Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle

Persephone's Orchard

Standalone or Series? Series – The Chrysomelia Stories
Format: Ebook
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

BUY: Amazon Kindle £0.73   The Book Depository £10.71  (paperback & free worldwide delivery)   Barnes & Noble paperback and e-book 

 

17 Comments

  1. This sounds refreshingly different compared to the usual NA books, and I’m definitely curious about it now. Although it took you a while to warm to Sophie’s character, I’m glad you enjoyed this book overall. Lovely review! 🙂

  2. Your review was very well-balanced and fair. Isn’t it kind of annoying when a book starts out with a bang and then slows down? I always feel cheated when I read books like that, as if the first part was a false promise. Thanks for the review! 🙂

  3. I don’t read a lot of NA so I’ll pass on this but I’m glad you enjoyed it overall! I haven’t been reading much great books in a while now. *sigh*

    Great review, katja! <33

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