Girl, Goddess, Queen: A Hades and Persephone fantasy romance from a growing TikTok superstar

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Girl, Goddess, Queen: A Hades and Persephone fantasy romance from a growing TikTok superstar

Girl, Goddess, Queen: A Hades and Persephone fantasy romance from a growing TikTok superstar

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She does end up of inconveniencing Hades a little in the process, but the enemies to lovers dynamics that we see in their first encounter was utterly delicious. In this rendition, its an coming-of-age story of Persephone and of her finding her ways into her girlhood and adulthood, by running to Hell and making Hades protect her under his oath.

I most definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a unique original spin on the story of Hades and Persephone. I felt like every scene was dragged out between chapters and it would have worked better if it was dual perspective for this. The romance was also so refreshing beginning with Hades as our dark and brooding love interest, and Persephone (Kore) as a witty match and a thorn in his side. There needed to be more of a foundation for Persephone to grow to love the place she escaped to and want to make it better. Maybe some chapters from Hades's point of view would have worked better than just hearing from Persephone, or having it written in the third person.Okay I get it, can we please see some characters actually talk to each other about how they're feeling rather than telling other people or themselves? The King of the Underworld is nothing like Persephone expected, and everything that she’d hoped he’d be too.

The cover was one of small details that pushed me to get this book and when I saw that it’s available on Netgalley I knew instantly that I must get it! I think that if the book didn't have too many fillers, I would actually bump the ratings to 4 stars. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I've only read chapter 1 but I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favourite books this year. Fun side characters and a hopeful coming-of-age heart make this one of the most entertaining reimaginings in an ever growing list of them.Ergo three stars because it was mostly quite readable and I'm not really the target audience for a lot of YA fantasy anymore. So I just close my eyes and breathe in the coconut scent of his hair and hold him close and hope that if I can’t speak my affection I can at least show it. I adore a Hades and Persephone retelling and I have read my fair share of them in my time but this just felt a bit flat. The God of Death and the King of the Underworld is meant to have some kind of bite to him and this guy was the equivalent to a fluffy rabbit.

If there had been more balance in the relationship I think it could have made this a completely different book. Indeed at times he just seems weak while Kore holds all the power and agency, which isn’t really a partnership. And for this one, its a retelling with a bit of a mix where Persephone is the one who is smart and cunning whilst Hades is the soft one in this relationship. It does explore some heavier topics and briefly mentions topics such as misogyny, sexual assault and the trauma of War, so I definitely suggest checking TWs beforehand. Personally, the most interesting part of the book for me was the reasoning as to why she had to split her time between the earth and the underworld (but I shan’t spoil what it is :P).I really liked that idea of making the underworld into something more than land of dead ones, a place that god and bad wont mixes together.

I liked it enough to carry on reading, hoping it would improve, but I wasn't keen on the characters and how they were written. At the point the story is happening, Persephone could have been hundreds of years old and still the youngest of the gods.However, since its a debut novel, I do feel that the author has loads more potential for her next work so, I'm definitely going to be a look out for it. Having grown up on an island with only nymphs for company, Persephone is headstrong, wild and entirely ill prepared for matrimony.



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