Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Romance, Fantasy (Mythology retelling)
Rating: 5 Stars
Society darling Persephone Dimitriou wants nothing to do with her mother’s ambitions. She’s biding her time until she’s able to leave the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start her doctorate degree. The one thing she never planned on? Her mother ambushing her with an engagement to Zeus—a man with more than a few dead wives in his past. Persephone will do anything to escape that fate…even flee the sparkling upper city and make a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed was a myth.
Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. Not even for the woman who flees into his territory as if the very hounds of hell are on her heels. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent his entire life craving? It’s all the excuse he needs to agree to help her—for a price. She’ll be his for the summer, and then he’ll see her safely out of Olympus and away from her mother and Zeus.
Hades and Persephone’s deal might seem simple enough, but they both quickly realize it’s anything but. With every breathless night spent with Hades, Persephone wonders at her ability to leave him behind. And Hades? Now that he has a taste for Persephone, he’s willing to go to war with Olympus itself to keep her…
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I loved Neon Gods by Katee Robert – it was everything I was looking for in a retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth. The book was incredibly well written, and I thought the more urban and modern environment of the worldbuilding suited the story well.
I found no noticeable spelling or grammatical errors throughout the book, and the narrative style was fast-paced and clear. It was easy to sink into the story and get drawn in by the characters. The romance between Hades and Persephone was both sweet and incredibly sultry – though I will warn you that it isn’t going to be for everyone. There are some themes of voyeurism and mild BDSM themes, though these are only mildly explored, so even those who don’t particularly care for kinks will find this relatively easy to look over and enjoy.
The plot was interesting and fresh given the context of the mythos behind the story, and I liked the little bits of historical accuracy thrown in behind the names and relationships of the characters. If you like the Hades/Persephone mythos and want a book that explores it in a more modern context, I would highly recommend you pick this book up.