Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Review-Dark Gods (Academy of the Gods Book 1) by River Ramsey

Release date: July 24, 2019
At the Academy of the Gods, winner takes all and the games are about to begin. 

The name’s Kore, daughter of Demeter, crown goddess of spring, but you can call me Kory. 

Along with my invitation to attend the elite Olympus Academy where all the top deities send their brats for training, comes the news that I’m betrothed to Hades, tall, dark and brooding god of the underworld. 

I’d much rather be Queen Bee of my girl gang back home, slinging Panaceas to spoiled rich Olympians, but I have three years to enjoy my life before I’m ruling the denizens of hell at Hades’ side and I refuse to waste it making him look good. 

Turns out, my betrothed has a gang of his own. The Triad, made up of Hades, Loki and Fenrir, rules the school and they expect me to bow down like everyone else. 

Sure, Janus. Cue eyeroll. 

The three of them share everything, and when I humiliate Hades my first night at the Academy by making the tiniest immortal faux pas, their lust turns to cruelty and they start to edge in on my side hustle, but that’s fine with me. Four can play at that game. 

This is the first book in the Academy of the Gods series, a Paranormal Bully Academy Romance retelling of Hades and Persephone. Slow burn, all characters are 18+. 

I love when a book surprises me. I’ll be honest and say that I saw that author offering up arcs for a paranormal bully romance. That’s all I saw! I’m a sucker for a bully romance and this one didn’t disappoint in the least. On top of that deliciousness, this is a retelling of Hades and Persephone. Greek mythology, Norse gods, and reverse harem? I’m here for it.

Kore, aka Persephone, is one of the spunkiest and coolest characters I’ve read this year. I loved her sass and how she didn’t take any crap from anyone. Especially not the elusive and dickish, Hades, and his boys; Loki and Fenrir. Hades is pun intended. I can’t help but love the jerks and he’s a huge one. The moment Kore steps in the academy and makes a fool of him, she’s the target of a longtime tradition.

Kore won’t go down without a fight and Hades wasn’t really anticipating that kind of fight from her. When I say I loved the banter and the plot (which was perfectly paced) it means I think you will too. The bully romance genre can at times feel stifling and repetitive. I’m happy to say that Dark Gods holds its own. It’s the first in a series but it’s totally worth it and doesn’t end on a terrible cliffy. I know how much some hate those. If you’re looking to feed your addiction with the latest academy bully book, look no further!

*Thank you to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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