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Neon Gods, by Katee Robert

16 reviews

offbrandclubsoda's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

What I loved:

- Very steamy 
- Hades
- Not sure what this trope is called but the one where the character thinks they’re a bad person but everyone can see they’re selfless and perfect
- The trope where both characters love each other but they won’t say so because they’re trying to protect the other
- Consent queens!!!
- Safe sex queens!!!
- Aftercare queens!!!
- Audiobook is available on Spotify

What I didn’t love:

- I’m not sure if this is necessarily the book’s fault, but I feel a bit mislead that it is tagged as LGBTQ+ on StoryGraph. Both main characters are implied to be bi based on their brief mention of same-gender past partners, but there is no queer plot. Don’t get me wrong, I was into Hades and Persephone, I just felt a little queer bated. 
- At times the spice seemed a bit ridiculous in the context of the plot
- I listened to this as an audiobook and I really enjoyed most of it, with the exception of the way the two narrators portrayed the other character’s voice (Narrator from Hades’ POV reading Persephone’s dialogue and vice versa) - it was a bit cringry  
- Perhaps unavoidable, but the spice had some language that I find somewhat cringey. At times it read like a porn manuscript

Bottom line:

If you want a spicy read, it’s definitely worth it!!

Spice level: 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶/5

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michaelamiller's review

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dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

It has the heart of a Hades-Persephone story, if the Greek gods had less magic and more Bezos-ian levels of power and influence. Hades and Persephone are both likeable, and love story is as sweet as it is smutty. 

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katiemack's review

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dark emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

I've been inundated with many Hades/Persephone romances--A Touch of Darkness, Lore Olympus, and now this--but, like the Pride and Prejudice glut last year, I feel compelled to read them all to see the differences between them.

While a modern retelling of the myth is intriguing, it didn't work for me. The system for introducing new gods makes some sense, but it's hard to imbue those characters with personality traits from Greek mythology if they've changed into entirely new people. Also, some characters are arbitrarily given names based in Greek mythology regardless of relationship. The actual romance is tender and has great chemistry, but I found myself wishing for more plot. It got...boring.

I don't regret reading this, but I prefer A Touch of Darkness

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sidhewitch's review

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

Audiobook Review. 

 TL;DR: An enjoyable read that is a lot lighter on the smut than BookTok would have you believe, but not something that will likely stick with you. A good popcorn book. 

As a Hades and Persephone retelling, I thought this was interesting. The way the book essentially makes mob bosses out of the Greek gods was a unique take, though it sort of falls apart if you think too deeply about it (they have old myths about the God Hades but not about the very famous things Hades did in those myths? etc). The disappointing part, for me, was honestly the smut. Don't go in expecting erotica, or even particularly good BDSM or much exhibitionism. It's really more a romance with some explicit scenes. Which is fine! Just not what I expected, so don't make my mistake. 

This wouldn't have been such a disappointment to me if the romance itself had been a little better fleshed out. I like both the characters, but the relationship between Hades and Persephone develops seemingly because she sees how nice he is to other people and what a good ruler he is, while he gets surprised by how sassy and headstrong she is. It's cute, but it's not that deep. 

All that said, there are some truly delicious bits (the dresser scene, holy crap) and I really did like not only Hades and Persephone, but several of the side characters were also really interesting. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series - especially after the excerpt from it at the end of this one - and learning more about them. 

As a final note, I did appreciate the author did her best to confront the issue of consent. She made it as explicit as possible that not only was Persephone a happily willing participant, but Hades was actually concerned about that. You can argue how capable Persephone really was of saying No given her circumstances, but this is far from dubcon. So if that's not your thing, or just not what you're looking for here, no worries.

Audiobook Narration: It was fine. Not my favorite, but definitely not of the sort that drives me to DNF. I continue to wish the narration space was such that, if you already have two narrators, each could record all the dialogue lines for their character no matter who the POV is. Moorcock's Hades was good and his Persephone was absolutely cringeworthy, and Hampton-Brown was excellent as Persephone and made some very strange choices for Hades. Their posh British accents also made the use of slang or profanity by the characters at times sound really strange (like the constant jarring "Yeah" instead of "Yes"). I know Hampton-Brown's narration got a little memeified on TikTok for the naughty bits, but honestly that's just more proof to me what delicate flowers BookTok consists of, or maybe what a jaded hussy I am, because I found nothing scandalous about it. 

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nikspandya's review

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adventurous dark emotional funny lighthearted reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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littlelines's review

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dark emotional sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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