Wednesday, March 16, 2022

A Touch of Darkness By Scarlett St. Clair - Book Review

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 to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone's failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows - and it's forbidden.

Book Breakdown

I’ve seen this book hyped around the blog and vlog world for quite some time and finally I caved into the hype and got the book. I love the Hades and Persephone myth, and while I’m getting a little tired of retellings, this one still grabs my attention. 

Now, before we recap this book, I’ll say this: it’s not perfect, but it was an entertaining read. 

Persephone is a Goddess that no one knows about because her mother hid her away in a greenhouse. But at the start of this novel, Persephone is out and about in the town that all the Gods and Goddesses live in. Which makes no sense if her mother is trying to keep her hidden. 

But through some luck, Persephone and her best friend Lexa get into the club owned by Hades. The one God that her mother has demanded she stay away from more than any other. But, naturally, she meets the God of the Dead and enters into a bet with him... 

This bet is for her to make life in the Underworld. Which means she’ll be spending a lot of time with him. Of course, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for these two. Persephone is a bit dense and very untrusting of Hades even though he gives her reasons to trust him and treats her well.

There’s also Persephone’s mother, who doesn’t want them together at all. She just wants to keep her daughter under her thumb. 

But in the end, Persephone gets her head outta her butt, and she and Hades come together. 

This is a trilogy, so I’m hoping in the next book that Persephone’s character grows. I also really hope there’s no more breakup/makeup in the rest of the series because that’s such an overdone and frankly immature trope at this point. 

The writing is alright. Nothing to write home about, but it’s easy to understand. I really did like Hades. I felt he had more layers to him and I’m interested to see more of him in the next one.