Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman (May 1, 2009--HarperTeen)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Summary: "He smiles. "Hello."
It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.
I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.
Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there's no chance of escaping the life that's been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she's come to love, even the earth itself.
In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is."
Review: Radiant Darkness surprised me. I grew up watching Hercules on Toon Disney where Hades was a purple man with flames for hair. So in Emily Whitman created a scenario where Hades was, dare I say it, hot? The actual storyline fell into place with the original myth but still managing a wide array of twists.
First off when I began to read Radiant Darkness I noticed right away Persephone had sass. Granted some of her spunk died out but to my original idea of her being a damsel-in-distress so she had fire. However I must admit that once Persephone meets Hades she ends up being quite frustrating. The type of girls that will believe anything and everything from the boyfriend/husband. I craved some form growth between the two after the initial "I'm in heaven~"! This coincides with the dragging in the middle.
The beginning was interesting but the middle was loaded with a lot of side plot. Truth be told, I end up skimming some parts of it. I felt no needed reason to read it nor did it really interest me.
The ending completed the circle. It fulfilled the myth as well as holding onto its integrity. The author managed to incorporate her own sense of humor into the plot with Zeus and Hermes--both of whom I really liked!
Overall: Fun and amusing read! A twist to the bland Greek tale that needed to be done.
Sorry but that girl looks half-asleep in that picture.