Summary via 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.”
Gushing point of review. I loved it. I have been wanting to try out the whole Greek Gods retellings and i tried the Goddess Test but i just wasn’t interested in it. So when i found this little treasure i was beyond excited! I read this in less than a day, sooo good. Okay now for the actual reviewin’.
The story starts off strong, and right off the bat there is something unique about Kora (its her middle name – and i first i was like…well okay i enjoy the fact that you are changing the names but why name the book Persephone? to get the point across?) well anyways it is quickly redeemed. The reason wasn’t quite clear other than one guy – who should have pronounced it correctly didn’t. Anywhos, its not one of those stories that gives you a lot of time to process the news that she gets. She is actually a Goddess, she is the Goddess Persephone, with a twist if you know your Greek mythology. And i know it pretty well but its been awhile and things get jumbled and mixed, anyways…I liked that it wasn’t like oh your are Persephone reincarnated or anything like that. So story starts off strong and remains that way – in a totally good way. The only times i felt overwhelmed with too much info to fast was my own doing by trying to think about what i remembered from my own research or from what i learned in school about Gods/Goddesses. The story is a great mix of good pacing (can’t put it down, because something is always happening – not always like action-y packed but something interesting) and a good at not overwhelming the reader with too much info far to fast, to the point you want to put the book down walk away think about it for a while then come back. So that is the plot. I can’t go into specifics really because i don’t do spoilers and i would be scared to reveal something i don’t want to.
Okay, i think this is the first book in awhile that i have had that hasn’t had an overwhelming amount of main characters – which is fine but it also nice having to only focus on so many people – There were in my opinion, two superly important characters, and the others were minors so for minors i am going to a combined review.
Minors..including: A bunch of Gods from the Underworld, Cassandra, Helen, Persephone’s mom Demeter, and also Melissa – Persephone’s best friend: They were all very well developed and as the Underworlders could have become all the same dark characters they didn’t they had their own personalities and quite a few surprises that i didn’t even catch onto. Well done Kaitlin Bevis because i usually catch on to things. Anyways moving on from that little thought. Each character was respect and when i say that i mean, again they didn’t start blending into each other ( and i say this a lot). Individuality in characters can be hard but i really thought that each character shone in their own time, within their own scenes.
So now for Persephone: She was a great main character. I enjoyed reading the story from her point of view. She was the nice mix of compassionate, loving, and not a push over. She stuck up to Hades the God of the Underworld. Anyways, she was brave, and wise for her age. Its commented a lot from other characters *cough cough Hades cough cough* that she was too young, that she was still a child. Well let me tell you for a 16 year old she was ridiculously mature and i really appreciated that. She thought things through, and understood the dangers that she was faced with. She realized that at 5 feet tall and just emerging into her Goddess powers that she needed to take control of her defenses. She demands to be trained and I respect that she doesn’t want to just sit around waiting. She embraces the life that she is thrown into, but she also does have her moments when she has semi-melt downs and you know what? i loved it. Because when i read books and the character finds out that their entire life was a lie or close to and they accept no problems, no questions asked… i think to myself… really? you just accept that? i would be at least a little upset about it. i know we need to get the story moving but incorporate it into the story, like Bevis did. And she did it well i didn’t hate Persephone for being upset i understood, i can’t say i relate but i thought it was more believable but she didn’t spend have the book fighting it, she had moments, which leads me back to how wise and mature i think she is for her age. Okay moving on now.
Hades. Wow. Not what i expected. Not at all. And that is a totally amazingly good thing. The original myth if you don’t know it was a tad more violent, and when i say a tad i mean a lot. And i understand we can’t have that, not in a story like this but still his character shocked me. i think that i am in love…granted it happens a lot but a lot times its infatuation – yeah i am not crazy i promise…just strange – anyways. He was an awesome character but i really don’t want to go into much about because i want you as a reader to go into this discovering him for yourselves. I think he is a good reason if you are on the fence about this book to push you on the side of reading it. Really i think that this whole story is enough to throw you across the edge and so far in it would take months to get back to the fence. just saying.
The ending. Well i suppose – and i am not really sure how you can hate this story that much – doesn’t have too horrible of an ending. But no worries, if you haven’t read it the second is out, if you have read it and read the second one well there you go. I think that if you decide you want to take a break from the series and read a different book it is totally possible, but I’m excited to read the next one. And hopefully i will be getting to it tomorrow but i just had a different book arrive today via mail that am also excited about. Sooo you don’t care about that…
My advice: Read it. Its good.