Friday, September 28, 2012
Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GoodReads Synopsis: 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 Thoughts: I really liked where Bevis took the ancient Greek mythology. In Bevis’s world, the Gods that are still alive have mostly relocated to Athens, Georgia. The Gods that ran out of worshippers a long time ago, died. Those, like Demeter, who still have some priestesses and follows are still thriving in the current day and age.
Persephone is, of course, Demeter’s daughter. Persephone knows nothing about her mother’s Godliness. That is until Persephone’s powers start to come in and she becomes a beacon for other living Gods, like Boreas, the God of Winter, who wants to possess Persephone. It’s during one of these possession attempts that Persephone is saved by Hades and she discovers the truth of her lineage.
I loved that Hades is portrayed as a caring soul. He knows that most of the souls in his care are good folks and he wants them to have a happy afterlife. He is surrounded by friends who are more like family and they make Persephone feel welcome.
Persephone, for her age, is a reasonable and mature teenager. She didn’t whine and accepted what was going on very well. Once she understood her Godliness she accepted the responsibilities that came along with it. I guess I couldn’t help but like her.
This was a fun read with a quick pace. Easily devoured in one sitting. Bevis did leave us with a bit of a cliffhanger so I will be looking for another installment, not only for the resolution but also because I genuinely like her characters. Especially Hades.
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