myth, or folklore. Fairy tales, she believes, are meant for every day. view profile

Published on May 01, 2022

Published by Glass Goose Publishing

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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