Happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone had a fun and restful weekend!. For this week’s Goodreads Monday I’m going to be talking about “Ariadne” by Jennifer Saint. For those of you who may not know Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where anyone can choose to highlight a book from their Goodreads TBR and was originally created by Lauren’s Page Turners.
As Princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up hearing the hoofbeats and bellows of the Minotaur echo from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur – Minos’s greatest shame and Ariadne’s brother – demands blood every year.
When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete as a sacrifice to the beast, Ariadne falls in love with him. But helping Theseus kill the monster means betraying her family and country, and Ariadne knows only too well that in a world ruled by mercurial gods – drawing their attention can cost you everything.
In a world where women are nothing more than the pawns of powerful men, will Ariadne’s decision to betray Crete for Theseus ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself sacrificed for her lover’s ambition?
Ariadne gives a voice to the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths, and speaks to their strength in the face of angry, petulant Gods. Beautifully written and completely immersive, this is an exceptional debut novel (Goodreads, 2021).
I choose “Ariadne” for this week, because it is my first Book of the Month pick. Book of the Month is a subscription service where you get to pick a single hardcover book from several highly anticipated or well received books. “Ariadne” caught my attention, because it is a re-telling of a famous Greek myth, the story of the Minotaur. I’ve been on a major Greek mythology kick recently. I’ve always loved Greek myths and there have been so many great re-tellings being released with an emphasis on female points of views. Plus this book has been highly recommended to me by several of my reader friends so I can’t wait to dive into it.