Saturday, 21 May 2016

Book Reviews: The Chrysomalia Stories Trilogy by Molly Ringle

Title: Persephone's Orchard (Chrysomalia Stories #1)
Author: Molly Ringle
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: 2013 

Pages: 370
Format: eBook- EPUB
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Publisher


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The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she's pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate.

Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times; of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she's tainted with the Underworld's magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.
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Persephone's Orchard is an interesting read. I really enjoyed the premise of the story and liked the way Ringle wove the original myths into a fresh new tale. Adrian and Sophia are great characters, and on the whole I found their blooming relationship believable, given their past connections. The pacing of this book was good and there was plenty of action and advancement of the plot and characters.



Title: Underworld's Daughter (Chrysomalia Stories #2)
Author: Molly Ringle
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: 2014 

Pages: 410
Format: eBook- EPUB
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Publisher


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New immortals are being created for the first time in thousands of years thanks to the tree of immortality discovered by Persephone and Hades. But Sophie Darrow is not one of them. Nikolaos, the trickster, has given the last ripe immortality fruit to two others, the reincarnations of the gods Dionysos and Hekate: Tabitha and Zoe, currently Sophie's and Adrian's best friends.

While the disappointed Sophie struggles to remember Hekate and Dionysos from ancient Greece, she must still face her daily life as a mortal university freshman. Tabitha and Zoe have their own struggles as they come to terms with being newly immortal and their own haunting dreams of past lives and loves. The evil committed by Thanatos invades all of them in heartbreaking memories, and worse still, Sophie and her friends know their enemies are determined to kill again. And even the gods can't save everyone.
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I struggled a little with the first third of Underworld's Daughter. So many new characters were suddenly given prominence and I'd not yet had time to connect with them as I had with Sophie and Adrian. However, by the halfway mark I was completely wrapped up in the story again and even shed a few tears at the sad moments (of which there are several, so have tissues handy). All in all, this middle part of the trilogy left me eager to get to the final book and see how it would all end.



Title: Immortal's Spring (Chrysomalia Stories #3)
Author: Molly Ringle
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: 1 June 2016 

Pages: 448
Format: eBook- EPUB
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Publisher


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Sophie Darrow said yes once to a young man offering a realm of Greek gods and immortality. Now her home has been shattered, and her friends and family pulled along with her as they run from an evil cult and take shelter in the gloomy Underworld. But remembering the life of the original immortals long ago--Persephone, Hades, Hekate, Hermes, and more--may be their key to victory, as well as happiness.

In ancient times too, the murderous cult Thanatos attacked and destroyed nearly all the Greek immortals who sought to bring good to humankind. But those immortals planted seeds in both their realm and ours to ensure their season would someday bloom again. And spring is finally coming.
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Immortal's Spring offers an eminently satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. All the plot points and character arcs are neatly wrapped up, and in a pleasing way; there is still plenty of character development through this final book; and it is as action-packed and well paced as the earlier volumes. I was always anxious to keep turning the pages to see what would happen and how it would all end, and that's why I give this book five stars. It's not that it's better than the earlier two, to which I awarded four stars, but it gets the five for concluding the story in a way that answered all my questions and didn't leave me disappointed or thinking there should be more.

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