Individual Rating: 4.5/5
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I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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 loved this book! I have to say, I’m a sucker for mythology, and I thoroughly enjoyed this. Hope annoyed me at first because she wanted to quit the challenge so badly, but I would be annoyed, too, if I couldn’t leave. She cares about her mother very much, which is obvious, but what I didn’t like was her constant worrying about getting dementia. I didn’t really see it as realistic, as someone whose grandparents both suffer from it. However, to each their own.
I loved the friends she makes. I loved Amy and Gabriel and Kieron; I couldn’t get enough! The premise of the book was very interesting to me, and I wasn’t sure if it was going to be pulled off well. I thought the entire book was very well written, and I enjoyed it thoroughly the entire time. I liked the interactions between the characters, and I loved seeing the gods humanized, in a way.
I’m very excited for the next book to come out already! I guess that’s what I get for reading ARC’s. We were left with such a cliffhanger on the ending with a few different possible ways to go. At first, this really did feel like a Percy Jackson fanfiction to me, but it quickly developed its own personality, leaving Percy Jackson in the dust. I liked the history of the mythology, and the tests they had to go through. I found it fun to also test my knowledge of mythology, as well, when certain quests and questions were brought up!
This was a very fun read. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys fiction, some bad boy romance, mythology, and adventure! Again, I’m very much looking forward to reading the next ones in this trilogy! I can’t wait!
Release Date: July 3rd, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Author: Astrid Arditi