There have been many retellings or references to the myth of Persephone. When I picked up this novel, I was entranced by the cover and decided it woul...moreThere have been many retellings or references to the myth of Persephone. When I picked up this novel, I was entranced by the cover and decided it would be worth reading. What I didn't expect was that I'd absolutely love this novel.
Persephone had some serious attitude, I noticed that from the very beginning. But with a mother whose a goddess determined on confining you to the vale she's created and keeping you away from all things male, I guess that makes sense.
Enter Hades. Persephone encounters a mystery man in the vale and is quickly smitten by him. When she finds out he's Hades, she's surprised and angry at first. But love is no match for anger.
I really liked that Whitman deviated from the traditional myth of damsel in distress and created a story with a kick butt heroine.
I also liked the fact that she didn't stick with the stereotype of Hades. In this novel Hades was hot. No I'm not joking. Hades wasn't the one dimensional figure he's always been. I loved her description of the underworld and basically the whole novel.
This is a condensed version of my review. For the extended review, click here.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:This one was classic Meg Cabot...absol...moreThis is a condensed version of my review. For the extended review, click here.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:This one was classic Meg Cabot...absolutely wonderfully written and very compelling. I love Meg Cabot's books. She is such a great writer and her books are always great. This one was no exception.
This retelling of Persephone was very original and had me hooked from the beginning. I loved the character Pierce, like all of Meg Cabot's characters she had a good heart mixed with just enough attitude to make a well-developed character that I really liked.
And then there was John. I have BBS--bad boy syndrome (meaning that I loved him.) He was really intriguing and I loved learning more about him.
I've already said that Meg Cabot is an excellent writer, but it deserves to be mentioned again. She has a way with words. Her writing always feels so genuine. And it's always incredibly well-written. I love her ability to weave a story that draws me in from page one. I'm so excited to read the second one. The ending on this one....now I have to read the sequel. I think that is the mark of a good book.
This one comes highly recommended. I love this myth and Meg Cabot did a great job in retelling it in a modern day setting.
In Summary:It's Meg Cabot--aka it's incredible. For a beautifully written novel with a heroine with just enough heart and attitude, read this retelling of Persephone. (less)
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had heard mixed things about this one. I knew some people who loved it and some people who had hated it. However, I'd been wanting to read it and so when the sequel was up on Netgalley I decided to get it and then track down the first novel.
I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed this book. This marks the third retelling of the myth of Persephone that I've read in the last four months and so of course internally I couldn't help comparing this one to the others. I absolutely loved all of these retellings.
This one was a very cute and enjoyable read. I was intrigued from the very beginning. I felt like the writing was well-written, the characters were well-crafted, and the plot presented an interesting twist to the tale. I loved the characters Kate and Henry. Their relationship sucked me in from the beginning.
I loved the idea of the novel and had high expectations for it. I don't know if the novel quite reached those expectations, but that was probably because they were pretty high. I was, however, thoroughly entertained and I read this in one sitting. That right there is a mark of a good book.
The ending left me absolutely satisfied and at the same time dying to read more. In other words, it was a great ending. I'm definitely excited to see what happens next.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have mixed feelings about this one. I love retellings of P...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel:
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have mixed feelings about this one. I love retellings of Persephone and I had heard of really good things about this one. So naturally I went it with high expectations.
To be honest this novel was definitely nothing like I thought it would be. I didn't expect to be so drawn to Jack and I also expected to be drawn more to Cole. To be honest, I'm not sure who I'm rooting for.
Nikki was a character that I had a hard time connecting with. I mean I understand life is hard, but to agree to go down to the Everneath over a boy was something I really had issues over.
However, once I got past that initial premise I found the novel to be really intriguing. I felt like I really got to know Nikki's character. And the writing was solid. Also that ending was just wow. It made me really want to read the sequel.
So in short, I hated the actual premise of the novel (aka why Nikki went to the Everneath), but thought the retelling was intriguing. The plot, however, was extremely compelling and that ending was really addicting.
So why 3.5 out of 5 stars? The initial premise knocked it down to a 2, the ending knocked it up to a 4, and the last 10% of the novel was a 5. On the whole I'd say the novel was somewhere between a 3 and a 3.5. I'm super excited to read the sequel, so I'll bump it up to a 3.5
In Summary: A compelling novel that offered an intriguing take on a myth that I love reading about. I had some issues with the initial premise, but overall the novel was quite good.
The Wrap-up: I'd recommend it. It truly was quite good. Just get past the reason why Nikki went to the Everneath and then it's a really intriguing read. I'm really hoping the next book is like the last 10% of this novel. It's bound to be interesting to see the least. I'm curious to see who wins out too--Cole or Jack.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank...moreThis is a condensed version of my review. To see it in its entirety, please click here.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank netgalley and the publishers for allowing me to review this book.
This novel was a roller coaster for me. I loved it and then I was less than enraptured by it and then I loved it again and then I was than thrilled again. Basically, this was a bridge novel. And yet, as far as bridge novels go, this one was better than most.
I really enjoyed this novel and loved seeing how Carter built on her story. I loved Kate in the first novel, and while this novel didn't necessarily point out her strongest sides--I still loved her character. She is willing to fight for what she wants and what she loves.
While some contend that Persephone is treated in a misogynistic stereotype, I feel like Carter did an excellent job fleshing out her character. I liked getting to hear her side of the story and while I don't think I'd like her as a friend, I feel like she wasn't the monster people make her out to be.
And while I was frustrated with Henry for most of the novel, you can't help but like him.
This book was well-written, entertaining, and I really enjoyed it. It was a solid three until the end...which bumped it up to a 3.5.
Oh my gosh! That ending! I was left stunned, mouth open and a floored expression screaming "what? When does the next novel come out?"
An enjoyable book and I definitely will be looking forward to thee third one after that cliffhanger ending. (less)
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-arc from the publisher via Edelweiss.
An Overview of the Novel: Kate has been decei...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-arc from the publisher via Edelweiss.
An Overview of the Novel: Kate has been deceived by her friends and is now left isolated to bear her child alone. She's survived nine months of captivity with Cronus and a jealous goddess Calliope.
Calliope and Cronus want very different things from Kate, but all she knows is she is about to be tested more than she can bear. Henry or her child? Her family or the world? Everything Kate values is about to be put at risk and she's the one who's going to decide who lives and who dies.
Calliope wants Henry for herself. Cronus wants Kate. Kate wants her child and Henry and the world safe. And Calliope and Cronus want the world to be destroyed.
And one decision by Kate is going to determine life or death.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I've enjoyed this series. Although, I've been disappointed with some aspects of them. I've kept reading the series. And after the cliff-hanger of the sequel, I couldn't help but read the third one in the series.
I'm glad I did. There were so many things I was waiting to see happen. Some of them did and some of them didn't.
I kept waiting for Kate to get it together and I kept waiting to see her actually stick up for herself and stop being so weak.
I kept waiting to see Calliope come to reason and come back to the right side.
I kept waiting to see Henry and Kate finally genuinely and purely love each other.
I kept waiting to see Ava have a chance to redeem herself.
Like I said, some of these things I was waiting for so badly and some of them occurred and some of them didn't. Some moments were heart-breaking and some were beautiful moments.
This book was heart-breakingly beautiful. This was a series I thought I couldn't wait to finish, but then when the series actually ended, I didn't want it to end. I realized that Aimee Carter had created a world that I had grown to love and one that I was sad to leave.
Excellent conclusion. If you've liked this series, you'll love this last one. If you hated the last one, you might actually like this one. I'd say give this one a shot, it might very well surprise you.
So Why 3.5 out of 5 stars? Although I thought this book ended really well and I really enjoyed reading it, I have read other books that I liked better.
In Summary: Aimee Carter created a world that I didn't want to leave. It was brilliantly portrayed. The finale to this series is one of the better conclusions that I've read in awhile.
The Wrap-up: Aimee Carter actually surprised me with how well she wrapped up this series. Like I mentioned earlier, parts of it were heart-breaking, but it was beautiful. I really enjoyed reading it.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:
(Note: Sorry, I read this book three weeks ago and am just barely posting this review.)
Wow! I wish I had read this before I read Goddess Test. I enjoyed Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted, but I hated that I didn't know so much about what had happened to the other characters.
I felt like Persephone might have been a flat character in Goddess Interrupted and I was dying to know more about James and Henry. This novel was everything I wanted it to be. I loved getting the back story.
Suddenly Hera became understandable...even somebody you could pity.
Persephone became dynamic. She came to live.
James and Henry became even more compelling.
Basically, this story opened up the story for me and made me excited to read the third one. Yes, the second one ended on a cliff-hanger and so naturally I have to read the third one. But this novel made me more excited to read the third one.
I wish that more of this would have been included in her mainstream story, but I understand why it wasn't.
The writing read similarly to her main stories. I think fans of the series will love this addition. To those who were disappointed with the series, this novel might help you view the series in a slightly better light.
The pacing was slow in some areas, but on the whole I really enjoyed it. Each time I finished one of the five novellas, I was positive that I couldn't like the next one as much as the one I had just read.
And each time, I was thrilled to discover that the new story had sucked me in. The stories are compelling, dramatic, and thoroughly enlightening.
In Summary: Carter's addition to her series made me appreciate the series more than I had before. Each one of the stories was compelling and left me captivated.
The Wrap-up: I gave this a four because like I mentioned the stories sometimes dragged on and there were some other minor things that bugged me.
Also, I hate that this book was necessary in order for me to like Goddess Inheritance. But this addition was compelling and I'm glad I got to read it.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I need to confess that this is the sixth book I've read on Persephone in the last six months. So after going my whole life without reading a book on Persephone, I've now read six.
All of them have been wonderful and incredibly different. I'm amazed by the different approaches author's take on this one myth. I have loved all of the retellings I've read so far, so I had high hopes for this one.
I wasn't disappointed. Bevis' retelling was original, compelling, and brilliantly written. From the moment I started reading, the story drew me in. Who was this girl who was hearing her name being called in the wind? Would this god Boreas succeed in capturing her? What did he want with her? And most importantly, what would happen between Hades and Persephone?
I love stories about Hades and Persephone, and this was no exception. it was intriguing to watch the dynamics between them. And Bevis managed to take an intriguing approach on their relationship as well.
Bevis' Underworld was one of the most researched that I've ever read. If you know your Greek mythology, you will love this one. I will confess that I don't know much about Greek mythology, but I still loved all the details she included.
This was a great start to a new series that has definitely caught my attention. The premise of a modern day retelling of Persephone is not an easy one to sell, but Bevis masterfully rose to the challenge.
In Summary: An intriguing and compelling retelling of Persephone that is original and also thoroughly entertaining. Definitely recommend this to fans of Greek mythology.
The Wrap-up: Bevis' masterfully undertook this novel and caught my attention from the very beginning. With characters that you will love and a plot line that is bound to keep you flipping the pages, Bevis' novel Persephone is a must-read.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have such mixed feelings about this book and this series as a whole. I really wanted to...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have such mixed feelings about this book and this series as a whole. I really wanted to like this novel and yet going into this novel I really thought I might hate it. I hadn't really read anybody's reviews about it, but I just had really mixed feelings. That could partly because I love retellings about Persephone and this is one of the more drastically different than the original story.
I really wanted to like Cole and yet he kept being an idiot and doing things that made me want to hate him. And then there was Nikki. I really disliked her as a character and yet she intrigued me.
The story was well-written, the characters were well-developed, and the story was paced well. It kept me guessing and then there was that ending. The ending left me so frustrated. I'm excited to read the next one in the series and can't wait to see how Brodi finishes the series off. I will admit to feeling really anxious about how she will end the series, but I'm still excited.
That's why rating this novel is so hard. It just rubs me the wrong way. There's no reason I shouldn't like it. The novel is incredible it just bugs me. However, I'll look past that and give it 4 stars.