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

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It was also clunky with phrases you'd expect to see on a modern teen drama or TikTok which considering the context was very jarring.

Persephone's hang-up over sex = rape might be slightly justified (thanks Demeter etc) but it's boring as hell to read. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Hades and Persephone retelling before, and I have no real idea on the original story of either of the characters so I can’t say much about this as an adaptation but I can review it as it stands. 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. I don’t think this was the case with this one, and I think Fitzgerald did a really great job of making the world, the characters, the politics etc really easy to digest and follow along with. From the side characters such as Styx, to the other inhabitants of the Underworld, to Persephone herself.I love how Hades was portrayed in here (soft Hades made me swoon) and Persephone was potrayed to be a stronger but is still feminine.

She spends the majority of the novel talking about how she doesn't want to get married and how she doesn't want a man to touch her. Demeter is annoying because she just wants what's best for her daughter though she never once actually listens to her daughter and what she wants, and then Persephone goes through a rebellious phase, all the while coming to terms with how she has been treated by her mother which gets mentioned. Sometimes the discussion on political aspects of real life thinly veiled in the narrative are thrust forward a bit too much and interrupt the flow of the story. Talking of these two MCs, they were a delight in their slow dance towards friendship and the even slower dance to more.And for this one, its a retelling with a bit of a mix where Persephone is the one who is smart and cunning whilst Hades is the soft one in this relationship. But for those who is a first timer to read a Hades and Persephone retelling, this book might work out for you.

After tricking Hades into letting her stay in his home, she takes it upon herself to explore Hades' realm of the Underworld (without his permission) and then proceeds to suggest improvements (lol, Persephone, intrusive guest much). She barges in to Hell, forces Hades to give her food and shelter and is surprised that Hades is not so fond of this, and somehow he is the d*ck for not being excited about helping her.

In this rendition, its an coming-of-age story of Persephone and of her finding her ways into her girlhood and adulthood, by running to Hell and making Hades protect her under his oath. and she has a controlling mother, Demeter, who has told her how to act and how to be all of her entire life. We’ve been treated to many Greek mythology retellings over the past few years, spanning immersive literary novels that capture the eternally classic feel of these tales, to transportive YA fantasy that put an entirely new spin on the stories of old. So as I start reading GGQ I instantly loved the writing style, loved how author made book not only storytelling but action and with deeper meanings that some of them I can relate myself.

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