Top 5 Thursday | Greek Mythology

Greek mythology is one of my favourites. I could read about the 13 Gods all day long. There was a time when I wished I was either Poseidon’s daughter or Athena’s. The myth, the concept, the power, the glory, the challenges, the legends all keep me bound to the Olympus Gods till this day.

During my school days, I read the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series and I loved each book with all my heart. I give full credit to Rick Riordan for getting me hooked onto Greek mythology.

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So without further ado, here are 5 Greek Mythology books that I want to read.

  • Olympian Challenger – Astrid Arditi


A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?

Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.

Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…

As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.

Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.

I had started this book and left it midway. I have been intrigued by Hope’s life and I do plan on reading this as soon as I can. I have quite a long TBR list right now. 

  • The Goddess Test – Aimee Carter


Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, the god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

I’m not sure why but I always pick put books that have contests and tasks for the protagonist to complete. It keeps the tension building in wondering whether the task will be completed or no. And I have always been a lover of challenges so this one is surely going to be fun.

  • Endangered (Daughter of Hades) – Dani Hoots


Chrys has been in the Underworld for thousands of years, hidden away by her father, Hades, from all of the other gods. He’s afraid that if someone finds out about her, they will destroy her because of the dichotomous power that she holds, the power of life and death. So she has remained in the Palace of Hades all her life, making very few friends and always bored out of her mind.

Huntley would have never guessed that after he died he would wake up with a beautiful girl standing over him. And that she would be the Dark Lord of the Underworld’s daughter. Yet, for some reason, she keeps him around as her tutor, as if he knows anything about the world. But Huntley knows that all she really wants is a friend; being trapped in the Underworld can get pretty lonely.

That is until Chrys decides she wants to run away to the human world after a big fight with her mother Persephone. Chrys claims her father is just overreacting and that nothing bad will come of it. There’s no way that the gods will notice she’s there for only a couple of days…right?

A secret daughter of Hades and Persephone. That had me right there. I mean what will happen when the other Gods find out. Ooo, this story sounds perfect for some Godly rivalry.

  • Half-Blood (Covenant series) – Jennifer L. Armentrout


The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

A perfect forbidden romance and the chance to prove oneself. A similar plot that I’ve read before and it sounds fun to read nonetheless. Coming of age stories always make me feel happy and motivate me to be my best self. Let’s see how this one turns out.

  • The Gatekeeper’s Sons (Underworld Saga) – Eva Pohler


Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She thinks she’s manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

Again, a Hades related story. But this time, it’s Hades’s twin sons. Hypnos and Thanatos seem just about right. Trying to woo the mortal and help her avenge the death of her parents shows the utmost loyalty from the sons of Hades. We get to read about the Furies too, so I’m fascinated and excited to read this one.

All the love R

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