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Blinding Night

(Blinding Night #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  135 reviews
What if you were the missing piece in one of the world’s most epic legends?

Despite being an art history student, Summer isn’t thrilled to be stuck with her archeologist family all summer in Greece. While the rest of her college friends are posting a million selfies by the pool together, Summer is stuck alone, trying to entertain herself alone in a place where she doesn
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Published October 2nd 2018 by The Parliament House (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Summer is made to accompany her mother to Greece for the summer so they can spend time with her father together as a family. She isn't thrilled to be away from her friends and to make matters worse she's seeing strange shadows and having just as strange dreams about pomegranate seeds and a seemingly familiar and darkly captivating man. Then tragedy strikes leaving Summer to flee with a stranger claiming to be Hades, God of the Underworld....who believes that she is in fact Persephone...

I was so
**I got a copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review**
Chantal Gadoury is a favourite author of mine - but I know you're all here for the tea on why I gave this novel two stars when usually I rate her so much higher. Well, buckle in, get your tea, and prepare for a fun-filled ride. (I'll try to avoid spoilers and only mention major plot points that happen in the first 25% of the book that is probably on the blurb as well.)
Let's start with the good! I always love a positive star
Shatarupa  Dhar
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
During college break, Summer Mavros - a Rhode Island girl - has to spend her holidays in Greece, away from her friends, due to her parents' work commitments. She's always had weird dreams and they seem to have intensified after she reaches Greece. The dreams become more vivid and soon, tragedy strikes. Further, she's thrown off-kilter by the revelations of a stranger.

Darce is a mystery to Summer but she feels a certain connection to him. He, who talks about Greek mythology, specific
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Stories tend to get messed up all the time. It's like a classic game of telephone. Somewhere along the way, the truth is lost and the story becomes something entirely different."

Blinding Night is a modern retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone. It was a quick, light read that I really enjoyed. I was in serious need for a cheesy, cute read right now, it did wonders for long dead heart.

Chantal's writing style was so easy to get into, I found myself hooked right from the start. I could
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, arc, own-ebook
I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This was a fun Hades & Persephone retelling where Demeter/Ceres is constantly ripping them apart or actively keeping them from each other. Despite being an art history student, Summer does not want to be stuck in Greece with her parents for an archaeological dig. After a tragic accident, Summer is ripped away from her life as she knew and whisked away to the underworld. Surrounded by secrets, she mu
Aislinn Honeycutt
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Queen of Cliff Hangers has struck again!
This novel was a wonderful modern tale that blew me away. A romance novel that made me question why I stopped writing intense romantic stories like this.
Though it is fantasy and as much as I would love for the Greek gods and goddesses to be real and for one to snatch me away from my day to day life, it felt real. Maybe I'm alone in this, but I could feel Darce's (Hades) emotions, frustration, and pain throughout the story. I also felt Summer's apprehen
Julia (ten_thousand_books)
I received a copy of Blinding Night from the author in exchange for an honest review.

So I want to start off with saying how many relatable lines there were in this book.

“Insert awkward photo from a delayed flash and you have me in all of my glory”

I think we’ve all felt like this at least at one time in our lives.

Summers first taste of alcohol. She had the same reaction as I did when I first drank wine. I feel you, girl.

“That’s my girl.”

Ever since Summer was four, she has been haunted by sh
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
Blinding Night is the sum total of what I look for in a read. Myths taken apart and restructured into an enthralling whirlwind that left me utterly breathless and relieving the many lives of Persephone through the eyes of Darce and Summer. The vibrancy in the imagery and the interaction between the characters are truly out of this realm, and I swear I could even taste the pomegranate seeds. I love the direction that Chantal Gadoury went with recreating the story of Hades and Persephone because i ...more
Maria Elena | _mkarys
*I have received this book in exchange of an honest review.*

Chantal Gadoury is shamelessly becoming one of my favorite authors—how dare she? *laughs* When she announced a book retelling the story of Hades and Persephone I was instantly interested and dying to read it!

The story follows Summer, art history student with a passion for painting, who travels with her mother to Greece so they can join her father, who’s already there because of work. Things, however, take a tragic turn, and Summer is
Sydney Richardson
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blinding Night gets 5/5 stars! Two reviews (spoiler free and spoilers)

Spoiler free:

This isn’t my first book to read of Chantal’s. But it’s hands down my absolute favorite. Chantal’s writing style is one that reels you in until you cannot put the book down –which is exactly what happen to me with Blinding Night. I finished in it less than half a day. Chantal’s Blinding Night is a breath of fresh air. It’s dark, emotional, sensual, and just exquisitely done! The characters and their emotional jour
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earc
So what would you do if a man named Hades came up to you and told you that you are the reincarnation of his wife Persephone and he was here to take you home to the underworld????Blinding Night is a retelling of the Hades and Persephone story by the amazing Chantal Gadoury… I love the story of Hades and Persephone and I was really excited when I heard about this one! I was given an ARC by parliament house publishing to review.. this version follows art student Summer who has travelled to Greece ...more
4.5/5 - This is probably a whole lot of gibberish but here you go

Summer (20) is going to Athens, Greece with her parent for the Summer holidays, everything seems normal until it wasn’t.

Blinging Night is a retelling of Hades and Persephone, So far I hadn’t read a Greek Mythology YA novel and after listening to this book I’ve been missing out. I enjoyed listening to Dollcie Webb narrate this book perfect choice in my opinion. The underworld sounds like such a beautiful place if only it was a plac
Jackie Turner
You guys do NOT want to miss out on this fantastic read!!!
I had the pleasure of line editing this one and I found myself fangirling 99.9% of the time! I absolutely ADORE Summer and Darce as characters and I NEED MORE OF THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!
If you're like me, you're going to find yourself laughing at loud at how feisty Summer is and how comical it is to see some of her reactions with Darce! You also might cry out of pure happiness because I totally did that for a good ten minutes...
Laura ( Latteandbooks )
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I really don’t know how Chantel does it. Iv read her other books but I think this one is one of my favourite ones.

Spoiler free review:

This book follows Summer who is quirky at times and she has to travel with here mom to Greece so they can be with her dad who’s there for work. She isn’t happy at first because she doesn’t want to be away from her collage friends. She thought she was going to have a boring summer but little did she know everything was about to change. When she gets to Greece she s
Jaiden- The Literary Coffee Faerie
This book was incredible. I truly hope there is more to Summer and Darcie’s story. I was on the rollercoaster of hope and emotion in this book. I wanted everything Darce wanted but also wanted Morpheus too. I just am in awe of this book I don’t even know how to describe how much I LOVED this book. It was different than other retellings and I loved the new twist.
Megan Flahart-Smith
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is sooo good. Every time I was forced to put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it back up until i finally refused to put it down! Only one problem with it.... it needs to be the first of a series! It's THAT good!!!!
Rachael Hansen
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chantal has become one of my favorite bookstagram authors!! I've read almost all of her books and absolutely loved them and Blinding Night was the same. I love Greek mythology and adored the very modern spin she put into this retelling.
Romee Darling
Aug 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
I am so excited.
And I just can't hide it.
I am about to lose control.
Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author, Chantal Gadoury, for sending me an advance copy to read and give an honest review.

*My exact rating is 3.5 stars*

This is going to be a hard review to write as I feel like I have so many mixed feelings on this book. I feel 3.5 is too low, but at the same time I'm not sure. The things I technically disliked I can see and understand why they're there so it's kind of complicated when I think about it. I was so excited when I heard that Chantal Gadoury was writing a retellin
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an e-arc of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review

This book is about 20 year old Summer who is spending her summer vacation with her parents in Athens, Greece, where her dad is working as an archeologist. One thing comes to another and Summer is confronted with a man named Darce who claimes to be the Greek god Hades and that she is his long-lost lover Perephone.

So, starting this off, I'm a sucker for Greek mythology so reading that this book was gonna be a Persepho
Anna (RattleTheShelves)
*I received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review*

ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED 2018 RELEASES! I know that the moment these words show up in the beginning, people tend to think that you were bribed into giving the book a high rating. Ha, there's no bribing me. But if it was possible to squeeze 5 stars out of me, I would have given it to this beauty because it's so good. (Alas, unless it's Harry Potter, it's just not possible. 4 is as far as I go.)

Among the recent surge in retellings
Laura L
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, audiobook
** I recieved a copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review **

I can't write this review without mentioning right off the bat that the Hades and Perseohone myth is by far my favorite of the seasonal myths. I mean, the story has everything: forbidden love, power struggles, family problems, and right smack in the middle was little Persephone who goes from Spring goddess to Queen of the Underworld by the end of the story.

"Blinding Night" was all of this and more. We st
Mary Ellen
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blinding Night is a beautifully woven fantasy retelling of Hades and Persephone. (My favorite) As a big fan of both retellings and Greek mythology... I can easily say Chantal Gadoury has captured my heart and is now in my auto-buy author list. (Seriously Chantal write all the retellings!!)

I adored Summer, she is a little spitfire that had me laughing and smirking because she is definitely my type of main character: relatable, funny, and well developed.
I can't wait to read (or listen to) more of
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5/5

*I was sent a PDF copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

This book was so good! I went into this book with little to no expectations as to what was going on and how I would feel, and I am so glad that I went into it that way because I don't think I would have enjoyed this as much otherwise. I think the only reason this book isn't getting a full five-stars from me is because it took me so long to get through it and I
Brittany Kennedy
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received a copy from the author in exchange for a review!

So, it’s a very easy thing to say that I am a complete hoe for Hades/Persephone retellings.

I’m also very, very picky bc this has been my otp for at least fifteen years.

This book delivers. I love, love seeing all the reincarnations of Persephone throughout time. Hades (Darce) was absolutely perfect, and that alone is a rare thing to see. Their relationship was so fun to see blossom. Summer struggling with ‘does he love me or the women I us
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
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My rating: ☆☆☆.5

I received the audiobook version of Blinding Night to read and review for my honest opinion.

I was very excited to read this as it was a retelling of my favorite Greek God and Goddess. I did enjoy it, but there were things that I was kind of so/so on. We'll get to that in a bit though.

Blinding Night follows Summer as she heads to Greece with her family for an expedition over summer vacation. Summer is not at all too happy about spending the entire summe
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I received this book from the author Chantal Gadoury in exchange for a review :)

Seven Seeds of Summer is a book that will take you into the world of Greek mythology, specifically the myth surround Hades and Persephone. I've personally always found Greek mythology to be interesting, although I am definitely no expert.

The book follows Summer, a college sophomore and artist who is obsessed with the god Hades. After years of painting pictures of him and obsessing over him, she discovers t
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Blinding Night is the first in a new adult mythology romance series by the same name from author Chantal Gadoury. I fell in love with this novel. I started reading it casually here and there for a few minutes at a time while I was waiting for some appointments. This casual reading quickly became longer and longer periods of me being completely glued to my kindle. Eventually it turned into me totally ignoring the peop ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars


Summer Mavros is spending her summer break in Greece with her parents, only all she wants to do is spend it sitting by the pool or on the beach with her friends back home in the States. If that was not bad enough, an accident finds her in the arms of Darce; he claims to be Hades, Lord of the Underworld, and insists she is the reincarnated spirit of his lost love, Persephone. Trippy, right?

A quick and interesting read that explores the mythos behind the Greek tale of Hades and Perseph
Rob Slaven
As is often the case I received this book free in exchange for a review. Despite that kindness I am absolutely honest about it below.

This is a twisted love story drawn strongly from classic Greek mythology. Man loves woman, woman secretly loves man but doesn't really quite know it yet or even realize that he does, in fact exist. What happens next is left as an exercise to the reader but does engage the reader's interest quite strongly and has the feel of all those Greek myths that we either pay
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