Book Review

Calypso and Hades Sitting in a Tree . . .


AtoZ Mini Challenge #1 – a book told from the villain’s perspective.
The Sea Queen
by : Jovee Winters
Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Series: The Dark Queens #1
Publisher: FairyTale Publishing
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Genre: Mythology, Fairytales
Pages: 182
Audio Length: 5 hrs 43 mins
Format Read: Kindle with Whispersync
Source: Purchased
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Story: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Narration: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Calypso, Queen of the Seas, is mad. Spitting mad. Ghosts of the dead are fouling her waters. She wants the problem fixed, and she wants it fixed now. Rushing off in search of Hades, Lord of the Underworld, to demand answers, she’s soon shocked to discover him bound and standing trial before a jury of his peers.

Calypso normally despises the beastly gods, all of them, but there’s something about seeing Hades bound as he is that gives her an evilly clever idea. Tired of being a virgin queen, she wishes to shed that boring image once and for all, and no one seems quite as fit for the task as the gorgeous and brooding Hades. Of course, there is the minor problem of murder to deal with, but Calypso is bound and determined to have her way.

And when a dark queen gets an idea, nothing and no one can stand in her way . . .


As Aphrodite says, Calypso and Hades are definitely the new power couple!

I loved everything about this book! I picked it up because I needed a book told from the villain’s point of view (and because oh my, that cover is stunning!). Hades is always portrayed as a villain so I saw that as a safe bet. Then you have Calypso. The blurb, I thought, said that she was mad (as in cracker jacks). Well no, she was mad as in angry. Do I still think she’s a little cracked? Yea. But in an endearing way. Needless to say, she’s a dark queen so we’re sticking with her being the villain. Challenge #1 complete.

I fell in love with Caly and “Death Boy” almost immediately. Calypso is so adorably naive when it comes to all things human and love. Just listen to her talk. Half the time, she says the strangest things and it was hilarious!

“What a pretentious, pompous, a-hole bunch of poo-poo heads.”

giphy (12)

“Just thinking about Fish Butt made me feel ragey.”

giphy (13)

I rest my case.

I also loved the different twist on the Hades-Persephone myth. I can’t say much without spoilers but in this book, you get to see Persephone in a different light. There are always two sides to every story. Maybe, just maybe . . .

The narration! I can’t forget about that. Shiromi Arserio did a phenomenal job with this book! Though she didn’t really change her voice between Hades and Calypso, I never had any difficulty telling who was speaking. And to pull off a personality like Calypso’s so flawlessly takes extreme talent. I would eagerly read anything she narrated, even a pizza takeout menu.

I am eager to continue the series and meet some more Dark Queens 🙂


That’s all for today! One challenge down, one to go . . .



23 thoughts on “Calypso and Hades Sitting in a Tree . . .”

  1. This sounds like a great book and I’ve been craving some villian action lately! Went to Amazon and also discovered it was on freebie today 🙂 woot-woot!! Great Review and thanks for the recco!!!

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