BBNYA BOOK TOUR | The Goddess of Nothing At All | Cat Rector
I am joining The Write Reads again for the BBNYA FINALISTS TOUR. This time it's The Goddess of Nothing at all by Cat Rector.
Here is my review for The Goddess of Nothing at all by Cat Rector. Well, I say review but I don't think it is really. Have a read and see what you think.
I recall when I got this book in the BBNYA allocations and I must admit, I cannot say I was overly enthused but many people had gone on about thos book, so I thought why not?
I know, I know not what you were expecting to hear was it, but in the spirit of honesty I thought I would tell you this.
Unfortunately, Cat Recror's book was not on my list of books I particularly wanted to read which meant it had a bit of an uphill struggle to win my affections. You see, when it comes to retellings, I can take them or leave them. I mean there's a few that I like, and some have become some of my favourite series. However, they aren't something that particularly engender themselves to me as a part of the fantasy genre.
In addition to that I am not all that bothered about Loki as a character. I mean he's alright, and again, there are books which have broke the mold for me. However, I don't go searching them out.
And add to that, I am not a romance fan.
So, yep, this book was already on a downer for me. However, in the name of the competition, I thought I could put aside personal feelings and judge it on its individual merits,.
However, something a bit weird happened and I actually started to like this book. I liked how Cat Rector managed to tell well known Norse myths in a different way. How she takes a character that barely anything is known and breathes life into her. Not only that, she manages to make Loki interesting, more than a trickster, but still a trickster all the same, and manages to show the character with juxtapositions and complexities. Someone who has some depth.
I also liked how she managed to make the known ending slightly unknowable and it actually surprised me the way things went, even though I know how they go. I mean it's Sigyn and Loki (and their children, of course!) And we know how that ends don't we?
I would tell you about the plot and all the usual things, but there are many reviews that do it a damn site better than I can, and besides, the plot is the plot, it's there already. However, if you don't know the tale of Sigyn and Loki, you won't really find much except that they both had a couple of kids, okay, okay, I will stop there coz there might be those of you who don't know the plot and I don't want to spoil it for you.
So, there you go. How I ended up liking a book that I didn't think I was going to like. Just goes to show eh? We all have some prejudices (even this old fantasy book nerd!) and if you put em aside for a little bit you might actually enjoy something out of that warm snuggly blanket of a comfort zone.
About the Author
Cat Rector grew up in a small Nova Scotian town and could often be found simultaneously reading a book and fighting off muskrats while walking home from school. She devours stories in all their forms, loves messy, morally grey characters, and writes about the horrors that we inflict on each other. After spending nearly a decade living abroad, she returned to Canada with her spouse to resume her war against the muskrats. When she’s not writing, you can find her playing video games, spending time with loved ones, or staring at her To Be Read pile like it’s going to read itself.
Epilogues for Lost Gods is the sequel to her debut novel, The Goddess of Nothing At All.
......And finally, a little bit more about BBNYA (which has just opened its doors for next year btw)
BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or Twitter @bbnya_official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.