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Back in Fashion by Charlotte Bennardo
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Jun 08, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult, from-publisher-author, 2012


So, the Meg and Shar are back to being just roomies when Shar finds a little Tiffany's box in her purse. The ring is from Hades and Meg convinces Shar she should at least try on the 5 carat stone before she dumps it since she knows Shar will regret it later. Yeah, that wasn't such a good idea. The ring reactivates the contract between them and Hades and even though they though they went through the contract with a fine tooth comb, they missed the really small print on this one. So Meg is stuck on Earth searching for another human soul for Hades while Shar is in the Underworld planning a fete for his wife, Persephone. And if you remember your mythology, you know Persephone is a really unhappy camper when she has to return to Hades every six months.

So you know that when Cerebus pops his three heads up in this new installment was heart was won. Shar takes this beast and pretty much turns him into a "good goggie" since she is stuck in the Underworld with not much to entertain her. Caz is the only guy that really talks to Shar here and without Meg (her new BFF) she is lost but know she has to pull it together to get through the contract and back into freedom. Meg has it no better and find she worked better with Shar. Meg is still trying to connect with Jeremy. The view of the Underworld that is related here is something that really rings true: hell is what you make it.

I really think I enjoyed this one even more than the first. The bickering between the two girls as they learn to work separately, yet together, and the friendship that develops because of it really came across as endearing and funny. The dialogue is just sparkling -- and no, not in that certain vampiric way. I think this one could stand alone but it might be best to read Sirenz first to get the full background. The ending does leave a nice opening for another installment that includes Kronos -- so maybe some time travel is in the girls' future? This series should be a good start to get girls hooked on Chick Lit as well. Again, this one is pretty clean except for some questionable moments of Hades only allowing Shar bathing suits and skimpy outfits to wear in the Underworld. I really wanted to rename it Underwearworld. I think adults who favor MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series would adore this one.

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