Title: The Trials of Olympus
Series: Divine Destruction (Book One)
Author(s): Brittni Chenelle, Charlee Garden
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: March 26, 2020
Goodreads Synopsis: When Jiro, son of Hades, shows up to claim her soul–the soul her mother bartered away–Yesenia has no choice but to accompany him to the underworld. Not one to go down without a fight, Yesenia makes a covenant with the devil himself in an attempt to win her soul back.
However, her bargain has unforeseen consequences. Now Yesenia must fight in the Olympian Trials and win as Hades’s champion.
With Demigods for competitors, a reluctant Jiro is her only hope at victory. But when you’re Hades’ champion, the only thing more deadly than losing the tournament is winning.
My Thoughts: I usually don’t read books about Greek mythology, but this one seemed as if it would be promising. The cover was interesting, which is what captured my attention first. The synopsis given was also intriguing, and that’s the reason I chose to read it. This novel took a different twist than most Greek mythology books I have read. The characters were relatable and likable; the character development was wonderful as well! I loved Yesenia and Jiro, both individually and together. The supporting characters were well written as well.
Both authors did an amazing job at world-building, and I could see everything as clearly as if I were actually in the story. The story line itself was complex, yet easy to follow. Most books I’ve read that were co-written have several issues – plotholes, contradicting details, etc. However, this book flowed perfectly with no issues that I could tell; at one point I forgot that there were two people writing it. The alternating perspectives were executed almost perfectly. There was no confusion or mistakes.
The book does contain graphic language and a few violent scenes. There’s a fade-to-black sex scene as well. It may need to be read with caution, especially if purchased for someone under eighteen.
My only complaint is how little we see of Araceli; she was easily one of my favorite characters, so it would have been nice to have seen her a bit more. Otherwise, I think it was a fantastic book. Once I started it, I couldn’t put the book down.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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