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I really enjoyed how Greek mythology was mixed in with modern day. Zeus is a prankster, trouble-making high school student who gets shipped off to Mount Olympus Prep after an attack on his home. Right away, we’re bombarded with gods and goddesses (I have to admit, I looked most of them up to see who paired with who). And then there’s young Zeus – what a horny ladies’ man! There’s a girl back home. Then he comes to Mount Olympus Prep and there’s another girl he’s got his eye on. Then another! I had to laugh each time he found a new hottie to take his attention! (Maybe I’m exaggerating it a bit but the romance aspect of this book definitely had a comical edge to me – I really enjoyed it and was glad that, being YA, it was toned down a bit! Keep it in your pants, Zeus).
I was a little nervous that, with all the gods present in this book, it might turn into an info-dump and move slowly. But you get used to the big ones pretty quick, once their nicknames are associated with the gods you recognize. After that, the book flew by and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I won’t give away any spoilers (if you want to talk about the nitty gritty details, I will rant and rave until I am blue in the face . . . in private), but I will say that this book is definitely worth the read if you’re into Greek mythology (and even if you’re not!).
Zeus isn't exactly an ideal student, gets kicked out of school thanks to his row of pranks and is faced with house arrest and goat tending as a punishment when he gets home. After sneaking out one night to attend a bonfire, he returns to an unexpected attack by an Elder deity, Hyperion, which leaves his best friend dead and his mother injured. Still fighting grief, he learns that the deity was actually after him. At the Olympus prep school, he hopes to find answers no one seems to be able to give him, but instead, is caught up in the middle of a conflict, which threatens more than just the school or him.
The author has created an intriguing world by mixing aspects of Greek mythology with those of a modern day, teenage world, while still keeping the setting based in ancient mythology. Zeus is presented as a teenage boy with tons of potential, but has enough rough spots to make him difficult to handle. He's a prankster and a woman's man. . .kind of. The Greek gods, according to mythology, weren't exactly moral or nice, and many of Zeus' traits are hinted at in this teenage version, but in a way, which still makes him likable and easy to cheer for. Especially when he starts to learn what he's capable of and the plot shifts into action pure.
There is never a boring moment, and the tension and action build through-out the book, creating a wonderful climax toward the end. Although some aspects mirror the mythology, other scenes and happenings follow their own imagination. This makes the story unpredictable and offers several unexpected twists and turns. The plot flows well and adds the layers neatly. There's even a bit of romance, which fits well to Zeus' character and holds its own surprises as well.
The world building was well done in so far that it's easy to picture the scenes and characters. The first chapter doesn't flow as smoothly as the later ones do, simply because there is a lot of name dropping. Although this draws direct connections to the mythology, it's a bit heavy for readers not completely familiar with the material. Mythology fans, however, will grasp it up and feel right at home. The mixing of the modern into the ancient setting makes for an interesting background with aspects readers can easily relate too. Still, at times, this combination clashes and comes across a little forced. That's why I'm giving this 4.5 stars and rounding up to 5.
All in all, this was a fun read with lots of exciting moments and tension. Young mythology fans are sure to enjoy this and will be disappointed only because the story comes to an end.
I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to freely leave my honest thoughts and opinions.
There are so many details about this book that I really enjoyed. Ledbetter definitely doesn't rush his storytelling, and I really admire that. Instead, he allows his story to flow as it should. Same with his characters. They naturally grow into the characters they're destined for. I really enjoyed getting to see a different side to Zeus. I loved how vulnerable he is, and the strong, fierce character he becomes.
What makes this story so engaging is Ledbetter's story telling. It's flawless. He has created a story rich in storytelling, backed with flawed characters who you can't help but enjoy getting to know, as they discover more about who they are, and whom they're meant to be. The story's mystery, and awesome character chemistry add a lot to the excitement of the story. It's hard to believe this book is a debut, it's so well written.
This story is one that had me wishing I had a physical book in hand, because I felt like I couldn't turn the e-book pages fast enough. There was no shortage of well crafted characters, exciting twists, and a story that got better and better with each page. If this is Ledbetter's debut, I can hardly wait to read this book's sequel.
You don't need to be a fan of Greek Mythology to enjoy this story. However, if you are, you're in a for a real treat!