Persephone : 5/5 stars
I love mythology and I am especially fascinated by Hades and Persephone's myth. Therefore I was really, really
excited about this book but at the same time, wary because I've already
read a few modern rewritings of this myth and they were downright
terrible (The Goddess Test, anyone? Diddn't think a book could make me feel that angry).
And this is undoubtedly the best rewriting I've read so far.
The characters were very well-written and felt real. Persephone
doesn't care for being a damsel in distress and takes matter into her
own hands. Her reaction to the whole "hey you're a goddess" is not
downplayed at all, like it usually is, and quite realistic I've found. I
loved Cassandra, with her sass and her
always rectifying Hades - she made me giggle out loud. Hades is alright
but quite different from what I'd thought : the author slightly changed
the myth. This Hades is not really the "bad guy" of the story, he
actually "kidnaps" Persephone so that she can stay safe in the
Underworld from the real bad guy, a psychopath and serial rapist :
Boreas, God of Winter. At first, it slightly unsettled me but I realised
that I am not sure I really want to read a love story with an abusive and
pedophile Hades... So that's actually for the better!
the love story, this one mercifully avoided the classic "insta-love"
situation. Persephone seems particularly unimpressed by Hades at first
and only learns to like him and eventually love him with time, upon
seeing how he rules on the Underworld. Also, I found quite mature how Persephone handled her own feelings for him. It was really refreshing compared to the cheesy stuff you usually see in YA.
aspect of the story I really liked : the transformation of the Gods in
the modern world. Honestly, that was just GREAT. It was just as good as
Percy Jackson. The more I read about it, the more I thought "omg this is
awesome, THIS IS AWESOME.". Everything just made a lot of sense and
there were no loose ends or discrepancies.
The writing style was
clear and fluent. The dialogues were quite witty and made me giggle
sometimes and the Twilight references under the name "Dusk" really
Another aspect of the book I really appreciated, speaking
of Twilight, is that they never downplayed the importance of the age
difference between Hades and Persephone. It didn't feel like it was just
a momentary hindrance to increase the sexual tension and anticipation,
it felt like it was a real problem that Hades (and the author) carefully
considered so that it wouldn't be creepy. Honestly, these days I've
read so much YA where seriously wrong and unhealthy relationship were
glorified that I just have to highlight how this book was a breath of fresh air compared to them because it avoided these pitfalls.
It is a great book : I recommend it to anyone. I am so glad it didn't disappoint me and I really can't wait for the second installment in the series!