Radiant Sin by Katee Robert
Published: February 7, 2023
On one condition: when it’s all over, and Apollo has the ammunition he needs to protect Olympus, she and her sister will be allowed to leave. For good.
Apollo may be the city’s official spymaster, but it’s his ability to inspire others that keeps him at the top. Despite what the rest of Olympus says, there’s no one he trusts more than Cassandra. Yet even as their fake relationship takes a wicked turn for the scaldingly hot, a very real danger surfaces… threatening not only Cassandra and Apollo, but the very heart of Olympus itself.
I can’t get enough of this series. I don’t understand how it has a chokehold on me, but it does.
I got a little nervous diving into this after Wicked Beauty, I didn’t love it as much as Neon Gods or Electric Idol. But this has turned my hesitation around. Now, I want to preface with this review with if you read this you might not be completely impressed by some of the plot or the writing but I think after reading most of the Dark Olympus series, you’ll come to find out Katee Robert writes her books with pretty fast pace, and not a lot of room for tons of things like world building, above and beyond writing etc. These are really enjoyable reads but if you’re looking for more in depth Greek mythology plot and super in-depth characters…go somewhere else. Speaking of which…
HECK YES CASSANDRA. Gah, first of all, I debated naming my daughter Cassandra for a hot minute, but ended up choosing Daphne. I’m living for the fact that a lot of Romance authors are bringing representation to the more curvy girls out there. So far this year I’ve read two books with a curvier main character and I am LIVING for it. The fact that Cassandra just owns herself, I love it. And I have to say, I kind of have a soft spot for Apollo after reading this book, he’s nothing like the rest of the Thirteen (except Hades) and it made me happy, I liked seeing someone who wasn’t all snooty and just hard to care about. But I think overall Apollo and Cassandra might be my second favorite couple after Hades and Persephone.
I have to say plot was…eh okay. I really wish the spymaster role for Apollo came more into play and he actually kind of fit his role rather than making a nod to the fact he rather would’ve been Hephaestus because the rest of the book I just kind of wished he just was Hephaestus instead, he could’ve totally been like a Bruce Banner/Batman type of guy. The other problem I had was that this whole plot was kind of a who-dun-it/party lock-in type of plot but you already knew who was behind everything and it was just trying to figure out motive, which kind of ruined it for me. If it was more-so a who-dun-it and why all wrapped together I’d be more intrigued.
Overall, this book redeemed my faith in the Dark Olympus series, I’ll be continuing on with it. I do believe the next book is Aphrodite’s book. And I enjoyed it, it was an easy read, a bit spicy per usual, and just really entertaining in my eyes. If you’re familiar with Dark Olympus, I’d say this book will probably be an enjoyable one for you.
Rating: 3.25/5 Stars
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