Blog Tour: For The Love of Hades (review and giveaway)

For the Love of Hades Button 300 x 225For the Love of Hades
Loves of Olympus, Book 2

Author: Sasha Summers

Genre: Romantic Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

ISBN: 978-1-937254-83-4

ASIN: 978-1-937254-84-1

Number of pages: 309

Word Count: 78,500

Cover Artist: Jeannie Ruesch

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/LXx52Vve8hY

Book Blurb:

Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, has no patience for living things or his Olympian brethren. His purpose is order, administering justice to those who enter his realm, and keeping the balance decreed by the Fates. Meeting Persephone sways his focus, her gentle sweetness threatening his control. But he will not be tempted.

Poseidon’s scheming wreaks havoc upon Persephone. Hades has no choice – he must rescue her.

Hades awakens something within the Goddess Persephone. She feels no fear from his brooding presence. In truth, she’s never felt so alive. Every stolen moment together only confirms her instinct: he is meant to be hers. Such a powerful union suit will face opposition – from Olympus, her troubled betrothed, the Fates, even Hades himself – but she is determined to win his heart.

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THE REVIEW

 

I love mythology and was glad when I found this book. This is actually the second book in the series, but it was written in a way that I felt I didn’t miss much of the first. I guess this is because the two books contain different stories. The characters in the first were mentioned in this novel, but they didn’t relate much. It seems that the second book is not dependent with the first.

As the title suggests, it is a romance story about Hades, the god of the Underworld. I have read few bright stories about those who dwell in that realm, but never about Hades. Personally, I imagined him as someone who has a very intimidating character and I understand why others didn’t venture into writing positive stories about him. Something about him wearing the helm of darkness would discourage any cheerful thoughts.

The book is about the love story of Hades and Persephone. It was refreshing. All books that I have read were about his subordinates, but not him. I have read the story of The Rape of Persephone, and was surprised when I read this novel. The author was indeed creative in making twists in their story.

The author described Underworld and its levels correctly (as far as I have learned) as well as its inhabitants. Creatures of the realm were all present, except for the harpies. I forgot how those things made me remember them, but I was looking out for them as I read the book. The living world was vividly pictured as well. Before the fall of Greece, the land was breathing life. Persephone was described like an earth goddess tending to her pines. I could imagine her clearly. She seems like a spirited creature full of vitality.

Gods and goddesses were also present. Of course the must be. They were described realistically. I commend the author for including the spat between Athena and Poseidon as well as the carefree life of the gods while mortals are suffering. I believe something like this is needed in any myth stories to provide the readers the idea that the gods are not perfect. They are like humans with flawed character.

However, I was sad when one of my favorite gods was put in a bad light. Poseidon was characterized as a womanizer, and I am aware of that based on my readings, but stealing a woman from his brother didn’t ring true for him. I am not sure if this conflict was created by the author or there were stories involving this which I haven’t read.

With that conflict, Hades became more jaded and cold. It was like other love stories where the woman is pouring her heart out while the man is struggling to control his emotions. I didn’t find anything new to this style, but it didn’t feel cheesy either. It felt nice. The romance bloomed and it was predictable, but I was surprised by the importance of pomegranate in the story. I didn’t know the cursed fruit could actually be a salvation, too.

All in all, it was an interesting myth re-telling. I am happy to have read the book. Will I recommend it? Definitely. 

Rating: 4/5

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

**This review is also available in Goodreads.

 

sasha summersAbout the Author:

Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe.

She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

Sasha is an active member of RWA and several Texas Chapters. A self-proclaimed movie-addict, she is full of all sorts of useless movie tidbits and trivia.

Connect with the author:

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THE GIVEAWAY

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There is a tour wide giveaway of one white lily pendant (US only), one signed paperback set of Medusa and Hades (USA/Canada only), and one $15 Amazon or BN Gift Card (winner’s choice). Click the link below to be directed in the rafflecopter page.

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20 thoughts on “Blog Tour: For The Love of Hades (review and giveaway)

  1. Very nice review, Nica!… I don’t know much about mythology but from your review, I understand that you have a very deep knowledge in it. I just thought anyone could write about the Underworld and invent stories along. But guess that’s not how it works!… How does a pomegranate fit into the story??.. Hehe… Is the Amazon/B&N part of the giveaway, international?.. In that case, I would like to take part… That white lily pendant looks elegant!

  2. This is one of my favorite subjects. Dare I say I may read this one? I might, I got straight As in Greek Mythology in Grade School, one of the few subjects I could stand.

    I think I’ll hang out on your blog and troll, my blog is getting a bit crowded lately.

    1. Oh cool! They say that it isn’t really studying if a student likes the subject. It is no wonder you got straight As for Greek myth. I usually have those grades reserved for Math and Science, but I think I would’ve cried if I got a grade lower than 95 in grade school.

      You may try reading this one. I also recommend my favorite myth series by Rick Riordan. It is under middle-school books, but I like it anyway.

      1. I was always a B student. I never tried during grade school. I never wrote much either, I remember in 11th grade, 2 grades before college for us here, my teacher told me I was a horrible writer and way behind everyone else. I got a good laugh the next year when I was one of the only ones from her class that passed the AP Exam, the exam to get early college credit. I wanted to go back to her class, I was with a different more encouraging teacher during my last year which may have had something to do with it, and shove it in HER face!

        1. Mean teacher. I know some students experience something like that. It is sad to know that instead of inspiring, some teachers discourage students to explore and hone their talents. I graduated valedictorian in elementary school and didn’t had the misfortune of meeting a teacher like that.

  3. I have an interest for Greek mythology also 😀 The story of Hades and Persephone are one of my favorites. One of my past English teachers loved the Percy Jackson series so much that she read it to the class. I am always lucky with my English teachers. Other subjects…not so much.

    1. Cheers to the gods! Haha. Oh, I so love Percy Jackson series, too. Have you tried reading at least one of the books? You will definitely get hooked!

      You are lucky to have interesting and enthusiastic teachers. I had a fair share of those, too. Not only in English though. Imagine a hyper Physics and Differential Calc teachers.

  4. I have read the first and second book of the Percy Jackson series but dropped it. Not because I didn’t like it but because I kind of forgot about it. Long series do that to me.
    That would seems like a very fun class 🙂 My math teacher has a fiery passion for math. She ounce very excitedly told the class about a meeting she had with other math teachers and the mathematical discoveries she made. Her excitement is contagious.

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