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Hades (Contemporary Mythos, #1) by Carly Spade

Hello readers,

Please don’t be mad at me after reading this review. I had so high expectations with this book, maybe due to the fact that this book has a really good score on Goodreads or because of all the hype around it on Instagram.

I love Greek gods/mythos books and the story of Hades/Persephone has to be one of my favorites. When I saw the Hades book by Carly Spade, I had to read it. It was a little difficult to find it, and I had to buy it in e-book because I could not find shipment to Portugal. I started reading it as soon as I had it in my hands (or phone), but it took me a little more that I expected.

‘Stephanie Costas has always had a passion for humanity. As a digital forensics examiner, she fights bad guys from the technical front. When a closed cold case is dug up, she finds herself becoming consumed to set things right. No amount of eighties music or repeated viewings of her favorite movie Dirty Dancing were enough to distract her. She needed a vacation in the worst of ways. 

When she set foot in the gorgeous tropical resort in Greece, she had no idea she’d meet a man claiming to be Hades, god of the Underworld. And she certainly had no idea that he was telling the truth. Her Greek vacation was about to become very…interactive’. 

A Hades/Persephone re-imagining’. 

Like I said, this book had everything to be one of my favorites, but in my opinion it did not exceed P.C Cast Hades/Persefone book – Goddess of Spring.

Just because the first half of the book that is just silly. The second part is a little better.

Stephanie, a digital forensics examiner (she says it at least five times in the book), along with her best friend Sara, head off to Greece impulsively as a last minute vacation from their work life.

In the resort, Stephanie meets Hades. The god of the Underworld, in a bar, drinking a lot of whiskey after his wife of over thousand years has left him for another man.

Instead of having fun with her friend, Steph notices Hade’s aura – yes, she has the ability to see peoples’ auras- and can’t help but want to know more about that man, even though he is rude and tell her that he wants to be left alone (like a lot). But she can’t stay away from him.

Until know, I liked Stephanie. She’s a workaholic and she’s a good person, she even find herself reopening a cold case as a promise to a victims’ wife. I liked this part of the story, how she wanted to prove a dead killer guilty.

But then that part of the story is forgotten and she starts to be so annoying with Hades. Come on, the guy just want to be left alone. But ok, I understand, he’s beautiful, described as Sawyer from Lost series and honestly if I found a man like that in front of me, I would also be starring. The model of the cover of the book reminds me Keanu Reaves, don’t you agree?

Here is when the real problem started, in the beginning Hades seemed to be neutral most of the time towards her and suddenly he’s fixated on her. Come on… How? They didn’t spend that much time, she even spend more time with her friend that with Hades. Where’s the chemistry?

And then Hades dancing to Dirty Dancing??? Why? It was the opposite on how I imagine Hades. I laughed a lot because I imagined Hades from Hercules, with his blue hair doing a Dirty Dancing… Honestly, it doesn’t make any sense to me. I liked the 80s songs, if that counts for anything.

Then story started to became a little better. He showed his true self to Stephanie and I liked how she didn’t even battle an eye on how the truly looked. I also liked how she managed to find the bad guy that helped the deal killer. I liked how he and Zeus had a part on Persefone prison in the Underworld and how she never did like him because of that.

I felt sorry for Hades, he did finds himself struggling to keep the Underworld in control, even if he has to say goodbye to Stephanie. And he didn’t want to make the same mistakes with her, like he did with Persefone.

In spite of all the problems I had with this book, I must confess that at the end an excerpt from the next book is presented – which will be about Apollo- and I must confess that only a few pages left me very curious and eager to read the next book. I loved both characters and it looks like it will be a hate-love book, one of my favorites! Do you know when the next book will be released? I want it very much!

In my opinion this book deserves a 3.5 stars and I have a feeling the next one will remedy all the problems I had with this one. I hope…

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