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Electric Idol: A Deliciously Forbidden Modern Retelling of Psyche and Eros Paperback – January 18, 2022
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He was the most beautiful man in Olympus.
And if I wasn't careful, he was going to be my death.
*A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Psyche and Eros that's as sinful as it is sweet.*
In the ultra-modern city of Olympus, there's always a price to pay. Psyche Dimitriou knew she'd have to face Aphrodite's jealous rage eventually, but she never expected her literal heart to be at stake...or for Aphrodite's gorgeous son to be the one ordered to strike the killing blow.
Eros has no problem shedding blood. Raised to be his mother's knife in the dark, he's been conditioned to accept that he's more monster than man. But when it comes time to take out his latest target…he can't do it. Confused by his reaction to Psyche's unexpected kindness, he does the only thing he can think of to keep her safe: he binds her to him, body and soul.
Psyche didn't expect to find herself married to the glittering city's most dangerous killer, but something about Eros wakens a fire inside her she's never felt before. As lines blur and loyalties shift, Psyche realizes Eros might take her heart after all...and she's not sure she can survive the loss.
"Deliciously inventive…Red-hot."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for Neon Gods
"I get shivers just thinking of their interactions. SHIVERS."—Mimi Koehler for The Nerd Dailey for Neon Gods
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"Sensational...This satisfies on every level." ― Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
"Sexy, cunning and entertaining... this captivating follow up to Neon Gods will leave readers breathless." ―
"Katee Robert never misses. Steamy, sweet, and action-packed, ELECTRIC IDOL is an amazing second installment and cements Dark Olympus as one of my favorite romance series." ― Hannah Whitten, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
"Like an amusement-park ride through a new Olympus." ― Kirkus Reviews
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 18, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1728231760
- ISBN-13 : 978-1728231761
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.96 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall, this was a decent and entertaining read. It is dual POVs and has the marriage of convenience and I hate everyone but you trope.
This is the second book in the Dark Olympus series, so there are a lot of crossover characters and storylines. So I would recommend reading the prior book just for more context and backstory.
I also suggest checking the trigger warnings before reading as there are some sensitive and triggering content.
Unfortunately, the plot wasn’t the greatest to be honest. It was a bit lackluster as nothing really happens until the very end. Also, the entire storyline and romance all occur under 2 weeks, which was kind of funny.
There is a bit of repetitiveness as well and the world building was still confusing even with the constant explanation.
The relationship and romance between Eros and Psyche is definitely the main highlight of this book. Even though it was insta-love, they still had great chemistry, angst, banter and spice. The smut is really passionate and hot.
I did also like how there was low conflict between Eros and Psyche. All the drama and issues happened around their relationship.
The ending and epilogue was a nice conclusion and I am interested in continuing this series.
Overall, just an enjoyable and smutty read.
📚 𝗧𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲: Marriage of convenience, fantasy-ish romance.
📖 𝗦𝘆𝗻𝗼𝗽𝘀𝗶𝘀: Eros stumbles into a party bruised and bloody, and Psyche whisks him away to mend his wounds. What's meant as an innocent interaction turns into something more when the Olympus paparazzi catch together. Now the daughter of one of Olympus' scheming leaders and the son and fixer of the legendary Aphrodite have no choice but to marry.
🌟 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄: That's kind of a crap synopsis, but I don't want to give too much away.
Long story short, Electric Idol met every expectation I had and then some. All of the things we loved about Neon Gods was here... a strong (and plus-sized) female lead... a strikingly sexy and dark male lead... tension, suspense, you name it.
I loved going back to Olympus. I loved getting a taste of the mythological retelling the way Katee Robert excels at writing. But what I loved most about this is Eros. He fell for Psyche the minute they first interacted, and the entire book is basically him in his POV in love with every part of her - from her curves to her sharp mind. It's a solid 5 🌟 read again from me, and I can't wait to see where this series goes next.
🔮 𝗙𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘀𝘆 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝗲: Easy. You can read these as stories without the appreciation of the myths, and there's only light fantasy elements.
𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: 4/5 🌶🌶🌶🌶
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When I first started reading, I was surprised that Electric Idol was not a fictionalized retelling, but Katee had created her own world in which these characters appear.
And then I was heartily relieved.
I loved that this story was a fresh take on this "tale as old as time". I also appreciated that she chose to focus on the "monster" aspect of Eros. In the original tale, the Delphic Oracle tells Psyche's parents that her destined mate is wild and fierce and one of the dragon breed. Zeus fears him and even the River Styx quakes at the mention of his name. Most people fantasize Eros as this golden boy with wings and a bow, but his power could be terrifying and he did not use it for good in various instances. He was also immature, one tied to his mom - according to the Greeks and Romans of the later Greco-Roman periods. In the original tale, the focus is more of Psyche coming into her own as Soul (what her name means), although Eros does his own growing through the wound he receives from her. It was great to see a twist to the tale where it was Eros's growth that was the focus - from a wounded masculine to healthy lover.
I have a feeling that most people will mention the sex scenes - and they are great - but for me the true connection happens in the every day of them looking out for each other and with the other characters with whom they interact. Katee does a great job with these secondary characters, giving them flesh rather than them being two dimensional foils for the main characters.
This isn't my usual type of book, but I do try to read enough Eros and Psyche fiction to see what the modern take is. I personally think the tale was used to train Aphrodite's priestesses, before Apuleius and patriarchy got ahold of it, and would love a fictional telling of a woman journeying to become the "great and powerful Sorceress" that Aphrodite identifies Psyche as with the romance being secondary. That this Psyche already understood her power and wielded it with such finesse was awesome.
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Now, I did a stupid thing when I read Neon Gods and actually sandwiched that between the first and second books in the A Touch of Darkness series (don't do that. Trust me). Even though that was not my best decision, I can say that I adored Neon Gods with a very high interest in Persephone's sisters. So... I was extremely excited for Electric Idol and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT!
We follow Pysche (Persephone's sister) and Eros, Aphrodite's blade.
Pysche is everything I love in a female MC - ballsy, relatable and all around a bad ass - even if she's not a dagger toting badass.
Eros is... well, I want to first say that Eros is blonde. Stay with me though because you know what? Eros has CHANGED THE GAME in our morally grey favourite characters. Thank you, Eros, for helping me cease my quick judgements on blonde men in books. You have shown me the error of my ways.
The book is filled with the deception we know and love in Olympus, an extremely clever modern day build of the mythological world, fake marriage and more time with the Dimitriou women (if only we could get a Callisto story now?)
This is definitely a story I will be rereading.
I loved Psyche and Eros, her pragmatism and intelligence and his battle with his demons. Once again this heavily focused on just the 2 mc, with snippets of characters from Neon Gods.
I like that the tension in the book is from external events rather than self sabotage or miscommunication, makes for a much more enjoyable read.
I will definitely be picking up the next book, in fact I'm off to order it right now.
I honestly can’t praise this series high enough, I’m a massive Greek mythology fan and this series makes my childhood love of Percy Jackson look weak!
Eros is a dream and Psyche is an actual goddess! The “we have to marry so you’re safe” mixed with the “how could you ever love me” just hits right in the heart!!