[Review] Blinding Night

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Title: Blinding Night
Series: Blinding Night #1
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (Mythos)
Published: October 1, 2018
Source: Copy provided by Rockstar Book Tours

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads


What if you were the missing piece in one of the world’s most epic legends? Despite being an art history student, Summer isn’t thrilled to be stuck with her archeologist family all summer in Greece. While the rest of her college friends are posting a million selfies by the pool together, Summer is stuck alone, trying to entertain herself alone in a place where she doesn’t even speak the language.

Upon her arrival to Greece, strange dreams and even stranger shadows seem to haunt Summer, leaving her to ponder the meaning of pomegranate seeds and twisted, darkened faces.

Suddenly, her stay abroad leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of a dark stranger, who claims to be the god, Hades, whom she feels like she knows from another life. In a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, Summer is seduced to the lowest point of Greece where Hades’ lair awaits…the Underworld. Determined to find out who she is and where she belongs in an age-old myth, Summer joins Hades to discover that the secrets about her past life are beyond anything she could have ever imagined.
I was supposed to have this done earlier, but unfortunately, I became extremely ill and spent the last several days in bed basically in a coma. I feel a lot better, so I've returned to reading it and there's just a few things I'd like to say about it in this review.
For those of you who know me, you know I love mythology of all kinds, with Greek mythology my second top favorite (Norse being first). Having read the description and seeing that it dealt with Greek mythos, I was instantly intrigued despite it being shelved alongside the romance genre. On top of the summary, the cover being as gorgeous as it is helped my decision to take it on and see what journey I would be taken on.

Let me start off with the characters. I hated them, plain and simple. Summer isn't my preferred strong, female character. She's whiny, stubborn, and a bit naïve. On top of her personality flaws, she doesn't stand up for herself and allows people to belittle and/or order her around even when she doesn't know them. Speaking of, I hated everyone else, too. They were all extreme assholes and did nothing but toy or insult here and she just freaking took it. So infuriating.

While I enjoyed the plot of a new perspective on the story of Hades and Persephone, the characters themselves were enough to just make me loathe the book. If the characters were stronger and acted less like a douche, I would have enjoyed it more than I did.

Overall, eh. The characters deeply impacted my review here and how I perceived the entire story, which is unfortunate. I could have really enjoyed the book and while it only got slightly better towards the end, I don't know if I want to continue on with the supposed series. I don't know, maybe I'm being too harsh? I just know that I don't like people that are like any of the characters in the book. I want to end up liking the series...  So, I'll think about it. I would definitely recommend this book to those who prefer a more feeble main character or those who really just want to gobble up a romance book. Unfortunately, it wasn't for me and I hope that the next one would suit my tastes a bit more.

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