Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology
Number of Pages: ebook, 350 pages
Publisher: Astrid Arditi
Goodreads Rating: 3.92
My Rating: 4 / 5
This fantasy greek mythology-based book was able to pique my interest. I enjoyed this book, the characters were interesting and the world was brilliantly set up.
A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?
Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.
Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…
As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.
Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.
I love mythology and it has been a very long time since I have enjoyed a good mythology fantasy book.
I love this cover because I have always loved fashion (pretty dresses are my weakness). The mystical cover with the moon, mist and peculiar lightning was a great visual choice. That along with the intrigue of the title was enough to get me to request the ARC. When I saw that this was a mythology based fantasy book I was more than happy to read it as quickly as I could. It took me about a week to read the first chapter because I kept on getting distracted, but once I sat down and actually read the book, it went by really fast. I went into the typical book trance and enjoying every moment I could spend in Arditi’s world. Each character has some quirky and endearing trait. This created a great depth that made the characters realistic and relatable.
The gods were similar to how I imagine them. They have a snobbish sense of power when in the presence of mere mortals. I know a fair amount of Greek mythology and it was fun and interesting to see Arditi’s portrayal of Olympus and all its inhabitants.
The smallest issue I had was that Hope was a little bit too angsty teenager for me. I have read A LOT of young adult fiction and thus I can say that the teenagers don’t actually tend to be as full of angst and hurt as Hope. Of course, this shows how Hope has a layer to her that is not often seen. She has a side to her character that is normally seen as a negative trait, yet Hope somehow makes it work.
The Olympus that Astrid Arditi has created for us is a rich and enticing world. It is not the utopia it seems to be. Arditi gives the Olympian world that bad taste of over-opulence and beauty that is hiding the ugly underneath. It looks like the flower but is actually the serpent under it. (A little bit of Shakespeare paraphrasing for all those Shakespearean lovers out there).
This book will be great for people who love mythology and adventure. It might not appeal to all audiences but in general I recommend it if these types of genres interest you.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Happy Reading !