Tuesday, August 11, 2015

ARC Review: Persephone by Phoenix Johnson

Persephone by Phoenix Johnson
Publication Date: August 1st, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 340
Format: ebook
Source: Author
Read: July 27th to August 7th, 2015


Persephone takes her life and heart into her own hands when she meets and follows a mysterious stranger on a sweet summer day. However, tragedy strikes, and her lover, the mystifying Adrian, begs her as his life fades: Persephone, head to the sea. Honoring his request, she begins a journey where she discovers her true heritage and finds the family she always dreamed of. Persephone almost finds peace and happiness until her past catches up. She is not about to give up, however, and is determined to obey Adrian’s dying wish. 

But what is waiting for her at the shore? Will she find her destiny, or lose everything she had fought so hard to find? Can she become the Witch that her true parents wanted her to be, or will she succumb to the Darkness?

~My Thoughts~

The premise and the title is what got me interested so I signed up for a chance at the ARC of Persephone. I've also never read anything from this author before so I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I don't read much fantasy but when I do  I enjoy the genre when it comes my way. However, I didn't enjoy this world within Persephone. In this world parents choose who you get married to and women are like property but that's not what bugs me. I love reading stories that go back in history, it's a completely whole other world and I love it! What bugged me was the cheesiness of her running into a complete stranger in the middle of the woods and falling head over heels for him, wanting to run away with him from the horrible life she lives. I'm all for her running away but what she's feeling for him can't possible be love, it's no doubt just lust.

But, I let that slide especially when he dies. This leads Persephone to keep her promise to him to head to the coast. What's at the coast, nobody knows. But she goes anyways, it's her chance to get away and now with her betrothed out to get her, she has no choice but to run away from this evil man. Honestly after the first two chapters I got easily distracted by two other books, which I finished before this one. I mean, at first I was interested but then it started to dwindle.

I had no idea where this story was going. There was multiple plots going on and which that's always good, these just didn't flow well for me. You can clearly see where the cut was when a plot point ended and another began because it felt like the characters completely forgot about what happened a few pages before. Like, the guy she fell in love with was actually an angel and to save her life, he gave her his powers which is how she came to be with red wings. But once she learned how to hide them, it's like she completely forgot she had them. Which she actually did forget about them the deeper we got into the book. And as I was reading I was like, "Are we going to get anything more about it? Why has the main girl totally forgotten about them? How can anyone forget that they suddenly have wings sticking out of there back?!?". Seriously, it was frustrating.

Seriously, this read became more frustrating by the minute and I was close to calling it quits, I probably should have.......

Anyways, Persephone I wasn't a big fan of this character. I understand how this journey will change her but for her being a virgin I don't understand how she would fall into bed after spending one day with a man she just met. Seriously, I don't understand her motives. And yeah, once again she fell in love with a total stranger after just meeting him- ugghh! Again, it's just lust Persephone. I honestly don't find this romantic and if it's supposed to be, then it's just not my kind then. I need the feelings to be more developed, I need to actually fall in love with the guy just like the characters for me to actually root for them. The romance needs to melt this hopeless romantics heart, not have her cringing instead.

Overall this just wasn't my cup of tea. Nothing was working for me, I like my stories more developed. None of this cheesiness of love at first sight- twice. Reading this started to feel like a chore, I honestly just wanted it to end and let myself move on from this. The ending was cheesy, again, is this supposed to be romantic? I just really didn't enjoy this book. Nothing flowed really well for me and the ending just made me wonder what was really the point of this book, of all that happened? I just wasn't invested in it or the characters for me to feel any connection to it or for me to actually care. 

*Was given a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*

Sweet Readings Everybody!

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