Sunday, February 24, 2013

Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis

Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis
Release Date: July 6, 2012
Publisher: Musa Publishing

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.  -

At last!!  This is my favorite of the Greek mythology stories.  Hades is my favorite Greek god, and this story was one that I have ALWAYS wanted to see retold as a romantic story.  I've seen a couple other books that came close, but this one, this one hit the mark perfectly.  What I liked about it the most compared to other retellings was that it kept very closely to the actual Greek myth, while still being a retelling set more in the modern world.  It didn't veer too much.

Hades was represented exactly how I imagined him.  I've always kind of seen Hades as very misunderstood, kinda roped into being the god of the Underworld, but someone who is lonely, but sexy!  Someone that needs and deserves some romance in his life, and a good woman by his side. And this Hades was exactly that!

Persephone was a perfect compliment to him.  She's got a great personality, and softens his edges a little bit, while still having some spunk of her own.  I love her inclusion in the underworld, as she brings life to what should be a dead and lifeless sort of place.  And this is exactly what she does for Hades as well.

I loved how the author weaved the actual myth into contemporary times and made it seem so seamless, like that's exactly the moment in time that the myth actually occurred.  It seemed perfectly natural and comfortable.

The writing was engaging and fast paced.  I literally flew through the pages and devoured this book.  The external dangers added some great suspense, and there was definitely a twist or two in there that I really didn't expect.  I loved, loved, loved this book!

A big, heartfelt thank-you to the author for reading my blog, seeing that her book was on my Christmas wish list, and offering me a copy.  It made my Christmas, and I am so happy to have read.  It was perfect.  I have already marked the next book in this series and can't wait to read it!


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