Saturday, July 27, 2013

Book Review: Persephone's Orchard by Molly Ringle.

Persephone's OrchardPersephone's Orchard by Molly Ringle.
Book Summary: The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she's pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate. 

Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times; of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she's tainted with the Underworld's magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.

Liana's Summary: When a dude wearing strange clothes enters her dorm room, clearly stressed, needing help, and somewhat lost, Sophie couldn't do anything but try to help him. But where does that lead her? It leads her to Adrian Watt. It leads her to another realm. But what will that lead to? Danger.

Rate(1-10): 7

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

First off, let's just start with the cover and the title. I have to admit that the cover is gorgeous, and that's what led me to want to read this in the first place. The title, of course, with Persephone in it, just radiated Greek mythology. And, in the end, I realized that the title was very connected to the story, which just makes it all the better.

Well, the story began very abruptly, and instead of being pleased that I didn't have to wait forever for the book to become interesting, I just felt a little rushed and confused. Why so abrupt, you know? I'd almost gave up reading this by the time I got to page 50, but I decided to give it another chance before I'd abandoned it completely. It turned out to not be as bad and boring as I'd originally thought it'd be, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd wanted to.

I'd thought that this story was going to be one of those cliche, contemporary-fantasy tie-ins, with those annoying main characters that are constantly in denial, but it turned out to be different, and Sophie turned out to not be the annoying main character that I'd anticipated. (But she was still annoying. At times.) 

The one thing of this whole book that kept me reading and not giving up was Sophie's dreams. Sophie's dreams were just, basically memories of all her past lives-- I can't really say anything without spoiling. But it was just so interesting to read about, creating another side to the Greek gods and the mythology of Olympus and everything. This is just one of those, "this is what really happened," stories. Quite enjoyable.

Of all books, Persephone's Orchard mainly reminded me of Anew by Chelsea Fine. Subtle differences, but almost the same concept.

Some parts really got me on the edge of my seat, I'll admit, but overall I think it was just.. okay. Not that good, and not bad, either. I remain neutral. Give it a try, though, if it sounds interesting to you. You might like it.


"Shut up. Go away, never come back,.."


"His shirt was striped purple and orange, and a white drawstring zigzagged up its V-neck. His red jeans clung like tights to his body. Golden leather sandals rounded out the ensemble.."

..what is he wearing

"..they had admitted in a late-night texting session to a mutual crush on one another.."


"He stepped closer, sliding his hands around her waist cautiously.."


"Definitely handsome.."




"..her breasts in his face for one pleasantly distracting second.."


"Why is it raining here when it wasn't in the other world?"

Why do you have so many questions?!.. Liana snapped.. in irritation..

"It was cute."

You totes think so

"It's what I wish to do."

Well, doesn't this take a different turn in Greek mythology

"No. Demeter would castrate me and feed my balls to a pig."

oh my god

"..then he turned and kissed Hades on the mouth.."

he did what

"Plenty of times he'd imagined her saying that."

Look who's been doing lots of imagining

"And wait till you get to the fabulous sex,"

o m g

"Feel like dinner?"

So much for 'studying'

"Not just yet."


"Are you in love with him?"

Hell to the yah, mum

"He can't stop seducing mortal women."

Oh, Zeus..

"..especially in intimate places.."

This will be a series, but I'm not so sure if I liked this one enough to continue. But anyway, that's it. What do you think of this review?(:

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