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

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Her journey of self-discovery is an empowering fist pump in the air, a massive FU in the face of her father and all the other gods who’d seek to keep her small and subdued. So as I start reading GGQ I instantly loved the writing style, loved how author made book not only storytelling but action and with deeper meanings that some of them I can relate myself. So I just close my eyes and breathe in the coconut scent of his hair and hold him close and hope that if I can’t speak my affection I can at least show it. Ergo three stars because it was mostly quite readable and I'm not really the target audience for a lot of YA fantasy anymore.

I liked it enough to carry on reading, hoping it would improve, but I wasn't keen on the characters and how they were written. I liked that the author had shown that it doesn't make you less of a man or less of a woman for liking something that didn't approve to the society's standards. Desperate to flee an arranged marriage to an egotistical godly suitor of her parents’ choosing, she runs to the one place she knows nobody would expect to find her. Girl, Goddess, Queen takes Hades and Persephone's tale and creates the ultimate rom-com drama with Persephone's growth and journey at its heart. Our Persephone, traditionally portrayed as sweet tempered and kind, is transformed into a daring and fabulously fierce (Ancient Greek) Girl Boss, determined to seek out happiness by any means necessary—even if it means taking on the patriarchy in all its toxic, oppressive forms.

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Rather he’s an unwitting accomplice, drawn into Persephone’s reckless scheme when she jumps into hell of her own free will. I'm maybe the minority in this one, but the one thing that I could say is that, this book can be half of its volume, and it will still be good. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.Persephone decides enough is enough and manages to escape to the Underworld so she doesn't have to marry (though she still does, she has just delayed it a bit because she didn't think things through). I think she's probably aware that Persephone and Demeter predate most of the Olympians by about a thousand years, that we have pretty compelling evidence for this and that Hades was added on as an after thought much later when a more patriarchal religion subsumed those early goddess worship cults. I didn't mind it so much and again, the fanfiction style aspect showed up in the lack of plot this novel presented. Persephone's hang-up over sex = rape might be slightly justified (thanks Demeter etc) but it's boring as hell to read. However it's also a pretty intelligent look at power, the desire for it and what it costs to be truly free.

And on the way home few days or maybe a week later when I got it approved my family (not to exaggerate) thought I won a lottery, but people who reads they know - getting a book you really want to read is like winning a lottery! But as much as this is a story of a girl downtrodden by her father and smothered by her mother, and how she rises above the confines they put upon her, it’s also a tale of, as Fitzgerald says, “unpacking the ways patriarchy hurts boys” too. Talking of these two MCs, they were a delight in their slow dance towards friendship and the even slower dance to more. Kore, little girl , has spend all her life locked on an island and is raised for one purpose; to be the perfect daughter.I loved that the author had made it a centre of the story with the mix of so many strong female characters that makes the book very female-centric and empowering. That’s all true here, as Persephone and Hades dance around their true feelings, both of them frightened of ruining the special bond they’ve formed. As for Persephone, we really saw a woman find her footing in HER realm - the fact the underworld also belonged to her in key to that statement.

I've only read chapter 1 but I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favourite books this year. I actually bought this book by accident, but I decided to read it anyway, and it was a really good read.It was also clunky with phrases you'd expect to see on a modern teen drama or TikTok which considering the context was very jarring.

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