Long ago, before humans forgot them for all eternity, monsters and immortals retreated below ground to seek shelter. But what do the Greek gods do when they're bored? They bring back the Olympic Games - only a lethal version. The newest contender in these bigger, deadlier games is a young human girl they kidnapped from the streets above. For Kira Lier, it's kill or be killed as she races against beasts she thought were just myths, to cross the finish line and win a chance to earn her freedom.
©2016 Chanda Hahn (P)2016 Tantor
I will admit to being totally biased as I loved Chanda Hahn's Enchanted series. But that being said, Underland is a quite different tale with a heroine who is definitely confident in her abilities and who refuses to give up!
Kira is a seventeen year old who is dragged off, and sold in a world that shouldn't even exist. Full of every imaginable creature that is only myth and legend, she's forced to completely reevaluate everything she knows about such mythical creatures. And in this world, the only way to survive is to survive the games. But little do the creatures realize Kira's own stubbornness and will to live. With her life hanging in the balance, Kira realizes quickly that she needs to stay on guard constantly, and more importantly...try not to get eaten before the games even begin.
Underland shows us a whole new slew of characters that I was really excited to hear about, and I'm glad Hahn expounded on them versus glossing over these new creatures. The plot was spot on, and there was always something happening that captured my attention, which was great! The narrator also did a very good job; however, the very end felt totally anti-climatic as the narrator kind of just said the last sentence, which should have left me with a feeling of "dun, dun, dun" versus feeling like she just stopped talking all of a sudden. I actually went back and literally read the last bit, which still kinda sucked as it does end on a cliffhanger. I will say the other part that had me shaking my head a bit was the attraction of the heroine to a certain character. Toward the end she thinks of his arms around her, and technically I can see the relationship going there, but it seemed to happen too fast on her end just on one section. On his end I can see it totally happening, but I digress...Underland truly was a great short read/listen, and I did fully enjoy it and hated to see it end so quickly! I cannot wait to see what happens for our heroine, and what trials she goes through next!
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