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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Asphodel

Title: Asphodel
Series: The Underworld Trilogy # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy
Author: Lauren Hammond
Publisher: S.B. Addison Books
Release  Date: December 20, 2011
Book: E-galley sent by author

"Persephone has been running for her entire life. Running from the humans to keep her immortality a secret. And running from a man who haunts her dreams. Not a man but a god, who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. And what he wants most, is her.

Trapped in the realm of the dead, Persephone plans to return to the land of the living. The underworld is a terrifying place where ghosts roam freely, three headed dogs patrol the gates, and it’s a living grave where the rules of earth and the warmth of the sun no longer apply. But then, something unexpected happens. Persephone finds herself falling for the god who abducted her, the god who has chased her for five thousand years, a god who is none other than death himself, Hades.

Ripped out of the underworld by Zeus, Persephone must find a pomegranate to return to the realm of the dead and to her beloved. Consuming only a seed of the fruit of the dead would bind Persephone to spend her life beneath the earth’s core with Hades. But Zeus has reduced every pomegranate tree in the world to ash. Except one. Persephone must locate that one remaining pomegranate tree, a quest that could ignite a war between the two mightiest of the god’s. A war that could cause Persephone to lose the only family she’s ever known or give up a love that comes only once every five thousand years."

I don't know why but I have a thing for Hades and Persephone re-tales of the story. It always intrigues me to no end. So when I picked up this book I knew I love it. And with the unique twist on the story, I fell in love with it.

Besides the fact that it is a modern day re-tale of Hades and Persephone I really like the pursuit of it. I like that Hades chased Persephone and that she was unaware. The plot of the book is action filled and keeps you at the edge of your seat. I liked the development of Persephone feelings and the way she acted. To see her change and get to know Hades is wonderful.

Obviously we all know the love interest, but what also caught my eye is the attraction to Adonis. I love that Persephone seems certain but uncertain at the same time. It's creates for much more drama to come. Overall, I loved it!

Asphodel captures every bit of your imagination. Lots of running, righting, and emotions flowing off the pages. Asphodel is the start of trilogy that I know I will come quickly addicted to!

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I've never heard of this one before, but it sounds interesting! :) I'll have to put this on my to-read list!

    -Lexi, the Literature Lion

  2. Omg I love the Hades and Persephone tale too! My fav. of the greek myths! I hadn't heard of this one before either! Great review Savvy!!

  3. Great review! I've been wondering about this one and I just might have to check it out. Thank you for sharing! :)

  4. OoOo haven't seen this one before. Another re-tale of Hades and Persephone, I like. I'm definitely adding this one to my list.

  5. I'm such a huge fan of Hades and Persephone retellings too Savy! I just can't get enough of them:) I like that in this one Persephone actually wants to stay with Hades, I haven't read one yet where she's running toward him and not away. Thanks for the review!

  6. I haven't heard of this book at all! I love greek re-tellings though so this definitely sounds like it's right up my alley.

    Great review!

    Jenny at Books to the Sky

  7. These Persephone/Hades stories can be really great. (Well, they can also be bad, but let's focus on the positive. :D ) I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! The addition of Adonis sounds intriguing.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  8. I have a thing for the Persephone and Hades retellings too! :) Oh I'm curious as to how Adonis fits into this story. Oh I think I need to add this one to the wishlist!

  9. I don't think I've actually read a Persephone and Hades retelling! This one has me really exciting to try one out though! Thanks for sharing! New Follower btw :)

  10. This book caught my eyes and I can't wait to read it. I love mythology and after seeing your enthusiastic review, I know I want to read it soon :D


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