Series: Into the Dark #2
Published: April 28, 2015
Format: ARC (368 pages)
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Source: For Review
Fan-favorite author Bree Despain continues her modern-day romance trilogy inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades with this second book in her Into the Dark series.
Haden Lord, the disgraced Prince of the Underrealm, has chosen love over honor and will do everything in his power to protect Daphne Raines, the human girl he was supposed to bring to the Underrealm. Haden’s choice is put to the test as the Skylords and a figure from his past arrive in Olympus Hills with a plan that could destroy all of the realms.
Embracing her destiny as the Cypher, Daphne begins to understand the immense power of her musical ability to control the elements, but she must come to terms with her feelings for Haden and what she must sacrifice in order to protect him and her friends.
Believing the Key of Hades is the only thing that can stop the Underrealm Court from releasing the monstrous Keres on the mortal world, Haden, Daphne, and their friends set out to find the Key before Persephone’s Gate opens again on the spring equinox.
Short and Sweet Version
Slow-burning romance. Fun, modern retelling of Greek myths. Epic, cliff-hanger ending. Twists. Famous rock star father sold your soul. All the things you need for the perfect novel to lose yourself in for a while.
Jessica Thinks Too Much Version
The parental dynamics in the book are refreshing. There are no clueless, barely existent parents that act unrealistically. Oh no. The parents in this book CAUSE the problems by selling their children’s souls. That understandably gives Daphne, the main character, some trust issues. Daphne’s dad, Joe, made a deal with the devil and deeply regrets it. I liked Joe because he genuinely tries to become a better person. One of the most tender and emotional moments is when they finally mend their relationship.
I liked the pace of Daphne and Haden’s relationship. It was beautiful, deep, and slow-burning. Since they hadn’t just gotten together and made out really fast in the first book, their relationship still had somewhere to go in this book. I didn’t feel like their relationship was being artificially sabotaged for “reasons.” Daphne not admitting her love for Haden was heart-breaking but it I bought it. She says that it’s because the future is in uproar and I guess that’s true, but with her character I felt like it had more to do with her trust and abandonment issues from her dad. She has a plan for the future and a guy is not supposed to be in it because she wants to be independent. I was biting my nails because I could totally understand where she was coming from but I know she’s going to realize the error of her ways but will it be too late?!?!
My favorite twist at the end – and there were a lot of them so don’t worry I won’t tell them all – was finding out that her uncle is Cupid/Eros. I really didn’t see it coming, but then it made me smile when I thought about the fact that he loves Valentine’s Day and works at a flower shop. Maybe that’s a little obvious foreshadowing, but I was so focused on her mom being Demeter that I forgot to think about who her uncle would be. I also probably let it slide a little since I love Valentine’s Day and I’m in the minority like he was. Anyway. His arrows were awesome! Who knew Cupid could kick butt! He was like a guy Katniss with arrows of evil and love. Such an unexpectedly cool character.
The cliffhanger. All I have to say is that if book 3 wasn’t happening I would be extremely upset. Angry. That’s quite the mess they got into by the end. I loved how Daphne kind of mirrored Orpheus’s story but the genders were swapped. The Persephone myth was woven in as well with a little reference to Cupid and Psyche. So much awesome mythology to geek out over and I loved it!
Content Rating: Medium, for one kissing scene and some mild violence and some mild swearing. Pretty clean for a YA book.
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