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Persephone and Hades are engaged. In retaliation, Demeter summons a snowstorm that cripples New Greece, and refuses to lift the blizzard unless her daughter calls off her engagement. When the Olympians intervene, Persephone finds her future in the hands of ancient gods, and they are divided. Do they allow Persephone to marry Hades and go to war with Demeter or prohibit thei Persephone and Hades are engaged. In retaliation, Demeter summons a snowstorm that cripples New Greece, and refuses to lift the blizzard unless her daughter calls off her engagement. When the Olympians intervene, Persephone finds her future in the hands of ancient gods, and they are divided. Do they allow Persephone to marry Hades and go to war with Demeter or prohibit their union and take up arms against the God of the Dead? Nothing is certain but the promise of war.


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Persephone and Hades are engaged. In retaliation, Demeter summons a snowstorm that cripples New Greece, and refuses to lift the blizzard unless her daughter calls off her engagement. When the Olympians intervene, Persephone finds her future in the hands of ancient gods, and they are divided. Do they allow Persephone to marry Hades and go to war with Demeter or prohibit thei Persephone and Hades are engaged. In retaliation, Demeter summons a snowstorm that cripples New Greece, and refuses to lift the blizzard unless her daughter calls off her engagement. When the Olympians intervene, Persephone finds her future in the hands of ancient gods, and they are divided. Do they allow Persephone to marry Hades and go to war with Demeter or prohibit their union and take up arms against the God of the Dead? Nothing is certain but the promise of war.

30 review for A Touch of Malice

  1. 4 out of 5

    human

    (1.5/5) Sometimes, books are terrible. Just plain bad, and completely irredeemable. Other times, books are terrible, but when you read them, you get the feeling that it actually could have been much better, and that there was potential in the plot and characters that ultimately went to waste. A Touch of Malice is exactly that kind of book. I also happen to loathe those kinds of books. For starters, there's Hades himself. In the first book, he was a dark and morally ambiguous character, with an obviou (1.5/5) Sometimes, books are terrible. Just plain bad, and completely irredeemable. Other times, books are terrible, but when you read them, you get the feeling that it actually could have been much better, and that there was potential in the plot and characters that ultimately went to waste. A Touch of Malice is exactly that kind of book. I also happen to loathe those kinds of books. For starters, there's Hades himself. In the first book, he was a dark and morally ambiguous character, with an obvious soft spot for Persephone, but was a pretty intgeral part of the plot. Meanwhile, in the second book, he started to withdraw a bit from the plot as more emphasis was placed on Persephone's growth (but also because the two were constantly at odds with each other). This book, on the other hand? I'm pretty sure Hades undergoes character regression, rather than character growth/development. It was infuriating to read this book knowing how much he could have added to the plot as well as Persephone's growth in her powers as a goddess. What did we get instead?? Hades LITERALLY only shows up when there's a smut scene, excluding that one weird-ass "training" scene, which felt more like a fever dream than anything else. SPEAKING OF WHICH. I'm not sure about you, but I don't really mind smut scenes in books. Yeah, sure, they pop up from time to time in adult books, but as long as they don't interfere with the FORKING PLOT, I'm good. To be honest, I think part of this is my own fault here. I started this series knowing that it was going to be pretty trashy, but at least in the beginning, it was enjoyable trash. The first book, in particular, wasn't very plot-based, and instead placed some emphasis on Persephone and Hades' relationship. The second book similarly so. But that doesn't change the fact that at least THINGS HAPPENED in both of those books, even if the two were horny basically 24/7. This book and a little something I appreciate called "plot" don't mix whatsoever. I'm not exaggerating in the least when I say that this book had smut scenes every two to three pages for the first 88%. 88%. Let me tell you what that means: this book was basically a sex montage for nearly 90% of the book. And, dear god, THE SECONDHAND EMBARRASSMENT. This book, in no way, shape or form, lacks secondhand embarrassment. (view spoiler)[Hermes walks on in on them going at it multiple times throughout the book. If that isn't enough, they almost had sex in a friend's bathroom during a housewarming party but were interrupted. They also had sex in Demeter's temple (but that was more of a middle-finger to Persephone's mother, which I'll allow). Or, that time tHEY WERE ON MOUNT OLYMPUS FOR THEIR ENGAGEMENT PARTY AND WERE SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN ZEUS' BLESSING TO MARRY. AND STARTED GOING AT IT. ON THE FUCKING DANCEFLOOR. (hide spoiler)] It's probably best for your own sanity that you don't click that spoiler tag. There were just so many moments randomly thrown in throughout the book that felt beyond mortifying to me because of the characters' actions. Honestly speaking, if I mysteriously disappear soon after posting this review, it's probably because the vicarious humiliation finally got to me. As you might already know, A Touch of Ruin, the second book in this series, ended on a serious cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[just as Hades proposes marriage to Persephone, Demeter screws with the weather, making it start to snow, bringing about the promise of war. (hide spoiler)] I was expecting that this book would at least answer some of the questions that ending brought about, and maybe even bring the plot forward some, properly introducing us to some of the other Greek gods and goddesses, paving the way for a proper conflict. It didn't really matter to me if the conflict was even resolved in this book, just as long as we got some answers. Instead, all of the plot was squashed into the last 10-12% of the book, which made things beyond confusing. The threat of war between the gods had been repeated so many times that I was beginning to wonder if it would ever actually occur. It did, just not in the way I expected it to. (view spoiler)[See, right after Zeus gives Hades and Persephone permission to marry, they do. There was a prophecy that their union would produce a god stronger than Zeus. All of the characters immediately thought that this entailed Persephone and Hades having a child, even though it was stated earlier that he had bargained the ability to have children away with the Fates. All of the characters also conveniently forgot something else that was stated earlier: that a marriage between gods entailed that some of their power would be shared with the other. So, naturally, Persephone, with the power of Hades running through her, tries to solve some of the problems that her mother's rampage has caused after hearing about an avalanche that killed many people. Just as she does that, however, all of the Olympians show up, ready for war. I believe Hestia and Athena decide not to fight altogether, while Hermes, Apollo, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, and, naturally, Hades, take Persephone's side. Demeter is not present. (hide spoiler)] Now, with that set-up, and keeping in mind that this is the last 10% of the book, you would expect a battle worthy of all the build-up of the series, something with action, high-stakes, and maybe a few untimely demises here and there to keep things spicy, correct? W R O N G. The gods fight, but it's absolutely incoherent. I can't even describe what happened because it was pure chaos. Someone's throwing swords at someone else, Persephone is growing vines over people, buildings are being destroyed, and the writing isn't exactly detailed. The battle draws to a close 3, maybe 4% later (view spoiler)[when Ares throws a spear (or maybe a sword???) at Persephone, which is intercepted by Aphrodite. Everyone stops fighting like they're six years old and playing red light-green light, while Hades and Persephone teleport away (hide spoiler)] . AND THAT'S IT. That's how this hUuUuGe war, which has literally been mentioned EVERY TEN PAGES is resolved. Where is my drama? Where are my heroics?? WHERE DID THE HUGE ASS BATTLE THAT WE'VE BEEN TOLD """cOuLd DeStRoY tHe WoRlD""" GO??? I HAD SO MANY HOPES FOR THIS BOOK, AND THEY'VE ALL BEEN DASHED. I MEAN, YEAH, IT'S ONE THING FOR THE ENTIRE BOOK TO JUST IGNORE THE PLOT AND PROBLEM THAT WERE SET UP FOR IT BY THE END OF THE PREVIOUS ONE. WE WERE TOLD THAT DEMETER'S ACTIONS COULD CREATE WAR, YES? AND WE WERE ALSO TOLD THAT PERSEPHONE AND HADES' MARRIAGE COULD CAUSE WAR, YES?? SO WHERE EXACTLY DID THAT BATTLE SCENE GO??? EVEN IF ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, AND I MEAN LITERALLY NOTHING, HAPPENED DURING THE FIRST 90% OF THIS BOOK, BECAUSE IT'S NOT LIKE ANYTHING DID, AT THE VERY LEAST, SHOULDN'T THE BATTLE OF THE GODS THAT TAKES PLACE DURING THE LAST 10% OF THE BOOK BE WORTH ALL OF THE SENSATIONALIZATION OF THE PREVIOUS BOOKS AS WELL AS THE DIALOGUES OF CHARACTERS IN THIS BOOK? SHOULDN'T THE PLOT HOLD AT LEAST SOME VALUE??? BUT NOOOO. IT DOESN'T. OF COURSE NOT. (view spoiler)[Persephone and Hades, after teleporting away from the battle, decide to track down a friend of Persephone's who had gone missing, a finger of hers' left on Persephone's desk. When they teleport there, they find the leader of the revolutionary group actively trying to take down the Olympians (who had also succeeded in killing some minor gods/goddesses??). Apparently, Hades had made some deal with this shady mofo, in return for a favor. Still not entirely sure what the deal was, exactly, but Theseus, the guy, decides that he's going to take Persephone as his 'favor'. Hades has no choice but to let go, and she makes sure he can't come after her. This is where things get pretty rushed, if you ask me. Turns out that Theseus is trying to overturn the old gods and somehow harness their power to become/create new gods?? And he needs the gods' divine weapons to that - Hera and Demeter are already on his side, along with his father, Poseidon. He now needs Persephone's help to get Hades' weapon - the Helm of Darkness. To ensure her help, he's kidnapped her friend and her girlfriend, and is basically torturing them to keep them in line. At one point, Zolfie, Persephone's Amazonian bodyguard appointed by Hades, tries to rescue them, but is taken down in a matter of seconds. And?? I mean??? It was probably the fastest, most unemotional, and pointless death scene I've ever had the misfortune to read. She literally - I kid you not - drops dead because someone throws some daggers at her. I just- Hello??? She was a wARRIOR IN CHARGE OF PROTECTING PERSEPHONE??? SHE'S LITERALLY HANDLED WORSE BEFORE??? IN WHAT UNIVERSE COULD SHE JUST DROP DEAD??? NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT SHE'S A PRETTY IMPORTANT CHARACTER AND PROBABLY DESERVED BETTER??? *ahem* Things really only get more disappointing from there on out. Demeter shows up and all of them (ie, Theseus, Persephone, her friend Sybil, her girlfriend Harmonia, and Demeter) go to the entrance to the Underworld that leads straight to the vault where Hades' weapons (the Helm of Darkness amongst other things) are kept. To get there, they travel across Lake Lerna, where they encounter Ceto, who is engaged by Demeter. The two fight for a while before Persephone gets everyone to calm down and let them onto the shore so that they can enter the Underworld/vault. Now, the whole time, while I was reading this, I was wondering, so they're in a hostage situation, right?? so why doesn't Persephone use her ~nature powers~ and grow some sort of cage/protective shield around the hostages and get rid of the bad guy and her mom??? I mean, she had done it once before, so I don't see why she couldn't have done it again. Instead of answering some clearly unanswerable questions, we're given Hades' perspective. Persephone had used her powers to make sure that Hades wouldn't be able to follow her and break the bargain. As it turns out, he can't track her through her powers, and instead, tracks her through her ring (which Theseus had already taken off). This leads him to Daedalus' labyrinth of all places, where he fights with the minotaur (just what we needed! /s), and literally walks into a trap made of a material used to bind gods. Hades' perspective ends with the minotaur dead and Hades himself passing out. Now, do I appreciate the semblance of spice this chapter brought to one of the blandest books I've ever read? Absolutely. Do I think that it was completely necessary, however? Absolutely not, and the only reason I say that is because there's a side-series that goes with these books, and is basically just the whole story being told over again from Hades' perspective. So while I certainly appreciated this, I didn't think it was all that needed. Meanwhile, Persephone somehow convinces Theseus to let her enter the Underworld alone. At the entrance, she just so happens to find Hecate, and barely manages to speak with her before everyone comes bursting in. Lucky for her, though, Hecate can read minds. Persephone and Hecate then work together to save Sybil and Harmonia, and Persephone begins to fight with her mother, who she ends up killing. Somehow, during all of the chaos, Theseus manages to escape, (which i still don't completely understand, considering that there were at least two people watching him??? not to mention the fact that this sentence, "Persephone’s magic erupted, thorns rose from gashes in the marble, sealing exits." makes it impossible??? anywho, i try not to think about it much because it's quite headache-inducing), and unleashes the Titans. That's literally how the book ended. The most illegal of all cliffhangers. The biggest sign that I will be reading the next book. I'm not going to say anything about the plot, because if I do say any more, we'll only realize just how similar the plot is turning out to be compared to that of the first Percy Jackson series. (hide spoiler)] If you decided not to read all of that, you're not missing out on much. Basically, the plot of this book is about as rushed as you can expect knowing that a book's worth of it has been crammed into the last 12%, but also has more (plot) holes than Swiss cheese. Is anyone here surprised? I certainly hope not. Now, while I did mention Hades earlier, one of the biggest reasons that I'm so incredibly disappointed with this book is how it simply doesn't let its characters live up to their potential, or even develop all that much - in particular, I'm talking about how this book portrays trauma. At the end of the second book, Persephone (view spoiler)[is sexually assaulted by a character named Pirithous, and is almost raped, before Hades shows up to rescue her. (hide spoiler)] During this book, it's frequently said that she has nightmares of her traumatic experience. Hades decides to bring in Hypnos, the god of sleep, to see if he can create a draught that can help Persephone sleep. After speaking with her, however, Hypnos only comes to the conclusion that Persephone needs to confront her experience if she wishes for the nightmares to go away. Sometime later, in the story, Persephone experiences a PTSD trigger during a specific scene in the book. However, as the story progresses, Persephone loses all symptoms of PTSD and her trauma simply starts to "wear off", without any changes being made. I just found it incredibly infuriating to see how Persephone's trauma had been so casually mishandled. Without growing as a character, coming to some revelation about herself, or even at the very least, getting some therapy, Persephone's trauma was just sort of brushed aside and not really spoken about afterward. It was disappointing to see how a character trait that could have potentially resulted in a meaningful and eye-opening conversation between characters was just snipped halfway through the story and tossed aside. Which, of course, brings us to Hades and Persephone's relationship. It's actually quite sad to see how Hades and Persephone have """grown""" over the course of the last three books, resulting in a relationship that doesn't quite work. I mean, far be it from me to think that a never-ending cycle of fucking like rabbits, misunderstanding something the other says, then ignoring each other isn't exactly indicative of a loving and emotionally connected relationship. In the first book, these two had such great chemistry that I really just can't find anywhere in this book. If I'm being honest, their relationship feels quite stale and repetitive, which really just isn't a good mix with bland characters. To be honest, I don't ship these two or enjoy their romance as much as I used to. Sure, I don't want them to break up either, especially considering that a rogue love triangle will probably spring out of hell, the likes of which I don't have the braincells to deal with they're married and whatnot now, but I'm not as invested or even interested as I used to be. Unfortunately for us, character development takes even less precedence in this book than the plot does, which is well and truly saying something. While I used to find Persephone whiney and downright exasperating, I'm glad to say that I no longer hold those types of feelings for her. Although, that being said, I no longer hold any sort of feelings for her as a character at all, which is actually quite worse. This book and its characters are becoming increasingly comparable to a pot of vegetable broth that you accidentally poured too much water into. There's nothing that truly distinguishes the characters apart from each other, and at this point, I'm beyond mad. Nothing makes any of the characters unique from one another, and they've lost many of the character traits that were being developed in them since the first book. The writing quality of this book is... questionable, at best. There's a lot of telling rather than showing, which makes for an overall dull and monotonous reading experience. There's a fair amount of detail, but not too much. My biggest problem with the writing seems to be how certain parts read like they were never edited??? I'm not going to include any direct quotes to spare all of you, but I genuinely think that some passages sorely needed to be proofread. That being said, there were some silver linings: ✧ Hecate: She's honestly my favorite character, even if she was sidelined during the book. ✧ Hermes: He's the comic relief, what more could you want? ✧ Apollo: While I would have appreciated more character development for him, I've learned to appreciate what I get. Overall, I think that this book had the potential to be so much better. While it's clear that the author has put in a lot of time and research into crafting the story they want to tell, I think that this series has lost a lot of what it originally held, despite having much potential, and isn't as good as it used to be.

  2. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    this installment is just as entertaining and steamy as the previous books, but man. i hate how hades’ character is being portrayed. i do want to say that i think persephone is more tolerable in this book. shes still a pretty big whiny cry baby, but i appreciate the effort she has put in to strengthening her magic and herself. i think it works well with how the plot is playing out. however, i personally find hades to be a much more compelling and complex character and he started off as such an int this installment is just as entertaining and steamy as the previous books, but man. i hate how hades’ character is being portrayed. i do want to say that i think persephone is more tolerable in this book. shes still a pretty big whiny cry baby, but i appreciate the effort she has put in to strengthening her magic and herself. i think it works well with how the plot is playing out. however, i personally find hades to be a much more compelling and complex character and he started off as such an integral part of the series. but now… hes just there for sex. thats it. he does nothing else in this. how could such a strong, furious god be reduced to only giving persephone pleasure?? its seriously so disappointing that SSC has done this to his character. i do know that he has his own spin-off series, which i really enjoyed the first book, so maybe i will need to just switch over to only reading those from now on. at least there he will get the page time he deserves. ↠ 3 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa ☽

    I’m writing this with a heavy heart because I actually love the first two books. But this one... man. First off, I overlooked the grammar and spelling mistakes in this. I understand editing errors and life happens.. With that aside, 75% of this book was nothing of importance. Don’t get me wrong, I love my smut spicy love scenes, but I’m telling you when it’s literally every other page...... you become numb to it. I found myself literally skimming through the smut scenes because it got to the poin I’m writing this with a heavy heart because I actually love the first two books. But this one... man. First off, I overlooked the grammar and spelling mistakes in this. I understand editing errors and life happens.. With that aside, 75% of this book was nothing of importance. Don’t get me wrong, I love my smut spicy love scenes, but I’m telling you when it’s literally every other page...... you become numb to it. I found myself literally skimming through the smut scenes because it got to the point where they weren’t even enjoyable to read anymore. I had such high hopes for this book, but not a single thing happened at all till the last 20 pages. Just to leave a ridiculous cliff hanger to keep us hanging on till the next one. 2 stars & I’m sad.

  4. 4 out of 5

    aly ☆彡

    I tried but DNF this @ 50% I am almost happy because Persephone has grown so much since the last two books (in which she was very very annoying) so yes to: ☑ Persephone’s character development ☑ Apollo & Hermes since they are the only enjoyable addition to the book But other than that, there’s nothing good about this and it’s progressing nowhere. ☒ It’s plotless and soo boring ☒ They can’t get one thing done without having sex ☒ It's getting too long with mostly filler scene ☒ The third book and is I tried but DNF this @ 50% I am almost happy because Persephone has grown so much since the last two books (in which she was very very annoying) so yes to: ☑ Persephone’s character development ☑ Apollo & Hermes since they are the only enjoyable addition to the book But other than that, there’s nothing good about this and it’s progressing nowhere. ☒ It’s plotless and soo boring ☒ They can’t get one thing done without having sex ☒ It's getting too long with mostly filler scene ☒ The third book and is still filled with typos and grammar errors (I’m not a grammar nazi but this comes from an established author yet they couldn’t bother checking it thoroughly?) I’m giving the series one last chance through this book although it already went down the hill after the first one and it’s just not working out anymore. Reading this is a pain in the ass neck. Get a sneak peek of the last chapter and that's all. I'm not continuing the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    gaby

    THESE BOOKS HAVE PROGRESSIVELY GOTTEN WORSE JESUS CHRIST -hades: secretive little cunt - persephone: weak little bitch - hecate + apollo + hermes (<333333333) - this book is just badly represented ptsd, a shit ton of miscommunication and a whole lot of sex.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mero

    I read the first book solely on the fact that it had a pretty cover on amazon and that it was a hades persephone retelling I have traumatized myself in the process but mama didnt raise a pussy so Im gonna finish it even if it kills me 😔✊

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tyi

    Peresphone has finally become kickass and is taking control of her destiny! I can't wait to see more of her and Hades. Peresphone has finally become kickass and is taking control of her destiny! I can't wait to see more of her and Hades.

  8. 4 out of 5

    • Lindsey Dahling •

    If anyone needs me, I’ll be vacantly staring out a window, waiting for the fourth book’s release date.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ☘ Lily ☘

    First of all, my condolences for the author's loss. No words honey. Anyhow maybe because I went into this with the lowest of expectations, I ended up enjoying it more than I expected. The main issue I have in the previous book was Persephone and her stupid after stupid decisions. In this book however, I think we finally got to the fallout of those decisions and the impact on her mental being. As in, she was more contemplative and traumatised in this one. And grief. She was so much subdued than I First of all, my condolences for the author's loss. No words honey. Anyhow maybe because I went into this with the lowest of expectations, I ended up enjoying it more than I expected. The main issue I have in the previous book was Persephone and her stupid after stupid decisions. In this book however, I think we finally got to the fallout of those decisions and the impact on her mental being. As in, she was more contemplative and traumatised in this one. And grief. She was so much subdued than I remembered and maybe that's why I cut her out some slack. As far for the plot, that's where I deduct the rating. First of all, I like the Triad plot. I didn't care the thing with Zeus and Demeter much, that could come later. But I wish it would focused more on this, rather than whipping it out in the end for the sake of the huuuuggee cliffhanger. All in all, yeah, this book did me in again. I will be continuing on the series. I need to see these people get their HEA now.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    11/19/2020 I just finished all the other books and I’m wow I’m excited for this book!! The premise sounds so interesting and it sounds like there will be a ton of interaction with all the Gods, which is my favorite! I can’t wait for Persephone to finally embrace her Divinity and her magic in front of everyone. But I swear to god Scarlett, if you touch a hair on Hecate’s or Hermes’ heads, I will send you to Tartarus. I WILL NOT HAVE ANOTHER LEXA.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    SO MANY GRAMMAR/SPELLING ERRORS. It was distracting. I felt like I was reading a high school assignment that was submitted at the last minute for credit, without any proofreading before submission. I wanted to take out my red pen and make corrections in the margins and give it a score of C- on the cover just because of the simple grammatical errors that could have been avoided had they proofread their work. *****SPOILERS BELOW***** Some other beefs I had surrounding plot: -why spend so much time b SO MANY GRAMMAR/SPELLING ERRORS. It was distracting. I felt like I was reading a high school assignment that was submitted at the last minute for credit, without any proofreading before submission. I wanted to take out my red pen and make corrections in the margins and give it a score of C- on the cover just because of the simple grammatical errors that could have been avoided had they proofread their work. *****SPOILERS BELOW***** Some other beefs I had surrounding plot: -why spend so much time building up Persephone’s career, if she does nothing with it throughout the whole book? We see her having meetings, getting her new office, reviewing Helen’s article in the first part of the book. But she doesn’t write any articles for her business, in fact, no one else writes any articles for her business either? Furthermore, she leaves her office just about every time she goes to work. I thought “well, maybe she is going to have an internal conflict about this later in the book, realizing that she cannot be a goddess/queen while also having a full time career”, but NOPE. I started rolling my eyes every time she got dressed for “work” because I knew she was not actually going to do anything. In fact, she was more invested in other news articles written by Helen than her own. Just filler plot. -What happened to Helen? There was a lot of foreshadowing about her and her involvement with Triad. And then nothing? Who did she meet at the sex club? Where did she go? What was the point of her involvement with Triad? How did her involvement add anything to the plot? -The lack of climax for the wedding (and I don’t mean sexually). We have been waiting 3 books for this [email protected] marriage, only for it to last 2 chapters and be all about sex. I guess I was just expecting a little bit more substance for all the buildup it endured. -sex, sex, and too much sex. I can’t believe I am complaining about this, but it seems there are limits to how much is too much. This book could have cut the sexy scenes down by half and it would have added way more meaning to the other half of the sexy scenes. We get it. They’re trash for each other. *Sigh* It became increasingly obvious that this book desperately needed an editor. There was real potential for the plot and character building that could have been better executed for the first 80% of the book. That being said, this book’s saving grace was the ending, which was fast paced and grabbed my attention and of course left me wanting more. For that I give 2 stars. Will I read again? Probably not. Will I read the next book? Probably- but only for Hermes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ✨Kayla of The Court Of Dreams✨

    Wow So good, the ending had me on the edge of my seat 😭😭I need the next one now, seriously though go read this book!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kandice Collins

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just finished A Touch of Malice and my overall sentiment after completing it is disappointment. It truly read like poorly edited FanFiction (the Never Have I Ever scene with Persephone’s friends was cringe worthy). The plot was all over the place in this one and most of the conflicts seemed forced. I had to expend a lot of mental energy on figuring out what was going on because of how certain situations were written. Then the ending was terrible. Persephone is just becoming a powerful characte I just finished A Touch of Malice and my overall sentiment after completing it is disappointment. It truly read like poorly edited FanFiction (the Never Have I Ever scene with Persephone’s friends was cringe worthy). The plot was all over the place in this one and most of the conflicts seemed forced. I had to expend a lot of mental energy on figuring out what was going on because of how certain situations were written. Then the ending was terrible. Persephone is just becoming a powerful character and then using none of these skills with her Mother and Theseus until the last possible moment. But she can take on Zeus and other Olympians. I finish every series I start so I will read but I won’t be anticipating the next addition to this Hades x Persephone retelling.

  14. 5 out of 5

    jade

    It took me 3 books but I finally remembered that Hades is Persephone’s uncle and I haven’t been able to think about anything else I feel proud of myself for finishing this serie it’s been a wild ride I’m still going to admit it, the smut was quite good but I just wasn’t a fan of the rest of the book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    ★★★★ 4.25 stars for the book ★★★★★ for Hermes being Hermes and Apollo getting a redemption arc 🌶️🌶️🌶️ for the smut Holy shit, I did not know where we were going to end up given the last two books were a bit average but damn, I’m impressed! Persephone was still way too jealous for how far along we are now but overall, she was a lot more tolerable. Don’t get me wrong, her relationship with Hades is still toxic AF and at times reading about them was tedious but for all the cringy moments, there were s ★★★★ 4.25 stars for the book ★★★★★ for Hermes being Hermes and Apollo getting a redemption arc 🌶️🌶️🌶️ for the smut Holy shit, I did not know where we were going to end up given the last two books were a bit average but damn, I’m impressed! Persephone was still way too jealous for how far along we are now but overall, she was a lot more tolerable. Don’t get me wrong, her relationship with Hades is still toxic AF and at times reading about them was tedious but for all the cringy moments, there were some truly sweet ones scattered throughout. Also I’m just riding for Hades so you know, I’m hanging in there for him. This book also has a far clearer plot than the previous two which thankfully, does not only revolve around our lovers. The introduction of Olympus and the other gods was absolutely delightful and I loved seeing the political dynamics play out while learning more about the gods behind the power. An impending war and some asshole rebels brings some much needed tension to this book and I thought the execution and build up of these elements was well paced. Very smartly, we also get to see how Persephone’s moral compass begins to influence the other gods. There were some clear shifts in allegiances in this and it created some very tense and wildly dark moments that I was here for. Before I wrap this up, I just need to take a few minutes to talk about my man Hermes. Hermes is that shit stirring friend that will throw you under the bus one minute and then defend your honour the next. He is devilishly charming and I smiled every time he popped up. That never have I ever scene had me in fits and I couldn’t wait for him to appear again. I also really loved that Apollo softens in this book and we get to learn more about his fears and what drives him to be this cocky bastard we’ve come to know. 100% the best book in this series to date, St. Clair has done a fantastic job of creating a really character driven story where the threat of war looms over every decision they make. Flew through it and I’m not even mad. Series overview A Touch of Darkness ★★★★ 3.75 stars A Touch of Ruin ★★★★ 3.75 stars A Touch of Malice ★★★★ 4.25 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara Oliveira

    I missed Sephy and Hades and Hermes and just everyone soooo much! I do think there was way to much sexy time in this 😂 So definitely be aware that this has a lot more of that than the last one in my opinion. I would have definitely wanted more story and details and everything and scenes with characters interacting and maybe a little less sex but I get it ahahah that's just my personal opinion with this one. Also ugh cliffhanger now to wait A WHOLE YEAR for the next one 🥲 I missed Sephy and Hades and Hermes and just everyone soooo much! I do think there was way to much sexy time in this 😂 So definitely be aware that this has a lot more of that than the last one in my opinion. I would have definitely wanted more story and details and everything and scenes with characters interacting and maybe a little less sex but I get it ahahah that's just my personal opinion with this one. Also ugh cliffhanger now to wait A WHOLE YEAR for the next one 🥲

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gabbey (gabriellelovesbooks)

    Firstly, let's address the elephant in the room: The two star rating has nothing to do with the numerous spelling/grammatical mistakes on the Kindle version that I read. [The fact I even have to write that to fend off criticism highlights everything that is wrong with the bookish community at the moment] I loved the first two books and recommended them to anyone who would listen, but felt this book was lacking in plot and purpose. In A Touch of Darkness, we are introduced to Persephone, who is tryi Firstly, let's address the elephant in the room: The two star rating has nothing to do with the numerous spelling/grammatical mistakes on the Kindle version that I read. [The fact I even have to write that to fend off criticism highlights everything that is wrong with the bookish community at the moment] I loved the first two books and recommended them to anyone who would listen, but felt this book was lacking in plot and purpose. In A Touch of Darkness, we are introduced to Persephone, who is trying to find herself. There is forbidden love. In A Touch of Ruin, Persephone does find herself. The relationship is accepted. In A Touch of Malice, she is once again trying to find herself, despite having already done so in the previous book, and the romance is - once again - 'forbidden,' despite their being engaged. Hades & Persephone's relationship is extremely problematic, which also effected my rating of this book. I understand that Hades was supposed to be the macho, 'I'd burn down the world to look after you' kind-of-guy, but he was controlling. They lived together, worked in the same building and were together 24/7. Hades tracked her via her engagement ring for godsake! Disturbing. Now, it's common knowledge among those who read my reviews that I love a bit of steam as much as the next person - If not more. I adore a smutty book, but even I thought this had too many sex scenes in. Every time they saw each other, they had sex. I was so disappointed that I stopped reading at 51%.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yeganeh

    2.5 star Honestly i really don't get what this book is about. The whole plot was all persephone and hades's smut and needing and then the last 40 pages was rediculously bizzare.it took me a fair amount time to read this book and i was bored. The only reason i'm reading this is bc of Hades and persephone but i might admit they are not my favorite here. 2.5 star Honestly i really don't get what this book is about. The whole plot was all persephone and hades's smut and needing and then the last 40 pages was rediculously bizzare.it took me a fair amount time to read this book and i was bored. The only reason i'm reading this is bc of Hades and persephone but i might admit they are not my favorite here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    grace

    i liked this book. it has a lot more plot then the other books and is not just sex but i’m not complaining LOL anways go read this series

  20. 5 out of 5

    alice

    "We are all broken... It’s what we do with pieces that matters.” so, after finishing a touch of ruin, i was actually excited to read this book. a touch of ruin left off on a big cliffhanger, so i was hoping it would be resolved in this book. literally nothing was resolved, there was basically no plot, and i don't think i even remembered anything that happened in this book... this is a series i've been really invested in since a touch of darkness, so im pretty disappointed :/ "We are all broken... It’s what we do with pieces that matters.” so, after finishing a touch of ruin, i was actually excited to read this book. a touch of ruin left off on a big cliffhanger, so i was hoping it would be resolved in this book. literally nothing was resolved, there was basically no plot, and i don't think i even remembered anything that happened in this book... this is a series i've been really invested in since a touch of darkness, so im pretty disappointed :/

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leonie

    Even if I were able to ignore the various errors that stretch out over the whole book (which I'm definitely not) this was the weakest of the series so far. Seemingly unimportant passages stretch out unnaturally, while the truly interesting parts are way too short. This was not as much fun as I'd hoped it to be and might be that last book of the series I've read. Even if I were able to ignore the various errors that stretch out over the whole book (which I'm definitely not) this was the weakest of the series so far. Seemingly unimportant passages stretch out unnaturally, while the truly interesting parts are way too short. This was not as much fun as I'd hoped it to be and might be that last book of the series I've read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Megan Lowde

    There was way too much smut, way too little plot, and a lot of bad writing, including the attempts at PTSD. Practically nothing of true importance happened until the last 5% or so, and even that wasn't as exciting as it could have been. In short, whilst this was certainly better than the previous two novels in this universe I was still straight up not having a good time and though objectively it's not the worst thing I've ever read, I couldn't rate it any higher given how done I was reading this There was way too much smut, way too little plot, and a lot of bad writing, including the attempts at PTSD. Practically nothing of true importance happened until the last 5% or so, and even that wasn't as exciting as it could have been. In short, whilst this was certainly better than the previous two novels in this universe I was still straight up not having a good time and though objectively it's not the worst thing I've ever read, I couldn't rate it any higher given how done I was reading this. I do have to admit that I skimmed the majority of it, especially with all the sex scenes, but even given that I don't think I missed anything of importance.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becky Osborne

    A great read! I really enjoyed seeing Hades and Persephone engaged and being in love. Going into this book I didn't expect the more darker subplots that there was, you see Persephone dealing with not only the grief of loosing her friend a second time and having this guilt but also having to deal with the trauma of a sexual assault and how it affects her relationship with Hades. Persephone made a lot of bad decisions in the previous books and you see her dealing with the fallout of them and her me A great read! I really enjoyed seeing Hades and Persephone engaged and being in love. Going into this book I didn't expect the more darker subplots that there was, you see Persephone dealing with not only the grief of loosing her friend a second time and having this guilt but also having to deal with the trauma of a sexual assault and how it affects her relationship with Hades. Persephone made a lot of bad decisions in the previous books and you see her dealing with the fallout of them and her mental being which, I felt was needed. I defiantly liked her character more in the book although there was times she was still overly jealous. How she came into her power and learnt to defend herself was really cool. Hades was the same Hades, secretive, protective and dark. I did think he was a bit too secretive with Persephone but he's still changing. Their relationship was cute and steamy, there was defiantly some cringy moments and maybe too many steamy scenes but there was some truly sweet moment throughout that made up for it. I think the plot was much better and clearer than the other books and didn't solely revolve around Hades and Persephone. The introduction of Olympus and the other gods was great and I loved seeing the political dynamics play out while learning more about the gods behind the power, and how that power can make you an a$$. An impending war between Gods and some asshole rebels brings some much needed tension to this book and I thought the execution and build up of these elements was well paced. You see Persephone struggle when her moral compass begins to influence the other gods and the ramifications that causes. There were some clear shifts in allegiances in this and it created some tense and wildly dark moments that I was here for. As I expected the book ended on a huge cliff-hanger that left me screaming for the second book. Overall, St. Clair has done an awesome job of creating a character driven story where the threat of war looms over every decision they make but with the romance and spice we all want. Excited for the fourth book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Where do I begin? There’s so much to say, but so little space. But first, one of my favorite quotes from A Touch of Malice (spoiler free of course just like the whole review): “Oh, darling. How you challenge me.” Hades can wreck me body and soul and I would thank him. FYI. This is not YA. This is for mature audiences only. There are plenty of spice level 5/5 scenes, and much more adult scenes that happen. I went into this read guessing certain events to happen in the ending. And I was wrong. Com Where do I begin? There’s so much to say, but so little space. But first, one of my favorite quotes from A Touch of Malice (spoiler free of course just like the whole review): “Oh, darling. How you challenge me.” Hades can wreck me body and soul and I would thank him. FYI. This is not YA. This is for mature audiences only. There are plenty of spice level 5/5 scenes, and much more adult scenes that happen. I went into this read guessing certain events to happen in the ending. And I was wrong. Completely and utterly. The ending destroyed me. I sat staring at a blank wall for about an hour after I finished and had no idea what to do with my life. It was so well done, so emotional, and such a great ending to keep you wanting more. I’m counting down until I can get my hands on the next book, that’s how amazing this ending was. The whole book actually. Between Persephone character development, which was so well written with her maturity, decision making, and self realization of her own worth, and Hades who we got to see more of his loving side along with his pure god like self, Malice was a book I couldn’t put down. The plot line built up, all the fine details accruing together to formulate into a magnificent, killer ending. Everything was well thought out and laid out to ride along side the Ancient Greek myths but with a modern twist that Scarlett St. Clair knows how to do brilliantly. And now my favorite character has been solidified because of this book, Hermès, who brought laughter and light hearted moments to some serious moments. Another part I loved about the story was how Scarlett St. Clair approached sexual assault. She wrote it in a way of strength and I’m thankful it was portrayed that way. Well done. Plus those seggsy scenes? I might need to go to church after reading those, or maybe a temple to worship Lord Hades and Lady Persephone. They made butterflies erupt, which for me as a romance reader doesn’t occur often. But the only reason I gave this 4 stars (4.5 if good reads would allow) is because of one phrase that kept popping up quite often and that was: “are you well?” I wish it was replaced every so often with something else, but other than that this book is MESMERIZING. If you love a modern Greek re telling mixed with spice, humor, self worth, and strength along with sadness this book is for you. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a fresh take on the old myths.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jaye Rockett

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good god what happened to this book? Now, I’m not going to sit here and say that the previous books in this series were works of art - they weren’t. But they were fun and immersive and just smutty enough to make me blush. But Christ this one was awful. Starting with the fact that this book is RIDDLED with errors. If you told me this book was a first draft that had never once seen an editor, I wouldn’t be surprised. Not just spelling and grammar, but we’ve got sentences with mixed tenses, we’ve go Good god what happened to this book? Now, I’m not going to sit here and say that the previous books in this series were works of art - they weren’t. But they were fun and immersive and just smutty enough to make me blush. But Christ this one was awful. Starting with the fact that this book is RIDDLED with errors. If you told me this book was a first draft that had never once seen an editor, I wouldn’t be surprised. Not just spelling and grammar, but we’ve got sentences with mixed tenses, we’ve got plot holes, we’ve got sections that straight up don’t make sense? Some examples: “It says here there are eight heroes competing,” said Leuce, looking at her phone. The glow made her eyes spark. “Three women and four men.” BASIC MATHS WOULD HAVE CAUGHT THIS. “Apology accepted,” she said, and Thanatos offered a sad smile. “It does not appear my apology has made you feel better,” Persephone said as they danced. BECAUSE YOU DIDNT APOLOGISE PERSEPHONE, THANATOS DID. They sank deep into the goddess’s flesh and she scream, wrenching away, her sword went flying. SHE SCREAM. SHE SCREAM. And let’s not even mentioned the fact that one minute Ajax’s bleeding body is convulsing under a screaming Apollo, and then a few chapters later he’s fine and good no mention of the multiple gunshot wounds? Sigh. Beyond all these issues, the first 85% is pointless nonsense and cringe worthy sex scenes. I’m not sure what happened between the last book and this one but the sex scenes were just straight up grim in this, and CONSTANT. I cannot stress enough, there is NO PLOT ADVANCEMENT IN THIS BOOK UNTIL THE LAST 15%. And there was not enough character development to support the plot advancement. Oh so Persephone can now take down Zeus after approximately three magic fighting lessons? I don’t know why so much Time is spent talking about Persephones work when every time she gets to her office she leaves immediately, and there was no point to it? Why spend so much time talking about her work when there was no development there. No scene where Persephone has to pick between work and love, no scenes where Persephone ACTUALLY works, it all felt like filler plot. Demeter’s winter storm rage seemed to also be pointless filler plot, just Persephone griping about the weather and the occasional tragedy thrown in. If we’d seen more of Persephone’s struggle with her mother it might have been more interesting, but nope. We forgot all about Helen? All this build up of what is Helen doing and what is going on, who is she meeting at the sex club? No follow up on that at all. There’s 0 character work in this book so nothing Persephone does makes sense, Hades has been reduced to a walking erection and even Hermes who was the lighthearted antidote to the others had only one remotely funny line in the whole book. Hades and Persephones relationship at this point is sex, no communication and toxic sulking. The amount of red flags in this relationship are alarming. This book is literally just sex. Sex with cringey writing and no plot or character. Basically, this book was an absolute car crash and not enjoyable at all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Neisha Hussain

    Best in the series so far 🤩

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jess Schmit

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC as a member of Scarlett’s street team 💀 this is the only way to get ARCs of Scarlett's books. THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING! Whew, okay, now for coherent thoughts. This book was an emotional whirlwind. I literally experienced every emotion known to man through the course of reading this book. This will be spoiler free until release day, at which point I will update with all the good spoilery bits! Sephy is a freaking badass in this. Hades and Sephy both learn how to Disclaimer: I received an ARC as a member of Scarlett’s street team 💀 this is the only way to get ARCs of Scarlett's books. THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING! Whew, okay, now for coherent thoughts. This book was an emotional whirlwind. I literally experienced every emotion known to man through the course of reading this book. This will be spoiler free until release day, at which point I will update with all the good spoilery bits! Sephy is a freaking badass in this. Hades and Sephy both learn how to communicate. Hermes wears a romper. Hecate is a good friend. Demeter is.... not a nice person. Watching Persephone grow more into herself and her powers, while struggling with her PTSD and grief, and trying to navigate her first real relationship was just... beautiful and stunning and moving. I love Hades and Persephone's relationship and watching it blossom was such a treat. The plot buildup was dynamic, well-done and laid the stones expertly for future retellings from the Queen. Political intricacies, social commentary, robust conflict, and well-developed side characters rounded out this dynamite book. I am so honored to be reading this and going on this adventure with Scarlett and you guys seriously need to read this one! If you like steamy ADULT Greek mythology retellings, check out this series! WE've got one more book in this series, A Touch of Chaos. But 2 more in Hades' series, A Game of Retribution, and a Game of Gods! For those who might be new to the series, let me give you the much questioned Reading Order: - A Touch of Darkness (Sephy POV) out now - A Game of Fate (Hades POV) out now - A Touch of Ruin (Sephy POV) out now - A Game of Retribution (Hades POV) Winter 2021 - A Touch of Malice (Sephy POV) this review , out May 25th, 2021 - A Game of Gods (Hades POV) Spring/Summer 2022 - A Touch of Chaos (Dual POV) Fall/Winter 2022

  28. 5 out of 5

    Giulia

    So...where should I start? At the end of the second book, I hoped that this one would show me a new Persephone, no more victim but fighter...well,it does not...I cannot understand 90% of her actions during the book...even if actions is a big word because nothing happen in this book until the very last two chapters. I understand the editorial choice behind this, but it drives me crazy. I understand that Hades and Persephone love each other, but I was hoping to see more and I did not.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Esmiralda

    5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Please take in mind it’s my opinion, and everyone is allowed to have one. I’m absolutely loving this serie, A Touch Of Malice was one of my anticipated reads and it truly did not disappoint. This book was such an incredible one. Honestly such a well written book. It was so great to see how Persephone developed as a person and her power. To see how she handled grieve and trauma. Also can we talk about that ending? BECAUSE HELLO CLIFFHANGER! How am I suppose to wait so long, I want 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Please take in mind it’s my opinion, and everyone is allowed to have one. I’m absolutely loving this serie, A Touch Of Malice was one of my anticipated reads and it truly did not disappoint. This book was such an incredible one. Honestly such a well written book. It was so great to see how Persephone developed as a person and her power. To see how she handled grieve and trauma. Also can we talk about that ending? BECAUSE HELLO CLIFFHANGER! How am I suppose to wait so long, I want to know what’s going to happen.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Holly Early

    Whoever edited this book failed big time. The Kindle version is full of grammatical errors, typos, and inconsistencies. It is far too long for what little bit of plot is covered—15% semi-decent plot and 85% unnecessary and repetitive sex scenes. This series initially had promise as a refreshing take on the Hades and Persephone myth, but has gone seriously downhill. I won’t bother reading the next book.

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