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Persephone: Magical Paranormal Fantasy Romance by [Johnson, Phoenix]
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Persephone: Magical Paranormal Fantasy Romance Kindle Edition

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Length: 340 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Persephone takes her life and heart into her hands when she meets and follows a mysterious stranger on a sweet summer day. However, tragedy strikes, and her lover, the mystifying Adrian, begs her as his life fades: Persephone, head to the sea. Honoring his request, she begins a journey where she discovers her true heritage and finds the family she always dreamed of.
Persephone almost finds peace and happiness until her past catches up. She is not about to give up, though, and is determined to obey Adrian’s dying wish.

What is waiting for her at the shore?
Will she find her destiny, or lose everything she fought so hard to find?
Can she become the Witch that her true parents wanted her to be, or will she succumb to the Darkness?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2090 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Naughty Nights Press LLC (1 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011RPM1CG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #953,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Persephone, the title character, is a young women dreaming of a different life. Chafing under the demands of her bitter parents and facing an unhappy, arranged marriage, she is searching for a future of love and independence. When she meets a stranger in the forest, events are set in motion that see Persephone fleeing her village and uncovering the secrets of her past. With a legacy of magic behind her, Persephone discovers her true destiny.

In fantasy, one of my favourite things is the imagined world created by the author. World building is important and I like to have a solid picture of the context that the characters live within. The world of Persephone is a quasi-medieval setting, common to high fantasy, complete with taverns, inns, horses as transport, small villages and a patriarchal society. This novel's world has some modern features that don't quite fit with the medieval style fantasy. For example, in between the taverns and smithies of small villages, there are also cafes, serving up coffee and pastries to characters flopped into cosy armchairs. This did jar me out of the fantasy world sometimes. There are multiple magical systems in Persephone's world: light witches, dark witches, earth wizards and angels. Each system works in unique ways, such as earth magic requiring the person to be touching earth to perform spells. I always enjoy seeing magic in fantasy and how it affects the characters and the world. The author may be planning more novels set in this world and deliberately held back on details to reveal later. I say this as there isn't very much information on the types of magic and how they work.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic! 15 January 2016
By Robin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Mythical worlds, creatures, and beings tangled in with ghosts, witches, wizards and magic.
Ms. Johnston has a smooth way of making the magical come alive with her visual perception of the characters, surroundings, along with the conversations. Everything seems well natural.
Persephone despite the hardship she has endured comes out a survivor and stronger for having gone through all the trials.
It was an easy story to follow and fall in love with.
From her arranged marriage to someone she doesn't love to her chance meeting with a stranger that changes her destiny forever.
I look forward to more from this talented author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of This World!!!! 21 August 2015
By Misty Nickels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to say that I absolutely LOVED this book! I could not put it down! I read it in two days, but of course my schedule doesn't allow me to read much. I probably could have read this in one day it was so good. The story line is spectacular. I believe that there is a God or Demi God named Persephone, but I do not think that this story has anything to do with that mythology. I could be wrong though because I have never read much about the historical Persephone. Anyway, this book took place in what seems like early American settlement days. I would say the victorian era, but I am not sure. The way the author described the clothing of the characters made me think this because the depiction of the dresses were beautiful in my mind. The authors writing is very descriptive, but not too much. I love how the story does not drag out. It gave me exactly what I wanted out of this story. One scene flows smoothly into the next. I was never left questioning what a character's name was, or where the story's timeline was at. When the story seemed to have flip flopped, it really didn't. It was perfectly written. I love paranormal fantasy romance and this book delivered. It was an original story. Something that I had never read before and I loved the combination of magic the book used. It was a combination of things I never would have expected. This book did contain mild sexual content, but was nothing over the top. I believe this book is quite suitable for a teenager (17+). I cannot wait to read more by this author. Her writing style is exceptional for this genre and the picture she paints with her words is simply beautiful. If I could give more than 5 stars for this book I totally would!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Marriage without love is simply a lonely prison... 2 August 2015
By sheila kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Being forced into marrying a man she doesn't love out of convenience, ( Her parents doing) Persephone, She desperately wants a life beyond the expected, she wants and deserves happiness and her ever after. After her father has let her know he isn't happy with her, she chances a meeting with a stranger that will change the current course of her life. This story had me laughing. crying, and having a totally wonderful time from beginning to end. You won't be sorry you got this book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She doesn't love him, rather she is being forced in this ... 2 August 2015
By Mezmerising - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received and ARC copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Persephone is engaged to the son of the Mayor of her small town. She doesn't love him, rather she is being forced in this marriage by her parents. On a walk in the forest one day, after her father has taken his anger out on her, she chances a meeting with a gorgeous man. Adrian and Persephone are instantly attracted to each other and agree to get to know each other a little before they run away together, thus avoiding their arranged marriages. But on their escape Adrian is killed in front of Persephone.

This book was amazing. Persephone is an amazingly strong woman, who has lived through hell and still perseveres in her life and keeping her promise to Adrian. Her life before him was lonely and horrible. But upon leaving her family and village she finds a whole different life. The life she deserves. This book is filled with tears and courage. The story flows so thoroughly you won't want to step outside the pages within this book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just wasn't my cup of tea..... 12 August 2015
By Ashley, Paranormal Sisters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The premise and the title is what got me interested so I signed up for a chance at the ARC of Persephone. I've also never read anything from this author before so I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I don't read much fantasy but when I do I enjoy the genre when it comes my way. However, I didn't enjoy this world within Persephone. In this world parents choose who you get married to and women are like property but that's not what bugs me. I love reading stories that go back in history, it's a completely whole other world and I love it! What bugged me was the cheesiness of her running into a complete stranger in the middle of the woods and falling head over heels for him, wanting to run away with him from the horrible life she lives. I'm all for her running away but what she's feeling for him can't possible be love, it's no doubt just lust.

But, I let that slide especially when he dies. This leads Persephone to keep her promise to him to head to the coast. What's at the coast, nobody knows. But she goes anyways, it's her chance to get away and now with her betrothed out to get her, she has no choice but to run away from this evil man. Honestly after the first two chapters I got easily distracted by two other books, which I finished before this one. I mean, at first I was interested but then it started to dwindle.

I had no idea where this story was going. There was multiple plots going on and which that's always good, these just didn't flow well for me. You can clearly see where the cut was when a plot point ended and another began because it felt like the characters completely forgot about what happened a few pages before. Like, the guy she fell in love with was actually an angel and to save her life, he gave her his powers which is how she came to be with red wings. But once she learned how to hide them, it's like she completely forgot she had them. Which she actually did forget about them the deeper we got into the book. And as I was reading I was like, "Are we going to get anything more about it? Why has the main girl totally forgotten about them? How can anyone forget that they suddenly have wings sticking out of there back?!?". Seriously, it was frustrating.

Seriously, this read became more frustrating by the minute and I was close to calling it quits, I probably should have.......

Anyways, Persephone I wasn't a big fan of this character. I understand how this journey will change her but for her being a virgin I don't understand how she would fall into bed after spending one day with a man she just met. Seriously, I don't understand her motives. And yeah, once again she fell in love with a total stranger after just meeting him- ugghh! Again, it's just lust Persephone. I honestly don't find this romantic and if it's supposed to be, then it's just not my kind then. I need the feelings to be more developed, I need to actually fall in love with the guy just like the characters for me to actually root for them. The romance needs to melt this hopeless romantics heart, not have her cringing instead.

Overall this just wasn't my cup of tea. Nothing was working for me, I like my stories more developed. None of this cheesiness of love at first sight- twice. Reading this started to feel like a chore, I honestly just wanted it to end and let myself move on from this. The ending was cheesy, again, is this supposed to be romantic? I just really didn't enjoy this book. Nothing flowed really well for me and the ending just made me wonder what was really the point of this book, of all that happened? I just wasn't invested in it or the characters for me to feel any connection to it or for me to actually care.

*Was given a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*

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