Goddess - Laura Powell
Strikes. Starvation. Riots. Britain is at breaking-point and Aura is blind to it all. The Cult of Artemis is the only home she’s ever known. Enclosed in its luxury lifestyle, the unrest gripping the country seems to belong to a distant world. Her dream is to serve the Goddess and taking a vow of chastity and obedience seems a small price to pay. But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider, whose radical ideas and unsettling charm force Aura to question everything – and everyone – she knows.
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I think what I liked most about this was seeing the change in Aura's character. She transforms from a seemingly weak and naive girl to a powerful figurehead for a revolution. I always enjoy seeing the protagonist undergo a transformation and to become re-educated about the world she lives in. If the author had kept Aura as naive and innocent I would have been pulling the hair out of my head by the end of the book! Not only does she emerge as a stronger person, but I loved hearing about her connections to the goddess Artemis. I don't know a lot about Artemis but I love learning about the different gods and goddesses. I didn't like the repressiveness that was demonstrate in the book by them, but then again it could be a point being made about religion generally. Her following or Artemis took away a lot of her free will; that could often be a little uncomfortable to read.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It's light and a very quick read. I'll be picking up more mythology based books in the future. It's an area I've always wanted to read more of so this book has pushed me in that direction!