Title: The Olympian Challenger
Series: Olympian Challenger series
Author: Astrid Arditi
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: February 5th, 2018
My Rating: 4.75/5
Characters: 5/5 I loved the main character Hope Diaz as well as her rag tag group of friends! I admit I roll my eyes a little at the “selfless to a fault” type of characters but It didn’t make me dislike Hope. I liked that she was smart but without looking down on “other girls” like some smart characters tend to be written.
Setting: 5/5 Throughout the book, the author describes Mount Olympus beautifully and in detail. Arditi even described the separate section of Erebus (Hades) Which I really enjoyed.
Plot: 5/5 I loved how we got the stories of the different heroes in Olympus and how they tie into the challenges. I am a huge fan of greek mythology and really enjoyed the story.
Relationships: 4/5 I love the friendships, I loved the consistency of the enemy contestants. I loved the Gods and how realistic they were, selfish and incapable of humanity. I felt the relationship aspect a little forced and didn’t really suck me in (And I’m a big fan of romance in YA) but I am interested to see how it evolves in the next book!
Cover (Not factored into final rating): 3/5
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.
Like it? Love it? Hate it? I loved it! I thought the story was really good and the author did a great job on all the elements. I didn’t feel like anything was really skimped on for the story.
Critiques? Disappointments? I wish the gods had made more of an impression. They are gods after all. Although, I did enjoy getting to know the heroes.
Conclusion: The Olympian Challenger was a story filled with friendship, love, adventure, puzzles, and mythology.
Should you read it? Yes! You can find the book for free with Amazon Unlimited. Or $4 for the ebook and $14 for the physical book. The ebook is definitely a steal because this book is worth full price!