Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Daughter of the Earth and Sky by Kaitlin Bevis

Daughter of the Earth and Sky by Kaitlin Bevis
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Publisher: Musa Publishing

Some vows can never be broken.  Persephone thought she could go back to her normal life after returning from the Underworld. She was wrong.
The goddess Aphrodite is born among the waves with more charm than she can control. Zeus is stalking Persephone and her loved ones, and Thanatos is no longer content with Persephone’s silence.  He wants her soul.  Persephone can’t tell anyone about Thanatos’ betrayal, and it drives a wedge between her and Hades. Her mother is still keeping secrets, and Melissa’s jealousy of Aphrodite threatens to tear their friendship apart.  Alone, Persephone turns to a human boy for comfort. But will their relationship put him in danger?  Sacrifices must be made, and Persephone must choose between her human life and her responsibilities as a goddess. If she doesn’t, she could lose them both.  But will either life be worth choosing once Zeus is through with her?  - Goodreads.com

Love it, love it, love it!  What an excellent second installment to this great new series.  I absolutely adored the first book, Persephone, and this one definitely lived up to the original, and even amped things up even further!

The characters are amazing. I love Persephone.  This is such a brave girl, especially considering how disconnected she is from everyone in her life in this story.  She's back up on the surface, and it seems that everyone she thought she could count on is either leaving her or otherwise letting her down.  She was so alone in this story, and it really just made you feel so bad for her, and to want to comfort her.  Don't get me wrong...Hades is in this story, but there are times when she has to go it alone, and it's kind of heartbreaking.

Hades is just as dark and mysterious and bad ass as ever, with a strong streak of loving gentleness to him that just makes him awesome.  You just have to love this guy.  He loves her but is having issues with it due to her age and other factors.  When these two are together, it's magic and romantic.  I love their scenes together.

The action was definitely awakened further in this story.  There are betrayals and lies, of course, but it was so sad that she had to keep such a secret from Hades even though she wanted so badly to tell him.

This story had one heck of a mean twist to it that I did not expect at all.  Wow.  I totally did not see that one coming, but at the same time, I wasn't surprised.  Sort of a cliffhanger that had me begging for me.  The writing was great, the tension between the lead characters was romantic, the pacing was perfect...the whole book was just wonderful and I can't wait for the next installment!


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