Book Review: Olympian Challenger


Title: Olympian Challenger
Author: 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.

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.

My Review

Ok, I chose this book cause I love Greek Mythology so any book that has that will get a second look from me. I was happy I gave this book a read. Let me get you straight on this. This book is a young adult (I mean young, almost pre-teen in my opinion) book. Not that I am complaining one bit about it. The story line was very interesting and the characters were very well developed. The characters were easily either liked or disliked quite quickly and that kept the story moving along. The casting of how the Gods & Goddesses were left me a little sour in the mouth but that is to be expected. Hades was cast as a bit more “evil” then I feel that he actually is in most of the legends. My main issue is that for most of the heroes in the story you had to go outside the book to find their back stories. I felt that the story would have been better if you knew the legends about the heroes that are listed in the book. Why they behave and act the way they do.

The main character, Hope, is very well developed and you quickly like her and cheer & cry along with her as she unwillingly competes in the challenge with her rivals. You feel the deep love she has for her mother and for me the ending was quite a shock. The decision she made, in my opinion, will either break her or make her stronger down the line.

I can not wait for the next two books to come out to see where this story line and plot go. If nothing else to read more about the budding romance between Hope & her shadow god. Even if you are an adult and want a nice easy read that will keep you engaged then you will like this book.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Water Cure


Title: The Water Cure
Author: Sophie Mackintosh
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The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men.

King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter. Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave. Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world.
But when their father, the only man they’ve ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day three strange men wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men?
A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.

My Review

I do my best to write good reviews for every book I read. I understand how hard it is for the writer to pour out part of their soul into the story. How the characters come alive and tell the writer their story and that the author is a conduit for them. Truly, I do understand. Unfortunately I am unable to write a good review for this book. Though the characters were well written and decently defined, I felt that there was more to the story that needed to be told in this book in order for everything to fall into place and make sense.

The description of the book makes you believe that there is gonna be a huge story in the book yet the entire time I was reading it all I was was thinking was, “where is the story, where is the explanation for what has happened”. I just felt like the book was going no where and I was just reading a empty plot and story line. The plot and story line was there, but there just wasn’t enough back story to fill them. Again this is my opinion and as with all books it depends on the reader and how they read the book.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Bring Me Back


Title: Bring Me Back
Author: B. A. Paris
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THE NEW TWISTY, GRIPPING READ FROM B. A. PARIS, THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING NOVELS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND THE BREAKDOWN

“We’re in a new Golden Age of suspense writing now, because of amazing books like Bring Me Back, and I for one am loving it.” —Lee Child

“[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller.” —Publishers Weekly (starred reivew)

She went missing. He moved on. A whole world of secrets remained—until now.

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.

Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him…even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.

Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?

A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.

My Review

This book was quite interesting I did not pick up who Ellen actually was until the end of the book. If you want a psychological thriller then this would be a good book for you. There is not really any horror part in this book. Nothing scary, at least not to me, just a lot of wondering “who did it”, “why did this happen”, etc. The story line and characters are very well written and developed which made for an exciting and guessing book.

Finding out the real and true story behind Layla’s disappearance and why Finn lied is very interesting. I didn’t guess everything until near the end of the book so the author did a very good job at that hidden information. This book will try to keep you reading it until it is finished and if you stop then it will play on the edges of your mind while you are waiting to read more of it.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: A Queen’s Spy


Title: A Queen’s Spy
Author: Samantha Burnell
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“It combines murder, mystery, and intrigue in a most masterful way.” Rita Kroon – Author of “Letters from the Past”

As Tudor England erupts following the death of Edward VI, can one young spy protect his queen? International bestselling author Sam Burnell takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with this magnificent new epic, A Queen’s Spy.

In 1553, England is torn apart by religious conflict. Power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and brotherly love.

Richard Fitzwarren, caught in the middle of a cruel family feud, wants nothing more than to make his own way in the world. A childhood friend of the Princess Elizabeth, he cannot forget his loyalty in her time of need. Pressured by her sister, Mary, Elizabeth’s continued existence remains precarious throughout her reign. The divide between Catholic Mary and Anne Boleyn’s Protestant daughter Elizabeth is a deep one.

Jack Fitzwarren, Richard’s displaced bastard brother, seeks a place at his brother’s side. Impulsive and hot headed, his attempts to gain his brother’s acceptance and approval often end badly.

Finally the brothers are brought head to head when Richard tries to foil a plot against Elizabeth. Will Richard accept his fate and fight? Or will he run? Can Jack murder his brother to save a woman he’s never met?

My Review

This book was good but quite slow at times. The author knew what she was talking about so she did her research very well. It was a bit confusing as to who was who (at least to me it was) during the story. That knocked off a star for me.

The plot line & characters were developed quite well and did not take anything away from a person’s imagination. The story keeps you engaged and curious as to what is going to happen next. It was a very enjoyable if a bit slow read. If you like historical fiction in this time era it is a good book to read and I do recommend it.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Washington Decree


Title: The Washington Decree
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Rating: Unable to give a rating


The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Department Q series is back, with a terrifyingly relevant stand-alone novel about an America in chaos.

“The president has gone way too far. . . . These are practically dictatorial methods we’re talking about.”

Sixteen years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected president of the United States, a PR stunt brought together five very different people: fourteen-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers, small-town sheriff T. Perkins, single mother Rosalie Lee, well-known journalist John Bugatti, and the teenage son of one of Jansen’s employees, Wesley Barefoot. In spite of their differences, the five remain bonded by their shared experience and devotion to their candidate.

For Doggie, who worked the campaign trail with Wesley, Jansen’s election is a personal victory: a job in the White House, proof to her Republican father that she was right to support Jansen, and the rise of an intelligent, clear-headed leader with her same ideals. But the triumph is short-lived: Jansen’s pregnant wife is assassinated on election night, and the alleged mastermind behind the shooting is none other than Doggie’s own father.

When Jansen ascends to the White House, he is a changed man, determined to end gun violence by any means necessary. Rights are taken away as quickly as weapons. International travel becomes impossible. Checkpoints and roadblocks destroy infrastructure. The media is censored. Militias declare civil war on the government. The country is in chaos, and Jansen’s former friends each find themselves fighting a very different battle, for themselves, their rights, their country . . . and, in Doggie’s case, the life of her father, who just may be innocent.

My Review

I really tried to read this book. I really did. I was unable to complete more then 39% of the book. I consider myself to be a vote by the person not the party here in the USA. I did not vote for Trump. I was not happy with the idea of Hillary Clinton either to be honest, but I did vote for her because I felt she was the better choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

I also feel the need to put in here that I suffer from chronic depression & severe anxiety. These two things combine makes my life, along with my other medical illnesses, very difficult and sometimes what I watch and read can effect me subconsciously even though I know that what I am watching and reading is fiction. It does not help that my step-mother is a devote Democrat and vehemently hates Donal Trump. I try my best to keep politics off this blog so I will finish this paragraph by saying just because she is does not mean I take everything I read & watch on her shows (that she watches) as the honest truth. I do my own research and come up with my own opinions.

The reason I could not finish this book is the fact that too much of it is sounding like what Donald Trump is trying to do and it bothers me too much to read it. I tried to read it for over two weeks and I just kept finding other things to do, i.e. knit, watch movies, tv shows, etc. rather then read this book. Then when I did manage to pick up the book to read, I would have nightmare and night terrors over what was happening in the book. So I gave up trying to read this book. For what I have read of it the characters and the story line are wonderful and it is no fault of the author that I was unable to read the book.

Once things settle down in the USA and the government gets back into shape where I do not feel like it is spinning out of control I might try to read this book again. Until then I am considering it done and this is the review it is getting. If I ever do manage to read it, which there are plot lines I want answers too, I will re-review it in a different post.

Again I am sorry I was unable to finish reading this book and have to give a review like this. Again it is no fault of the author or the book. I am just unable to handle how close to the truth it makes me feel to the current government we have here in the USA.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.