Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review: Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1) by: Kaitlin Bevis

Release Date: July 6, 2012 from Musa Publishing
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
"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."

My Thoughts:

I don’t think it is a secret that I am a sucker for anything with Greek mythology in it and I take a special liking to the Persephone and Hades myth. So it is really no surprise that I would be drawn to this book. I love a good twist on a great Greek myth and that is exactly what Persephone is. 

Here is the premise. Imagine Persephone wasn’t born back in the time of the Greek gods but in modern day. That is this story and it made for a great one. Persephone has grown up not knowing she is a goddess and naturally this leads to some problems when she finds out. Persephone is the first goddess to come into existence in thousands of years, and this makes her a target. All of this leads to a really great story that weaves in all the important parts of the Persephone myth. 

We have always been led to believe that Hades is this truly dark, terrifying, and evil guy, but somehow Kaitlin made him appealing. Who knew I could fall head over heels for Hades? But I did. Hades is not simply evil but compassionate and strong and caring as well. Of course he has a dark side and boy does he have a temper, but that is not his only side. Kaitlin took a character that everyone normally fears and twisted him into a dark hero, a swoony dark hero. I loved this take on Hades. 

The plot in Persephone is at times predictable, but that it to be expected with a book that is retelling a well-known myth. However, there was still a lot about the story that caught me off guard. There are some twists and turns in there that will shock you. This holds true especially with the ending. I was left dying for more of the story and I cannot see where this is going to go next. 

As I said before, I love Greek mythology and the author did a great job weaving it into the story. With most mythological stories, the gods are hiding and although not everyone believes in them anymore, they have not gone away. But this story, while yes the gods are hiding, not all the myths we have come to know have happened yet. For example, Orpheus makes a cameo during the book. The Greek myths are not a thing of the past that the author is building on; she is literally weaving them into the plot. 

All in all, Persephone is a really enjoyable read, especially for mythology fans!


  1. Oooh, I haven't heard of this one before and the cover is gorgeous; totally caught my eye!

    And Greek mythology? Yes, please!

    I hear you on the whole retelling thing and the plot being predictable, so true!

    I'm glad you enjoyed it! Awesome review, Teresa! :)

  2. Awesome review! I loved this one too! Persephone and Hades myths are totally my weak spot, and this one rocks! Hades is kind of a dark, sweet hottie! LOL!

    I hope you like the second book too. :) I personally didn't like it quite as much, which was a bummer, but some people like it even more! I hope you're one of them!

  3. I love Greek Mythology!!! I'm excited that it's a good twist to a myth! I'm glad that even though it had some predictability but was still able to surprise you. Oh my and she's weaving the gods into the plot, I like!!

    Great review!!! I'm going to have to give this one a try!

  4. Glad she was able to weave the mythology in and make it her own. I like the sound of Hadies in this one.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. I like Greek myth, too. I've read so many, though, that I've stepped back. I'm glad you liked this. Hades sounds yummy!

  6. I definitely need to read this one, too. I like that, while some things were predictable, there were still twists and turns as well. That's hard to do when telling a well-known mythology story. Hades sounds delicious - of course, I've always thought he was ;) I like the cover, too! So glad you enjoyed this one! Awesome review, lovely!

    1. Haha Hades is such a dark but intriguing character. Poor guy got stuck in the underworld, I'd be a bit grumpy too!

  7. I love mythology! I hadn't heard of this one but will definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing it!

  8. Oh, I really like the cover to this one! I seriously need to read more Myth books bc I love them so much and have been slacking in that dept. And a "swoony dark hero"? I must know more! i am getting a bit tired of all the P&H retellings though, but glad to know this one is a bit different. Great review!

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  9. This is my first time hearing of this one. D: But I really like the sound of the story. Plus, I LOVE greek myth too. And Hades and Persephone are especially my opinion. Their story just makes for an interesting book. I really like the sound of the characters too, especially the "modern" Persephone. I will definitely be checking this out! :)

    Lovely review, Teresa! Glad you enjoyed this! :)

    ~ Maida


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