Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.
This is going to be a quick review.
I finished the book last night. It was OK, not great, but not awful. I am a Percy Jackson fan, and this book didn't have the personality or the humor that Rick Riordan puts into his series. I didn't really get a great sense of who the gods really are, and how their personalities differ.
However, there were aspects that I did like. I like the friendship between the MC, Kyra, and her two best friends, Bree and Tam. I also liked the fact that there was minimal romance between Kyra and the ostensible love interest, Oz. The book itself took place on a very short timeline (about four days, give or take), and involved a lot of danger, drama, and running around, so the idea that Kyra would have had either the time or the inclination to moon about over a boy would not have been convincing.
By way of wrap up, I would say that The Woken Gods had a lot of potential, to which it only partially lived up. I haven't been able to figure out if it is the first installment in a projected series. There is a lot of room in the narrative for further books, and I really hope that Gwenda Bond is planning at least one sequel. I would read it.
This book was published by Strange Chemistry, which is an imprint of Angry Robot publishing. I've read one other Strange Chemistry book, The Assassin's Curse, which I also rather liked. So, at this point, I'm actually pretty impressed with them.