ARC REVIEW : Olympian Challenger


TITLE: Olympian Challenger
AUTHOR: Astrid Arditi
SERIES: Olympian Challenger
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
PAGES: 350
PUBLISHER: Astrid Arditi

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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.


*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All thought are my own.*

If I ever needed to pick a place to hide, I would seek refuge inside a book.

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 nothing 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 that it wasn’t a book for me. I really enjoyed the start of this book but as the quests started, I started to lose my interest.

As for the characters, I didn’t connect with anyone and the only one I liked was Gabriel. Hope didn’t seem to be able to make up her mind with anything. At one minute she was hating it all and wanting to go home but in the next she was all in.
Gabriel on the other hand was the one who brought diversity to this book and also grew up as the story went on. He came in as a whimpy kid and grew to be a man.

The romance in this book was not really a romance. Or it was but I didn’t feel even a little bit of it being true. You know when the romance is good when you start rooting for the couple to be happy and have them butterflies in your stomach, this was nothing like that. It didn’t develop at all, it just seemed like it was forced to happen. Well, you could see that happening from the start but I just hope it would have been real. I guess I could compare it to brother-sister relationship more than an actual romance. There just wasn’t any chemistry between the characters at all!
But the LGBT romance was there! Oh how I hope they will have a happy ending. I’d love to hear more about that couple than the actual mc and her ‘romance’.

All in all Olympian Challenger was a nice book to read but it would have been even better without all the death and stuff. If I’ll ever read the next book in this series, I hope the romance would actually feel like a romance and there’s a lot less people dying almost for nothing.


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