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Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning, Book 2) Paperback – November 4, 2008
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To save her failing bakery, Lina trades souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring--and starts falling for hunky Hades.
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Pluses: I liked the portrayal of Hades, although he did seem a little weak at times for a god and too dependent on her. I liked the descriptions of the Underworld and side-story about the gems that Hades had gathered and designed. It made him seem more interesting and insightful to the reader. I liked the scene with Lina at Tartarus--that was well-written and harrowing. I liked the love scenes--sexy but not too much so. There weren't enough of them as far as I'm concerned.
Minuses: The emphasis on Lina being Italian was sometimes annoying and did not contribute to the plot in any way. There was too much emphasis on the relationship between Lina and Euridyce-- I know that was necessary to show the maternal side of Lina, but there was too much Euridyce at the expense of scenes with Hades. Ditto with the animals. I love animals, but the thing with Orion et. al. was almost like a Disney cutesy-poo plot line. I also did not care for the ending and was rather confused about what happened with her death.
Overall, I wish there had been much more Hades in the book and his relationship with Lina. His "pleasuring" himself while watching her was a little icky, but what's a horny guy/god to do? Let's face it--it happens. Some readers have criticized the mature woman aspect of the plot, but I liked it, being a mature woman myself.
I would read the book again and found myself eager to read it and I would recommend it despite its flaws.
Cast took a legend, Hades' rape of Persephone, and truly made it her own. I expected at first, as anybody who knows the Greek myth, to worry how she would overcame this whole rape situation. However, I won't give away anything, suffice it to say, Hades has been really given a bum rap. :)
Hades, is a brooding, stand-offish God, but not because he believes himself above the other gods, but because his dealing with the dead has taught him that the frivolous natures of the God no longer appeal to him. He yearns for the one thing mortals are best at...Love. And he finally finds it in the soul of Carolina Santoro. A woman who's made a deal with Demeter and has been temporarily transplanted into the body of Persephone.
Through persephone's eyes she's able to do what no other god or goddess ever has, she sees the Underworld as an adventure, exciting and interesting. Not disgusting or repulsive, her insatiable desire to learn more of her surroundings and the delectable 'Batman' God, has Hades believing that perhaps an enduring love really does exist.
If you want to be pleasantly surprised by an old story, and please don't expect anything to be Disney-ish, then pick up Goddess of the Spring.
P.C. Cast has risen to the top of my list of favorite authors. Also if you love mermaids, check out her Goddess of the Sea, another very noteworthy read.
That having been said, the sex stuff gets a bit played out and after a while you just want her to tell the story and get it over with. I got pulled into reading this after reading the "House of Night" series. That series was written for teens so the story lines were more PG. The up side to that was more story less sex stuff. Since I think her strong point is the story, it's a better series.