Neon Gods is the first book in the Dark Olympus series by Katee Roberts.
Society darling Persephone Dimitriou wants nothing to do with her mother’s ambitions. She has plans to leave the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start her life far away from the backstabbing and politics. But that all goes down the drain 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 Olympus and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed was a myth…a man who awakens her heart and her body to a world she never knew existed.
Neon Gods is a modern retelling of Hades and Persephone. It was definitely different to the other retelling I have read in terms of the characters no having powers but is similar through the story taking place in modern times. I really enjoyed this new take.
The gods aren’t gods with powers, but are powerful people with influence within the city of Olympus, with the big three being born into the titles and the rest of the Thirteen being able to be voted in. Money is power in Olympus.
Persephone wants to escape Olympus but can’t until she is 21 and has access to her trust fund. I really liked this portrayal of Persephone as she knows what she needs to do to escape. I also enjoyed her fascination with Hades and how they met was very well done.
The relationship and interactions between Hades and Persephone were fantastic and definitely grew in spice as the story went along. This is fifty shades meet mythology, darker and much more erotic. Their trust in each other is absolute and I enjoyed the slow change in their relationship.
Persephone and her sisters are the example of sisterhood. The look out for each other and will do anything to help the other.
This is definitely been one of my favourite reads and will be reading again.