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This is a difficult review for me to write because this book was good, and I mean darn good, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other two in the series.
I know I would recommend this book to a large variety of people. It had mystery, romance, action, humor, and a well researched story line that kicked butt! My only real complaint about the story is that it didn’t make me feel the way the other two books in the series did.
The friendship between Sophie, Kai, Hanna, Theo, and Festos is what made the other books such a joy to read, but all the drama in this book strained those relationships. The craziness that they were put through finally started to wear on them and sometimes they attacked each other instead of the real obstacles.
It would be one thing if best friend and boyfriend issues were all Sophie had to worry about, but she must emit pheromones that piss of Greek deities or something because they all seem to want her dead. Even both of her parents want this poor girl dead. I mean she never caught a freaking break in this story! add in the fact that Kai was still having a difficult time dealing with the big reveal that took place at the end of the last book, and my girl Sophie was in a real bad situation, and she was in it all alone. I read these books for the happy romantic feelings, and the dramatic suspenseful ones. Sure I got the occasional glimpse of the amazing friendships that Sophie had with her three best friends and the smoldering chemistry that she had with Kai, but there wasn’t nearly enough!
Although this book wasn’t what I wished it would be, it was very well done, and that’s why it gets a four star rating. It deserves a four star rating and possibly more because it really is a great story with a nice message. Sophie learns a lot about herself and people in general. She is finally forced to come to terms with the fact that maybe her life wasn’t filled with bare foot frolicking in the woods when she was Persephone, and maybe Persephone was a lot more complex than she has given her credit for. Actually Persephone is a lot more complex than anybody .has given her credit for.
It’s very interesting reading about the dynamic between who Sophie is and who Persephone was. They are the same person after all. Sophie now has all of her memories of being Persephone but think about it, t can you recall your entire life with vivid detail? Sophie has Persephone’s memories, but she accesses them in bits and pieces. She also has the last 17 years of her life as a human fresh in her mind so even though Sophie is Persephone, Persephone truly died 17 years ago. It all sounds very complicated, but the author does a great job of preventing confusion for the reader. Sophie struggles with learning how to love who she is now and who she was when she lived her life as Persephone. She learns to take the good with the bad, and love it all.
All of the relationships in this book were well-developed. but Sophie’s relationship with her best friend Theo and her boyfriend Kia were my favorites.
The love between Sophie and Theo rivals most of the romantic relationships that I have read. They love each other with a fierceness that friendship doesn’t accurately define. Sophie doesn’t have a traditional family, and he fills all the roles in her life that are lacking. Hanna is her sister, Festos is a brother, Kai is the love of her life, but Theo? Theo is everything. He makes her life complete.
Kai returned to some of his old ways in this book. He made no secret of the fact that he loved and wanted Sophie, but he kept a wall between them that I thought he destroyed in the last book. Even though their relationship was strained, he refused to stay away from her. It was sort of like the cupids arrow situation in the second book all over again only he could control himself. He didn’t feel an overwhelming compulsion to be around her, he just wanted to be with the woman he loved even if he was still a little angry with her. The difference between Persephone and Sophie is hard for anyone to fully understand, but if anyone gets it, it’s Kai. He knows both woman well enough to be able to see that Sophie would never make the same decisions that her former self did. Plus Kai loves Sophie in a way that he never Persephone. What he had with her in her goddess form was all fluff and cheese, but what he has with Sophie is the real thing.
This book was imaginative, well written, funny, sweet, heartbreaking, romantic, and very entertaining! It was nothing like what I was expecting, but if fit perfectly with the rest of the series. For three wonderful books, I have experienced these characters love the heck out of each other no matter what happens, and I can’t really ask for a better ending. After all, love is the best thing there is, and “all you need is love”. 😉
Because of violence and language, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.