January 28, 2020

#BookReview: Ariadne's Crown by Meadoe Hora

Synopsis: She’s a sheltered princess dreaming of adventure. He’s an arrogant warrior eager to make a name for himself. Between them, lurks the Minotaur. When their paths come together, a legend is born. 

For Ariadne, growing up a princess in ancient Crete means an endless circle of weaving, sewing and learning to rule, but she wants more than to be married off to a prince. Ariadne knows what’s expected of her, but she longs for a life of her own and to know what lies on the other side of the sea. 
When Dionysus, the God of Wine arrives, she’s instantly drawn to his reckless good looks and mysterious power, but she knows it’s dangerous to mix with the gods. Still, she can’t deny the connection between them. 

Crete maintains a shaky peace with Athens, which is enforced by the Minotaur imprisoned in the labyrinth. When Theseus arrives to challenge that peace, everything changes. Ariadne soon discovers that all is not what it seems on her beautiful island. Although she knows Theseus is the enemy, she starts to think he might be right. Even worse, underneath his tough exterior, she glimpses a softer side that makes her think it might not be so bad to marry a prince. Unfortunately, her sister sees it too. 

To do what’s right, she’s faced with an impossible choice. Joining forces with Theseus could bring freedom and unite their countries, but it means betraying her father and losing everything she knows. What will she do when she’s torn between a god and a warrior? 

Does Ariadne have the strength to carve out the life she wants?


Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: I didn't know what I was going to get with this one but man this was a great story! Everything in this one was complex and in depth and I could not put it down.  I am so glad I got a chance to check this story out and I am so in love with the characters and the world that this is set in.  

"This is perhaps one of the best and the most entertaining young adult/mythology/epic novels I have read so far this year and I have read plenty. Ariadne is such a smart and intelligent character; she is not your typical young adult heroine, she has a mind of her own and doesn't seem to rely on the author to take her wherever the author wanted. She seemed to be directing the story, the flow and the pace. I enjoyed the tension the author created between Ariadne, Dionysus, and Theseus; it wasn't much of a love triangle and more of a battle in finding the right path. But I appreciated the tension anyway; it added another layer of plot and some more depth to the story. Needless to say, I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel!" -  Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

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