A Touch of Ruin is the second installment to the Hades x Persephone series. Written in Persephone’s point of view, we watch her life change into something she never imagined.
Hades and Persephone’s relationship has gone public and the news is everywhere. People are accosting her in the streets and calling her work relentlessly. During all this madness that comes with being with Hades, she’s dealing with trying to expose the God of Music, Apollo, after he fires her friend, Sybill, for not wanting to be his lover. And to top it all off, Persephone’s best friend, Lexa, gets hit by a car and is in the ICU fighting for her life.
One of the main reasons I didn’t enjoy this book in the beginning was because I felt like Perspehone was creating problems that didn’t need to happen. The book was broken into three parts and after the first part, I was pissed. I was already dealing with Persephone not respecting Hades’ wishes and going behind his back on purpose. That really irritated me because Persephone thinks she knows what she’s doing, but she doesn’t. She’s an infant Goddess and Hades is trying to help her and protect her and teach her. At the end of part two, I was ready to fly to Oklahoma and have some words with Ms. Scarlett St. Clair and ask why she would do this to me. I have been nothing but loyal and she would rip my heart out like this? So entering part three was interesting. I was ready for some answers. By the end of the book, I was sobbing. Full heaving, needing to wash my face a couple times to remove the tear stains. The third part redeemed the book. It was written so beautifully and recaptured my love that drew me to the first book.
I originally had this at three stars, and at point two because I was mad, during the middle of the book, but ended up a modest four stars. I can’t forgive a lot of the annoyance I felt during this book and that’s why I took away a star. But 10/10 on the cover art for all of the books 🙂
So overall, I ended up enjoying it. I would read it again. If a book makes me cry, I’ll keep it on my shelf.