April 16, 2020

#BookReview: Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by @RobersonEmily






Synopsis: 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?


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Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: Crazy, Incredible, Insane, Beautiful, Masterful, Breathtaking, Bonkers, and well I don't know what else to say about this book. Roberson took the myth of the Minotaur, set it with out technology, and turned that sucker on its head.  And the weird thing is it worked SO WELL!!  I was blown away with how well this story blended in with todays society.  I was then blown away again when I found out that this was her debut!! I mean look out readers because this is an author to keep an eye out for!!! 


This story about one girls quest to save her brother, stop the killing, and to play video games is one that I just can not stop talking about!! Just over 350 pages Roberson draws you in and locks you up while you learn about the inner working to the old world of Crete and everything to deal with the gods and how they punish those who don't follow the rules.  

Parts of this book will have you hanging your mouth wide open, wondering what in the world. (all in a good way though). It's just that crazy!!!  I could not put this one down and I can not wait to pick it up again!! 

This one gave me the feel of the Hunger Games so much.  And it worked so well.  



Go Into This One Knowing: Light talking of beastiality, Child abuse, Mention of Sex tapes







“Roberson largely sticks to the original myth, and its more twisted aspects fit neatly into the cutthroat contemporary reality TV universe, where exploitation is the name of the game and ratings are everything. . .A fresh new twist on an enduring myth.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Roberson expertly modernizes Greek mythology with a very Kardashian twist.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A creative and fast-paced retelling of the Minotaur myth that is both loyal to the original story and rife with thoughtful commentary on the modern phenomena of social media, celebrity culture, and surveillance. . .The concept is endlessly intriguing and its execution is dark, salacious fun. A novel mix of The Hunger GamesKeeping Up with the Kardashians, and Greek mythology that will draw in former Percy Jackson fans looking for a more grown-up read.” ―School Library Journal
This myth with modern trappings will have no trouble hooking an eager audience.” ―Booklist
“Readers familiar with the myth will appreciate updated revisions to old characters and the book’s empowering twist in Ariadne’s heartbreak. . .Brings a modern, engaging humor to the ancient classic.” ―The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
“A reimagining that could engage a new generation of readers to appreciate Greek mythology and re engage readers familiar with the stories to appreciate the story from Ariadne’s perspective.” ―Tor.com
“Steamy, witty and heartbreaking, Emily Roberson has given us a fast-paced love story and family chronicle set in a world that ingeniously marries Greek Mythology with today's celebrity culture.” -Marit Weisenberg, author of Select and Select Few
“An absolute must-read...Roberson’s retold Myth is a beautiful combination of modern and classic, reinterpreting and shifting the meaning of the term ‘monster.’” ―Paperback Paris










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