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

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

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

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I think that if the book didn't have too many fillers, I would actually bump the ratings to 4 stars. 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. I can’t tell you exactly how much I laughed while reading this one, I mean I also swooned a fair bit, but mostly I was just laughing at the sheer audacity of our badass Persephone and the banter between her and Hades (and Styx). Ergo three stars because it was mostly quite readable and I'm not really the target audience for a lot of YA fantasy anymore.

It’s a careful line that Fitzgerald balances admirably with a sharp wit and genuine understanding of the simultaneous contemporary and historic issues she’s writing about.I was way more focused on the character elements of the story and persephone’s personal growth, and I actually didn’t really care for the actual plot of the book weirdly. The romance is perfectly paced, complementing rather than overriding the anxieties and expectations that both characters wrestle with throughout the book.

Overall, if you like retellings of this myth and you want something sweet and low stress, you'll probably really enjoy this. While I enjoyed the setting and the idea of the reimagining of the greek gods, the execution left me feeling disappointed. Demeter is annoying because she just wants what's best for her daughter though she never once actually listens to her daughter and what she wants, and then Persephone goes through a rebellious phase, all the while coming to terms with how she has been treated by her mother which gets mentioned. Girl, Goddess, Queen is a fantasy rom-com retelling that weaves the classic story with snarky banter, slow burn romance and a feminist slant that sees the legendary goddess discovering her agency, desires and inherent power. Beautifully written, utterly glorious, and fabulously powerful, this is a definite must-read that should be at the top of everyone's TBR pile!This book cleverly gives a contemporary feel on the low-down without shredding today's vocab into the mix and still keeping a historical Greek mythology feel. It hasn't entirely worked but she does acknowledge that sexism cuts both ways and those who inherit a corrupt system are also its victims. The King of the Underworld is nothing like Persephone expected, and everything that she’d hoped he’d be too. It weirdly depowers Hades to remove the context of his experience and the centuries he ruled the underworld alone. Persephone's story from little girl to chaos bringer was done really well and you see her really grow into her own.



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