Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters

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Greek mythology meets the Kardashians in Emily Roberson's Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters , a fresh, fast-paced debut young adult novel about celebrity culture, family dynamics, and finding love amidst it all.

Sixteen-year-old Ariadne's whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family's entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest , a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.

When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn't expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn't just endanger her family's empire--the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.

Ariadne's every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?

Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374310622
Branch Call Number: YA ROB
Characteristics: 337 pages ;,22 cm

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bookishmutant
Nov 25, 2019

I tried to reach the 100 page mark, but man, I couldn’t bring myself past page 50 or so...DNF. :(

Well...man, I’m so disappointed. The concept seemed so interesting; I love the idea of a Greek mythology translated into the twisted world of reality TV seemed incredibly innovative. So kudos to Roberson for putting that out there.
But, unfortunately, the entire book fell flat for me. The dialogue was unbelievably stilted and unrealistic, which immensely hindered my enjoyment of the book. Additionally, most of the main characters had maybe...1 or 2 differentiating traits each, which made for something of a personality void The world-building was also incredibly sparse, and I had difficulty imagining the world that the characters interacted with. Again, the concept was incredibly creative, but it fell victim to poor execution.

OPL_KrisC Nov 13, 2019

A modern take on the classic story of Ariadne, Theseus and the Minotaur. A little graphic in parts, but an overall enjoyable read.

JCLEmmaF Sep 27, 2019

Mythology, but make it modern. I love this. Take the Theseus and plop him into The Labyrinth Contest, a star studded reality TV show featuring not only the 14 competitors and their drama, but also Kardashian like sisters and the odd one out, the key to it all, shy Ariadne. This one was good, easy to read. There’s a little bit of suspended belief, as often with mythology retelling, but I liked this one.

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OPL_KrisC Nov 13, 2019

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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