There are worse things than death, worse people too.
The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.
Kaitlin Bevis’ Persephone, is the first book of the Daughters of Zeus trilogy. Persephone was refreshing, youthful and was steeped in Greek mythology. Bevis did an exceptional job at balancing the historical elements of Greek mythology with modern young-adult romance.
The book is told from Persephone’s, also known as Kora, perspective. Persephone is an everyday high-school student who quickly discovers the truth about her familial lineage and her ties to the supernatural world. Persephone is portrayed as an independent young woman who fully embraces challenges thrown her way ranging from discovering her ties to the Gods, adapting to the Underworld life, developing and maintaining her friendship groups, deciphering her attraction to Hades, while fighting off attacks from Boreas the God of Winter. All in all, Persephone is pretty kickass.
I have read a fair few reinterpretations of the Hades & Persephone story; however, Bevis’ version is by far my favorite one in the Young Adult category! The relationship between Hades and Persephone was sweet, realistically (…well as realistic as a paranormal novel can get) developed and paced. Despite the obvious biological age between the two characters, Hades and Persephone’s relationship is kind, witty and endearing. There were numerous moments where I found myself "squeeing" from the tenderness of their relationship. The book is well written and well researched and free of any typographical errors.
I became so addicted to the Daughters of Zeus’ series that I am now on the third book in the series, The Iron Queen. Needless to say, I loved Bevis’s Persephone!
Ladies and gentlemen -run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore for your personal copy of Persephone!
Reviewed by Tiffany for YA Book Addict