Friday, April 26, 2013

Book Review: Daughter of the Earth and Sky (Daughters of Zeus #2) by: Kaitlin Bevis

Release Date: December 21, 2012
from Musa Publishing
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchanfe for a fair and honest review. 
"Some vows can never be broken.

Persephone thought she could go back to her normal life after returning from the Underworld. She was wrong.
The goddess Aphrodite is born among the waves with more charm than she can control. Zeus is stalking Persephone and her loved ones, and Thanatos is no longer content with Persephone’s silence.

He wants her soul.

Persephone can’t tell anyone about Thanatos’ betrayal, and it drives a wedge between her and Hades. Her mother is still keeping secrets, and Melissa’s jealousy of Aphrodite threatens to tear their friendship apart.
Alone, Persephone turns to a human boy for comfort. But will their relationship put him in danger?
Sacrifices must be made, and Persephone must choose between her human life and her responsibilities as a goddess. If she doesn’t, she could lose them both.
But will either life be worth choosing once Zeus is through with her?"

My Thoughts:

“I need to punch something.” That was my first thought upon finishing this book. The book is great and addictive, but damn if it didn’t have some very frustrating moments. There were a lot of moments where I really just wanted to hit something. 

I’m going to start with the things that bugged me and then move on to the things I loved. This was a very very frustrating read. Persephone spends a good portion of the book on the outs with Hades because of this secret she can’t tell him. It was valid, but like I said, frustrating. Then we had the emergence of a human boy into the mix. We all know how picky I am with my love triangles and this one in particular annoyed me because she clearly didn’t like that boy. I will admit that everything is explained in the end, but once again, frustrating. I was frustrated with Hades and Persephone dancing around each other. There were just so many moments where I literally picked up my iPad and started shaking it in the hopes that I was also shaking some sense into the characters. I wasn’t, apparently it doesn’t work like that. But most of all, I was frustrated with the end, mostly because it wasn’t an end. There is a difference between a cliffhanger and stopping the book in the middle of a chapter. This felt like it ended in the middle of a chapter and damn I wanted more! 

With all of that being said, I absolutely loved this book. In the end, I ate up all the frustrating drama and kept turning page after page devouring this book. I loved watching Persephone come into her own and become a truly strong and powerful goddess, despite everything going wrong. 

Then there is Hades, and guys, I have seriously fallen hard for the Lord of the Underworld. I have never seen Hades portrayed in such a darkly appealing light and I just love it. I love his personality and his dark charm and the way he clearly adores Persephone. I just want him in every chapter and on every page because I cannot get enough of him. 

Kaitlin Bevis has taken the well-known Hades and Persephone myth and made it her own. She has taken this myth and crafted it into a beautiful love story that you will wholeheartedly root for from beginning to end. Despite all the taboos and reasons it probably shouldn’t work, you will want it to work and will not accept anything less. I am a sucker for anything with Greek mythology, however so many times I am disappointed by the adaptation or retelling. That is not the case here and this is honestly one of the best twists on Greek mythology I have ever read. 

Overall, Daughter of the Earth and Sky is a fantastic read, despite all my grumbling. The story is addictive and refreshing and I loved every single minute of it, even the minutes I spent shaking my iPad.



5 comments:

  1. Hades sounds like a character I would fall for too. The triangle does sound frustrating though.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  2. Sounds like this is a series to read! Love the cover too!

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  3. Oh no, love triangles irk me! I'm sure I'd be Team Hades though, from the sounds of it :-)

    Lovely review, glad you enjoyed it despite wanting to punch something. :-)

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  4. Thorough and informative review. Lol I love the last sentence! I read ebooks on my iPad too, and there are times I do some interesting things to it while reading to say the least! Books that confuse your emotions annoy me. Although, if it's really fantastic, I want to read it! Thanks again for the review!

    Marie @ Marie's Bookworm Blog
    http://www.mariesbookwormblog.blogspot.com

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  5. Ok, Teresa, as soon as I saw Zeus in the title, I was like "I'm gonna love this". After reading your review, I'm a little leery. But since you loved it overall and your iPad survived ;) I'll give this one a shot. I'm especially intrigued by the author making the myth her own. Thanks for sharing! :)

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