Bond, Gwenda -- The Woken Gods

The blurb-premise of this looked nifty -- the gods come back, and move into palatial temples in what used to be Washington DC -- but it turned out unsatisfying. First, it was unexpectedly a YA book. Teen protagonists who are hyperaware of their dating lives. I think it's probably a good instance of that genre, but it wasn't what I was up for. Second, it felt like a sequel without being one: lots of backstory packed in, and I felt the backstory was more interesting than the book. Third, the protagonist got a cute lion-god pet and I didn't care. Okay, it was a scary lion-god pet who wasn't cute at all, props for that, but I still didn't care.

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