Is the Sequel to Neon Gods as Good as the First? (Electric Idol Review)

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an eARC to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: It really is.

// Content Warning: violence, death (mention), fatphobia, child abuse //

Release Date: 1/18/2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Page Count: 384

Electric Idol is a retelling of the story of Psyche and Eros, in a modern setting. Eros is Aphrodite’s fixer, there to get rid of anyone she deems a problem. Psyche is Demeter’s daughter and the current target of Aphrodite’s anger. When Aphrodite sends Eros after Psyche’s heart, he and Psyche need to find a way for both of them to survive the encounter, and everything that comes after.

I finished this book in one day, it was so addictive.

Electric Idol takes place in the same world as Neon Gods, this time following Persephone’s sister Psyche, and Aphrodite’s son Eros. I have always been a fan of the myth of Eros and Psyche, so I was excited to see Katee Robert’s interpretation, and I ended up really loving it.

The characters are perhaps my favorite part. Psyche is a plus-sized social media influencer, who understands how to play Olympus’s power games while still remaining a good person in her heart. Eros is Aphrodite’s fixer, forced to do her dirty work, and believes himself to be a monster. Their dynamic was so fun to read. They begin as enemies, forced into a marriage of convenience, and I loved watching them fall for each other.

The world-building is slightly expanded on from Neon Gods, but it’s still fairly vague. That said, it wasn’t vague enough to bother .me. I understood everything I needed to for the plot. The plot itself is fast-paced, with action and political intrigue mixed into the romance. There were some points where I felt we moved a little too fast, especially towards the end, but it didn’t take away too much from those scenes.

In the end, Electric Idol is an incredibly fun read, perfect for fans of romance and Greek mythology. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

What’s your favorite Greek myth?

- cait

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