Olympian Challenger

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Jul 2018

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This is a great Greek mythology YA fantasy. Main character is inspiring and smart. She's someone you would want to meet. Love interest is good too, not adding spoilers here.
Beautiful cover doesn't hurt too!  Very enjoyable read.
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I really wanted to have a great time with this book. I wanted to enjoy it. I have to say that I definitely did not hate it. It simply felt a bit flat for me. The characters were a bit juvenile/immature for the age they were supposed to be. If this has been more middle-grade I could have "bought" the dialogue and interactions a bit more. 

I heavily skimmed the second 50%. 

Initially I was excited to see the character of Gabriel. A gay teenage boy dealing with the stereotypical ridicule that many gay teenage boys go through. Our MC Hope was instantly befriending him, and it was sweet enough. And then a couple of chapters later, when his desire to be a fashion model comes up, Hope stifles a giggle at his expense. Also, the passion for fashion is never brought up again. 

That's generally how it felt with many of the characters - their personalities felt very one dimensional.

The insta-love also turned me off a fair amount. 

I think this book has a lot of potential and probably a lot of people will enjoy it; it just wasn't the book for me.
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This book was good and very detailed but I had a hard time attempting to finish it. Great for fans of the Percy Jackson books, but, as mentioned above, very detailed. May attempt a later re-read.
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I don't review books I don't finish as it wouldn't be fair judgement.
This book just wasn't for me.
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Percy Jackson meets the Hunger Games meets A Court of Thorns and Roses.
I couldn’t help but compare.
PJO was my introduction to Greek mythology at a young age, and The Hunger Games was one of the first series i read after becoming enamoured with reading (and was what got me into reading a bunch of dystopia) and ACOTAR, well I just love ACOTAR and as it’s based on stories of mythology too, there were always going to be similarities.

Pretty interesting premise overall, though I think there were a few holes in worldbuilding – I can't imagine a bunch of teenagers being put together and not one of them freaks out/panics about being on Mt Olympus? Also, they're all the same age and putting boys in one dorm and girls in another is definitely not going to stop curious kids.

I think there were some overlooked little details but overall, I did enjoy the story as a whole and would definitely like to continue the series to see what happens next. I feel this will be a storyline where the writing and quality matures at the same time as the characters arcs.

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First of all, I've never heard of this author before, but the book cover is amazing and it pulled my interest like a bear to honey! And the plot, characters, and dialogue of this book have left me searching this author up for more of her books! I recommend this story!
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Greek mythology, tournaments, and forbidden romance are such a winning combination for me! I'm looking forward to continuing this series and seeing where it leads.
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I loved the mythology in this and the competition. It was really entertaining and fast-paced (once the challenges began). I felt like the romance was a little insta-love but I enjoyed reading it anyway. I’m really curious about what will happen next. 

I’d love to know more about her family’s history and her powers. Then ending was really good and I’m glad that she made the choice she did.
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I love anything mythology so I was so excited to get this book. It was a really in the now YA, but still had an excellent storyline and plot! The author added new ideas around gods and demi-gods along with some mental illness tie ins so I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend this book and would read the rest of the series!
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Simply put, this was not the book for me- the plot was okay but I felt the characters were lacking something they needed to be great. There is no denying that some people will definitely love this book with everything they have it just isn’t going to be me. Thank you s o much to the publisher for giving me the opportunity to review this book!
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I received an e-arc by Net-Galley in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly enjoyed this book a whole lot. I have always loved Greek Mythology and I think the author did a great job with that in this book. I did not connect as much to the main character, Hope, as much as I usually do with main characters, but despite that, I still enjoyed her journey. I also really loved the relationship she had with her mother, and I really felt her love for her mother, so that was a nice touch. 
There was action, but not as much as I hoped for, but it is just the first book in the series. I think this book did what most first books in a series do: it helped set up for the future books. 
3.5/5 Stars
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I loved the concept of this story but the execution didn’t excite me as much. There wasn’t a lot of character development which caused me to lose that connection with the story fairly early on.
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First of all I love the cover, it's beautiful. The book is typical YA fantasy that concerns trials, but it does it so well. I love all the characters especially Hope. She was clever and feisty, she loves her mother very much, which she brought up a little too much for me. The story flowed well and the character development was good.

But let's get into the exiting bits, the story was very exciting, a little slow at times, which is odd since there was so much action going on. The trials were interesting, I was glad only a few of them were mentioned in detail though. I liked how Hope changed her views but I would have liked a little more oomph and dedication from her.

Gabriel was very likeable, he had a few dimensions to him, he felt very familair, like an old friend. I wasn't so keen on Amy, she was a little too feisty for my liking, she never seemed be real, came off as a little fake.

I have been in a bit of a reading slump and not really reading much over the last year, this book brought me out of it big time, I raced through it. I only put it down when  I had to, and even when I wasn't reading my head was stuck in Mount Olympus.  The gods were interesting characters, I liked how they changed with the story. I am very much looking forward to reading the next one.

4 out of 5 stars.
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Blurb: 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.
When I read the blurb for this book I knew I would love it. As an avid fan of the Percy Jackson series, anything to do with Greek Mythology  with a modern twist is right up my street. But Be aware, this is nothing like the Percy Jackson series! 
I loved the characters, even if there were a few immature moments. For me the writing was great and there was great build-up. Both the plot and pacing of this novel are really good, the book kept moving forward with all the challenges while Hope battle through. 
One of my favourite things about reading this retelling was that it told a new story, while sticking to the traditions of greek mythology. I would definitely pick up a sequel
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This is a book unlike any I’ve personally read. It was a book I enjoyed and would recommend to others. I loved the storyline the characters, and can we y’all about how gorgeous the cover is??!! Go read it!
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Okay, so.. I liked it a lot!!!
I have had it on my NetGalley to read for such a long time and I wish I had gotten to this sooner!!
It was Percy Jackson meets the Hunger Games and I am here for it!
Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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My Review: Enjoyable YA that involves Greek mythology. Downloaded from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the author for the release of this book for review. 

As far as I know this is an independent author. I am not sure if there is a publishing company on this book. 

Now the book cover drew me in but this story was just missing something for me. I ended up having to DNF this book around chapter 5. I don't normally do this but I think if we can get some better editing to this book and get this story developed better this story could be better. 

BTW, I love the name Astrid!
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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. 
This was a decent story. The main character was decent enough. However, it was a little young for me. I’ve read YA books before and enjoyed them but, maybe it was the premise of Greek mythology that made me extra critical, but it didn’t really work well for me.  
**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
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This was a good book overall but it was just not for me. I tried to get into greek mythology but I just couldn't. The book was good but it just was not my cup of tea.
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