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

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I think this book was supposed to be about female empowerment and all the 'down with the patriarchy' sort of things, but I personally just find it hard to relate to problems such as having men lining up to court me, let alone men who are so gorgoeus, no beauty as such existed before. She makes the choice to go to the Underworld to avoid having to get married, and she boldly decides to redecorate and make herself at home, which was inspiring and hilarious in equal measures. His openness about his innermost thoughts/ vulnerabilities and the lighthearted banter he loves to partake in with Persephone (and his closest friends) was a surprisingly refreshing aspect that, when paired with the depth and emotion we see in (the brief exploration into) his backstory, really made this my favourite retelling of the Hades and Persephone Myth.

I adore a Hades and Persephone retelling and I have read my fair share of them in my time but this just felt a bit flat. Girl, Goddess, Queen is an incredibly fun and wonderfully crafted reimagining of a beloved myth - bringing to life timeless gods, the complex intimacy of family bonds, a fierce protagonist, and a passionate slow-burn romance. 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.While this is a romance, it's mostly Persephone's story of taking her life into her own hands, empowering herself, and taking agency. The main character- Core is growing in a book, learning who she is and not what she was forced / teached to be. Her enthusiastic support for Hades and Persephone’s relationship was super entertaining and her overly dramatic, OTT asides into her own romantic endeavours kinda have me eager for a Styx-related spinoff—hopefully with cameos from Charon and Thanatos. She also had so many opportunities to fall into my least favourite trope - the main character who will sacrifice them self at every opportunity - but she didn't, she wanted to fight for what she wanted and what she'd earned.

The addition of completely new characters like Tempest offered a strong supporting cast that made this book stand out in creativity from the rest. Bring[s] to life timeless gods, the complex intimacy of family bonds, a fierce protagonist, and a passionate slow-burn romance. So in a bid to trick the other gods, Persephone and Hades form a mutually beneficial alliance that will ensure her future safety, whilst maintaining Hades’ notorious reputation.I really liked Hades to start with but then he just turns into this sort of boring character who just lets Persephone do whatever she wants and doesn't really seem to have an opinion half the time, or any objection to her changing his realm. I most definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a unique original spin on the story of Hades and Persephone. Bea is passionate about stories and fascinated by the way they endure and resonate through centuries and generations.

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