Saturday, January 19, 2013

[Review] Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis

Title: Persephone
Author: Kaitlin Bevis
Format Acquired: mobi for kindle provided for honest review
Publication Date: July 6,2012
Publishing House: Musa Publishing
ISBN: 9781619372436

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

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from the author. I am starting to find that I enjoy Greek mythology books a lot. In fact, they are starting to become my favorite sub genre in Young Adult literature. This book was no exception. I loved the modern day spin on the tale of Persephone and Hades. I loved it even more that Hades is displayed as the good guy with the handsome looks and the mysterious qualities. I honestly think that Hades gets a bad rap, so I was thrilled that he was seen as a "swoon worthy" character in this novel.

At the beginning of the story, I found Persephone to be a bit whiny and somewhat annoying, but throughout the course of the book her character was very dynamic and her attitude and actions of the end of the story were heroic. She really did become a Goddess at the end. There were so many Greek characters in the story that I would have found myself lost if I didn't have my handy dandy kindle with it's own built in dictionary. I think that I found myself caught up in the story and enjoying it more because I was able to look up the Gods and Goddesses. I am not sure how I would have felt about the story without these handy tools.  

One of the difficult things that the writer faces in telling the story of Hades and Persephone is that she cannot make it as much of her own as I would have liked. Because Persephone is such a popular Greek Goddess her myth can only be so creative. I think that Bevis did meet this challenge in a satisfactory way. Overall, I did like this book and I will more than likely read the sequel.


About the Author:
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 I have also published several short stories, my latest, Siren Song, is available on


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