Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Review: Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman

Radiant Darkness
by Emily Whitman
Young Adult Mythological Romance
Goodreads Average Rating: 3.71
Pages: 274


Well here is the summary from Goodreads:

He smiles. "Hello."
It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.

I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.

Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there's no chance of escaping the life that's been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she's come to love, even the earth itself.

In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I loved this book!

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: There have been many retellings or references to the myth of Persephone. When I picked up this novel, I was entranced by the cover and decided it would be worth reading. What I didn't expect was that I'd absolutely love this novel.

Persephone had some serious attitude, I noticed that from the very beginning. But with a mother whose a goddess determined on confining you to the vale she's created and keeping you away from all things male, I guess that makes sense.

Enter Hades. Persephone encounters a mystery man in the vale and is quickly smitten by him. When she finds out he's Hades, she's surprised and angry at first. But love is no match for anger.

I really liked that Whitman deviated from the traditional myth of damsel in distress and created a story with a kick butt heroine.

I also liked the fact that she didn't stick with the stereotype of Hades. In this novel Hades was hot. No I'm not joking. Hades wasn't the one dimensional figure he's always been. I loved her description of the underworld and basically the whole novel.

A great read that is definitely worth reading.




In Summary: A novel that I loved reading. Whitman's version of the myth of Persephone was intriguing, and entrancing.

Warnings/Side-notes: Nothing comes to mind.

The Wrap-up: A great novel that I definitely recommend reading. You won't regret it.


Happy reading!

Love,

Danica Page


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