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Author Megan Whalen Turner
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.
What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses. (from Goodreads)
I’ve had this book on my TBR for quite some time because it kept getting recommended to me! I finally checked it out from the library and got the ebook to see what all the fuss was about. But it was actually pretty slow for me. I was suuuper confused about everything that was happening for the first 20% of the book, and was actually considering DNF-ing it, but it finally picked up around the 30% mark. Overall, this book struck me as fairly unremarkable, but I’ve heard the sequel is MUCH better so I will be picking that up! If I had to trudge my way through this book in order to get to the amazing second, I’ll be satisfied.
Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters
Author Emily Roberson
Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.
When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.
Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves? (from Goodreads)
DNF @ 45%
Oh boy. I’m so sad about this. I rarely DNF books, but I just actually, physically, mentally could not continue on with this one. I was super excited about this, because I LOVE Greek mythology and I LOVE retellings, so I thought this would be a perfect fit! Plus, it’s a myth that doesn’t get too much attention but I like it a lot. Unfortunately, it was just overwhelming and at times downright unnerving. Some of the plot points were truly uncomfortable and all of the characters are frickin’ awful. This is the most insta of insta-loves I’ve read in a looong time and I couldn’t handle it. It’s sort of a mix between the Kardashians reality style and The Hunger Games, which I thought was original, but it was actually just cringey and awful. I skipped to the end to see if I might like anything happening, but it looks to just stay awful throughout. Yikesville.