Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1) by Kaitlin Bevis
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.
Persephone is the first retelling novel I have read about Greek Mythology (I do plan to read more). I took a Greek Myth course in university and found it extremely interesting. So, when I got asked if I wanted to read this novel, I jumped at the chance. I thought that it was very well done. It’s a modern retelling of the myth of Persephone and Hades. Bevis did a good job in retelling this story, while adding modern elements and new twists on the old myth.
Persephone is a sixteen-year-old girl, who was raised as a normal human being, never having any clue as to who (or what) she really is. She notices differences in herself compared to the other kids at her school, but never thinks much of it — other than her fear that she is going crazy. Then, a certain encounter changes everything and forces her mother to tell Persephone who she really is. She spends the rest of the novel discovering her new-found self, in foreign surroundings, and has to overcome a huge challenge. I thought Persephone was a very likeable character. She is represented very realistically, for a non-realistic story. It is easy to relate to her through everything she goes through in the novel.
Hades wasn’t as developed as I would have liked. I have rather mixed feelings about his character and I feel that I don’t really know who he truly is. I also wasn’t really feeling a connection between Hades and Persephone, even though there was supposed to be one.
The writing was good. Not completely captivating until about 70% through the novel. I was actually a bit bored with the first 70% of the book. But, then, I really enjoyed the ending.
I would recommend Persephone to fans of Greek Mythology. It did the original myths justice. Just get through the first bit and the ending is worth it. I do plan on reading the second of the series, Daughter of the Earth and Sky, because I am curious as to what will happen.