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Posted June 27, 2013
I was lucky enough to be approached by the author to do a review for this book. Of course I was instantly interested given my love of all things mythology related. This was the most creative take on Hades and Persephone's story have ever read. I absolutely loved it. The reincarnation into new bodies was brilliant. We got to see an Underworld like we never have. Through Persephone's and Hade's memories we got to see and learn about the Underworld through them. There was so much to take in and the writing was done in such a way that I could picture it. The back and forth between now and past memories was done great. I didn't feel like the story stalled or flowed badly. I loved this story of Persephone and Hades and I never thought I would say that!
Sophie is your average teenager who is going off to college and trying to adjust to being away from family and her boyfriend. She barley gets to college and things take a turn for the crazy. She is pulled into an alternate universe where she meets Adrian. Who tries pretty hard to convince her he isn't a stalker. Things for Sophie will never be the same after that. She is now plunged into a world of magic, love, and danger. Not everyone likes the idea of immortals being able to make more and alternate universes. Things get dangers for Sophie's life quickly changes from normal to not normal. She has to make important decisions that could potentially change her life forever. Will she be able to give up her family and her life for love? Will she ever be safe again?
Hades is described as the hottest version of him I have ever heard. I am completely, 100% ok with this. He isn't evil like in other depictions of him. The world is set up so well that I felt like I really go to know him. All the description and past flashbacks were definitely needed to understand this version of the story. The romance was great. I didn't feel like it was rushed or forced. Very tactful. I loved Sophie and Adrian. They were amazing together. You will see why when you read the book!
If you like Mythology at all you must read this book. It was one of the best mythology/romance books I have read. I would highly recommend it!
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Posted July 14, 2013
I loved this book! The reworking of the tale of Persephone and Hades is nothing short of magical and romantic. I would have never thought that they indeed could have loved each other contrary to the ancient myth of kidnapping and such. Although the story maynot be anciently accurate it is a great and worthy read nonetheless. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good love story and a little myth in their lives.
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Posted July 2, 2014
Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sophie Darrow (A wonderful name), is an average college freshman, nervous about moving into her dorm and leaving her family and trying to decide what to do about her boyfriend who is away at a different college. She doesn't put much stock in stories about the ancient gods, who does? Imagine her surprise when she is kidnapped and whisked into the spirit realm her very first day at college! Soon she learns the secrets of the other realm and what really goes on with gods and goddesses, and that the danger that is stalking them is closing in on her too.
I don't do it justice in that synopsis. It's a fantastic book! Detailed and lovingly crafted, Molly Ringle's story captured me from page one. I could imagine myself in the those places, watching the story unfold. I emphasized with Sophie and laughed at Niko's jokes and I fell in love with Adrian and his funny accent. It was one of the best books I have read in quite some time.
I highly recommend it to all who like coming of age stories, and love stories and greek mythology. Read it! You won't regret it!
Posted September 7, 2013
Persephone's Orchard, as you might have guessed, is a novel wrapped around the myth of Persephone and Hades. This is not a mere re-telling of the story though. No, Ms. Ringle sets out to re-imagine the myth. And I'm going to admit upfront that I'm quite fond of this re-imagining. What if Persephone and Hades were actually in love.
I couldn't help but love Adrian Watts. He's lived a challenging life and has spent the last two years doing what he can to help others. But he's lonely and he's ready for his love to join him. Sophie took me some time to warm up to. She tends to make rash decisions on some things and she's stubborn when it comes to others. But, she did go to college thinking she's your average college freshman, only to learn she's anything but when she's drawn over to the spirit world and meets Adrian. While Persephone and Hades' story unfolds for Sophie, and she and Adrian begin their own, an evil force makes itself known attempting to keep these lovers apart.
Ms. Ringle did a phenomenal job of writing a story that is very engaging. I was enthralled, wanting to know everything about Persephone and Hades. The writing flowed beautifully between Sophie's POV, Adrian's POV and the dream/memory sequences experienced by them both. I loved the use of reincarnation as a tool to continue bringing these two souls together in life after life. While I did get frustrated with Sophie at times, I felt Ms. Ringle deftly portrayed those qualities we see so strongly in Persephone and Hades still evident in Sophie and Adrian. I am particularly affected by Sophie and Adrian's desire to use the centuries' worth of knowledge they have to have a different outcome for the themselves this time around.
Obviously, I'm captivated by this story. It's a unique take on an old myth and is beautifully told. I adored Ms. Ringle's imaginative use for pomegranate seeds and the obstacle an over-protective mother would pose to a couple in love. I also enjoyed the creative description of the spirit world and the Underworld. I will now have trouble envisioning the afterlife in any other way. And the supporting cast of gods and goddesses was spectacular. Ms. Ringle did a fine job of creating these characters in both the ancient times and the present. I'm holding out hope for Sophie and Adrian and am anxious for the next book!
Posted July 5, 2013
I received an e-copy from Central Avenue Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
With Persephone's Orchard Molly Ringle has breathed new life into Greek mythology and completely turned the story of Persephone and Hades as we know it on its head. And I loved every minute of it!
The main characters, Sophie and Adrian, live in present time, with their story as Persephone and Hades told masterfully in a series of dreams and memories. Both the mortal and spirit worlds are so richly detailed it's like you've fallen directly into them and can reach out and touch both the past and present. Their romance develops over the course of the novel and it is so lovely to see souls reconnect with each throughout time.
I was drawn to both Sophie and Adrian. Ade shows true perseverance with the tragedies that occurred in his mortal life and his determination to help the souls of the Underworld (both as Hades and his current incarnation). He's also very protective of Sophie. While he wants her by his side, the mysterious cult of Thanatos threatens them both at every turn causing him to doubt his decisions about her involvement. Sophie, initially unsure of the story Adrian tells her, let's her natural curiosity and then her memories lead her further into the dual realities and closer to Adrian. She's also not afraid to take a stand against Thanatos when she and Adrian are both threatened.
As I watched the page numbers creep closer and closer to the end, I realized that there weren't enough left to finish the entire story. Sophie and Ade are left in a good place, so it's not a horrible cliff hanger, but I'm already dying for book 2 to learn what happens next with them. Not to mention to learn the rest of the story of Persephone and Hades.
Posted June 29, 2013
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