The story itself wasn't my favorite of the Greek retellings, but the writing was good, I would absolutely read another by this author.
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I‘m very late to #wrapup #AwesomeApril for no reason other than I kept forgetting! Anyway, I wanted to finish Ariadne and maybe whatever else came off the hold list or caught my fancy, as well as make progress on the other books I have going.
I finished Ariadne and thought it was fine. Certain parts I liked a lot, but overall it kinda rubbed me the wrong way. Circe is better! Just sayin‘
I also finished a mystery and read some other chapters.
Ugh! A YA-ish "retelling" of Greek myths. I was waiting for the promised feminist twist.
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Between a pick and a so-so. I wanted to see what happened, so I persevered and learned some mythology along the way. I‘m glad I read it, and I‘m glad it‘s finished. I‘m exhausted from all the drama !
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It's a gorgeous day for reading outside with gateau!
Haven't actually started the bookclub pick yet, but I may take it on holiday with me 💙
It's the morning for Ariadne reviews @squirrelbrain @Caroline2
I decided last night for an 'active' bail on this one (normally my bails are passive, i.e. me not being bothered to go back). I didn't like this one - it felt overwritten, overwrought, melodramatic. I feel mean to the author, because I've never written a book so who am I to judge, but it felt quite high school... 😬 Definitely YA vibes. And I really enjoy Greek myths, so disappointed.
This is a soft pick for me; I liked it but it didn‘t wow me. Like you Caroline, I think there have been a few too many mythology retellings recently and this one does suffer from (my) comparisons with Madeline Miller and Pat Barker.
This one tells the women‘s perspective on the more famous stories of the Minotaur, Icarus (in passing) and Dionysus. It just felt a little bit simplistic and almost YA.
Strong start, the prologue hooked me. The rest of the book was not as strong but still captivating. I liked how Ariadne and Phaedra have distinct voices.
Unlike some retellings, this was very readable and I actually wouldn't mind if it's longer.
Looking forward to reading Elektra.
Before Covid19, my #BookDepository orders usually arrive in 2-4 weeks. But when I placed an order in Mar 2020, it didn't arrive until after 3 months. Haven't ordered since then.
Fast forward to 2022, it seems it's back to normal. I ordered these on Feb 28th and they're here now!
These actually arrived at my local post on Mar 16th but were only delivered today. Anyway, yay #bookhaul! 🥳
#Weeklyforecast It‘s been a busy week, so the reading is in slow progress. Loving all these and treated myself to the tagged book… which is starting off beautifully.
Happy reading to you all 💫
Hi Cindy , I hope all is well with you x
Supermarket bargains!! 💕
Also got sushi & cake & cheese!!!! I would have enjoyed the sushi more if Pickles hadn't sat on me drooling and vibrating and trying to stick her butt in my food 😠😅
Loved it! ?
All a book blurb needs to say is "Greek retelling" and I instantly want to read it. This was such a great read too. Stories involving the Minotaur always intrigue me, and this book told from the perspective of his sisters was adventurous and heartfelt.
This book destroyed me. Truly a retelling to read. The middle part was where this story really shone, and where the writing was at its best. I thought I had a few more pages for a spectacular end to this, but I was a bit disappointed to see the Acknowledgements page already. 🥲
In any case, please do not compare it to Circe. That book had its own merit, and this one did too. The memoir-like narrative was what kept me turning the pages.
“When I was a child, I trusted the gods,” I heard myself say. “But Poseidon sent us the Minotaur, and my father stood by. When Theseus came, I thought he was not like them. But he was worse—for at least they never pretended to be what they were not.”
I really love the beautiful writing in this book. 🥺
Ariadne‘s retelling is a scathing examination of the price women pay for men‘s sins. I wasn‘t familiar with this myth and loved experiencing it through a female-centric perspective. I was entranced by the beginning with the Minotaur storyline, and my jaw dropped a few times during the exhilarating and tragic ending, but the middle lagged a little for me. #BOTM #botmbacklist #botmbacklog
Told from the point of view of Ariadne and her sister, Phaedra, this retelling helped to ground some of these stories for me and to give more emphasis to the women in the stories.
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Fans of Circe & The Silence of The Girls will become fans of Jennifer Saint's Ariadne. A heartbreaking tale of two sisters living in a world ruled by men. Saint has kept the Greek story of Theseus & the minotaur as a thread but has weaved a great tapestry of all the other characters around it leaving his thread dull in comparison to Ariadne.
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Perfect book to bring to a well needed spa day. Really good retelling of the story of Ariadne, shaping up to be a good read
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This novel is lush and symbolic, stuffed with decadent sounds and scents. We‘re immediately introduced to the central theme: that men and gods will trample on women, whose suffering serves as footnotes to their legends. There is a constant sense of destiny creeping, enveloping the characters within it and tugging us along. I knew the story of the Minotaur, but barely a third of the way through, this story is over.
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Confused on how I feel about this story. After doing some research, I found it does match up well with the Princess‘s mythos (at least, 2 mixed together). It‘s a story of two girls not knowing what love was growing under King Minos and how that affects their womanhood desires on men. Maybe it‘s just her mythos, but I didn‘t feel much out from it. Felt run down and just depressing how much she was belittled.
Such a busy holiday vacation these past few weeks. This book being slow has not helped. Although this has stuck with me. She feels no power as Princess to be, because she is a girl and mot a man. Classic sexism back in those days, even being a new perspective of Adrianne‘s life under tranny and left abandoned. So her story is already know by those who know Greek tellings
I loved this book! The story about the Minotaur and how it was killed and what happens to Ariadne. I love all the Greek mythology books coming out now. I didn't know this story before so it was good to learn something new. I look forward to her new book next April.
Meh. This book really lost the plot after a strong beginning. I could not emphasize with Ariadne‘s fascination for Dionysius at all, the side plot with her sister fell flat and the ending left me disappointed.
At least this gives me an excuse to post another picture of Park Sanssouci.
Rating : ⭐️⭐️,5 /
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