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Cora: The Unwilling Queen

(Cora #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  58 reviews
What if the ancient story of Persephone and Hades wasn't just a myth?

Cora Dell has, up until her junior year, lived the ordinary life of an ordinary teenager. But that was before the dreams started-vivid dreams of another world and a darkly seductive stranger who whispers intriguing promises into her ear. When her dreams turn into nightmares, however, she suspects that her
Paperback, 274 pages
Published December 22nd 2012 by CreateSpace Indie Publishing Platform (first published December 21st 2012)
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Melissa Souza
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: retellings, mythology
A great modern retelling of Hades and Persephone. I enjoyed the switching between dream sequence (where we see Cora's life in the underworld) and the third person narration (which gives us a glimpse of her real life). Cora was a great MC. I could relate to her easily. She is not your average silly teen. I liked that she was level headed and strong willed even when she was in the underworld and her life seemed to be crumbling around her. I also liked seeing the relationship she had with her frien ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Although it is not in my usual genres, it contains everything that makes a good book for me: a little romance, a little humor, a gripping and fast paced plot, and great characters. The first chapter blew me away, and I was happy to see that the rest of the book lived up to my expectations of a great read! In fact, it was one of those I did not want to put down, so it was read over the weekend :-) (hmmm, guess that makes it my last book of the year!)
Although the story
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A great first novel by Amy Hutchinson!

Not all books have kept me reading like this one did; I began not knowing what to expect, with the wonder I start every book. But from the first page to the last, I found myself wanting to find out more about the mystery that surrounds Cora, and the dreams and nightmares she has every night. The fact that it's slightly based on the Greek Myth of Hades and Persephone (with a modern twist), made me even more hooked!

Cora: The Unwilling Queen is a fun and intrig
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I read a lot of YA fiction because I have teenage daughters and like to talk to them about what they are reading as well as suggest new books/authors. I thought 'Cora' was a very interesting concept and I enjoyed reading it. There are some editing errors and that is a pet peeve for me, but they weren't bad enough to ruin the flow of the story. I appreciated the switching of perspective and font from this world to the underworld as that made it much easier to follow Cora's life from waking to 'dr ...more
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway! (aka First-reads)

I Loved it!!! I'm also excited for the sequel!!! Lots of loose ends... making me eager for the next one!!!

I actually finished this book in less than 6 hours. It was a very slow night at work... and I was so engrossed with the story, I just couldn't put it down anyway.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I was also excited/suprised to find out that my book was signed!!!! So awesome!!!
This was a well written tale for older YA. Loosely based on the Greek tale of Hades and Persephone, some of the ideas paralleled that myth, however this book has a contemporary flavour that will suit readers of the YA genre. This book is obviously the first in a 2 or 3 part series which concludes in a logical place leaving the reader wanting to read the next tale.
Jan 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
I'm excited to have won this book as a first reads! The reviews make it sound promising. A lot of writers are going with the Greek mythology theme these days, so I'm hoping this one puts an interesting new twist on this theme. I will update my review once I have received and read this book.
Sally Hannoush
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was very easy to read in one sitting. Great YA book. Looking forward to the next one! I really want to know how Cora will handle being the Queen of the underworld.
Jessica Pineda
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the concept of this book. It took a little while for me to get into the book but I am glad that I stuck with it and look forward to the conclusion of this story.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Zoe Tribley
I got this book through Goodreads Firstreads

and okay, I never ever get the mail, I don't know why but I usually just leave it for my little sister to get when she comes home from middle school a few hours later, but when I enter in the giveaways those are the only times I'll do it :3 and when I saw a white package that came all the way from Chicago I got so excited that I ran up my driveway which is about a mile long and went straight home to get a cookie and sit down to read this.

I was only to
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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As far as modern-day tellings of old myths or fables go, this was decent, but I felt, unrefined. There is repetitiveness in some parts and I felt the story was a bit simplistic, with quite a few unfinished questions. Now mind you, it is to be expected that there are some things left hanging at the end of the book especially if there is a sequel planned, but I feel that the author could have tied up a few things in here, to give the reader some closure. If the author could come back to this book ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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It was really hard for me to decide what I wanted to rate this book. I was torn between three stars and four...In the end, I think it's more like 3.5, but seeing as how we can't do that, I went with 4. The idea behind this book follows a little more closely to that of the myth of Persephone. Hades, we don't actually know his name so I'll stick with that one, finds Cora (somehow) and decides that he wants her to be his
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won this from a giveaway!

This book lacks the refining qualities of an accomplished writer. There are a lot of repetitive words, and the plot line is very easy to follow. Sometimes it's much too easy. As a young readers book, it shows a lot of promise, but there are a terrific amount of unanswered questions. It is understandable to leave SOME information out, that would be the premise for your next book, but it shouldn't be this vague. And it definitely should not have let ALL you
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
It seems like many authors are trying their hands at retellings of popular mythology. As a fan of Rick Riordan, I’ve read a great deal of Greek/Roman/Egyptian mythology retellings and I’ve become quite a fan of the genre. When I saw that copies of Cora, The Unwilling Queen were up for grabs on Goodreads, I had to enter. Luckily, I was chosen as one of the winners!

Cora, The Unwilling Queen is a retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone. I find this particular mythological story interesting,
M.A. Nichols
This book wasn't bad, it was just boring. I ended up skimming great portions of the book that really didn't feel like it had anything to do with moving forward the story or developing the characters.

First, this is NOT a complete book. I thought it was, because nowhere is it mentioned (unless you go on the author's sparse blog) that it isn't a standalone. I hate reading series that aren't complete, because they so often are not complete stories, but rather just big cliff-hangers that drive me cra
I've always loved the myth of Persephone and Hades. There's just something about having to spend half your life in the confines of the Underworld that seriously creeps me out.

In her debut novel 'Cora: The Unwilling Queen', Amy Hutchinson takes Persephone's story and re-imagines it, casting in Persephone's place everyday teenager Cora.

Cora has been having these dreams. Really strange dreams that she struggles to remember when she awakes. Dreams that enable her to take possessions in and out of he
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
While this book wasn't written extremely well - and I got rather tired of reading about the "scary" dreams over and over again - I thoroughly enjoyed the imagination that the author took in making the story of persephone and hades into a classic Modern-day story. Will I read the second book? Possibly, it may be interesting to see what happens, but I was also a little frustrated that after the WHOLE book Cora was running and running and running from "the underground" and then she succumbs to it i ...more
Olivia (Bookcomet)
I can't wait to read this! It looks and sounds amazing! The cover looks brilliant! I wish it would hurry up and arrive!

After it arrived...

First of all, I would like to point out how impressed I am with this book. The story line was great and it has a very pretty cover. I will definitely be reading the sequel and can't wait until it comes out.

The Plot:
A girl named Cora begins to have nightmares about a dangerous stranger. Soon enough, the dreams begin to become nightmares. However, there is more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book for free from the Goodread's First Reads giveaway.

This book is moreso directed at ages 13 to 18. From an adult's point of view I would of rated the book 3 out of 5, but trying to judge from a teenager's perspective I would think 3.75 out of 5 (It would of been an easy 4 if the ending was different).

I thought the plot of the story was really great; I actually did not want to put the book down and couldn't wait to see what happened. Some of the plot was missing some important detai
Cora Mae Follero
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book! Cora: The Unwilling Queen is a book that will get you hooked from the first page. I am not really a fan of mythology and I admit that I like the retellings more than the original stories. Maybe because the retellings were often set in a modern world and were told in a more realistic way.

The book has an interesting plot and the characters are all adorable and plays a vital role in the story. Cora is a likeable character and she is someone you might actually che
Andrew Wade
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Reading this book, to me, is like watching a really good high school play, in that while it doesn't have the polish of established writers, there is a lot of promise in it, and I can't help but root for its success.

First, to get the criticism out of the way, I recommend approaching this book knowing it is probably the author's first book. The place this is most evident is in the pacing. A good rule of thumb is to give what is most important, the most space on the page. Here, Hutchinson often ins
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cora: The Unwilling Queen is the first part in a great re-telling of the Persephone myth (which happens to be one of my favorites). Cora has been selected by the ruler of the underworld to be his new queen, taking her away in her dreams to try and convince her to stay with him. She's suspicious and holds off his advances while she discovers the truth about what her dreams may really mean. She meets several other people of the underworld along the way, with one being quite memorable to her and th ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-reread
Style of Writing: 3.0 Stars - The style of writing reminded me of how I used to write a couple of years ago. The sentence were straight to the point, adding little details. "I did this. My friend did this. Then we went to go do that. After we did that..." I'm not asking for John Steinbeck writing, but just a bit more of an adult-like sound. The main character is a junior in high school after all.

Plot: 4.5 Stars - This story had the makings to be one of my favorites, if the other components of th
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I had the pleasure of winning this book, and I literally did not sleep last night due to reading throughout the night. I was just gonna read a few chapters than go to bed but I ended up reading the whole thing and I can not wait for the sequel to know what happened to Soren (can not figure out how to do the proper o) and his village, what becomes of Cora's life? The book is spell binding and quite hard to put down once you start as you can tell from my all nighter. The characters are very endear ...more
Kristen Chandler
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, owned
I won this through the Goodreads first reads! This is a story about a teenager named Cora, who starts having weird, almost real dreams, then comes to find out THEY are real, and they're not dreams. When she is supposed to be asleep, the king of the underworld is taking her and trying to persuade her to marry him, much like the story of Hades and Persephone which is actually referenced in the book.
I REALLY enjoyed this book. When it was time for Cora to go to sleep, I was actually looking forwar
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book! I love retellings of myths and legends and this one is spot on! A great twist on the Persephone story, it takes place in today's world. Our hero Cora is being drawn to the underworld by the king, in the hopes that she will become queen. The way it goes between her dream life and "real" life is handled very well. The characters are all very likable, and you really find yourself rooting for Cora and her friends, both the ones up top and in the underworld.

My only issue wi
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
As someone who really enjoys reading about mythology I was looking forward to this book. It's simply written and there aren't a lot of characters so it's easy to keep them straight and the font made it easy to see which "world" she was in. It doesn't have as much of the mythology theme as I was hoping for until the end but at least it had some. I did wish that the author hadn't felt the need to describe every single outfit worn in our world but it's not a completely negative thing just a bit rep ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this free book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
I absolutely loved it. It is a wonderful story where the characters are so believable even if some of the storyline is set in a 'different world". Amy Hutchinson was able to effortlessly transport me along with Cora in her adventure. All I can say is that this is a great read and Amy is a wonderful author where you get immersed quickly into the story. The creativity found in this book is amazing. I can't wait to read other books b
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Amy Hutchinson likes to think of herself as a Renaissance woman because that sounds flattering. Others may accuse her of lacking focus and the ability to choose one profession. Some of her passions include: reading, writing, traveling, teaching, painting, woodworking, kung fu, boxing and scuba diving. She also loves science and is considering a PhD in one of the biological sciences, but that is on ...more

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