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A Touch of Darkness

(Hades & Persephone #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  14,278 ratings  ·  1,999 reviews
A Modern Hades and Persephone Retelling

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
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published April 2020 by Scarlett St. Clair (first published May 23rd 2019)
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Jade Just after Demeter found Persephone and Hades in bed, in her their flat. Lexa was there, and heard everything behind Persephone's chamber door.…moreJust after Demeter found Persephone and Hades in bed, in her their flat. Lexa was there, and heard everything behind Persephone's chamber door.(less)
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Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
uh oh. someone please admit me into rehab because i am A D D I C T E D.

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
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Readers are bound to get hyped because of the Hades & Persephone reference, and I feel like this updated cover might lead to false expectations cause it’s too pretty and not enough risqué. Therefore, you should be informed that this book is a smutty urban fantasy loose retelling of the King and Queen of Hell. In other words, it’s the perfect escape for a mindless guilty pleasure read should you ever need one. I mean, who doesn’t?

Hades was delicious. It’s Persephone I had a problem with, or rathe
Laura Thalassa
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So for months I've seen this book alongside Rhapsodic, and idiot that I am, it took me all the way until now to be like, "Hey, maybe I should read this one!" 😂

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
Helena of Eretz ✰
For the record, I had NO intention of giving this such a high rating when I went into it. I don't even know how this happened. This little gem snuck up on me and I fell head over heels for it. It was SO ADDICTING and I'm completely in love with this series!!!

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
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

”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.”

Story 🌟🌟
-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

May 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(for now this is a 3.5 rounded down) i just want to make it clear that i really enjoyed this!!! i read it very quickly and found myself laughing out loud alongside the characters at certain points. even though some aspects were very cliche, i felt that it worked with the story and was still extremely enjoyable. however, i wish there were more in depth descriptions of the appearances of the characters and more elaboration on some of the side characters. although i liked reading this quite a bit, ...more
I’m very sad to say I’m pretty disappointed with this book.

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
Paige ♠
This was enjoyable but didn't stick out from other books in the fantasy/romance genre.

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
Claude's Bookzone
DNF at 8%

"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."

• Lindsey Dahling •
I’ve read a lot of Hades/Persephone themed books, but never one with the actual god/goddess, so this was my first. I’m pleased with the result.

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
 𝕕𝕒𝕟𝕖𝕣𝕪𝕤 ☾
Review in one sentence:

ahahahaha they’re so horny bruh that’s literally the entire plot 💀💀🖐

Full review


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.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars, 2020
Reading the synopsis for A Touch of Darkness, I was ready to loooove this book. A pseudo-contemporary urban fantasy retelling of Hades and Persephone. Yes, please. Hades as mysteroius millionare club and casino owner and Persephone as naive college student/ intern reporter digging into Hades' infamous deeds? YES, PLEASE.

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
S.J. Hartsfield
Aug 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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

tay❀ (taylor reads)
regardless of how many times i rolled my eyes it was pretty fun😋
The story revolves around a well known and tenderly loved by many couple in Greek mythology - Hades and Persephone. You would think Hades and Persephone are bound to give off some godly vibes and show some ungodly chemistry to us, mortals, right? That's what I was here for personally.
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
ah, screw it. i'll do my homework in the morning. or in the middle of the night.

(3.5/5 *sigh*)

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
bee  ❤︎
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
four point five stars ∗ god(s) i love greek mythology retellings.

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
julia ♥
That was .... Not Very Good.
Anna lost in stories *A*
when I finished this one, my gut wanted to give it 5 stars… but logic prevailed ;) don't get me wrong, there were definitely some 5 stars worthy moments… for sure some that left me all hot and bothered… *fans myself* ;) and I did inhaled it in like a day, so there’s that… ;) but in the end I decided on 4 stars… my rating may change in the future, because I know I will want to reread this book before I continue with the rest of the story… no worries, this one doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, more li ...more
Ashlee » Library In The Country
Tantalizing and rich and sensual and absolutely gripping.

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
mila ✨
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
To be honest, this was all I needed to get out of my head and escape from my surroundings a little bit. It was light and quick to read. It's full of cliches and I rolled my eyes a lot, but hey... IT WAS FUN AND WE'RE HERE FOR THAT🙃 ...more
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
3.5-4 stars! ATOD was a really great start to this H&P series and I loved the chemistry between this version of Hades & Persephone. I really liked the NA/college vibes and how this world is set up. It would have been a solid 4 stars but the ending kind of goes all over the place and weakened the story. Still, I'm so happy to have found another H&P retelling to enjoy. I'm a sucker for this kind of retelling!! I can now see why so many people love this series and I can't wait to read more! ...more
.*•.  ☾ sephia giaracuni  ☾ .•*.
1.5 A good trashy novel to read when you are anxious or on a rainy day ⛈

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
Sentranced Jem
I'm a sucker for this genre.
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 ❤️
KJ Holliday
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me by my friend. I hadn't read the summary at the time, but was told by my friend it was a modern telling of Hades/Persephone. Hades/Persephone is by far my favorite of the old myths, and I was intrigued to see it explored in a modern setting. I actually really enjoyed this book. So much so I read it all in one sitting. Obviously there were inconsistencies when it came to both the myth and some finer parts of the culture, but I didn't find myself minding. Which I usually d ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-2020
I love Hades and Persephone but good Lord, this version of Persephone had no sense. No common sense. No sense of self-preservation. Nothing!

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.

3.5 stars

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
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Yet another book I'm not sure how to rate...was it 3 stars and ok or 4 stars and good or something between that??? I'm gonna go with 3.5 and call it a day.

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
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for Greek mythology but even so I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as i did.
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!
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
So this book's only purpose was for me to confirm that there's no better story of Hades and Persephone than Lore Olympus.

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.
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Scarlett St. Clair lives in Oklahoma with her husband. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Studies. She is obsessed with Greek Mythology, murder mysteries, love, and the afterlife. If you are obsessed with these things, then you’ll like her books.

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