Thursday, February 28, 2013

Indie Book of the Week: Hera, Queen of Gods by T.D. Thomas

It has been way too long since I have done an Indie Book of the Week so I am especially excited to be bringing you my choice of indie books this week, Hera, Queen of the Gods by T.D. Thomas!

Title: Hera, Queen of the Gods
Author: T.D. Thomas
Series: Book one in the Goddess Unbound Series
Published: October 3, 2012
Source: Copy Provided by the author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description: 
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 left 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.

Purchase Link: Amazon

My Thoughts and Review:

I have loved anything to do with Greek mythology since I was a little girl. I use to devour every single book I could get my hands on and quickly fell in love with the gods and goddess, good or bad, loving or hateful.

I loved their powers, their ruthlessness, their strength, even their superiority, I can't really explain why other than in most cases, under all that toughness, usually hid someone different. A side they didn't want the others to see. A side full of honor and devotion and love.

So, needless to say, I was pretty excited to read this one. Gods and goddesses coming to earth to inhabit mortals, all while searching for the missing Fates and trying to save the world? What's not to love?

Truly this had some of my most loved gods (and goddess) in it and some that I even grew to love that I didn't have an opinion of one way or the other before now. The mythical creatures in this was very well done as well. Some I recognized from previous reads and some completely new.

I really liked Hera and I admit, she was one of the few that I never really got into before, but I should have, because this girl (ahem, Queen) really rocked!

I wasn't sure whether to love Zeus or hate him. This Zeus was a great portrayal of the mischievous flirt that got around with mortal woman and continually broke Hera's heart. I wanted to be both angry and sad for her. It couldn't be easy having a husband like him, all powerful yet a total butt head as well. And of course to every bad side, there is some good too. This also did a great job portraying his softer side, like I said, it was really hard at times to decide if I liked him or not.

Justin was a great character and one that I liked immediately (I admit, I was rooting for him over Zeus). He was, in a way, Zeus' opposite. He thought before he acted. He paid attention to Hera and saw way more than he should have. He was kind, caring and had a heart of gold. He told Hera like it was whether she wanted to hear it or not and he was there for her when she needed him.

A very modern spin on mythology in general with all the trials and tribulations the gods would go through if their bodies were mortal and most of their powers were gone. It was nonstop action from the get go and I really liked that about it. It never really had a lull in the storyline explaining stuff or getting too much in detail about nonsense that you didn't really need to know or care about and I still never felt lost or confused about what was going on.

The ending, gah, that ending! It definitely left me wanting more of the story. I look forward to reading it!!

I give this one 4 Solid Stars!


  1. The Gods as teens..uh oh! I too love mythology and always have. I am glad you devoured this one!

  2. Ooh this sounds really cool! I never get sick of mythological adaptations, and the characters in this book seem really well done. I have a feeling I'd dislike Zeus, but it sounds like I'd love Justin. Fabulous review!

  3. Oh boy. Gods as teenagers that sounds like fun. I haven't really ever read much on Hera and I don't know much about her other than she is the jealous wife, but again it would be hard to be mated with a womanizer like Zeus!

  4. Thanks everyone! This really was a fun read and one of those books that is completely underrated.

  5. Sometimes I like books like this and sometimes I don't. It's so hard to predict. I feel like at the moment I'm a bit burnt out on this genre, but in a month or two I'll probably be all over it! (I'm digging contemporary right now and really having a hard time with the paranormal'ish books.)

  6. This sounds like a fun one! I don't think I've seen a book with the gods AS teens. Glad you enjoyed it so much!

  7. I liked this book as well it was good, aside from all the death and a bit of an insta-love. But I loved the concept and I really liked Hera!

  8. This sounds like another good book to add to my TBR list. I love Greek mythology to, especially when it is set in modern times. I like this cover also. Great review!