Author: Dani Hoots
Series: Daughter of Hades #1
Genres: Young Adult, Mythology
Format: Ebook, 164 pages
Publisher: Victory Editing
Release Date: May 13th, 2016
Chrys has been in the Underworld for thousands of years, hidden away by her father, Hades, from all of the other gods. He’s afraid that if someone finds out about her, they will destroy her because of the dichotomous power that she holds, the power of life and death. So she has remained in the Palace of Hades all her life, making very few friends and always bored out of her mind.
Huntley would have never guessed that after he died he would wake up with a beautiful girl standing over him. And that she would be the Dark Lord of the Underworld’s daughter. Yet, for some reason, she keeps him around as her tutor, as if he knows anything about the world. But Huntley knows that all she really wants is a friend; being trapped in the Underworld can get pretty lonely.
That is, until Chrys decides she wants to run away to the human world after a big fight with her mother Persephone. Chrys claims her father is just over reacting and that nothing bad will come of it. There’s no way that the gods will notice she’s there for only a couple of days…right?
I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
First of all, have you seen that cover? That cover is absolutely beautiful!
Okay, I didn’t know what I was going to expect. I mean, Hades has a daughter? Hades! I love Hades. Chrys was never supposed to be born. Why? Because Hades shouldn’t have been able to conceive children. He is the God of Death and having a child is the opposite of death. Because Chrys’ mom is Persephone, it makes her God of Death and Life, which is kind of a big deal. Due to all the power it gives her, she has to stay hidden in the Underworld, where Hades can protect her and where Zeus will never find out. Chrys, on the other hand, doesn’t want that. She wants to see Earth and plans an escape with her friends A.J. and Huntley.
This book had so much potential. The description was promising and I absolutely love mythology and that’s why I wanted to read this. The storyline is interesting and I liked the fact that the characters made modern appearances. However the beginning was slow. There didn’t happen that much, which was quite unfortunate. It gets better in the second part of the book. Gods of Olympus(!!!!) are introduced and demi-gods are there.
What I didn’t like were the Gods. You expect them to be, well, Gods, you know? Great and kind and powerful. They were powerful, of course, but damn, they were assholes. You really start to feel for Hades. Persephone was so far from what I imagined her to be. It kind of broke my heart. On the other hand, it was good thinking, making Hades be the ‘good’ guy and all the others seem ‘bad’. What also broke my heart was Hades. He was so lonely. Banned to the Underworld.
Conclusion: this book was funny, had an interesting plot and at the end it makes you want to read more, especially with plot twists like that. Though I preferred more action.
About the author
Dani Hoots is a science fiction, fantasy, romance, and young adult author who loves anything with a story. She has a B.S. in Anthropology, a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning, and is currently in the Your Novel Year Program through Arizona State University.
Currently she is working on a YA urban fantasy series called Daughter of Hades, a historic fantasy vampire series called A World of Vampires, and a YA sci-fi series called Sanshlian Series.
Her hobbies include reading, watching anime, cooking, studying different languages, wire walking, tinkering with her violin and concertina, and volunteering at the library. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two cats.