Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book Review: Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis

Goodreads summary:

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 review:

What a fun read!  I thoroughly enjoyed Persephone.  While a lot of books based on Greek mythology can be melodramatic and/or depressing, Persephone is instead a lighthearted, refreshing take on the classic myth.  It reminded me a bit of the Percy Jackson books at times!

The main character Persephone is a great narrator.  She has a very real voice and is just your ordinary teenager...until she finds out she's a goddess!  I enjoyed watching her discover that she's a goddess, and I also thought her reaction to this news was really fitting and realistic.  It's easy to feel sympathetic to her and get caught up in her story.

I also liked Hades's character.  He's different than the typical Hades in Greek mythology stories; he's not as moody or prone to getting angry, as in some books I've read.  Instead, he's a lot more understanding and kinder than I'd expected.  I really liked this!  It made him stick out as a character - he was a great cross between a powerful god and a sweet guy.

And yay, there's no insta-love!  The romance develops at a longer pace, and I liked the way Hades and Persephone's relationship grew over time.  The plot is fast-paced and has many fun twists and turns.  The ending was especially exciting - lots of action scenes!

Persepone was an interesting read that I'd definitely recommend to fans of Greek mythology!

* I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks!

My rating:  7 out of 10, or 3.5 stars

~ The Bookworm

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