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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,537 ratings  ·  384 reviews
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 m ...more
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Published October 20th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya
An interesting concept of combining reality tv and 'famous for being famous' culture and one of the most popular myths in Greek mythology. Entertaining, although a bit irreverent at times (as you would expect from the premise). I always had mixed feelings about Ariadne, but here the protagonist is very likeable and I really enjoyed looking at her as a rebellious teenager who wants to find her own way in life.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the review copy provided in exc
Mar 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was a disaster.

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters had so much potential. A retelling of Greek myths and heroes set in the modern world with a reality TV and Hunger Games-esque twist? What a cool concept! There were a lot of interesting ideas and themes that were presented, especially in relation to the culture of reality TV. However, the execution was awful and this was absolutely the worst book I've read in 2020 so far.

I don't even know where to begin. The horrible insta-love? The "I'm not li
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)

Yikes, this book is a lot and I'm not entirely sure how to feel about it. I came close to DNF'ing, but it is a pretty quick read so I decided to see it through. I love the concept behind Lifestyles of God's and Monsters, but the execution....had a lot more issues. I am particularly uncomfortable with the handling of certain things given that this is a YA book, and we will dig into that.

This is being pitched as Greek Mythology meets The Kardashians, and in a lot of ways that is quite accurate. I
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ARC provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Macmillan!!)

you simply HAVE to give Emily Roberson extra kudos for originality. never in a million years would I have been smart enough to come up with a concept that takes an ancient greek myth, reality TV like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and The Hunger Games and blends them in such a dark and seamless way. I was a HUGE f
The Nerd Daily
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

I finished this story a week and a half ago, and I’m just now finding the words to describe the absolute delight of a story this was to read. It’s been a long time since I last read a retelling of a Greek myth, and I was blown away by how Emily Roberson was able to create this hybrid world of a Kardashian-esque royal family while still observing the rules of the Gods. There are elements of this story that caused me to think of t
May 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.75/5 stars.

It seems like this month I've read books that were worthy of either 4/5 stars or 1/2, this book's rating destiny was the latter.

I'm going to be frank, I like Greek mythology, most of the stories are very fascinating and I'm always open to learn more about them, but because I have very little knowledge of every one of them I had no idea what this one's true story was going to be, and honestly I've never heard of it before in my life.

The concept of the story was overall very interesti
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
this book is bizarre yet strangely entertaining?

it’s basically a greek myth version of keeping up with the kardashians & the hunger games so yeah: bizarre

the writing is very reminiscent of 2000s YA and you can definitely tell it’s a debut novel but I was still flying through this.

there are themes about growing up in a reality show and the inner workings of fame. it’s exploitive, sexual, & exactly what you expect in the production of real housewives.

the theme of how mortals blame the gods for
Apr 13, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pitched as Greek mythology meets Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters seems to be a book that readers either really love or really hate. While I was admittedly interested enough to keep listening to the audiobook until the story's conclusion, it's not a book that I can recommend to people.

Initial thoughts:

📌 Insufferable, morally righteous "not like other girls" main character and equally insufferable, morally righteous love interest.

📌 One-dimensional characters, bizar
Apr 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
Hoo boy.

That summary sounds like the most exciting thing on Earth. Sadly, it’s been betrayed by horrendous execution. I heard negative reviews of this book but I thought... how bad can it be? At least it’ll be fun, right?


Where do I even start? From the second chapter, you’re already faced with:

-Nonstop slut-shaming
-I’m not like other girls to the max (no joke, MC’s dad says she’s not like other girls and that’s why she’s his favorite daughter. I’m.)
-Just nonstop internalized misogyny, but
julianna ➹
i love greek mythology and i also love mindless entertainment
this book was a great match for me

review to come :)
Jaye Berry
Jun 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020, ya, fantasy, audiobook
Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters is a retelling of the Greek minotaur and Labyrinth... but modern and mixed with the Kardashians. Ariadne's entire family is in the entertainment spotlight, from social media to tabloids but their biggest money maker is the labyrinth contest- a reality tv show where Ariadne leads fourteen teenagers into the maze to try to kill a monster. To win is money and fame but to lose is death. When Theseus arrives to defeat the monster, he asks Adriadne for help. She didn't ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Farrar, Straus, and Grioux/Macmillan for sending me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review..

The premise of this book is so unique, crazy, and completely amazing. I mean, Greek mythology and reality TV are usually not two things that people associate or think of together, but that’s exactly what this book was, and it was so fun to read about.

It was cool and fun to see the ancient Greek world depicted in a social media, entertainment obsessed world similar to our own. I loved
Anne Ta
My god was this a bore to get through. Not only was the writing godawful (like what the fuck was the editor thinking?), the plot pointless (the "conflict" was resolved in like 2 seconds), the characters flat and 2 dimensional and the romance to be the most insta-lovey, try-hard, cringy thing ever.

Honestly, I expected to love this book. A modern spin on Greek mythologies and characters? Sign me up! Until I realize how tedious the writing is-- written like a skewed twitter thread that's outrageous
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book-2019, 2019
I love Greek mythology so this story hit a spot with me. I could not get enough. Brilliant concept.
Feb 19, 2022 rated it it was ok
I guess I knew what I was getting into. *may contain mild spoilers*

Between the low reviews and biting criticisms this book has received, it was probably going to be pretty bad. But I wanted to give it a chance. The premise is really intriguing (Greek mythology and reality TV!), but unfortunately all aspects of the story were extremely lacking. Riddled with plot holes, indefinite endings, and numerous topics that the author tried to cover (but failed to address in-depth), Lifestyles of Gods and M
Lauren Stoolfire
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson is a unique YA retelling of the Greek mythology tale of Ariadne, Theseus, the Minotaur, and the Labyrinth. I've seen quite a few middling reviews for this, but luckily it really worked for me. I loved the author's writing style and how she brought Greek mythology into a modern world that's not all that different from ours. I wasn't sure quite sure what to make of the present day technology and elements like smartphones, social media, paparazzi, a ...more
Nerdy Werewolf
"I rate the competitors. It may seem callous to think about them this way, but they signed up for this. They have families and fans, millions of people to worry about them. The Minotaur has only me."

This took all of the best parts of the Minotaur/Ariadne/Labyrinth myths and plopped them right in modern times (reality TV, cell phones, etc.), while still being set in Greece with Gods and kings and heroes and magic. The juxtaposition of modern sensibilities and fame alongside the responsibilities o
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So I loved this. It's a bizzarre mix of greek mythology, the hunger games and reality tv, and it worked.
The story and pretty much all of the characters were messed up in one way or another, but hey, that's greek mythology. I still felt for them & even got emotional and cried at certain points in the story. Couldn't put it down.

This might not be a book for everyone, but it was definitely for me.
Jan 13, 2022 rated it liked it
3/3.5 stars. This book interested me with the concept because it seemed to combine Greek mythology with a Hunger Games like plot. It definitely had its good moments, but I found it hard to connect to some of the characters and it felt very surface value with little depth sometimes. And on top of that there were parts I felt like I was reading a cheesy wattpad fanfiction.
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was everything! Drama! Romance! Betrayals! Reality TV. What a great idea to take these ancient myths and put them in a modern setting. I'm still not quite sure why Aeges had to sacrifice his own people to Minos's pageantry ??, but I was all in for the ride. ...more
Yvonne Olson
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book stood out to me for a while - the Kardashian's meets Mythology! But also has a Hunger Games vibe... it was really cool. I regret waiting so long to read this, but I haven't been in a fantasy mood as of late and this just didn't interest me, but this had just the right amount of contemporary vibes to get me interested. That, and I LOVE mythology.
This was really interesting and I'm glad I finally got to it!
Cara (Wilde Book Garden)
Oooooh I REALLY liked this one. The blend of classical myths/allusions vs. modern technology and the reality TV premise worked SO well. (For context, I don't really watch reality shows so I think this book can definitely be enjoyed whatever your experience with them.)

Despite the fun premise, there's also a deceptive amount of depth and darkness here, such as in Ariadne as she grows to realize her own part in what is happening and as she is forced to re-evaluate her opinion on her "shallow" siste
Katherine Moore
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, blog-tour, 2019-read
This is an astoundingly clever mash-up of Greek mythology, celebrity culture (think 'Keeping Up with The Kardashians'), and the Hunger Games; altogether the story of Ariadne and Theseus is told, where the gods are under the lens 24/7 just like Khloe and Kim, and ratings are always king. The monster is the Minotaur, Ariadne's brother, a tragic character, who is supposed to be killed by whoever solves the maze. Ariadne is caught between helping her new-found love or helping her family, with everyt ...more
★★★☆☆ - A good and original book.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn't expect much, but it was very great in the end.
Mixing Greek mythology with modern days, social media and modern issues was a very interesting and clever choice. It makes the story more appealing and kinda relatable I guess.
However, I think the story was a bit rushed: during the first 75% of the book, nothing really happens. It's not boring, but there are no key events for the story. During the last 25% of the
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Look at this cover and read that premise. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters created a great twist on the original Greek Myth by creating a retelling revolving around reality TV. It could have been amazing if the author didn't make the one mistake many YA authors make - include a romance. I wouldn't have minded a fast instalove like this if there was an interesting twist with that romance. In the original, Theseus ends up being a jerk. I think a play on that would have f ...more
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press Reviews)
I KNOW they wrangle buzzwords and key phrases to sell these things, but this genuinely sounds like "this is about uhhh *spins wheel*--" ...more
Mar 24, 2021 rated it liked it
A modern retelling (with a few liberties taken) of the original Hunger Games as teens from Athens travel to Crete every year to face the Minotaur in the Maze on Crete to either win everlasting glory or be chewed into kibbles and bits.

Reader's Digest version of the Greek Myth --> Minos assumes the throne of Crete, asks Poseidon to send him a snow white bull as a sign of his favor. He's supposed to sacrifice it but decides to keep it instead, so Poseidon gets even by making Queen Pasiphae fall in
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

*Thank you so much to Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read LIFE STYLES OF GODS AND MONSTERS!*

I love Greek Mythology retellings, so a modern day retelling of the Minotaur myth? Sign me up! Now lets add in reality TV and fight to the deaths and its basically a kick ass book. This book is basically: Keeping Up With The Kardashians + Greek Mythology + The Hunger Games = Lifestyle of Gods and Monsters. Lifesty
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
As penance for the murder of King Minos' eldest son, 14 of Athen's best and beautiful citizens must be sent to compete in the reality show, The Labyrinth Contest, where they would run the maze and attempt to conquer the Minotaur. After, 10 seasons, and lagging ratings, the newly claimed Athenian prince, Theseus, wanted to face the Minotaur in an effort to save his people, but he couldn't do it without the help of the Cretan princess, Ariadne. Would the princess choose her family, or would she ch ...more
Mar 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Staff review:
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.

Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by
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Emily Roberson has been a bookseller in Little Rock, a newspaper reporter in Vicksburg, a marketing manager in Boston, and a writer in Chapel Hill and Dallas. She is an Arkansas native who graduated from Brown University and has a masters in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and three sons.

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