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Mythothon: Theseus and the Minotaur - Wrap Up & Mini Reviews

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today, I'm sharing my wrap up and mini reviews for Mythothon which ran the entire month of September and was hosted by Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales.  This round was based on Theseus and the Minotaur of Greek mythology and I managed to complete all of the prompts.  

Group Book: 

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Ariadne by Jennifer Saint was a really enjoyable retelling of Greek mythology.  I'm so glad I decided to listen to the audiobook because the narrator did a great job.  This novel had just about everything I could have asked for in a retelling. I can't wait to try this author's newest release, Elektra.

My review is also on Goodreads.


Prompts to Defeat the Minotaur


1. Poseidon - 
Read a book with a watery theme OR with blue on the cover.

DNF'd @ p. 30

Zodiac (Zodiac #1) by Romina Russell sounded like it had potential, but honestly it grated on my nerves the entire time. Perhaps I was just expecting something else.  It just wasn't for me.  

My review is also on Goodreads.


2. Pasiphae and the Minoan Bull - Read a book with a romance OR a book with a white cover.

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsby is a YA Contemporary that I've been putting off for way too long.  It's a tough one to review and I wish I could have rated it higher, but I'm still very glad I finally tried it.  It's not very often that I get to see ace characters and I'm especially glad to see that representation.  By the way, there's quite a bit of variety when it comes to representation in this story and it's all handled pretty well.  The overall plot didn't quite work for me as well as I was hoping for though and the pacing's a little off, but the characters are where the story really shines.

My review is also on Goodreads.


3. Daedalus and Icarus  - Read a book about a parent OR a book that will make you cry.

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It's difficult to rate The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz, but I wished that for such a long book that it was less meandering and had more of a plot.  I will say that my favorite of part of this story was the platonic friendship.  I need to catch up on more of this author's work soon.

My review is also on Goodreads.


4. Androgeus - Read a book with a game or competition.

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Hide by Kiersten White is another tough story to rate.  I'm kind of on the fence somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but I'd say 3 is a better fit for me.  I really liked how this story started off and exploring the park, but my biggest issue was in the way that it rotates perspective characters between most of the cast.  Sometimes that could make it more difficult than it needed to be to follow the action.

My review is also on Goodreads.


5. Theseus Charges In - Read a YA book OR a book with a number in the title.

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I've always heard how great A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder #1) by Holly Jackson is and now I can officially say that it totally lives up to the hype.  This novel had me hooked from beginning to end and I found myself very attached.  What I really loved is that it kept me guessing throughout.  My only gripe is that I had to keep reminding myself that it isn't set in the UK (or at least the US edition I read is set in Connecticut, but a lot of phrases and things come across as very English), but either way the story was still a lot of fun.  I can't wait to continue the series.

My review is also on Goodreads.


6. Ariadne - Read a book with gold foiling OR get help from a friend by asking for a recommendation.

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Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Palmer was recommended to me because I loved The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. While this was a solid historical fiction read, it never quite hooked me as much as I wish it would have.  I liked the idea of an epistolary novel between Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa, but there were way too many people to keep track of.  Also Vanessa isn't all that interesting of a character to center the book on.

My review is also on Goodreads.


7. The Minotaur - Read a book with a battle OR a book with a weapon on the cover.

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I didn't really have any expectations going into Sky of Swords (The King's Blades #3) by Dave Duncan, but it was actually pretty good.  I'm glad each installment of the series can be read as a standalone if you like which is good for me as I've never read any of the others let alone anything by the author before now.  I may have to read the other books in the series in the future.

My review is also on Goodreads.


Extra Prompts to Complete the Tale

8. The Island of Naxos - Read a book with a party or celebration.

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Hogfather (Discworld #20) by Terry Pratchett was such a delightful read as is every other part of this long running series.  It's always good to visit Ankh-Morpork and see so many recurring characters!

My review is also on Goodreads.


9. Aegeus and the Sails - Read a book you forgot about, from the back of your TBR.

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I totally read The King's Cavalier by Samuel Shellabarger because of the cover when I spotted it at a local used bookstore.  Turns out it was a really cool historical story.  It's got plenty of likable characters and lots and lots of intrigue.  I think I'll have to try more from this author in the future.

My review is also on Goodreads.


10. King Theseus - Read a book about a hero OR a book from the POV of a villain.

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Prisoner of the Daleks (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #33) by Trevor Baxendale is my first Doctor Who book that I've read that doesn't feature a companion, but the Doctor himself is in top form. Plus, David Tennant's 10th Doctor is my favorite iteration of the character.

My review is also on Goodreads.


Did you take part in this readathon?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Comments

  1. Wow, you're really doing great on this readathon!

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  2. Congrats on hitting all the prompts! I'd love to try A Good Girl's Guide to Murder.

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  3. I want to read Ariadne. What a fun readathon. I just finished Madam and got a little dash of greek mythology there too :)

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