Review: A Touch of Ruin (Hades & Persephone Book 2)


A Touch of Ruin

Author: Scarlett St. Clair

Publisher: Scarlett St. Clair

Release Date: April 22, 2020

Read my review of A Touch of Darkness (Hades & Persephone Book 1) here.

“Create the life you want, Persephone, and stop listening to everyone else.”

I was a little disappointed in this one honestly. It felt really childish and annoying at times. That being said, I did still really enjoy this one. Scarlett's writing is very engaging and draws you in no matter what she's talking about, and the book NEVER felt like it was dragging or like I had to force myself to keep reading.

A Touch of Ruin continues with Hades and Persephone's story as their relationship continues to grow and the media catches wind of it. Hades past continues to come to light, occasionally leaving Persephone reeling and wondering if she really does know the God of the Dead as well as she thinks she does. After Persephone suffers a horrible loss and a feeling of betrayal at Hades' lack of help, Persephone enters into another bargain….but will this one fare as well as the last?

This book was a bit slower at the beginning than ATOD, but it was easy to get through and it set up the rest of the story nicely. The conflict in this book was kind of childish to me, as it all could have been avoided if PEOPLE JUST TALKED TO EACH OTHER. That kind of conflict annoys me in real life, so I didn't really enjoy it in this story. I understand Persephone's naivety and lack of trust, but it was just hard to get through. Hades didn't help the matter either, as he was just as bad as Persephone at communicating. I did feel for Persephone's frustration at times though, especially when Hades keeps trying to make decisions for her. It puts her right back to living with her mother, and I understand her frustration and desire for independence. But again….communication could have fixed this ALL.

Sadly (but also not sadly?) I saw the "horrible tragedy" coming a mile away. It didn't make it suck any less, but I wasn't as emotionally distraught about it if it had been unexpected. Scarlett wrote Persephone's struggling in such a relatable way, that she was willing to do anything to fix it, no matter what. While again, some of this could have been fixed by TALKING, I did enjoy the aspects of the new bargain she entered into with Apollo.

Apollo was not my favorite character, but he did grow on me a bit towards the end. Hades and Hermes continued to be favorites, as did Hecate and Antoni. However, the storyline with Pirithous was kind of annoying, too quick, and not developed at all. He was there, then he was gone… so unless he comes back or is in some way important later, I really didn't see the point of his story at all, except to tie in another mythological retelling.

On the plus side (because I really did enjoy this book I promise), watching Persephone grow into her powers with the help of (mainly) Hecate and Hades was a treat. The struggle for Persephone to try to master something she's never even dreamed of having was realistic and felt very genuine.

Overall, this was still a great book and I will definitely be picking up the next one when it comes out in 2021!

Let me know what you think of the series so far!

Thanks for reading!

- Captain Jess


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