“Hades’ Daughter”: A Review

Happy Saturday, my lovely readers! I have been working my ass off on this review. And by that, I mean I’ve been working on this since January. Hence why I haven’t been super active. How is everyone else? Let me know in the comments! 

Now, onto the meat of today’s post. My first ever book review! If you follow me on GoodReads, which you should (click here!), you would have seen the simple review I left. However, I want to give a fully fleshed out review on my blog. First, let’s look at the book’s synopsis. 

They’re a match made in hell: Reid Brice is the leader of a notorious gang called the Grim Reapers, and Scarlett Hades is the daughter of the lord of the underworld.

Scarlett convinces her father, Hades, to let her live on Earth for a year, as she is bored in Hell. She meets Reid on a weekend at the beach, but this is no ordinary, peaceful, sunny day: Reid and his gang are trying to kidnap a young girl. Scarlett comes to the rescue, and thus begins her entanglement with the Grim Reapers.

Reid pursues Scarlett, drawn by her bravado and her unusual nonchalance in the face of blood and deadly threats. He thinks this is the girl he has been looking for.

Will he still think the same when she reveals her true form to him? Or will he see her as nothing but a monster?

Hades’ Daughter presents Greek mythology in a way you probably haven’t seen before. How will a young-adult goddess survive in the modern human world? Grab a copy now to find out!

So, from just this, you’d be interested. Right? Right! Who doesn’t love a good Greek mythology with a modern twist. I was originally drawn to this book from an app called Choices, and a section was based on this story. And I thoroughly enjoyed the choice-based game, so of course I found the book online and purchased it.

One of my main issues with this book is the over-description. Now in many English or creative writing classes, teachers always say “show, don’t tell”. However, this is a case of…over-showing? If that makes any sense. The first page of the first chapter has a long, overly-descriptive paragraph of essentially nothing. It is just the main character, Scarlett, sitting in her bed until action happens. And that’s essentially what happens throughout the whole book. Just a lot of, “I did x, then y happened” and “Y happened, so I did x.” Very repetitive and honestly a little tacky. Like, the concept was there but the execution was flawed. 

Again, I was highly excited to read this due to the game I played and due to my love of Greek mythology. But unfortunately, this book fell short. The main reason this book fell short was the plot itself. While the synopsis makes this book sound promising, sadly the author did not deliver. My main issue with this plot was the fact that there really wasn’t any. While, yes, the main character decides to go to high school, that’s all that really happens up until maybe ¾ into this book. I didn’t pick this book up just to go to high school all over again. Plus, I personally feel this high school experience was also unrealistic.  She doesn’t even get to high school until chapter 4. (There was also an unnecessary scene of her sorting through souls of the dead, with her being very abrasive toward someone.) 

And her attitude towards everything is absolutely abysmal. It’s almost stereotypical. Everyone who hears the name Hades has this image of a mean old bastard who takes joy in killing and hurting others. However, anyone who knows about Hades knows he’s the god of the dead, not death. He was possibly the most chill out of the main three, the other two being rowdy boys, Zeus and Poseidon. But Scarlett seems to exemplify the negative stereotypes the west has about Hades. She’s abrasive and spiteful for no reason, and gets pleasure from torturing others. That’s nothing like Hades. 

Now, back to the high school experience. Extremely unrealistic. In the 4th chapter, Scarlett hears other students talking about her as she passes by. Now, I cannot speak on everyone’s high school experience, but that typically doesn’t happen unless the people are really bold. Most people talk about others behind their backs, behind closed doors. That’s just one thing that really stuck out for me as unrealistic. 

Overall, this book could’ve been really good. However, there were major issues with description, plotline and so forth. On Goodreads, I gave this book a 1 out of 5 stars. And I stand by that rating. 

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