Standalone or Series? Series – The Chrysomelia Stories
Published: June 28th 2013 Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Author’s Website: http://www.mollyringle.com/index.html
After reading a review by Lee @ Rally the Readers, there was no way I was going to turn down the publisher’s offer of an advance reader copy of Persephone’s Orchard.
This story is a unique take on the god of the Underworld, Hades, and his love for Persephone. The heroes of this story are Sophie, modern-day college student, and Aaron, mysterious, handsome, kiwi bloke, owner of the world’s sweetest dog and several other book-boyfriend attributes that caught my attention.
Sophie isn’t universally appealing in the first few chapters,but slowly develops into a worthy heroine. I wasn’t blown away by the development of her high school boyfriend and room-mate, especially when compared to the other compelling characters.
The story starts with a bang, and then slows to focus on the relationship which develops between Aaron and Sophie while they travel back and forth between the Underworld and her college grounds before the action picks up again.
Although Tarturus is still an abyss of suffering for the souls of the wicked, this Underworld is less scary than the one of more classic stories. In the Underworld, Adrian seems keen on getting Sophie to eat a pomegranate and later a very interesting looking orange – but since Sophie’s reading to become a nutritionist at university, we can safely assume his concern isn’t that she’s not getting her 5-a-day. Soon Sophie begins to experience dreams and memories of a past life, one in ancient times, when a young woman named Persephone met a god named Hades. As the Underworld’s magic begins to work its wonders on her it draws danger to her.
Persephone’s Orchard is an enjoyable new adult romance, with hints of action-adventure and an imaginative take on the Greek gods; it should appeal to open-minded fans of mythology.
My rating; 3.9 (Plot 4, Full Cast of Characters 3.5, Dialogue 4, Pacing 3.5, World Building 4.5)
Current rating on Goodreads: 4.17