Olympian Challenger

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Jul 2018

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3.5/5

I got an ARC copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for honest review. Thank you for providing me this ARC.

I like the cover so much. When I read the description I was like, yass another Greek mythology. Then, I requested this ARC.

This book is like the Hunger Games meets Greek mythology. It took me back to the good old times reading Percy Jackson. I could get into the book because I know some basics of Greek myth.

Every New York teenagers got a mysterious invitation but only some who could make it. Hope Diaz, the main character was one of those "lucky" teenagers who made it. They were transported to Mount Olympus to compete, yet there was only one who...

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I was given this ARC copy of the book by the publsher via Netgalley, thanks ;)

Now sadly I’m sad to say I ended up not liking the book as much as the beginning made me believe I would.

Indeed, it started well for me and for a while I enjoyed it.
No exceptional characters standing out, but enough for a first book in a series.
I liked that the main character Hope seemed to know herself enough to assert herself and not cave into peer pressure and that the few moments we saw her friends, (ok one friend) they seemed to react well to her individuality.
Now I have to nuance it because Hope is not the most fleshed out character, and she ends up being pretty bland and seemingly perfect but...

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That gosh darn cover! I freaking love it! I love Greek Mythology, Zesus still sucks, Hades is truly a bad man, and the rest....Well you read it let me know! LOL Hope Diaz is a teenager trying to take care of her mother, who has dementia. Hope is able to take care of her mother with the help of her mom's bestfriend. Hope receives an invitation in the mail about a challenge but so does every student in her school. Hope goes for a walk to clear her mind, and see's someone jump into the water. She instantly jumps in to save them and is transported to Olympus after being saved by a God. We see Hope coming to terms with the idea that she will actually have to compete in the challenge...

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Greek mythology at it’s finest!

SPOILER FREE

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I love how the intro didn’t drag too long and it got straight to the point by bringing the teens to Olympus and starting with the competition. This book really focuses on the challenges that the demigods will face, the competition, all set in Arditi’s version of Olympus.

It may seem kind of slow sometimes but every scene was necessary because they play a part in later events. The only other Greek Mythology YA Fantasy books I’ve read are by Rick Riordan and Astrid Arditi’s Olympian Challenger is a breath of fresh air. It’s light, we have a female lead, just enough action because too much isn’t really my thing.

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Wow I absolutely loved this book. Its a cross between hunger games and perch Jackson except its set in a much more stunning surroundings than either of the above. I really hope there is going to be a sequel as I just need to know what happens with hope and her mother and kieron. The writing is really fast paced and enjoyable. A little predictable in places however this is not a bad thing and doesn't take anything away from this beautiful crafted story. Five stars from me.
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I was so excited to read this book when I first requested it. It sounded like a YA version of Percy Jackson and I love anything and everything to do with Greek Mythology. But I was so disappointed . I hate giving negative reviews, but I can't really get away from the terrible aspects of this book.
First of all the writing is really obvious, and too vague at the same time. The Fate's prophecy at the start of the book gives away the ending. But at the same time, the writer withholds so much information from us, it makes it hard to read. But I carried on reading anyway.
It read a little like a children's book. The plot was too simple, and too obvious. But even some...

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I am such a sucker for beautiful covers. I was oozing with cover lust, the moment I saw the cover. I mean come on! That cover is gorgeous!

Unfortunately, beautiful covers are not enough to make up the rest of the story. I wanted to love this book. The premise had such an incredible potential. Greek mythology, a challenge, a hardworking protagonist and again, that gorgeous cover! All present for an amazing and epic story.

The plot was beautiful and twisted. The trials tested the challengers through impossible and cruel methods. All for the sake of the gods’ entertainment and personal gain. That’s exactly what I wanted and expected from a Greek mythology based story. Most Greek mythologies...

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This book is a gem for readers who were captivated by the Rick Riordan Olympus series.  Similar in some ways but darker.  This was a book difficult to put down.  I have found a new author for our young adults and look forward to the other books in this series
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Book Review of Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi
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I’m personally a big sucker for Greek Mythology books. So I’m always down to read retellings or reimaginings.
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Hope is a teenage girl just trying to get by and take care of her mother who is sick. Until one night where her life is swiftly changed and she’s taken to Mount Olympus to compete to become the next Hero.
I honestly love the gods and lower gods all being involved and the challenges they have to face are epic as are the quests they need to finish to move on in the competition.
Hope makes some unlikely friends whom I adore. Especially the shadow god that likes whispering from shadows and being the perfect...

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This book has easily paved it's way into my heart. Spellbinding is the right word for Astrid Arditi’s writing. She has serenely woven a new world of Greek Mythology, and made it a hundred times better. Must pick for dystopia lovers. Throughly enjoyed. Waiting for the second part. Find my blog review with the link:
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I am still not really sure how I feel about this book? I loved it enough that I read it in two days and stayed up to finish it, but it was also riddled with overused tropes and left me with lots of questions.

The story begins when Hope receives a letter in the mail inviting her to some mysterious event. She learns that basically every high school senior in New York has received the same message and they think it’s an invitation to a big party that is happening soon. However, the card turns out to be an invitation to a competition to become an Olympian Hero and all the challengers get transported to Mount Olympus including Hope.

Half of the book is basically the challengers getting...

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I'd give the book 3.5 stars, overall.

Let's start with the cover, because I would be lying if I said it wasn't a major factor in looking for further information. It's gorgeous. The blurb reels you right in. I'm a big fan of (Greek) mythology, so this is right up my alley.

The book is told from the POV of Hope Diaz, who finds herself in a tournament with 29 other teenagers, to become Olympus' next hero.

The plot is awesome and there's really never a dull moment, though I feel like it could've flowed a little better. A huge part of the story is the old heroes training the contenders, which I really loved. They were nice, helpful and supportive...

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Olympian Challenger was such a refreshing Greek Mythology Book! It really had an interesting spin on the Gods and for once included lesser Gods rather than only the Olympians! Seriously obsessed with Keiron btw!
The story begins when every 17 year old in New York receives a letter telling them ‘they’re cordially invited to...’
Only descendants of the Greek Gods could read the rest of the letter and our MC, Hope Diaz, just happens to be able to read it(;
Hope is completely confused by this letter, as any sane person would be when threatened through a mysterious letter that only she can read, and doesn’t know whether she’s going crazy (totally possible) or if something else is happening.
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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...

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Ok, I chose this book cause I love Greek Mythology so any book that has that will get a second look from me. I was happy I gave this book a read. Let me get you straight on this. This book is a young adult (I mean young, almost pre-teen in my opinion) book. Not that I am complaining one bit about it. The story line was very interesting and the characters were very well developed. The characters were easily either liked or disliked quite quickly and that kept the story moving along. The casting of how the Gods & Goddesses were left me a little sour in the mouth but that is to be expected. Hades was cast as a bit more "evil" then I feel that he actually is in most of the...

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Olympian Challenger follows the journey of Hope Diaz. She receives a mysterious invitation which brings her to Mount Olympos, against her own will. When there, she's made to be one of the competitor's to become the next hero or heroine to complete a quest for the Gods. But that is not an easy task, quite the opposite. Will she succeed or is she doomed to oblivion?

What made me want to request and read this book, was the mythology. And obviously that this book has a lot. But it was so cruel and not anything like I expected it to be. Possibly I hoped it to be like Percy Jackson books a little too much. Olympian Challenger was just too full of death, angst and everything negative...

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Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi is a more grown-up version of Percy Jackson, bringing the Gods into the present.
After receiving a mysterious invitation, Hope Diaz finds herself on Mount Olympus competing to become the God's new hero and get the wish promised to the winner.
Hope's goodness shines through the darkest moments. (Hades is involved, so there's going to be some darkness.) You can't help but like her. Hope struggles to stay true to herself and not get caught up in the game. She bonds with Amy and Gabriel. Their interactions were both endearing and hilarious. Amy and Hope are so different, but they help balance each other. Gabriel's temperament is...

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This was Quite a pleasant Read!

I honestly was not expecting to enjoy the book as a much as i did. i've always loved greek mythology however find it really difficult to find a book in this subject that isnt too cheesy.


The story follows a group of teens who all of sudden find themselves on Mount Olympus competing against each other in the presence of the ancient greek gods. Specifically our main Character is Hope, and she comes with everything you expect of a lead female in a book, she witty, intelligent and independent. Hope is sent a mysterious invitation to compete in the Olympic challenger that promises her a wish is she wins.

The book as a bit of a ' Hunger Games'...

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I read from late morning till late afternoon and was done...and wanted more. I went into the book not expecting anything in particular and I guess that is excactly the right way to start a book. I didn´t put pressure on neither the book nor myself and thus left myself in a very comfortable situation to simply enjoy a nice and easy read. I really, really enjoyed reading "Olympian Challenger" - kind of a mixture between Percy Jackson and the Hunger Games (having never read the Percy Jackson books I can´t say anything to possible similarities, so that didn´t really matter to me). Having also never read a greek mythology YA novel I was utterly fascinated with the whole setting and...

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I love Greek mythology so, naturally, I had to read this. The synopsis was intriguing and it sounded pretty magical.
It's basically a unique take on a classic myth, a retelling with nuances of The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson woven into it. But it may as well have been an awfully written fanfiction.

I loved the plot and the premise. I thought it was strong and the pacing of the story was like breathing; natural and easy-going. The challenges Hope faced were interesting and entertaining. But the writing was hard to digest. It failed to live up to my expectations - dramatic moments fell flat because there was just no intense hype. Many felt anti-climatic and I almost lost interest...

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