Neon Gods by: Katee Robert

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He was supposed to be a myth.

But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell…he was, quite simply, mine.

*A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.*

Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.

With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth…a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.

Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her–for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close… “
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Content Warnings
-Parental death (historical, off-page)
-assault/attempted assault
-explicit sex

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Neon Gods has been all over Tiktok since before its release last June. I’ve been following Katee on Tiktok since shortly after I joined in late 2020. The recommendations she gives have been so great and I’m embarrassed to say it took me a while to realize she wasn’t just a reviewer but an author herself. Honestly, sometimes my FYP really hides vital information from me.

As it seems all of Booktok has already read and has an opinion on, Neon Gods I figured it was probably time to read and formulate my own opinion. I really should have read this sooner, as it was a birthday gift from one of the first friends I made on Booktok. I’m determined to get through all the books I was gifted, last year, within the next few months.

This read much like a romance teetering between contemporary and dark, there were elements that were definitely darker than your average contemporary but it wasn’t so dark that I felt I needed a bunch of warnings before jumping in. Neon Gods would be a great baby step if you want to read something darker than contemporary without fulling jumping into mafia or MC romances.

I enjoyed the way that Katee seamlessly incorporated different names of Greek Gods within the story, which is set in a very contemporary time period. There was a bit of confusion, at least for me, as to whether magic was involved in this world or if the “barriers” to different areas were really more mental than anything else.

For the start of a series I really enjoyed it and felt like we were given enough info about the world without any huge, unnecessary, info dumps. I definitely look forward to checking out Electric Idol, which was just released this week, and seeing more of the world Katee’s created.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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