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The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina b The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta. To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule. She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.


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The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina b The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta. To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule. She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

30 review for Outrun the Wind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    3.25 Stars. I thought this story started out with huge promise, but fizzled out some in the second half. It is a decent read, I was just hoping to be wowed. This is a YA fantasy, Greek myth inspired, wlw story. I was a huge mythology fan growing up, especially Greek. I do remember hearing about Atlanta, but for the life of me I could not remember her. I had to take the authors word that while she took some liberties, she tried to stay true to the character. I do have to say this felt more Greek 3.25 Stars. I thought this story started out with huge promise, but fizzled out some in the second half. It is a decent read, I was just hoping to be wowed. This is a YA fantasy, Greek myth inspired, wlw story. I was a huge mythology fan growing up, especially Greek. I do remember hearing about Atlanta, but for the life of me I could not remember her. I had to take the authors word that while she took some liberties, she tried to stay true to the character. I do have to say this felt more Greek myth inspired than a myth retelling as the world building didn’t feel ancient Greece to me. I felt like I was in a generic fantasy world which was a bit disappointing. There are two main characters this story follows: Atlanta, who is a bisexual warrior woman, and Kahina, a lesbian and huntress for the goddess Artemis. While I did like both characters I never connected to either as much as I hopped. I did feel closer to Kahina. I think her feelings and motives are more laid out for us. Atlanta was tougher for me as her character seems to have a major shift after the first third of the book. Anyway, there is a light PG romance. I do think the connection between the characters was obvious, but I also feel the romance could have been much more fleshed out. One of the biggest issues for me might have been expectations; loving Greek mythology this book was high on my to read list. I thought the book started great. An exciting hunt against a “monster” had my heart pumping. We meet Artemis and I think this book is going to be awesome. However, the storyline switches to Atlanta and a new chapter in her life and things went downhill for me. The storyline became very predictable and it lost its flare. I do want to make clear I think the writing is good, it was just the story choices and not really fleshing out all of the characters. If you are a YA fantasy or mythology fan you might enjoy this. Not the best wlw fantasy book of the year, but it’s a slightly above average read. If Tammi wrote another wlw story I would give her another read. An copy was given to me for a honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    clara

    2 1/2 stars My first thoughts upon finishing Outrun the Wind was thank god it’s over. Going into this book, I knew little of what it was about, and even less of the the myth it was based on. All I knew was that it was a sapphic retelling of greek mythology, so I immediately expected a story akin to The Song of Achilles. Let’s just say that this didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It’s not that this was a particularly bad book; I just found that I couldn’t really connect with the story or an 2 1/2 stars My first thoughts upon finishing Outrun the Wind was thank god it’s over. Going into this book, I knew little of what it was about, and even less of the the myth it was based on. All I knew was that it was a sapphic retelling of greek mythology, so I immediately expected a story akin to The Song of Achilles. Let’s just say that this didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It’s not that this was a particularly bad book; I just found that I couldn’t really connect with the story or any of the characters. I think one of the main reasons why was because the characters weren’t really fleshed out — especially Artemis and Apollo — who weren’t really believable as supposedly powerful deities. When Atalanta refuses Artemis’ offer to join her huntresses, she manages to run away from the goddess, and somehow she doesn’t get caught, despite the fact that Artemis clearly wanted her to join her maidens. Let me repeat, Atalanta, a human, managed to run away from a goddess, and this is Artemis’ reaction: ”[Atalanta] melts into the shadows of the forest and Artemis lets out a frustrated sigh.” [surejan.jpg] In addition to this, their powers and limits weren’t really fleshed out so in the final battle scene there was just a lot of vague magic-y stuff going on. Although I didn’t really find myself connecting to the two protagonists, Kahina and Atalanta, I did enjoy their relationship and its slowburn nature; it’s enemies-to-friends-to-lovers, which is undoubtedly and indisputably the best trope ever invented (fight me). I also enjoyed the way diversity was effortlessly incorporated into this book — Atalanta is bisexual and Kahina is a lesbian woman of colour. But… that’s where the positives end. Despite Outrun The Wind being set in Ancient Greece, it didn’t feel that way. The setting felt inauthentic and really just read as any other YA fantasy world. As the book was from two different point of views, I would have liked more distinction between the voices of Atalanta and Kahina. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing and found it a little dry, but I have read a lot of reviews praising the writing style so it might just be me. TL;DR: an underwhelming greek mythology retelling with a cute w/w romance, but the inauthentic setting and monotonous characters meant this was a miss for me. CW: attempted rape thank you to North Star Editions for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    "Artemis, who has sworn to never fall in love, is forever changed when she meets the legendary warrior Atalanta" guys. can we just cry for a little while.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin ღYour YA Readerღ

    🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪 5 Cookies “I think, let this be forever.” I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. my Blog Holy moly guacamole. I was very surprised with this book! Anyways into the review!! :) 🥛🥛🥛🥛🥛:)):):):) Storyline: I’m going to say about 4.5 glasses of milk for this one... (if that makes any sense) Of course this book is based loosely on Greek mythology. Well... I don’t really know anything about Greek mythology. (I KNOW ITS SAD) However doing some research I found it matched up w 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪 5 Cookies “I think, let this be forever.” I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. my Blog Holy moly guacamole. I was very surprised with this book! Anyways into the review!! :) 🥛🥛🥛🥛🥛:)):):):) Storyline: I’m going to say about 4.5 glasses of milk for this one... (if that makes any sense) Of course this book is based loosely on Greek mythology. Well... I don’t really know anything about Greek mythology. (I KNOW ITS SAD) However doing some research I found it matched up with the book on a few aspects. Not the whole book, but a few aspects. Which I thought was interesting the way the author made it her own story. I think that maybe if it related to the story just a tad more that’s what would have set it really over the top... 🥛🥛🥛🥛🥛 Writing: The writing style I really liked. It wasn’t too descriptive but descriptive enough. She added things that made the writing really enjoyable, and dare I say... EYE CANDY! 🥛🥛🥛🥛🥛 Characters: Kahina: OH MY GOODNESS. My sweet little brownie. (I missed a great opportunity to use cookie but I’m craving a brownie so we’re going to go with it.) Kahina had a truly great character. Underneath her coldness she opened up to Atlanta in a way nobody else could make her do. Please enjoy a sassy quote from the sassy queen. -“We’ve noticed something about you, Kahina, since getting here.” “I assume it’s not my impeccable grace and beauty?” Atlanta: Everyone meet Atlanta. The beautiful empowering totally bad to the bone lady. Atlanta is the character I found myself loving more and more as the story progressed. (Using big words now are we.) Relationships: I’m pretty sure we all now what relationship I’m referring to. ATLANTA AND KAHINA! My two babies. Ah I love. Here are some quotes that show how I feel. There relationship had so much understanding and trust and I just ate it all up. -“As safe as an escaped Oracle can be,” Atalanta whispers. - I grip Atalanta’s hand, and the whole world unfurls itself into glorious possibility. Curtain close: Um... Where is my sequel? I need now. ASAP. LETS GO!!! Without giving too much away, I enjoyed the ending and look forward to another book. PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK Cons:(start with the bad...) The only thing I would have changed would have been too add a little more on Greek mythology but other then that... *finger guns* perfecto Pros:(end with the good...) Everything! This book was full of adventure and page turning awesomeness. So glad I requested this book and like I said I need a freaking sequel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    jv poore

    Never, ever forget to honor Artemis. This Greek goddess relishes revenge. With a fine-tuned, blood-curdling cruelty. One retaliation resulted in the creation of The Calydonian Boar. In an either epic display of ignorance, or a sick desire to taunt the deity, the very King that caused her anger, proceeds to order his son to select a hunting party to slay her beast. Despite vehement opposition, Prince Meleager includes Atalanta. He knows she’s an asset as “…the fastest runner he’d ever heard of and Never, ever forget to honor Artemis. This Greek goddess relishes revenge. With a fine-tuned, blood-curdling cruelty. One retaliation resulted in the creation of The Calydonian Boar. In an either epic display of ignorance, or a sick desire to taunt the deity, the very King that caused her anger, proceeds to order his son to select a hunting party to slay her beast. Despite vehement opposition, Prince Meleager includes Atalanta. He knows she’s an asset as “…the fastest runner he’d ever heard of and the most precise archer he’d ever dreamed of,” but his comrades simply see a beautiful, but (by definition, useless) female. Until the moment the boar is felled. And the men see Artemis, in her righteous rage and flanked by her huntresses, glaring at them over the corpse of her creation. Then, the hunters happily give Atalanta full and complete credit for the kill. She has only one real option. Atalanta runs. Fighting to make her own way (quite literally), Atalanta is followed by one of Artemis’ patronesses as her father frantically searches for her. Kahina, a natural huntress with hidden knowledge, makes it to Atalanta’s home first, and awaits her arrival. It is when Atalanta and Kahina come together that the sparks really fly. I’ve always been a fan of retold fairy-tales, so I was certainly psyched to check out mythology re-imagined. Ms. Tammi manages stay true to themes; the lives of mere human beings are secondary to the quarrels among the gods and goddess, while keeping current with quick-witted, cutting dialogue. This is simply too good to keep to myself, so I’ll be sending my copy to my favorite classroom library. And I’ll be looking forward to more from Ms. Tammi. This review was written by jv poore for Buried Under Books, with huge thanks to North Star Editions for the Advance Review Copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Tammi

    Well, I'm definitely biased. But I sincerely hope that Kahina and Atalanta will find a place into your world (and bookshelves) this November! Writing this wasn't easy by any means, but it brought me so much joy and I'm very excited (and a little terrified) for you to read it. Thank you!

  7. 5 out of 5

    rin (lorenzo)

    3.5/5 it was lowkey hard to percieve apollo as an actual antagonist when you're in the middle of the trials of apollo especially anyway the problem of this book is that it's supposed to be set in ancient greece, since it's greek mythology inspired. i mean yeah, it IS technically set there, it features a lot of characters we know or myths we've already heard. however, it doesn't feel like it's a greek mythology retelling. it reads like a generic fantasy novel with gods, girls with superpowers and ya 3.5/5 it was lowkey hard to percieve apollo as an actual antagonist when you're in the middle of the trials of apollo especially anyway the problem of this book is that it's supposed to be set in ancient greece, since it's greek mythology inspired. i mean yeah, it IS technically set there, it features a lot of characters we know or myths we've already heard. however, it doesn't feel like it's a greek mythology retelling. it reads like a generic fantasy novel with gods, girls with superpowers and yadda yadda. it somehow completely lacks the atmosphere of ancient greece and that's why i didnt enjoy it wholeheartedly. don't think i didn't like it. i did! the plot is very decent and i loved the relationship between atalanta and kahina. the f/f romance wasn't heavily featured, but it was there and it was cute. (even though sometimes actions of characters made little to no sense to me). i just feel like you could take this book, change the names and locations, and it would look just like every second fantasy book set in some fantasy world. not that it's bad, it's just not what i wanted to get from this. i also had troubles with narration. the book is narrated from two alternating POVs, kahina's and atalanta's, and it was pretty hard for me to distinguish them. so many times i got distracted while reading it and when i came back, i just couldn't remember whose POV i was reading at the time. both girls sounded absolutely the same and it was annoying. this is a solid debut novel though and the writing overall is really good. i still enjoyed it, despite the issues i had with it, so my final rating is 3 out of 5. I've received the arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina - Traveling Sister

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 3.5 stars Wow! What an excellent first novel, this was an exciting and very well written story. I haven’t read a lot of Greek mythology or retellings but I really enjoyed this take on common myths and legends that even a novice would be familiar with. My favorite aspects of this were definitely (in order) Atalanta and Kahina. While I did feel their voices were written fairly similarl I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 3.5 stars Wow! What an excellent first novel, this was an exciting and very well written story. I haven’t read a lot of Greek mythology or retellings but I really enjoyed this take on common myths and legends that even a novice would be familiar with. My favorite aspects of this were definitely (in order) Atalanta and Kahina. While I did feel their voices were written fairly similarly and there were times when my wires got crossed with who I was reading I really enjoyed them as MCs. Atalanta is a strong willed, bad-ass protagonist who managed to maintain that strength while also showing and feeling fear and anxiety. I thought it was a very realistic depiction of someone facing Gods and monsters and I think it added a lot of depth to the story and her character. She was easily my favorite part. I really enjoyed the subtle, under-played romance between Atalanta and Kahina. I thought it was sweet and charming and didn’t detract from the story or come into play at unrealistic times. This loses it’s 5th start for me because while the writing was excellent throughout the novel, the over attention to detail left parts of the book a little slow and sagging. I also felt the “rules of magic” could’ve used a little more fleshing out. It read a little like Tammi didn’t think it need further explanation because…Greek mythology so….Gods, duh. I wish we could’ve gotten a bit more world / magic building here to better understand this retelling, versus knowing things about Greek mythology and having to fill it in ourselves. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I’m really excited for this author. I think it was generally a fast paced, fun and enjoyable read that I would certainly suggest to anyone interested in Greek mythology and retellings.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars At first I couldn’t really get into the story, it was all a bit too chaotic. But after the first third the plot got pretty interesting and I was eager to know what was going to happen. The characters were interesting and the story was definitely something different from what I’m used to read in stories set in ancient Greece. The fact that she decided to race her suitors was quite original The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars At first I couldn’t really get into the story, it was all a bit too chaotic. But after the first third the plot got pretty interesting and I was eager to know what was going to happen. The characters were interesting and the story was definitely something different from what I’m used to read in stories set in ancient Greece. The fact that she decided to race her suitors was quite original and entertaining to read. I think this book would have worked better as the first of a duology. There were a lot of things to resolve and it was all done pretty quickly and easily. Even the end scene and the death of one of the characters didn’t really surprise me much. I would also have loved to know more about the future of Arkadia and most importantly about Atalanta and Kahina’s relationship. Still, it was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 3.5 stars I liked this book and especially for a debut I think the author did a great job, but there were also things I was looking for in a book set in ancient Greece that simply weren’t there, and that’s the reason why this isn’t a five star, but let’s slow down a little. The book is narrated from two alternating POVs, Atalanta’s and Kahina’s. I think this type of narrati I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 3.5 stars I liked this book and especially for a debut I think the author did a great job, but there were also things I was looking for in a book set in ancient Greece that simply weren’t there, and that’s the reason why this isn’t a five star, but let’s slow down a little. The book is narrated from two alternating POVs, Atalanta’s and Kahina’s. I think this type of narration was the best choice for it, but one problem I had with it is that the two voices weren’t distinct enough. I think it makes some sort of sense, because the two characters are kind of similar on many levels, but that made it difficult to differentiate their internal monologues. But other than that, I think they were both well-written, just like well-written was the whole book. Sometimes, dare I say, a little too well written. This might make no sense, but I don’t know how else to put it. I just felt like every sentence was thought over meticulously, with great attention paid to the show, don’t tell and other rules, but sometimes that made the narration a little dry and perhaps impersonal. That’s obviously a very minor thing and it’s not really something I even thought about until writing my review, and it didn’t influence my rating negatively. My favorite aspect of the book was probably the f/f romance, and not just because it’s f/f. It honestly wasn’t even a huge part of the book, it’s just something that happens within the book, but that’s what made it special. I don’t really want to say much about it because it should be experienced while reading the book. The plot was at times a little slow and I think a few elements could have been removed or made less relevant in order to focus more on other aspects. Something else I didn’t necessarily agree with is the characterization of Artemis and Apollo, but I respect the author’s choice, and it’s true that Greek mythology isn’t always consistent and that there’s not two versions of a god or a Greek hero that are the same. But speaking of ancient Greece, I didn’t find it in this book. If you replaced the names of places and people with random ones, this would read as a generic fantasy. I didn’t see Greece in the culture, in the way gods were worshipped, in the way men and women related to each other, I simply didn’t see it anywhere. The author note explains that liberties were taken, since the mythological Atalanta belongs to the first generation of heroes, even before the Trojan war, and not a lot is known about many aspects of life back then. This, in my opinion, resulted in a worldbuilding that’s not here nor there. You could tell me it’s set in the same universe and time period as Cinderella and I’d believe it. I think that a retelling of a Greek myth loses a lot of its value if it doesn’t transport the reader back to ancient Greece, and that’s truly what bothered me most about an otherwise above-average book. All in all, I would recommend it if you can look past the missing ancient Greece and are looking for a f/f romance that’s not the focus of the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)

    *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* I am ALL for making Greek mythology gay. I mean, gayer than it already is, which depending on the myth is already pretty gay — but there's not nearly enough wlw in the mythology retellings I've read, which is why I'm so happy about Outrun the Wind. One question: when you first heard the myth of Atalanta racing her suitors and announcing she would only marry the man who could beat her, did you also sort of hate the gu *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* I am ALL for making Greek mythology gay. I mean, gayer than it already is, which depending on the myth is already pretty gay — but there's not nearly enough wlw in the mythology retellings I've read, which is why I'm so happy about Outrun the Wind. One question: when you first heard the myth of Atalanta racing her suitors and announcing she would only marry the man who could beat her, did you also sort of hate the guy who won by distracting her with golden apples? Yes? Good, this book is for you. Because this is the story of Atalanta falling in love with a disgraced huntress of Artemis and the plan they make to keep Atalanta from being married off for politics. It's about how gods suck, how girls deserve better, and finding someone who will always come back for you. In that respect, this book is great. I love the concept, and I like Atalanta and Kahina together. But it never shaped up to a great story overall. The plot needed more work. Kahina has the power of prophecy, for reasons I won't spoil. There is definitely some thought put into keeping this power from being the magical solution to everything (for example, Kahina can only magically speak the answer when other people ask her questions, she can't do it herself), but I felt it needed more boundaries and more fleshing out. And when there are gods involved I think there needs to be more explanation of the limits of their power, because otherwise they can just do random things with no limits and it's bad for the story. This becomes relevant in the epic final battle, when there are gods involved and very vague god powers. Literally deus ex machina. At least the gods weren't present for most of the book, so Atalanta and Kahina were using their own skills. But frankly, the part with Kahina trying to figure out how to fulfill Artemis's quest could have used more development too. Atalanta just sort of hits on the answer and then we find out it's right without showing us much actual development. Anyway, it's a book with some flaws that are saved by two girls falling in love and protecting each other from crappy men and gods.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ☙ percy ❧

    saw the first line of the blurb and my classicist ass was like "if this isn't sapphic then it can choke" and then i learn that not only is it sapphic, but the love interest is ATALANTA. i am ready. give me it

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    dear god I am so bored with this book. I love some of the characters, but the plot doesn't make sense to me and I don't understand how Atalanta can just,,,, run away from the hunters of Artemis. Artemis is a God. and she was just like "oh snap she's running guess we can't catch up!!!" (maybe they explain this later in the book?? whatever) great themes, okay characters, but the plot just didn't make sense.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    Review on my blog • Twitter • Instagram Rep: f/f romance, lesbian mc, bi mc  I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review  Outrun the Wind is a fantasy inspired by Greek Mythology, one of the main characters Kahina being a huntress of Artemis and the other main character Atalanta being accused of killing Artemis's boar, and wanting to be recruited by her.  Atalanta doesn't want to be part of the huntresses though. Atalanta is really good at archery, and is o Review on my blog • Twitter • Instagram Rep: f/f romance, lesbian mc, bi mc  I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review  Outrun the Wind is a fantasy inspired by Greek Mythology, one of the main characters Kahina being a huntress of Artemis and the other main character Atalanta being accused of killing Artemis's boar, and wanting to be recruited by her.  Atalanta doesn't want to be part of the huntresses though. Atalanta is really good at archery, and is on a team of only men. However she does struggle with men judging her ability, which is an interesting juxtaposition to Kahina's experience. I did enjoy both Kahina and Atalanta as character, which was one of the higher points for me. I did however not love the plot. When it's revealed Atalanta is a princess and must marry, the plot kind of dulled. There were attempts to make it more interesting but it didn't work for me. The romance was also a surprisingly minimal part of the book. As Kahina is forbidden from love and marriage due to being a huntress of Artemis, the romance took its time. However, I think it could've been developed a little better due to the forbidden factor to it.  I enjoyed both the main characters a lot though and really liked the world. I would likely read more of them but this particular story didn't work for me. 

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    WOW!  What can I say, this book caught me totally off guard. It's been years since I read any Greek mythology and so I wasn't sure whether I was going to like this book. I should have not worried. The story captivated me from the start and I fell in love with the two main characters, Atalanta and Kahina.  Kahina disobeys the orders of the Goddess Artemis and kills Artemis' boar in order to save Atalanta. Everyone believes Atalanta killed the boar herself as she already had the reputation of a fie WOW!  What can I say, this book caught me totally off guard. It's been years since I read any Greek mythology and so I wasn't sure whether I was going to like this book. I should have not worried. The story captivated me from the start and I fell in love with the two main characters, Atalanta and Kahina.  Kahina disobeys the orders of the Goddess Artemis and kills Artemis' boar in order to save Atalanta. Everyone believes Atalanta killed the boar herself as she already had the reputation of a fierce warrior, being brought up by hunters in the wild. Kahina detests Atalanta for taking credit for killing the boar and hiding the truth. Atalanta is soon reunited with her father, King Iasus, who is keen to find her a suitable husband. Atalanta has no interest in marriage or men and grows more and more fond of Kahina, and Kahina reciprocates her feelings. "You might be a warrior, but you are still human." I'm giving this book 4.5 stars and highly recommend to anyone who is into Greek mythology, or anyone looking to venture from their usual genre like myself.  I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marty :} (thecursedbooks)

    A mythology f/f retelling that I really liked, it was slow at first and it literary took me so long to get into the action and become invested in the story. But when it happened, I started appreciating the story because it was amazing. The premise was very original – Atalanta, the only well known female greek hero, and her famous races being retold with Kahina, a huntress of Artemis being thrown in. They had a hate-to-love relationship that I wish I got to see more of. It was probably the slowes A mythology f/f retelling that I really liked, it was slow at first and it literary took me so long to get into the action and become invested in the story. But when it happened, I started appreciating the story because it was amazing. The premise was very original – Atalanta, the only well known female greek hero, and her famous races being retold with Kahina, a huntress of Artemis being thrown in. They had a hate-to-love relationship that I wish I got to see more of. It was probably the slowest slow-burn romance I’ve ever read and I don’t know, I wanted more. BUT I still really liked it as a whole.

  17. 5 out of 5

    - ̗̀ DANY ̖́- (danyreads)

    . : ☾⋆ — 3 ★ READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2OUEyva ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Flux & North Star Editions!!) The Song of Achilles but make it sapphic !!! after joining Meleager on the hunt for the Calydonian Boar as the only woman on the crew, huntress Atalanta is faced with the terrifying consequence of drawing first blood on the boar, a creature made by the goddess Artemis. except Atalanta didn’t kill the Calydonian . : ☾⋆ — 3 ★ READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2OUEyva ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Flux & North Star Editions!!) The Song of Achilles but make it sapphic !!! after joining Meleager on the hunt for the Calydonian Boar as the only woman on the crew, huntress Atalanta is faced with the terrifying consequence of drawing first blood on the boar, a creature made by the goddess Artemis. except Atalanta didn’t kill the Calydonian Boar, one of Artemis’s own huntresses, Kahina, did. as both make their way to the kingdom of Arkadia—Atalanta, returning home, and Kahina, trying to earn back Artemis’s favor—their paths cross and their fates unravel, revealing so much more than either girl ever bargained for. very loosely based on the greek myth of Atalanta, Outrun the Wind is a fun, quick read. my expectations were high for this one, and i’m happy to say that, despite a few issues i had with the book, my expectations were mostly met!! i can’t write this review without mentioning at least once how often this book reminded me of the first 60-75 pages of The Song of Achilles, when Achilles and Patroclus still live as boys in Phthia. from Greece itself as a setting, to Patroclus/Achilles and Kahina/Atalanta and their tranquil relationship as the plot develops, and the undeniable parallels between Atalanta/Achilles and Kahina/Patroclus. Kahina’s POV, her voice and storytelling style, were both very similar to Patroclus’s in my opinion. Outrun the Wind is obviously not as emotionally loaded as TSOA, and the ship itself is not as heavy and remarkable. TSOA is a masterpiece on its own, but Outrun the Wind definitely had very similar vibes. so if you find yourself looking for something like TSOA but with lesbians, this is it. speaking of lesbians, though. this book almost had me thinking it was gonna queerbait me. the slow burn is very subtle, and you honestly never know when (or even if) the main characters are even going to get together. it wasn’t until around 80% of the way through the book that we even had any evidence that either of them truly had romantic feelings for the other, before that it’s just very angry but extremely subtle requited pining. so the chemistry was there, but something was definitely missing as far as relationship development goes. it isn’t the best wlw ship i’ve read, but it was okay. however!!! i’m happy to say that this book has a bisexual MC and a lesbian MC, and that is super fun!!!! for a debut novel, i think Elizabeth Tammi’s writing style was pretty good!! as i said, it kept reminding me of TSOA, and that HAS to be a good thing. my only issue with Tammi’s writing style is that Kahina’s and Atalanta’s POV’s were barely discernible between one another. if we didn’t have the character’s name before each chapter to tell us who the narrator is, i don’t think i would’ve been able to tell the difference. aside from that, though, i think Tammi did a fantastic job. overall i think this was a fun, quick read and i was really impressed by it!! despite the few issues i had with it, i’m very happy to have been able to read an early copy and i’ll be eagerly awaiting its release in november. thanks again to NetGalley, Flux & North Star Editions!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shealea

    Full review to follow! Quick thoughts: - Greek myth retelling of Atalanta - Hate-to-love f/f romance - Dual POV w/o distinct voices - Questionable portrayal of popular Greek figures - Angsty & boring - Weakly written & forgettable - Neither impressed nor blown away - Trigger/Content warning: implications of sexual assault Actual rating: 2 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started Outrun the Wind, but once I got about 25% in, I didn't want to put it down.  It still took me awhile to finish because, life.  But it was hard to adult while reading it. There are two narrators.  Atalanta and Kahina.   The book starts with Atalanta hunting a creature of Artemis.  She is with a boy that she loves, plus others.  Things don't go as planned.  Kahina is with Nikoleta and Isodora watching things.  They are huntresses of Artemis.  For some rea I wasn't sure what to expect when I started Outrun the Wind, but once I got about 25% in, I didn't want to put it down.  It still took me awhile to finish because, life.  But it was hard to adult while reading it. There are two narrators.  Atalanta and Kahina.   The book starts with Atalanta hunting a creature of Artemis.  She is with a boy that she loves, plus others.  Things don't go as planned.  Kahina is with Nikoleta and Isodora watching things.  They are huntresses of Artemis.  For some reason, Kahina interferes and saves Atalanta.  She was supposed to make sure nothing interfered with the will of Artemis.  Hippomenes is one of the men in Meleager's hunt.  Kahina is his cousin and she betrayed her years ago.  Artemis shows up and offers a spot to Atalanta.  But she can't join the huntresses because she loves Meleager.  Her refusal does not go over well.   Kahina is sent away to Arkadia.   Here she meets the king, Nora, and Phelix, along with others.  Phelix is the son of the king and Nora.  The king set out to find his missing daughter.  Kahina is shocked to see that it's Atalanta.  Atalanta is told that she must marry to save the kingdom that is running out of money and supplies.  Kahina is to teach and serve her while they wait for the suitors to come.  While Kahina hates Atalanta at first, they slowly get closer.  Phelix has been a great friend, too, and they all spend a lot of time together.  Atalanta doesn't want to marry.  She and Kahina come up with a challenge that she just can't lose.  Atalanta is fast.  She runs and no one can beat her in a race.  So she decides to race all the suitors.   So much happens that I can't get into.  And I apologize for my mess of thoughts above.  I felt that the pacing was great and I loved the strong females.  There are some trigger warnings for physical abuse and hints of sexual abuse/harassment.   I loved Kahina, Atalanta, and Phelix.  There were a lot of others that I ended up liking, too.  I enjoyed the mythology.  You'll want to read the author's note at the end which talks about the things she changed/added to the story to make it her own. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my copy for review.  I gave this one 4  1/2 stars rounded up to 5.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mellie Antoinete

    A generous thank you to #netgalley and #fluxbooks for an #earc of this novel in exchange for a fair, honest review. “Nobody can beat fate—not even her. Nobody can outrun the wind.” Well this was adorable! Fast as the wind and almost as entertaining! 😜 Okay fine, no more wind jokes. This calls for a little Outside/In review! Overall, 3.5-3.75 stars. Cover - The atmospherics on the outer dust jacket are thrill worthy! #hairenvy! I can feel her mind reaching back for an arrow, the wooden bow in her A generous thank you to #netgalley and #fluxbooks for an #earc of this novel in exchange for a fair, honest review. “Nobody can beat fate—not even her. Nobody can outrun the wind.” Well this was adorable! Fast as the wind and almost as entertaining! 😜 Okay fine, no more wind jokes. This calls for a little Outside/In review! Overall, 3.5-3.75 stars. Cover - The atmospherics on the outer dust jacket are thrill worthy! #hairenvy! I can feel her mind reaching back for an arrow, the wooden bow in her hand just waiting for a fight! This cover tells a story! It says, “archery is fun!” Though I don’t recall much archery in the story, so hmmmm 🤔. Mythology - Gentle reminder this is YA fiction! Let’s go with Atalanta existed and in a very large, grossly overstated nutshell this might be some version of her story, but not really! “Atalanta was raised by blood-stained hands and slept with more weapons than blankets. I can’t remember when I started liking that about her.” Atalanta - Isn’t that a beautiful name! When I said I was open to reading anything, apparently all I meant was good character name? ✅ Apollo’s Oracle - Moving inward, Kahina is obviously truly fictional, but I love the character twist here. It gives her increased value which I felt was one of the stronger points of this novel. This is a story about two badass girls surviving in a male dominated world. Tale as old as modern time? Maybe. To a certain extent we’ll always be bound by historical conventions, but I give Tammi credit for crafting two characters who do standout within the boundaries of their era. It was the strength of the characters that had me finishing this in 3 sittings. “These are two people I’ve known separately, but entirely.” Shipping - Here is probably my main beef with the story: I didn’t get the MC romance...at all. I didn’t think it added any intrigue, value or increased plot suspense. I’m all for suspended belief, but it should fit the lines, the rhymes and the times. My vote, this just didn’t. One last thing: HippoMEANYs! You’re were another forgettable villain. Try harder sweetheart! 😠

  21. 4 out of 5

    charlotte

    Galley provided by publisher To be honest, I think the hype for this book actually killed it for me. If it hadn't been so hyped and I came to it with no expectations, I'd have probably liked it more than I did. Because the writing is pretty good, the characters were alright, and there's a good romance. But it was hyped, and so I'm disappointed in how it turned out. THE GOOD - The relationship between Atalanta and Kahina was well-developed and nicely slowburning. They start off disliking each other Galley provided by publisher To be honest, I think the hype for this book actually killed it for me. If it hadn't been so hyped and I came to it with no expectations, I'd have probably liked it more than I did. Because the writing is pretty good, the characters were alright, and there's a good romance. But it was hyped, and so I'm disappointed in how it turned out. THE GOOD - The relationship between Atalanta and Kahina was well-developed and nicely slowburning. They start off disliking each other - or rather Kahina dislikes Atalanta for reasons she can't actually explain to her, and Atalanta dislikes her in response to that - and then come together to work against the suitors later on. You might say that they start liking each other fairly abruptly, but besides that the development was realistic. - The writing wasn't awful. OK, I'm definitely framing that in a negative way but I mean like. It was alright. Not much more, not much less. Readable, but nothing special. - The characters were good - maybe not very nuanced - but they were good characters. I just didn't really like any of them particularly, which was unfortunate. I think if I'd liked them, things would have gone better for me. THE BAD - Just to clarify, I don't mean bad bad, but more like these-are-the-things-I-didn't-like bad. - It just felt like your generic superpowered fantasy (albeit with an f/f relationship), where the characters happened to have names from Greek myths, and not actually a Greek myth retelling. I know, in the author's note, it said that she did research and took certain historical and mythological licences when writing it, but it doesn't even feel like it's actually set in Ancient Greece. Part of that was because of the language used ("insane", "lieutenant" are the examples that stick out), and the descriptions of their clothing (calling what Ancient Greeks wore a "dress" doesn't help in making it seem believable). Overall, though, besides the names for things, there didn't feel like that much effort in worldbuilding. I couldn't help comparing it (unfavourably) to Madeline Miller's novels in the end, because those are examples of how to take some liberties with the myth and still have it feel like it's actually set in Ancient Greece. - Also, I know in the author's note she does mention that in the time of the myth - 3500BC or so - there wouldn't be coins as money and some of the city states wouldn't have been formed (although in the book she actually does have these things), but it's that kind of thing that takes me out of the story. Specifically in this book, I was taken out the story when Kahina started teaching Atalanta about forks. Which, as the smallest bit of research would tell you, were not used in Ancient Greece. Forks as we know them weren't actually used in the west until only a few centuries back. And that kind of anachronism really annoys me for some reason. It's the kind of detail that makes me think that, while there might have been plenty of research gone into the myth itself, research into the era might have been overlooked. - There was plenty of plot to this book, but even so, I actually found it fairly boring. I think that's mostly linked to the fact that the writing was only alright, but also a bit to my next point. - I didn't like any of the characters. Don't get me wrong - I didn't dislike them. But I just didn't actually like them. Ultimately, I didn't care about them, which would be a major factor in me liking a book (second to good writing). They are good characters, like I said before, but I didn't care. - Finally, I just couldn't see Apollo as an out and out villain. Maybe part of that is because of Rick Riordan and the way he writes the Olympians. But for whatever reason, it just didn't work for me. So yeah, in the end, this was just one of those books that was overhyped for me, meaning I didn't like it as much as I was hoping to.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ✧lilly✧

    ✧ ARC PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ✧ Greek mythology was my childhood obsession. Ever since my parents gave me a wonderfully illustrated storybook of Greek myth retellings, I fell in love with the complexity of the heroes' position between fate and free will, as well as the flawed humanity of their gods. Percy Jackson and the Olympians was the series I grew up with, solidifying my love for moody deities and merciless monsters. And this year, I was able ✧ ARC PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ✧ Greek mythology was my childhood obsession. Ever since my parents gave me a wonderfully illustrated storybook of Greek myth retellings, I fell in love with the complexity of the heroes' position between fate and free will, as well as the flawed humanity of their gods. Percy Jackson and the Olympians was the series I grew up with, solidifying my love for moody deities and merciless monsters. And this year, I was able to experience Greek myth in all its glory and gore while reading Madeline Miller's Circe. In this context, I expected to enjoy Outrun the Wind immensely, even if it wasn't anywhere near the level of its predecessors. But I found myself frowning at the first few chapters' portrayal of Artemis, and I've come to the reluctant conclusion that this book will not do my beloved myths justice. Its representation of Greek myth so far is just not... well, realistic. I know, I know, how can I be arguing for realism in myth? Let me recap the scene: Atalanta and four guys were hunting Artemis's giant boar, but one of her huntresses - Kahina - kills the boar when it seems like it would harm Atalanta. Atalanta pretends she killed it, and Artemis and huntresses arrive to seek justice for the slayer of her monster. Artemis invites Atalanta to join her hunt; Atalanta refuses. Here are some examples of what I deem an unrealistic portrayal of Artemis: "Princeling. Tell her she will join my huntresses." YOU ARE AN ALMIGHTY GREEK GODDESS. WHY WOULD YOU NEED AN IRRELEVANT HUMAN PRINCE TO ENFORCE YOUR WILL??? I [Atalanta] shift my shoulders, just to make sure my quiver is still strapped to my back. Though I'm not sure what good my arrows will do against an Olympian. A BIG FAT LOAD OF NOTHING. YOUR ARROWS ARE LIKE TOOTHPICKS TO A GREEK DEITY. IF SHE WERE TO SHOW HERSELF IN HER TRUE FORM, YOU WOULD MELT INTO A POODLE FROM THE MERE SIGHT OF HER DIVINITY. WHY ON EARTH AREN'T YOU ON YOUR KNEES BEGGING FOR MERCY?!?! I start to reach for my bow. [...] Artemis's lips slide into a grin, and as she raises her own bow, she shakes her head. YOU. DO. NOT. PICK. FIGHTS. WITH. GREEK. GODDESSES!!!!!!!!! YOU'RE NOT EVEN A FREAKIN' DEMIGOD!!!!!!!!! And what does Atalanta do when faced with Artemis's refusal to accept the girl's decline of the goddess' offer? My whole being responds, my mind locking one command into place: run. That's right. She RUNS AWAY. And Artemis would just stand there sighing like a powerless maiden, letting her get away? Really??? And she would let herself be blackmailed by a son of Poseidon who happens to be working for her brother, because Apollo would go against his own twin sister in order to defend some measly half-god? Really????? And don't even get me started on Kahina's motivations for saving Atalanta. Because there are NONE. Girl was simply in the mood to throw a knife given to her by Artemis herself at Artemis's own monster. Because logic. I meant to read at least 20% before I call it quits, but my patience has worn thinner than Arachne's net. 3 stars for above average writing and some potential I'm too enraged to see through. DNF at 13%. Note: All quotes are from an uncorrected ARC, and are subject to change. More of my reviews can be found on my blog, Valley of the Books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (bookswritinghappiness)

    I received a digital ARC of this book through NetGalley thanks to Flux in exchange for an honest review. I’ve dreamed of being able to request ARCs to review for a while now, but I thought I didn’t have enough followers to actually get approved for one. But when I saw that Outrun the Wind was available on NetGalley, I decided to go for it. It was the perfect book for my first ARC; although it’s not a famous book (yet), it’s one I’m excited about since I’ve been following Elizabeth’s tumblr (annab I received a digital ARC of this book through NetGalley thanks to Flux in exchange for an honest review. I’ve dreamed of being able to request ARCs to review for a while now, but I thought I didn’t have enough followers to actually get approved for one. But when I saw that Outrun the Wind was available on NetGalley, I decided to go for it. It was the perfect book for my first ARC; although it’s not a famous book (yet), it’s one I’m excited about since I’ve been following Elizabeth’s tumblr (annabethisterrified) for a while. When I got the email telling me that I’d been approved for an ARC, I was so happy and excited!! I started reading right away. I’m happy to say that this book was worthy of my excitement to read it!! I’ve been a huge Greek mythology nerd since I read Percy Jackson all the way back in 2007, so this adaptation of Atalanta’s myth was a lot of fun to read. This story in particular isn’t one I’m super familiar with, but I could still tell that Elizabeth really did her research to make the story authentic while making it her own. I loved all of the characters!! Each of them had their own backstory, their own personality, and their own flaws, and they all felt so real. It didn’t take me long to care about them. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the way the characters were so connected to each other, even though many of those connections weren’t obvious as first. Speaking of connections, this book was the longest enemies-to-friends-to-lovers slow burn I have ever read. I shipped Atalanta and Kahina from the beginning, and as I watched them both very slowly recognize their feelings for each other, I just kept thinking, “You’re both gay. You both like each other. Hello??” It took them so long but when they finally got it together, it was so worth it. I was hoping for a different ending than what happened, but I can save that for a fanfic : ) The actual ending was definitely not what I expected, but it was still satisfying and wonderful. The only thing that kept me from giving this book a higher rating was that the story, while intriguing at first and very exciting at the end, dragged a little bit in the middle. The length allowed for plenty of character and plot development, which was necessary, but it still felt long to me. I can’t complain too much, though, because this book was incredibly well-written, especially considering that this is a debut novel written by a 20 year old author. Kudos!! Overall, I really enjoyed reading Outrun the Wind, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Percy Jackson as much as I do. I will definitely be hyping this book up before publication, and I hope it gets the attention it absolutely deserves. Congrats, Elizabeth!! : )

  24. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    First and foremost, thank you NetGalley, North Star Editions, and Elizabeth Tammi for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I had very high expectations of this book based on a number of the reviews I read that are already out there. While it didn't quite meet my expectations, Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi was still a very engaging and exciting read. The story: Atalanta was raised as a warrior, and Kahina is a huntress of Artemis. When Kahina kills Artemis's boar First and foremost, thank you NetGalley, North Star Editions, and Elizabeth Tammi for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I had very high expectations of this book based on a number of the reviews I read that are already out there. While it didn't quite meet my expectations, Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi was still a very engaging and exciting read. The story: Atalanta was raised as a warrior, and Kahina is a huntress of Artemis. When Kahina kills Artemis's boar to save Atalanta, she must redeem herself to get back into Artemis's good graces. When Atalanta turns out to be none other than the Princess of Arkadia, she is not thrilled at the fact that her father wants her to marry as soon as possible. Kahina comes up with the brilliant plan of having suitors race Atalanta, since it will be impossible for anyone to outrun her. This plan seems like a good idea, until it turns into higher stakes: life and death. When  suitors see they are  bound to die, they leave Atalanta alone. All except one who refuses to back down, a follower of Apollo sure of his own victory. One thing that originally drew me to the book, based on other reviews, was the female/female romance aspect. I enjoyed this, but I really with there was more of it a lot sooner in the novel. The lack of action made the romance feel rather stilted and unbelievable. I really enjoyed the hunt at the beginning of this book. It really made the setting. There's even a reference to Odysseus's father, which was a nice Easter egg and a way to show the time period without having to explicitly say. The part between the hunt and the racing (a huge chunk of the first half of the book) felt a bit slower and dragged slightly in comparison to the rest. Once the races start, the story becomes exciting again, and the stakes are pretty high. The writing style itself is very nice and elegant, as well as easy to read. The only problem I had was that the voices of the two different characters tended to feel too similar more often than not, and I would occasionally forget who's perspective I was reading. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read and would recommend it to teen girls specifically. There's a good takeaway from this book about not letting your past define you and really finding who you are and being comfortable with that person. A person shouldn't let others try to change them. Great message!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maria Dimitrova

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars It was the summer between third and fourth grade when I fell in love with Greek Mythology. It was actually part of the mandatory summer reading and I found myself utterly fascinated. So as a general rule I like all things that incorporate those myths. "Outrun the Wind" is a wonderful retelling of Atalanta’s story with a LGBT spin on it. From the very start it was obvious that this story will be very different than the original myth and that it will explore some difficult, Actual rating: 3.5 stars It was the summer between third and fourth grade when I fell in love with Greek Mythology. It was actually part of the mandatory summer reading and I found myself utterly fascinated. So as a general rule I like all things that incorporate those myths. "Outrun the Wind" is a wonderful retelling of Atalanta’s story with a LGBT spin on it. From the very start it was obvious that this story will be very different than the original myth and that it will explore some difficult, heavy themes. Personally I don’t think they were handled well but I’ve read worse. Actually that handling and the way most men are portrayed are the main reasons why I gave it a 3.5 rating. However, it has that special thing that makes you want to keep reading despite the flaws. So I’d recommend "Outrun the Wind" to people who love retellings and the Greek Myths. I promise you won’t regret giving it a chance.

  26. 5 out of 5

    no

    because i don't know how else to ever explain the immense love i have for this sapphic (!!) story, here's me pretending i'm a green brother: Dear Outrun the Wind, When I first heard of you, months ago, I knew I would love you. And I was right; as soon as I got about three chapters in, I fell in love with you. I fell in love with Kahina and Atalanta, and I fell in love with their relationship. [insert gif of boyle anytime he's in the same frame as peraltiago] This is a sincere thank you for existing. because i don't know how else to ever explain the immense love i have for this sapphic (!!) story, here's me pretending i'm a green brother: Dear Outrun the Wind, When I first heard of you, months ago, I knew I would love you. And I was right; as soon as I got about three chapters in, I fell in love with you. I fell in love with Kahina and Atalanta, and I fell in love with their relationship. [insert gif of boyle anytime he's in the same frame as peraltiago] This is a sincere thank you for existing. Thank you for being a book about greek mythology with queer main characters; thank you for being a which includes Artemis; thank you for being a book that made me feel content and satisfied (and smile for fifteen minutes straight). Sincerely, A Sapphic Mess --- arc received from netgalley!

  27. 5 out of 5

    anna (readingpeaches)

    apollo & icarus whomst

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    3.5 stars When I saw this beautiful cover, I knew I had to read it. And when I learned it was a fantasy book with a FF relationship, then I was even more excited. Outrun the Wind follows two girls: Atalanta and Kahina. Atalanta is a talented young woman who's been raised by hunters. She doesn't know who her parents are, so it comes to her as a surprise when she learns that she's the long-lost princess of Arkandia (if I'm spelling it wrong, please excuse me). Kahina on the other hand, is one of Ar 3.5 stars When I saw this beautiful cover, I knew I had to read it. And when I learned it was a fantasy book with a FF relationship, then I was even more excited. Outrun the Wind follows two girls: Atalanta and Kahina. Atalanta is a talented young woman who's been raised by hunters. She doesn't know who her parents are, so it comes to her as a surprise when she learns that she's the long-lost princess of Arkandia (if I'm spelling it wrong, please excuse me). Kahina on the other hand, is one of Artemis' huntresses who escaped Apollo (Artemis' brother). I will admit that I feel that this book lacked world-building and explanations. There are some things that confused me but eventually, I was hooked by the story and its characters. I really wanted the girls to be together and kiss and make-out so it was cute to see how their relationship developed. Kahina wasn't Atalanta's biggest fan at first, even though(view spoiler)[ she kinda saved her life ;) (hide spoiler)] . This book has a lot of potential and even though it isn't perfect and I had some minor problems with it, I still ended up enjoying it! Thank you to Netgalley, the author & publisher for letting me read and review this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book was great. I love mythology re-tellings or books based off of mytholody. Kahina was a pretty awesome character. She was cold, but I loved how she opened up to Atlanta. Atlanta was amazing. She was the big bad ass character in this book. She was willing to give up what she wanted because she loved Kahina. The romance between the two was unusual for me, because I have never read a fxf romance book before, but it wasn't too bad. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mythology or This book was great. I love mythology re-tellings or books based off of mytholody. Kahina was a pretty awesome character. She was cold, but I loved how she opened up to Atlanta. Atlanta was amazing. She was the big bad ass character in this book. She was willing to give up what she wanted because she loved Kahina. The romance between the two was unusual for me, because I have never read a fxf romance book before, but it wasn't too bad. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mythology or action, of fxf romance.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Books to Liv by

    Rating: 3 stars Outrun The Wind was an interesting debut novel about two female heroines and a secret that kept me on my toes for three days. At first I thought it was built around Kahina and Atalanta’s romantic relationship, but once I understood the general angle I was glad I had been proven wrong. This novel was more about the world building than it was about the romance. The f/f love story was there, always tangible and yet, it wasn’t the main focus at all. Only three things left me unimpre Rating: 3 stars Outrun The Wind was an interesting debut novel about two female heroines and a secret that kept me on my toes for three days. At first I thought it was built around Kahina and Atalanta’s romantic relationship, but once I understood the general angle I was glad I had been proven wrong. This novel was more about the world building than it was about the romance. The f/f love story was there, always tangible and yet, it wasn’t the main focus at all. Only three things left me unimpressed: the mythological world building, the überpolished writing and the double point of view. In terms of world building, it didn’t feel like a mythological read —more like fantasy. And that disappointed me. A bit. Moreover the whole story was told by two different point of views, Atalanta and Kahina’s, and yet their voices weren’t that different at all. Sometimes I ended up being confused and I had to re-read some passages. The author’s writing was on point though, but I would have appreciated less descriptions. Overall it was a lovely debut novel. And the f/f romance was nicely built. Thanks to NetGalley and North Star Editions for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

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