Neon Gods | By Katee Robert






Book Review | Erotic Romance

Neon Gods
He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell... he was, quite simply, mine. Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade. With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth... a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed. Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close… A modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet. (Goodreads)  









My thoughts





Narrative and Plot






Neon Gods is told from the perspectives of the two main characters of the story – Persephone and Hades. The cover, the title and the entire tone of the book gives you that noir vibe and as the story progresses it leans into it.

Being a retelling, the plot is already known. Yet the story manages to build up the tension and a curiosity to see how it would play out in this version of Olympus.







Characters and Conflicts









Persephone as the Goddess of Spring is depicted in quite the modern day version just as Hades is the king of Underworld. All those analogies to the myth are quite enjoyable as a reader. Somehow those well known traits managed to add layers and depth to the main characters.

Even though their were a certain amount of supporting characters adding flare to the storytelling, it was the main characters who stole the show.

The romance element, once you get onboard with it, it sticks and you can see the bond, friendship and desire between Hades and Persephone. However, since the entire plot is mostly focused on the love story, it could have taken more time to develop the relationship. The romance was established like a default. It was abrupt and a love so deep as to shake the world and empires should have stronger foundation other than close proximity and an attempt to fake dating.

It has the heart and chemistry once you forget how it all started. However it is not easy to overlook the fact the love just started on a weak foundation.















Neon Gods is a steamy and entertaining retelling of the classic Greek mythology. It is a quick one time read if you are in the mood for a hot and dark urban fantasy novel.







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