A Touch of Darkness
Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.
Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored t ...more
i started this last night, just wanting to read a couple of chapters before bed. and the next thing i knew, it was 2.30am and my eyes were glued to each page. i swear this book is a drug, with each chapter feeling like taking hit. i just couldnt put it down.
this is far from perfect. the writing is nothing too special and the world building is a little lacking, but goodness me. this story is exactly what i needed. fellow moo ...more
Hades was delicious. It’s Persephone I had a problem with, or rathe ...more
Well, I read it. And I freaking LOVED IT!!! The world is so unique, and while it's a "retelling" it's more like all the ancient Olympians living amongst mortals in a modern day world with lots of classical Greek influence. The whole thing was just magical and Hades is freaking HOT as SIN. I mean, the god of the underworld can entrap my @ss ...more
Hades was the wonderful Hades that I've always been enamoured and intrigued by. Persephone, on the other hand, took me a bit longer to appreciate. She wasn't the immediately as strong and fierce as I knew her to be. Rather, she was initially ...more
”They say Hades is protective of his realm, and while that is true, it isn’t about power.
He cares for his people, protects them, and he takes it personally if anyone is harmed.
If you belong to him, he will tear the world apart to save you.”
-A Hades and Persephone retelling with a modern touch
While reading the book I was
- really bored
- and sad because I love Persephone and Hades story but this isn’t what i expected.
- realized that I definitely had too high expectations, sh*t
I feel like the problem is that it lures you in with the premise of an unique and creative modern day retelling of Persephone and Hades (which sounds amazing btw if there actually is a good version of this please let me know) but it really just is a cliche billionaire romance with Greek god characters.
*the following is very spoiler heavy*
Everything that I deeply deeply disliked:
A Too-Stupid-To-Live heroine
- Persephone is mind-blowingly ...more
✅ THE MODERN SETTING WITH GREEK GODS was the most unique thing about the story. I thought it was interesting how the Gods were involved in the human world - owning clubs and handing out "favor", although I didn't really understand what favor was... 🤔
❌ PERSEPHONE WAS AN ANNOYING CHARACTER and was very inconsistent. One moment she would be reflecting on how she had never been kissed and then two pages later she w ...more
"The force of what she'd done hit her. She'd allowed Hades, the God of the Underworld, to instruct her, to touch her, to play her and question her. And he had won. But that wasn't the worst part. No. The worst part was that there was a side of her, a side that she'd never known existed until tonight, that wanted to run back inside, find him, and demand a lesson in the anatomy of his body."
AND. I. AM. OUT. ...more
There are a few things you’re going to have to prepare yourself for:
1. The dialogue is weird when Persephone is interacting with anyone BUT Hades.
I don’t know why this is. It suddenly turns generic and wooden. I don’t get it.
2. Misspellings galore.
There’s also a lot of struggling with whether or not to use an apostrophe to show possession.
3. Hades and Pe ...more
ahahahaha they’re so horny bruh that’s literally the entire plot 💀💀🖐
I would just like to say, first and foremost, that this is not a good book. If you’re looking for a well-written, romantic, meaningful story, this is not the book for you. But.... if you want a smutty trash book? Yes. A thousand times, yes. This is pretty much the equivalent to reading a modern au fanfic. Which, let’s be honest, we’ve all been in the mood to read at one point or another. ...more
Sadly, Scarlett St. Clair's writing just wasn't up to snuff to pull this off. Hades does not have a personality. At all. He's every Tortured, Lonely Millionaire with Bedroom Eyes ...more
I was excited to read "A Touch of Darkness" based on the synopsis I was given. A modern retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth? Great!
Then I started the audiobook and it all went downhill from there. The only way to properly address my feelings about this book is to organize things in a list, so here we go:
1. Persephone as a heroine.
Persephone barely functions as a protagonist, let alone a heroine. Her motivations are all over the place: does she want adventure, a life outside her mother's g...more
No. No. Such. Luck.
If it weren't for their names, I'd definitely have had a hard time remembering it's Greek gods we are reading about here and not some random rich ass tycoon from your typical romance novel and a ...more
This book was absolutely trashy in the best way possible. There was literally no plot to speak of whatsoever, but I somehow found myself absolutely immersed and unable to tear myself away. (I sat and read for like 3 hours straight!!) There's nothing particularly special or nice about the writing, or the characters for that matter, but the way that St. Clair was able to write the slow burn was... *chef's ...more
hades and persephone have easily been some of my favorite figures when it comes to greek mythology, pretty much ever since i first read ‘percy jackson’ in the fourth grade and then took it upon myself to read and learn almost everything i could surrounding the mythology. i know there are a lot of ‘sources’ claiming hades to have kidnapped her and makes their relationship seem toxic, but there are others that say persephone knew wha ...more
Whew, yeah. *fans self* This one was good. I've always been drawn to stories that have elements of Hades and Persephone, but this is the first book I've read that is actually about those characters themselves, albeit with a modern spin to the story.
And let me tell you, after just a few chapters I was completely hooked and didn't want to put it down. The banter between all of the characters in this book is funny and witty. I love the d ...more
I love stories about hades and Persephone, but I don’t think they captured Persephone right in this book. I still enjoyed the book, but I found Persephones character really stupid and un-interesting and didn’t really have a personality, and un-endearing.
She is usually meant to be really cute inexperienced and overly positive but in an endearing way, but in this book she had no character other than being annoying and demand ...more
To be honest, I gave it only a 3.5 star because I didn't like the writing style..found it rather lacking for me.
It should also be mentioned that individually, much could be said about the characters themselves for example
1: Hades is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
2: I found Persephone REALLY annoying.
but I'd be stupid to deny that Hades and Persephone have really good chemistry *wink wink*
Hermes is another standout character ❤️ ...more
Also, the whole book just felt meh. The plot, the characters, everything.
Imagine After and ACOMAF had a baby and accidentally dropped it off Mount Olympus. That is this.
But maybe I'm being too harsh. Idk. I'm tired.
I nearly dnf’d at the beginning. The writing left a lot to be desired...but slowly as I started getting invested into the characters, it didn’t seem to matter at all...I kept getting flashes of Hades and Persephone from the awesome webtoon Lore Olympus the more I read on. I forgave the author spending so much freaking time on the clothes Persephone wore. I didn’t even mind so much that Hades, our bad boy of the Underworld was actually a kitty cat...just misunderstood (a copy of Rhys fro ...more
Loved the start of it because I love me some sexual tension with a mysterious and sexy asshole God. Hades has gotta be one of my favorite characters so I'll read pretty much every type of Hades book there is because damn it, I love the King of the Underworld 👑 🖤
So why am I being such a little bitch about the rating? Weeellll Persephone is kin ...more
This is a pretty good Hades & Persephone retelling however it has to be said that this version of Persephone is a bit of a dummy.
Solid 3.5! ...more
This one book was a big disappointment. The characters were flat and boring, the writing made it all feel like one of those very cliché Wattpad novels where the good girl that knows nothing about love falls for the bad boy who is misunderstood by everyone. All the side characters had only one trait which was being there to make the main characters realise their own feelings. ...more
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