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    ***I received a galley copy of this book from Netgalley (ImaJinn Books, Inc.) in exchange for an honest review.*** There are many things I liked and there were some I disliked. I'll start with what I disliked. Hades isn't at all the bad-a** god that I have always imagined him as. Yes, he is kind (that's usually a good thing), and he actually cares about the souls in the Underworld, but he didn't really have much character. He was a little lackluster in my opinion, except on his occasional confrontations with Persephone. I felt like his true potential as a character wasn't reached. I'm not saying he needed to be portrayed as a bad guy, but he could have been shown as the all-powerful god that he is, if that makes sense. I also disliked how naive Persephone is. You'd think high school would have shown her that everyone is not who they say they are, but she goes ahead and let's herself get into a sticky situation at the end of the book. She didn't make that mistake with Hades, someone who she knows cares about her, but she lets it happen with this other dude who is only a friend? That made me angry more than anything, that she thoughtlessly backed herself into a corner there. Okay, now for what I did like (there's a lot): I liked how we see characters from Greek mythology in this book (Cassandra, Helen of Troy?) and some of the other Greek gods are mentioned as well. Cassandra was charismatic, but a little overbearing at times for my taste. The story flowed well and at a steady pace. I especially liked the effort that went into describing the Underworld because I could easily picture it all in my mind. Despite how I dislike Persephone's naievity, I did like her spirit and refusal to just be a sitting duck. She wants to go fight the enemy and takes measures to try to protect and defend herself from those who wish her harm. That is something I always admire in characters and I was glad to see Persephone trying for herself instead of relying on the protection everyone said would be enough. Another thing that I do appreciate from Persephone is how she expressed and voiced her concerns for the rights of the souls in the Underworld. There was an instance where her reaction, her thoughts to the children in the Underworld got to me and made me bawl. Those were some feels I was not expecting! In conclusion, there is promise to this series, so I'll be sure to read the second book soon to see what else is in store for Persephone and Hades. ​3 Platypires!
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