Series: Daughters of Zeus ~~ Release Date: 07/6/2012
FTC Disclosure: I accepted this e-book free of charge from the author and received no compensation for my 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.
I received a review request from the author, Kaitlin Bevis, and decided to read and review Persephone. I enjoy stories related to myths, especially Hades related ones. It took my a long while to finally get around to reading it, but I was glad once I did.
The writing felt a little weak in the beginning, but after a couple chapters everything settled and I was completely pulled into the story. There was the right mix of emotion, description, and action, meaning I read through the book pretty quickly.
The real-world setting wasn't that interesting (except the flower shop - I love flower shops so maybe this is just a me thing), but once we got down into the Underworld, I loved it. Seeing the Underworld through Persephone's eyes and learning how Hades rules it was different from what I expected and it was cool and interesting.
For the most part, Persephone does not take crap from anyone. She's stuck in a weird situation and resents it but tries to make the best of it, but she is no doormat and I loved that about her. I enjoyed her drive to find the truth and fix her broken world.
Hades was a nice surprise. I was afraid the marrying-Persephone-without-her-consent bit meant Hades was going to be your typical old-world misogynist or something of that nature, the the opposite was true. I liked how, despite seemingly starting to have feelings for Persephone, he tries to keep his distance because in his view, despite being a goddess, Persephone has only lived for sixteen years, and I appreciated that. Persephone doesn't start to fall for him until she see's what kind of person he is which was a nice change from a lot of YA.
I loved the secondary characters that populated the underworld, especially Cassandra. They all seemed to be fully fleshed out and had different jobs and roles to play in the "life" of the Underworld. Persephone's mom, Demeter, was a bit of a pickle for me. She obviously loved her daughter but she was the secret-keeping kind. I enjoyed the tension the mother-daughter relationship brought to the story.
Boreas was a class-A creep. His past was completely cringe-inducing and I don't even like thinking of him now.
The only thing slightly off about this story, besides the bumps-in-the-road I mentioned before, was the end of the book. The resolution felt too quick and easy for how dastardly the villain was.
Despite a couple hiccups, Persephone enthralled me and had me dying to spend more time with the characters. After finishing this book, I immediately went and bought the second book, Daughter of Earth and Sky, and read it in a day. If you love myths and strong heroines, this book (and series) is for you.