Neon Gods

- Katee Robert


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.

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…

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



“I really hate these parties.”


meh, nothing special:
I think I might be more confused than anything else… So they’re Greek gods, but without any powers, because they’re actually just rich people with titles. But some are elected/chosen, and some are based on lineage? And it’s kind of like the mafia, only not really. Oh, and don’t forget the sex parties.

It’s like Robert took some great ideas but cut out the best parts. I don’t want Greek gods that aren’t gods – what’s the point if there’s no magic? Except there kind of was because it’s painful/impossible to leave Olympus or cross the River Styx? But people still manage it all the time for parties? I’m still so confused…

The smut was okay but became repetitive very quickly. It started to feel like a tame version of Fifty Shades of Grey, which I doubt Robert was aiming for. It was severely overshadowed by the extreme case of instalove that was insufferable. Why give yourself a 3-month timeline and then escalate it even faster? These two strangers are hooking up within hours, sharing lifelong secrets immediately, ‘trusting’ each other within days, falling in love and (excuse the eye roll) hiding it (for obviously good reasons) within weeks. Three months would’ve been pushing it, but this was ridiculous.

Neon Gods felt lazy and disappointing. Robert seems to have tried to make her theme fit a story she wanted to tell, and they both muddled each other beyond recognition. Electric Idol is rated more highly on Goodreads, so I’m going to give it a chance (though I’m not in any rush to do so), and we’ll see if the rest of the series is worth continuing.



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