Sunday, 3 March 2013

Review: Persephone 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.

You guys should already know how much I love Greek mythology. That being said, of course I loved Persephone! I've read a retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth before, in the Abandon series by Meg Cabot, but this one's very different because it features the actual gods! I got into this book right from the start, and finished it within a day since I just couldn't seem to put it down.

Persephone doesn't know she's a goddess. She goes by the name Kora, which is her middle name and which of course sounds a lot more normal than Persephone. But she knows she's not normal. She hears things that no one else seems to. Plus, her senses are a lot stronger than that of mere humans. When weird things start happening to her, she begins to question who she really is, and what her mother's been hiding from her all her life.

I liked the premise of this book, the fact that gods can still be born in the world. The usual Greek mythology has a twist in this book, which is that Persephone is the daughter of Zeus.  This fact alone puts her in danger, because she's exceptionally powerful. Boreas, the god of Winter, makes several attempts to kidnap her. Hades, however, manages to rescue Persephone and takes her to the Underworld to keep her safe. But is she truly safe down there?

Persephone is an awesome and kick-ass protagonist. She's tough and feisty, and never backs down. She even willingly puts herself in danger to save people she cares about, which shows just how compassionate and selfless she is. Persephone is initially numb with shock when she finds out she's a goddess. Who wouldn't be? But it was admirable how fast she adapted to her changing life. She has amazing courage, and an incredibly open and warm heart. She wants to save everyone who gets sent to the Underworld, and even though it's irrational, she truly wants to help them. Unfortunately, her stubborn desire to see the good in others ultimately leads to harm. Persephone is impulsive and rash, too, and that's what I love most about her. Her decisions are made from her heart, and that's what convinces her that they are the right ones. She sees the good in Hades, and how much her cares for her, and no wonder he fell for her the moment he met her.

Hades is freaking epic. He's definitely the broody type, so I loved how Persephone could so easily push his buttons. Even though he seems stoic on the outside, he's in fact very afraid for Persephone, and cares for her a lot. He's so protective of her, and so comforting when she needs him to be. He's even honourable! He doesn't want to start a relationship with Persephone because she's apparently eons younger than him, and he feels like he's taking advantage of her. Thank goodness Persephone manages to change his centuries-old views! Hades isn't at all like the one in the original myths. He's not evil at all. Yeah, he's dark, but he's the god of the Underworld. He's supposed to be dark. He's very fair, though. He has a good sense of right and wrong, and he won't tolerate anyone who tries to harm Persephone. 

The ending is a cliffhanger, and it made me pick up the sequel, Daughter of the Earth and Sky, immediately. Seriously, I spent my Saturday reading this book and then my Sunday reading the sequel. Kaitlin Bevis has put an awesome twist on the Hades and Persephone myth - the gods can't lie! Yeah, that fact is the basis for a lot of interesting this in this novel! I loved pretty much everything about Persephone - the characters, the heart-warming romance, the action, the revelations. Fans of Greek mythology, you will love this one!

*Thank you to Kaitlin Bevis for providing me with a copy for review*

Rating: 4/5

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