Sunday, July 10, 2022

Book Review: "Lore Olympus, Volume Two" by Rachel Smythe

The gods and goddesses are at it again!

I honestly may be allergic to mythology thanks to some high school trauma, but for some reason, reading Rachel Smythe’s terrific graphic novels based on her webtoon series feels perfectly good! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the first volume, but within the first few pages I was captivated by the amazing illustrations and all of the drama!

In Volume One, Hades and Persephone meet at a party. She’s new in town, he’s the god of the underworld, yet there is an immediate and intense connection between them. Persephone can’t get Hades out of her mind, even though she knows her mother and many others would disapprove. And Hades may be a little obsessed as well, to the chagrin of Hera, Minthe (his personal assistant/sometime girlfriend), and others in the underworld.

Can two wholly different gods and goddesses from two different worlds ever have a happy ending? Can they weather the manipulation of so many, not to mention the age difference (she’s 19, he’s 2000 and something)?

These graphic novels are funny, sexy, emotionally complex, dramatic, and even a little profane from time to time. I’m loving this series and can’t wait to see what happens next!

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