Welcome, one and all, to the Ginger Mom’s stop on The Sky Throne tour! We are so excited to be hosting Chris Ledbetter’s amazing book today!
Solid five stars!
From page one, I was hooked!
Very good character development – it’s better if you have a little mythology background (I do from junior high) because you see how people fit together (Zeus and Hera, for example). Both primary and secondary characters were wonderfully developed and there were enough characters to keep your interest without overdoing it.
Also, I think it’s a fast paced story. It keeps moving so you want to keep turning the page. I would definitely read this one again, as well as more by Chris Ledbetter! Now I’m looking for a second book 😉
Four stars – really enjoyed it!
This book is a fun, fast-paced, exciting dip into Greek mythology, ranking right up there with fairytale retellings. And if you know me, you know how obsessed I have been with those lately. The biggest difference with this one, as opposed to the Percy Jackson series, is that we get to see Zeus before he was King of the Gods. This book focuses on the Big Gods before they were the Big Gods of Mount Olympus. And, as much as I love Percy Jackson, it’s a refreshing change.
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!).
We averaged out our ratings (Megan gave it ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and Crystal ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) and decided this book deserves a solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2! Final verdict? We are hoping there will be another book and in the meantime, we will be devouring anything else we can find by this author!
Thank you to iRead Book Tours and Chris Ledbetter for the complimentary copy of this book and allowing the Ginger Mom to be part of this amazing tour! And if you want an extra little goody, stop by the tour site and enter the GIVEAWAY!