Title: Olympian Challenger (Olympian Challenger #1)
Author: Astrid Arditi
Publisher: Astrid Arditi
Release Date: July 3rd 2018
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.
*ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Greek mythology at its finest!
People aren’t pure light or total darkness, but flames flickering in the shadows, trying to shine beyond the obscurity.
P L O T
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.
The world is easier in the water, reduced to the bare necessities – keep moving, and keep breathing.
C H A R A C T E R S
She’s the perfect candidate, she didn’t want to take part in the competition but she has no choice now. She’s always putting the happiness of others first and it sometimes annoys me but maybe that’s just my selfish self talking.
When he’s near, I’m a moth circling a flame – trapped and forgetful of the danger ahead.
I don’t entirely feel the romance, I think it was kind of forced but I’m a sucker for love so I’m going along with it. The curious boy and the humble girl, what an unusual match. But I do love the feminism in this book where the girl advances on the guy even though he constantly avoids her every chance he gets. The future is female!
There are lots of memorable characters which I’m sure will still be mentioned in the upcoming book to this series. I hated to see them go but it was best for the story plot to move forward.
If I’m to return home with a broken heart, I might as well fill it with love before it shatters.
W R I T I N G
I love how the author chose minor gods and goddesses who aren’t very known by the people. I myself just know the basics – the twelve major gods and some minor ones. It is kind of confusing in the world of the gods where they have children and sleep with each other. Who’s who, and who’s child is who?
“Forever is a long time to love someone.”
I must say, I like the author’s version of Olympus. It makes sense, the level godliness is obvious, and that little tidbit about minor gods not being entirely immortal was great too.
“Humans all have one thing that they hold dearer than anything else. The one thing that tethers them to life, the thing they can’t live without.”
O V E R A L L
It was beautiful, exciting, and heart-breaking!
This books is obviously not a stand alone, and I’m super excited for the next installment. I have no idea what to expect next but I hope it’ll be a thrilling ride!
We as humans are the sum of our love, our fears, and our memories. These strong emotions make us special, they make life worth living.