REVIEW: Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis


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 sent this book to review and was instantly drawn in by the cover. I love the pomegranate seeds and they stand out well on the pale background.
I’ve always loved Greek mythology and learning about the Greek pantheon and so I was very excited when I got asked to read this book for review. I’ve been going through a bit of a reading slump and wasn’t sure if I wanted to read anything, but this was the perfect book to get me out of it.
At the start we are introduced to the world of Persephone, who goes by her middle name of ‘Kora’ at the start of the novel. This confused me a little at first  but I soon got used to it. I really liked her and admired her for how she reacted in the situation she was put in. However, I found some of her traits similar to many other YA female characters.
Hades was a very interesting character. I was actually surprised at how much I loved him. Although he didn’t come across as very warm he was in his own way. I think there’s a huge pressure on the author when you’re writing about  mythological characters, especially Gods and Goddesses, and Hades is a great example of a character that has been well thought out and prepared. He was portrayed in such a manner that led me to slowly begin to love him. It wasn’t immediate and I think this is how Persephone would have felt.
Cassandra was a great addition to the novel and I can’t wait to read about her in future novels. She made me laugh and added a light side to the more serious Underworld.

I love the cover and it’s one of my favourites of the year. The pomegranate is a big theme throughout the novel and the myth of when Persephone visited the Underworld and ate six pomegranate seeds is a well known one. I liked that even though the story had been changed the pomegranate seeds were still included. I really wish that this book was on my shelf as it would a welcome addition. The silver on the front is also very eye catching as most covers these days are black and red for the Vampire craze or busy for Dystopian novels.

I really enjoyed this book and am hoping to read the second book as I can’t get enough of Persephone and Hades now! It’s a memorable read that won’t leave your mind even after you pick up another book


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    ᘛ ᗰᗩᎶᎥᘓ ᘚ
    27 December, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I can’t wait to read this one! I’m a huge greek mythology fan, especially after reading the Percy Jackson books

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    Rebekah Campbell
    27 December, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Awesome review, Lucy! I completely agree about the cover, it’s so artistic and bright 🙂 Greek mythology is something I’ve been really getting into lately so thanks for showcasing a great re-telling!

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    Rachel (Booktastic Reviews) :D
    27 December, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I’ve read quite a few Greek-based mythology books now and had to take a little break as a lot were quite similar to another… I’m glad this one takes a twist on the myth though! And that Hades is a great love interest for the main character!

    If you love Greek mythology based books you should try Pegasus and The Flame by Kate O’Hearn – it’s based on the Pegasus myth which is hardly ever used in books so it’s really refreshing! I loved it! 😀

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