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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Review: Radiant Darkness

Title: Radiant Darkness
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Paranormal
Author: Emily Whitman
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperTeen
Release Date: April 28, 2009
Book: Bought
                                                     "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."

I must say  that I adored this book much more than I thought I would! I had no idea that it is about Hades and Persephone. I adored the storyline and the main character Persephone. It is so different than other books I've read. It is much more Greeky. 

First off, I love that the story is told from Persephone point of view. I liked seeing things from her view than from the normal Hades point of view. I loved how the Ms.Whitman wrote the main character Persephone, so differently that what I've read before. Here she is, locked up from the world, hidden by her mother, talked down too like a child. Persephone yearned for a peace, a freedom she never thought she see. I like that Hades didn't just grab her. They had a secret love. He waited for her, asked for her choosing. He is a gentlemen.

As the story line begins to unfold, the reader sees the destruction of earth but also Persephone seeing things differently. She knew what her mother was doing and wanted to settled things once and for all. I adored how this story is really modernized but stays full of Greek Gods and Goddesses. Ms. Whitman keep the essence of a classic tale only making slight changes in it.

I loved this book! It really capture me in a way I didn't think it would. If you love Greek Gods and Goddesses, tales of Persephone and Hades, read this book. It is an intensely fast read that you can not get enough of. I loved the writing style and adored the characters!

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I love Greek Mythology and I would love to read this. I'm so glad you gave it high marks. Honestly, in the original myths Hades was absolutely not a gentleman to Persephone. But I would love to hear a story from her pov.

  2. Yes I love mythology! I love this tale! Yep... I need this book! Brilly review. It's going straight on the wishlist!

  3. I absolutely adore Greek mythology, and the Hades/Persephone tale has always been one of my faves, so I'm most definitely going to check this book out sometime!

  4. @Midnytereader, I was really surprised by this book! I just feel in love with it!

    @Melissa, YEP! Mythology is cool!

    @Heather, Great! You'll like it!

  5. I like the idea of rethinking old tales, and as a mythology fan I can't wait to pick this one up :)


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