ARC Review: Gilded Ruins (Blinding Night #2) by Chantal Gadoury

I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Gilded Ruins picks up right after the ending of Blinding Night. Darce and Summer are preparing to go to Mount Olympus after Zeus summons Summer due to Minthe’s treachery. On their way to Olympus, plans change and they’re summoned to Poseidon’s yacht. As Summer’s reluctant reunion with her mother looms closer, she finds herself staying closer to her allies from the Underworld.

This duology was enjoyable and I did like this continuation. The best part of this book is Summer meeting all the various gods and goddesses. But my favorite was Aphrodite! Aphrodite is non-binary, because LOVE IS GENDERLESS and wow if I don’t stand for that. Best part of the book was Summer meeting them and getting to bond with them.

A couple things didn’t really work for me though. First off, Summer is constantly warned not to trust anyone, but as soon as Eros and Aphrodite introduce themselves, Summer almost instantly trusts them. Which like?? Girl you need to be more wary. The pacing of this story was also off for me. At times, it moved too slowly and then the whole ending was really rushed. So many things happened near the end that were confusing, so I was constantly squinting at the book trying to figure out what the hells had even happened or why characters were doing what they did.

The very ending especially confused me. I don’t understand how really any of it made sense to Summer and how it was all resolved. I don’t want to give any spoilers so I’m being intentionally vague. I think I expected more of the Persephone storyline and more about her powers/Summer finding a way to get them back herself. This was a little too damsel in distress for me.

I wanted to love this story so much, but it was just okay/good. If you enjoy Greek mythology, you should give Blinding Night a chance!

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