Outrun the Wind

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Nov 2018

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“Ugly words don't always mean ugly feelings.”

3 1/2 stars. Ovid found dead.

There is something very satisfying about reading a book that sees fit to rectify the sins of the past. The story of Atalanta is a story of an arrogant woman being outsmarted by a clever man — just as in the story of Circe, or of Antigone, or of any of a number of women who have been raped & betrayed in Greek and Latin myths, there is no greater sin of a woman than arrogance. In Outrun the Wind, however, Atalanta is the heroine, and her desire to not be married is not the opponent. 

Outrun the Wind is, in basic conceit, a romance between the famous Atalanta and an ex-oracle of Delphi and huntress of Artemis named Kahina. And as a romance, it is quite good! We see the development from enemies, to friends, to lovers. It’s sort of heartbreaking at times and really really nice. 

The idea of the power of women is very strong within this book. Our main wlw romance, for example, is based quite solidly on connection between women and intimacy between women. The very sympathetic Artemis and unsympathetic Apollo serve as another distinct and interesting choice, playing into an idea of women as the forces of good in this text. 

The parts where the book faltered fell primarily in character development and plot structure. While Kahina and Atalanta are both likable enough characters, I sometimes found it slightly hard to invest in them as individuals; I feel like I got more of an essence than I got actual characterization, ya know? It just felt first-drafty. 

The plot structure is another big issue; I really felt I didn’t know where this book was going for a really long time. It’s just one of those narratives that feels like it lacks thinking out from the beginning. Again, this is the kind of issue that gets ironed out in further drafts; it didn't quite feel like the book had yet arrived. 

Overall, this was good, and entertaining - it just feels like it could have gone through another round of drafting.
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I absolutely adored this gorgeous debut by Elizabeth Tammi! I am eager to read her upcoming second novel!
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I started this book back in October I think? I really wasn't feeling it though so I decided to put it down and try again later.
And it did help. Somewhat.

But we'll start from the beginning. I requested this book on NetGalley and was so excited when I was approved. It ticks all my boxes! Inspired by Greek Mythology, a sapphic retelling with strong and independent female characters.

Sadly, even though I liked it better the second time around it still wasn't really my thing. I had several eyeroll moments and didn't connect with the characters at all. That is kinda subjective though and this book got a lot of great reviews. So if the synopsis intrigues you I would still say give it a go. 

One of my pet peeve, and a thing that can literally make me dnf a book straight away, is when a character does something stupid without any proper and/or understandable reason. So, to clarify, I have no issue with rash decisions or rushing into danger, when we established that the character is a little reckless and does it to save someone they love (... Harry Potter ...) or something like that. What I do have an issue with is, when I can't understand at all why someone did it. 
There was one particular instance of this in Outrun the Wind, but it was towards the end and therefore I can't talk about it without spoiling the book for you. But I think you'll know what I mean if you've read it. 

As I said before, I'm a huge Mythology fan. Especially Greek Mythology as my grandfather always told me all the stories and legends. I loved that as a kid, I grew up with these people, these gods. So sometimes it is hard to see them interpreted differently by someone else. I didn't vibe with either Artemis nor Apollo and I don't think they got what they deserved. More so, they are both not very important for the story. Which isn't necessarily positive or negative. So, I think you might actually enjoy it more if you're not overly familiar with the stories of the Gods? But that's just a guess. 

Kahina has the potential of being a great character, but I felt like we never really got to know her. Despite hearing her thoughts. But there was a certain depth lacking. I still liked her though. Atalanta ... less so. I didn't dislike her, but she was the one who made weird choices sometimes and I never really found her voice. Actually, despite being fairly different in temperament, it was sometimes quite hard to know which character you're with atm. They sounded very similar and I had to go back and look at whose chapter I'm at sometimes. 

The story focused very much at Atalanta and Kahina and neglected the secondary characters, which I would've been fine with if I got a lot of depth in those two instead, but since I didn't I wished to know more about everyone else. 
The two other huntresses were not bad, I actually liked them, but the King, for example, was very one-dimensional. Same with Hippomenes. 
On top of that, the world building wasn't really there either ... I didn't feel immersed at all. Nor did it feel different than your average fantasy world. 

And the romance? It was okay. Not badly done. But also nothing special. I loved the beginning of Atalanta and Kahina meeting, but the sparks were lost as the story progressed, unfortunately. Still, it was what kept me reading. 

All in all, I wasn't impressed. I really wanted to like this and I gave it two chances. Ultimately this isn't for me, but I can see others enjoying it. And I can definitely see the potential. I'm gonna keep an eye out for Elizabeth Tammis next book!

I would probably recommend it to people interested in mythology but who don't yet know too much.
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Being a sucker of all things related to mythology, this one is definitely on my bucket. Had a good time reading all the adventures of our amazing MC. Not sure  if it is already one but this should have more books featuring all spin-offs of our beloved gods and goddesses.
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Honestly, I'm a sucker for all things mythology, no matter what kind. And since I'm a child of the Percy Jackson-generation, Greek mythology is my favourite. So I already knew this was going to be good!
And it was. I was immediately immersed in the story and cherished every word. Also, it had LGBTQIA+ rep! What more could you possibly want?
I'll be recommending this to everyone.
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This was  a pretty 'meh" kind of book, it was your typical formulaic young adult fantasy novel. I felt like there needed to be more world building and character development. I liked it at the beginning but the ending was a let down. I just wanted more from a story that was about Artemis. I wanted to see more from the character and from the world she's in, and expand on the character. I was pretty bored and didn't connect to the characters.
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It's Greek mythology and I have enjoyed myself reading the book from the beginning until the end of it. I love the characters, I love the story pace and the author did a wonderful job of writing such an amazing book.

5 stars
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The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
3 stars
Outrun the Wind is a fantasy inspired by Greek Mythology, one of the main characters Kahina being a huntress of Artemis and the other main character Atalanta being accused of killing Artemis's boar, and wanting to be recruited by her. 
At first I couldn’t really get into the story, it was all a bit too chaotic. But after the first third the plot got pretty interesting and I was eager to know what was going to happen. 
The characters were interesting and the story was definitely something different from what I’m used to read in stories set in ancient Greece. The fact that she decided to race her suitors was quite original and entertaining to read. 
Still, it was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.
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Thank you to the publisher and the author and to NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC in exchange for my candid opinion.

WOW! Am amazing first book written by a college freshman.

This story is woven in and around the mythological characters of Greek mythology and is somewhat similar in genre to the Percy books. But having said that, the author has a unique voice of her own. I found the book a readable and compelling read. There was ample suspense to the book, too.

I look forward to reading more books by this author. She has a real future as an author.
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I’m usually not a fan of YA. But, I really loved this book. The cover is incredible (yes I judge books by covers, I know I’m horrible) but this is one time where the cover was just as good as what was inside it. Great debut book
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I am a sucker for books about gods/goddesses of all types and I loved this book. It felt fresh and intriguing from start to finish. Outrun the Wind was a nonstop page turner.
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This was way too weird for me to finish, and even though I was halfway there, I just couldn't put myself through with it.
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There is a lot to like about this book and one complaint I also have. The characters were fantastic and I LOVED the way their love story played out. I like the enemies turning into lovers   especially when its not the typical male/female variety. I loved the strong female characters and the mythology that was sprinkled all over the book. That being said. . .the goddess seemed very. . . underpowered. .. for a goddess. . .I mean. . a human just. . .escapes her? Overall, I really enjoyed this book and love the characters   there were just a few  "wait what?" kind of moments for me.
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DNF’d at 10%. This book just wasn’t for me. And it wasn’t really because of anything the author or story did. I just wasn’t engaged enough in it. 
Due to not reading far into it. I don’t really want to give it a rating.
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I loved this greek mythology retelling of Atlanta. There's f/f hate to love romance (YESSSS), dual POV that is done well, lots and lots of angst (YESSS) and so many references to greek mythology. The portrayal of the greek figures wasn't my favourite but it didn't let down the rest of the book!
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This was okay, I enjoyed it while reading it, but never had the urge to pick it up again. Did really like the relationship between the main characters.
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Wow, yes, wow. I absolutely loved this book! It has everything I love - greek mythology and ladies who like ladies. Outrun the Wind was just a sweet, fun read and one of the most enjoyable ARCs I got to read in quite a long time. I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for more books by Elizabeth Tammi.
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Outrun the Wind was just okay in my opinion. I'm a sucker for retellings so as soon as I heard about this one, I was very hyped for it. Unfortunately, I found it hard to connect to the story and more often that not I was forcing myself to read the story. It didn't feel like a Greek retelling to me and instead felt like barely fleshed out characters that were placed in a Greek myth with modern thoughts. I liked the concept of it, but the execution didn't work for me.
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An interesting idea taken down well-trodden paths. The writing was spiritless; the internal timeline did not come together. I also expected a lot more wlw content.
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*I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* 
I'm a sucker for retellings, so when I saw that there was a retelling on the myth of the golden apple, I was excited af. 
The twist the author gave this old myth was exactly what I needed, and it was beautifully written. 
I'm so happy I got to read this gem!
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