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

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

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

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There were parts where Persephone and Hades was just sweet but the slow-burn that I feel the author was aiming for. Yet few have explored the loves, losses and epic tribulations of the gods with such an enjoyable dose of fun and wit as Bea Fitzgerald’s Girl, Goddess, Queen.

Persephone and Hades felt too much like friends in this story so when a romance does finally develop, it felt weird like they shouldn't be doing this. 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. It's equal parts rom-com and fantasy while effortlessly weaving in Greek mythology elements and characters.I've only read chapter 1 but I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favourite books this year. She's a badass main character while we get a more soft boy Hades which I adored with my whole heart. But younger or older, this book feels stark and even though I am in the minority for that I cant get past it personally. I think this book was supposed to be about female empowerment and all the 'down with the patriarchy' sort of things, but I personally just find it hard to relate to problems such as having men lining up to court me, let alone men who are so gorgoeus, no beauty as such existed before. In addition, Demeter was much older than Hades (as they were regurgitated at different times), which meant that he didn’t really know Demeter (nor was related to her) and was thus, much closer in age to Persephone.

I literally find it impossible to choose just one quote to share, so [insert 100 favourite and memorable quotes] here.Enter Hades who comes across quite intriguing at first - a brooding god of the Underworld who wants this flower-growing girl gone and resents her presence. People of Earth, may I present to you the most fun Greek mythology book you’ll ever read (so sorry Percy Jackson, I still love you with all my heart). Girl, Goddess, Queen is a fantasy rom-com retelling that weaves the classic story with snarky banter, slow burn romance and a feminist slant that sees the legendary goddess discovering her agency, desires and inherent power. It’s a careful line that Fitzgerald balances admirably with a sharp wit and genuine understanding of the simultaneous contemporary and historic issues she’s writing about.

I liked how Persephone was shown as a young girl who was trying to find her way into the world and mostly to discover herself as a person. Don’t get me wrong, I so see the appeal of this and it could be a good introduction to the myth for a YA audience who has never read. I liked how she had a plan and took control and she utilised her power over flowers to achieve this. Different topics are dealt with which makes the reader connect to the characters on a deeper and emotional level. Tearing up the Greek myth of Persephone with irresistible exuberance, rising TikTok star Fitzgerald crafts an irreverent romcom retelling where Demeter's headstrong daughter feels the heat with a seriously smoking Hades.I am on the edge with anticipation for the second book as this ending was somewhat of a cliffhanger.

Styx and Tempest were feisty side characters and I enjoyed the development of the underworld at the hands of Persephone and Hades. Okay I get it, can we please see some characters actually talk to each other about how they're feeling rather than telling other people or themselves? 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!This was definitely one way to solve the age-gap issue and a unique take on the timeless story of the birth of the Olympians. Her emotional journey and growth from dutiful daughter into a confident, formidable Queen was really satisfying to watch, as was her fury and defiance regarding Zeus and Demeter’s plans for her future. I was expecting more tension and a slow burning longing, and gradual development/realisation of feelings. Thousands of years ago, the gods told a lie: how Persephone was a pawn in the politics of other gods.



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