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Girl, Goddess, Queen: A Hades and Persephone fantasy romance from a growing TikTok superstar

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I liked how Persephone was shown as a young girl who was trying to find her way into the world and mostly to discover herself as a person. Essentially all of these changes (plus many more) made me incredibly curious as to how the older myths have now changed as a result of the author’s world building. Talking of these two MCs, they were a delight in their slow dance towards friendship and the even slower dance to more. But younger or older, this book feels stark and even though I am in the minority for that I cant get past it personally.

Firstly, she refers to the Underworld consistently as ‘Hell,’ which is unusual, considering that the terminology is more common within Abrahamic religions and its etymological roots can be found in Norse mythology (Hel was the goddess of the Norse underworld, Niflheim), not Greek. The King of the Underworld is nothing like Persephone expected, and everything that she’d hoped he’d be too. The other Kronids — Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon — were the stolen children of other titans, which then creates so many more questions. Desperate to flee an arranged marriage to an egotistical godly suitor of her parents’ choosing, she runs to the one place she knows nobody would expect to find her.

I liked how she had a plan and took control and she utilised her power over flowers to achieve this. When her mother, Demeter, and father, Zeus, decide it’s time for her to marry and head of to find the perfect match Kore decides to take matters in her own hands. Rather than going head over heels in love first, she had prioritized what she needed to do hence it was quite refreshing to read. I'm maybe the minority in this one, but the one thing that I could say is that, this book can be half of its volume, and it will still be good.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The romance was also so refreshing beginning with Hades as our dark and brooding love interest, and Persephone (Kore) as a witty match and a thorn in his side. I’m not certain what I expected from this Hades and Persephone retelling, but this was quite different from the many others I’ve read in the past. I can't say enough how much I love this book, I tabbed so many quotes and moments which I want to relive daily.As a self-confessed Hades and Persephone fan girl I knew I needed to get my grabby, Greek Myth-loving hands on a copy of this ASAP! Its somewhat the fluidity in accepting that toxic masculinity and female oppression has made society had not be able to express what they like in the first place. I've only read chapter 1 but I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favourite books this year.

Next was the problem many authors find the most difficult to explain when retelling Greek mythology…the rather incestuous family tree. The other thing I loved the most about this brilliant book, was that we got to see an author execute a perfect enemies to barely tolerate each other to friends to fake relationship to lovers character development and I was LIVING FOR IT. And the achingly romantic, slow burn tension that develops between Hades and Persephone (taking them from enemies- to friends and beyond) was beautifully written and really gave us a chance to explore the nuances of the trust, respect and love that gradually grows between them. Zeus is an interesting character but we don't see much of him and there is just a glimpse of the other gods, though Styx makes more of an appearance than most.However it's also a pretty intelligent look at power, the desire for it and what it costs to be truly free. Okay I get it, can we please see some characters actually talk to each other about how they're feeling rather than telling other people or themselves?

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