Thursday, July 11, 2013

ARC Review: Persephone's Orchard (The Chrysomelia Stories #1) by Molly Ringle

Published: June 28, 2013 Central Avenue Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy
Format: Kindle
Source: sent by publisher for honest review
Persephone's Orchard by Molly RingleGoodreads Summary 

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 (The Chrysomelia Stories)

Would you eat a magical pomegranate?

I LOVE reading about Greek Gods tremendously. I'm even a fan of some of the lesser known ones like Hestia, and writing this is making me realize that there is a book on my shelf that I need to read now. But back to business - Greek Gods are another thing like vampires and werewolves that authors truly make their own. They can select from a wide-array of source material and work from there. Ringle took Hades and Persephone's tale and made me fall in love with it.

What I'm going to find difficult is reviewing this book without giving the story away. So I apologize ahead of time if it doesn't make sense because you guys know I don't like to spoil a story.

The Good

Adrian is such an endearing character with a touch of mischief. He's lonely and he wants his love. He has had a hard life yet he does what he can for others in the one real way that he can. Sophie is more spontaneous, but she too worries about those she loves and wants to take care of them. They meet under strange circumstances and it was a lot of fun because Persephone's Orchard had some action and a little mystery going from the very first page.

Ringle did such a marvelous job with a Persephone and Hade's story that I now refuse to accept any other explanation of events for them. In this book, there are flashbacks to old-world times mixed with modern day, and it was flawlessly done. The supporting cast with Nikolaos, Freta, and Rhea were so important and also very well-developed.

I love the Underworld! Everything about the picture Ringle creates and the way that things work. Also, the antagonists are very good at what they do in the story and they keep the action and suspense going. There is an air of mystery throughout. Even when I found out one piece of information, I was given a new mystery to ponder to keep those pages turning.

The Bad

Sophie has a bit of a spontaneous streak to her, or at least a quick answer and I often questioned her decision-making abilities. Though one big decision she dragged her feet so long, I was beginning to wonder if she would make a choice at all. I'm not saying that she shouldn't have taking her time making the decision, because she certainly should have. It just seemed a tad out of character with how I had her figured out in my mind.

The Romance

What a romance! This one is all about the emotional connection, not so much the touchy feely, although there are kissing/make-out scenes. I love everything from how the characters come together to how everything is revealed. I love the questions and even at times distrust and wonder. I also really enjoy the absolute feeling of "rightness" that the two of them together seem to create.


You don't want to miss this one! If you enjoy reading about Greek Gods, the unique spin on this tale, action, mystery and romance will keep you turning page after page until you reach the spectacular ending that has you asking Ringle, "Where are on Earth is the sequel?" Definitely recommended.


"You and your friends go back to your other dimension or whatever you call it, and stay there. Show up among humans again and you're dead. Understood?"
"We are human." ARC Location 45

"Sorry. I don't make promises to people who shoot dogs." ARC Location 50

"Do something to fix it, and if you can't then do something else to make your life better. Tell you what, crying isn't going to fix it." ARC Location 80

As she debated whether to worry about that later and stick her thumbs in his eyes now, Nikolaos pinned her to the lumpy ground, grinning. "That was easy. We must teach you to be less trusting." ARC Location 167

"I told you. They want to kill me. And Niko, and the few others like us. But they wouldn't get a lot of help from normal people, would they, if they led with, 'We want to hunt down immortals and blow them up into tiny pieces.'" ARC Location 1882


  1. Wow, this does sound pretty great. I've never read a Greek Mythology/Gods book that blew me away yet. They are all just okay for me. Do you think I should give this one a try?

  2. I love stories with a greek myth element, need to check this out!

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this, too, Jaclyn! :D I just loved how unique Ringle's take was on the myth; I thought the romance was especially well done. And I have the same question as you do- where is the sequel already?! lol

  4. Oh, I'm so glad you loved this one, Jaclyn. I have it to read in the next couple of weeks. :) I, too, love Greek mythology and I'm glad to see that Ringle has crafted a story around this particular myth that is so fantastic, you can't see it any other way. ;) Thanks for your wonderful review!

  5. The emotional connection with the romance as well as Adrian's spark of mischief sounds great.

  6. Three sentences into your review I went to Goodreads to add this to my shelf. Another Adrian I'm sure I'll love! I haven't read any Greek mythology. I need to get on it! Great review, Jaclyn!

  7. For the most part on the books you and I have both read, we rate similarly with maybe 1 star difference on either side. The exceptions being Cinder and Delirium that I gave 2 more than you. Basically, I feel like you would have the same problems with her decision-making ability based on reviews of yours I've read also. This is the only thing that irked me. I don't know if maybe you just aren't drawn to Greek Mythology since you haven't read one that's blown you away yet. I adore The Percy Jackson series, but I've read some others that were just OK even though I've always liked learning more about the Gods. With how much I liked this one, I would be really surprised if you didn't at least give it 3 stars so I would say it's certainly worth you reading. I think you'll enjoy it.

  8. Wonderful! You should really enjoy this one then :D Thank you so much for stopping by!

  9. LOL Great to hear that you liked it too. I'm gonna go check out your review to see what all you said! I like seeing other's thoughts on the same books, but only after I've read them. Thank you so much for taking a look at what I think :D

  10. I'm so glad then that I kept it as spoiler-free as I could!! Once you read what she thinks about the Hades and Persephone story you'll know what I mean. I don't think I want to accept another version of events now LOL. Can't wait to see what you think :D

  11. I love how truly great a guy Adrian is but that mischief adds something special to him for sure. The emotional connection in their romance really makes them have such a great bond. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  12. Ah! So glad to hear it. It's only 99 cents on Amazon for one more day in case you want to grab it up. Thank you so much for stopping by :D

  13. I haven't heard about this book, but I'm a sucker for Greek mythology. It sounds amazing and I'd buy it right now if I wasn't already over my book budget for the month. I added it to my TBR list so hopefully I'll remember to pick it up next month.


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