Persephone By: Kaitlin Bevis

Persephone is part of a new series by Kaitlin Bevis called The Daughter of Zeus series. It’s a modern retelling of the famous mythology, Persephone and Hades. In this retelling, Persephone is a teen just about to graduate from high school, with no idea who or what she really is; until strange things start to happen when she turns seventeen. All of a sudden she finds herself in a world of good and evil, and gods and goddess’. She learns that she isn’t human; she’s actually a rare daughter of Zeus. Zeus, along with other famous gods and goddess’, is now long dead and this makes her that much rarer. Unfortunately, because of her rare goddess status, she is being hunted down by a brutal god of winter, Boreas. Her mother, whom she discovers to be the goddess of agriculture, Demeter, tries to whisk her away and in order to save Persephone but Boreas traps her and in order to save her she has to hide in the Underworld until springtime.

Once in the Underworld, Persephone learns not only about herself, her upside down world and her goddess abilities; but she also learns that her protector, who saved her from becoming Boreas’ victim, isn’t a blue haired, dark and evil bad guy who hates his Underworld like in the Disney movie… In fact, Hade’s is a very handsome, god of the dead who is a fair and just ruler of souls… with an extremely sassy and sometimes slightly dark side but hey he has to deal with the dead right? Unfortunately, while being saved by Hades was great because she gets to live another day not as a victim in an icicle, she discovers that the only way she can go from Earth to Underworld and vice versa, is being automatically married to the god of the dead, Hades and becoming the Queen of the Underworld.

First she finds out she’s a goddess, then she is pursued by an ice-god, and now she is married to a guy who rules the dead where she is also now Queen… needless to say Persephone was more than a little frantic to discover how upside down her world had become. I think that’s one of the reason’s I liked this book so much, Persephone had so much thrown at her and instead of being, “oh cool I’m a goddess!” she did what a normal girl would do. She freaked out! It was so easy to latch on to her character because she thought very much the same way a normal person would. She had ups and downs (sometimes her emotions were too bipolar like, but it wasn’t enough to make me hate the book) and it was easy to feel the situation.

Needless to say, I loved this book. I love Greek Mythology, and I was happy to find that this love story wasn’t a fast, immediate love story. It was slow and incredibly written because in reality Persephone is 17 years old, Hades is hundreds and hundreds of years old. Kaitlin Bevis wrote in a way that acknowledged the age-difference. She talked about it and didn’t try to hide it like some books, *cough* cough* Twilight *cough* *cough*. There was no excessive PDA in the book; it focused primarily on the growing plot of Persephone being in danger. The side characters were lovable and so fun to read BUT I’m not going into the side characters- you have to read the book to know! 🙂

As I said earlier, this is book one in a series so the ending ends more on a cliffhanger (though not like Rick Riordan!) and she’s also a newer writer. Because of this there are parts of the book that go super-fast, or super slow. Sometimes the dialog could be better and sometimes the events seemed rushed. However, because I enjoyed this book so much I let it slide. I’d love to know your views on it though!

I’d recommend this book to anyone really. There was some mild swearing but it was very, very little. And if you enjoy fairytales/mythologies, and like books that are retellings of Greek mythology or fairytales I believe you’d enjoy this book. This book is a fast, easy and fun read and I’m sure you’ll fly through the pages. This isn’t a thinking book so much as a relaxing sit down and read book.  Overall, and probably because I’m slightly biased by my new found love for this book, I give Persephone 4 out of 5 stars! The next two books in the series are Daughter of Earth and Sky and The Iron Queen. Each sounds good and I’ll probably read them too! 🙂

If you’ve read this book before, or you end up reading this book please let me know! I’m extremely curious what others think about this retelling. And of course if you have book recommendations please send them my way! 🙂 I’m always interested in new stories!

Makayla

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