This is one of my favorite 2012 debut authors. Everneath gives paranormal romance a lift in this retelling of Persephone and Hades myth. Certainly not...moreThis is one of my favorite 2012 debut authors. Everneath gives paranormal romance a lift in this retelling of Persephone and Hades myth. Certainly not the same old story and what makes this story rise above so many others is the complexity of this story and its characters which as first appear as one thing and then turn out to be another altogether. This is a writer who does not let you know how it's going to turn out. What appears simple is not. This is layered writing where each and every word counts. So take note.
I've read this book three times this year. Each time, I see something new and wonder how the story is going to turn out. Because people are flawed and they make decisions based on feelings and you just never know if they are the right ones. Love matters here.
Nikki, Jack, and Cole. What a different kind of triangle. In fact, this is probably the best love triangle, because it's real and there are choices to be made. And all three characters make choices, some good, some bad.
I can honestly say (and this hardly ever happens) that I do not know how this series is going to turn out. It's that clever. I just read a review of book 2 which comes out in January 2013. And the author raises the complexity and stakes more. The reader still does not know what is going to happen.
For paranormal romance, very simple and beautiful prose, for a different kind of love triangle, and a nice retelling of my favorite Greek myth, this is the series to read. If you are wanting to write YA, do take note. This series went to auction and it's one of the deals I think where the hype was worth it.(less)
I am trying to add some of my older books to my Good Reads account. Books I've had for years. I bought this book in 1988 and I've read it over a dozen...moreI am trying to add some of my older books to my Good Reads account. Books I've had for years. I bought this book in 1988 and I've read it over a dozen times, so yes, I've dated myself here. It's about a young woman who is shattered by her mother's death and plays out her immediate loss with a guy who rides bikes, drinks, plays with women, etc. The real bad boy. Everything about this odd little gem of a story is wonderful, even the sexual encounters. What I learned from this book and later by experience is that we never know what we are capable of, none of us do, when we are faced with isolation, pain, and loss. Not that I met a guy on a bike, but I did do something odd for me when faced with the death of a close friend. In some ways, I wish I had met a Jesse. (less)