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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Ariadne's Crown by Meadoe Hora is the story of a young princess who is trying to make the best decisions for herself and her people, but things are hard when you are a princess. Ariadne is a young princess who was taught to be the best ruler and wife. Her destiny was to be married to a prince and that was supposed to be the purpose of her life. She always wanted more from life but it appears that it is far from her reach. But when the God of Wine, Dionysus, arrives, she is more than just enamored. To make matters worse, a warrior named Theseus is threatening the peace between her small island of Crete and Athens. However, this conflict of mind and heart shows Ariadne that things are not as they seem and she still has a lot to learn. Her whole being tells her that Theseus is fighting for the right cause, that things are far more dangerous than they were portrayed. So what is she going to do? Can she take a chance and follow her heart for once?
This is perhaps one of the best and the most entertaining young adult/mythology/epic novels I have read so far this year and I have read plenty. Ariadne is such a smart and intelligent character; she is not your typical young adult heroine, she has a mind of her own and doesn’t seem to rely on the author to take her wherever the author wanted. She seemed to be directing the story, the flow and the pace. I enjoyed the tension the author created between Ariadne, Dionysus, and Theseus; it wasn’t much of a love triangle and more of a battle in finding the right path. But I appreciated the tension anyway; it added another layer of plot and some more depth to the story. Needless to say, I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel!