Friday, August 30, 2013

Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1)

By Kaitlin Bevis

About Persephone (from Goodreads):
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.

Review:
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I received Persephone, I wasn't able to read it right away. Blog tours and life (ahem, a wreck that totaled my car), had kept me busy. When I was able to breathe again, I began Kaitlin Bevis' story and I was quickly drawn in. I regretted not starting it sooner, but was glad that I was able to give it the attention it deserves.

Basically, Persephone is a modern day twist on that Greek myth. The myth says that Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and forced to be his wife, thus becoming queen of the underworld. So of course you think, "Boo Hades! How dare you kidnap a girl and force her to be with you!" Kailin Bevis, however, took this story and flipped it on its head. Instead of making Hades out as the villan, he actually becomes the hero.

I absolutely love Hades' character. Forget everything you think Hades would and should be. Revis portrays him as a caring a nurturing god who honestly looks after his souls. He's not mad about being king of the underworld, but has embraced his role.

The world that Bevis creates is believable and well planned out. I could easily see the different sections of the underworld including the various rivers. The setting is where a fantasy writer can easily get it wrong and leave the story as a 2-D shell. Bevis got it right though! Her world was created in High-Def 3D.  I actually wanted to take a trip down and visit certain parts.

Although the book is geared to young adults and teens, adults who pick up the book will enjoy it as well.  It is very age appropriate. There isn't a lot of violence and not much romance--although Bevis does a great job of capturing the chemistry between Hades and Persephone. If you like any sort of mythology, then you should pick up this book!

About Persephone's world (quotes from the book):

"Oh, we're very good at misleading. We just can't speak words that aren't true. It could unravel all of creation." --Hades

"Just get him started on what he thinks is best for the souls. He's all about making everyone feel right at home. Oh gods! He reads these stupid psychology books and just spouts off random psych-babble. It's awful!" --Cassandra (talking about Hades)

I'd followed in the footsteps of the dead, befriended a prophet, been attacked by a snowstorm, married the King of the Underworld, found out I was a goddess, and stabbed a guy with a pen all in one afternoon. I was terrified of what tomorrow might bring.  --Persephone

"...Families think they know what's best for you. Your friends let you figure that out for yourself." --Hades

"I'm a god. I don't have to rule through fear or intimidation. That's a mortal weakness." --Hades

About author Kaitlin Bevis:
 I spent my childhood curled up with a book, and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with me, I rewrote it. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I spent high school and college learning everything I could so that one day I could achieve that goal. I graduated college with my BFA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and am pursuing my masters at the University of Georgia.

My young adult fiction novel “Persephone,” will be released this summer. I also write for Athens Parent Magazine, and truuconfessions.com. I have also published several short stories, my latest, Siren Song, is available on amazon.com.

Want to find out more? Check out the Persephone book trailer!