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Asphodel (The Underworld Trilogy) (edition 2011)

by Lauren Hammond

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Title:Asphodel (The Underworld Trilogy)
Authors:Lauren Hammond
Info:S.B. Addison Books (2011), Kindle Edition
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Asphodel (The Underworld Trilogy, #1) by Lauren Hammond



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I’ve never met a more pathetic goddess than ASPHODEL’S Persephone. She’s so clueless about everything, it was so frustrating! You’d think that because she’s a goddess, she’d at least know her and the other deities’ history. But noooo! She doesn’t know that pomegranate is the fruit of the dead, she doesn’t know that Charon doesn’t ferry anyone across the River Styx without payment, she doesn’t know a thing about Hades except what her mother told her, of which half was crap. Seriously, Persephone? Just because you’ve been away from Greece the last five thousand years doesn’t mean you have to be ignorant of your history. Maybe Demeter should be the one to blame since she took Persephone away from the home of the gods, but hey, how ignorant can you get to know little to nothing about your own ancestry? And as if Persephone wasn’t enough to make me want to strangle myself while reading this book, the other characters were on different levels of annoying. Demeter was this control freak of a mother who doesn’t trust her own daughter enough to tell her the truth. Zeus was being Zeus – the absentee father who only interferes with his children’s lives when things were looking bad for him. Hades was surprising, though. It’s no secret that the reason why Hades wants Persephone was because he’s lonely and wants a queen. But he’s as moody as a PMSing girl. One moment he’s cold and cranky, the next he’s sweet and gentle. Talk about unpredictable. I also don’t get Adonis. Obviously, he’s not what he appears to be, but why the hell is he there? I guess that’s what sequels are for but I’m not gonna find out why because I’m not reading the next book. Fans of ASPHODEL might want to kill me for saying this but hey, if you haven’t read this book yet, don’t even bother. ( )
  julietearjerky | May 6, 2014 |
I don't know why but I have a thing for Hades and Persephone re-tales of the story. It always intrigues me to no end. So when I picked up this book I knew I love it. And with the unique twist on the story, I fell in love with it.

Besides the fact that it is a modern day re-tale of Hades and Persephone I really like the pursuit of it. I like that Hades chased Persephone and that she was unaware. The plot of the book is action filled and keeps you at the edge of your seat. I liked the development of Persephone feelings and the way she acted. To see her change and get to know Hades is wonderful.

Obviously we all know the love interest, but what also caught my eye is the attraction to Adonis. I love that Persephone seems certain but uncertain at the same time. It's creates for much more drama to come. Overall, I loved it!

Asphodel captures every bit of your imagination. Lots of running, righting, and emotions flowing off the pages. Asphodel is the start of trilogy that I know I will come quickly addicted to! ( )
  Bookswithbite | Mar 15, 2012 |
What a wonderful story. A truly unique retelling of the Persephone myth. Why? It takes place in the 21st century! Demeter has been running all over the Earth with an unsuspecting Persephone for thousands of years. Yes, thousands of years. The Gods/Goddesses are ageless and timeless. Persephone is perpetually 17 years old. Every 17 years, Hades has a 24 hour opportunity to bring her to the Underworld. I loved the way the author was able to tell a story in the present time. It made the characters far more interesting. This has always been one of my favorite stories of the Greek myths, and this unique retelling is just amazing. I cannot wait for book number two. As you can guess, we were left hanging at the end of this book. I've felt Hades was the most misunderstood God of the ancient pantheon. He was my favorite of the male Gods. Will Hades get his love back? Stay tuned for book number two! ( )
  ljldml | Jan 13, 2012 |
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