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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Radiant Darkness by: Emily Whitman

Radiant Darkness
by: EmilyWhitman
From Amazon:

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.

From Me:

Okay, so Radiant Darkness reads almost like a fairy tale, but yet not. It's based on Greek Mythology and the story of Persephone but gives the story a completely different twist. Instead of Hadies being the bad guy and stealing Persephone, in this story she goes willingly and out of love.

I love the idea, and really enjoyed the change in the story.

The beginning was a bit fast for me. I wish that we had more time in the Vale with her and Hades. I would have really liked to see their relationship before their departure more.
However, once we actually entered the underworld I couldn't get enough of the story. It flowed well and was almost poetic in places. I loved the interesting characters that were found there and also how the relationship between Hades and Philomena continued to develop.

The Underworld was surprising which I liked. It wasn't at all how I would have expected it to be and it was a pleasant surprise to find it...joyful.

I felt that the emotions in it rang true. I understood the reasons for the characters actions and nothing really happened that was out of character, and that is always a good thing. Characters who do out of character things are one of my pet peeves.

All in all I loved the new take on this Greek Myth and enjoyed it very much, I would recommend reading it if you love fairy tales or Mythology, or just want to wander into a different world for awhile.

I really liked this book and will deffinately have my eye on this author, the writing style was good, and I can't wait to read more.

I give it a 9.

-Christina :]


Lenore said...

I'm posting my review of this today too!

Mrs. Wishard said...

I have this in my pile of books to read, now I've moved it towards the top, thanks!

Llehn said...

I loved Percy Jackson so I think I will love this too!

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