Title: Persephone (Daughters of Zeus 1) | Goodreads |
Author: Kaitlin Bevis | Goodreads | Website |
Publisher: ImaJinn Books, Inc
Publication Date: April 23, 2015
Genre: Fantasy and Mythology
Format: eBook | Amazon | Barnes & Nobles |
Received ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis: Daughters of Zeus, Book One
One day Persephone is an ordinary high school senior working at her mom’s flower shop in Athens, Georgia. The next she’s fighting off Boreas, the brutal god of Winter, and learning that she’s a bonafide goddess—a rare daughter of the now-dead Zeus. Her goddess mom whisks her off to the Underworld to hide until Spring.
There she finds herself under the protection of handsome Hades, the god of the dead, and she’s automatically married to him. It’s the only way he can keep her safe. Older, wiser, and far more powerful than she, Hades isn’t interested in becoming her lover, at least not anytime soon. But every time he rescues her from another of Zeus’s schemes, they fall in love a little more. Will Hades ever admit his feelings for her?
Can she escape the grasp of her powerful dad’s minions? The Underworld is a very cool place, but is it worth giving up her life in the realm of the living? Her goddess powers are developing some serious, kick-butt potential. She’s going to fight back.
Let me start out by explaining that I’ve never read anything before that has to do with the Gods or their offspring, but I was taken in by the cover of this book and decided to read the synopsis…well I did and instantly decided I wanted to read this book.I LOVE this retelling of the story of Persephone, Demeter and Hades. This was definitely not the historian’s view of how Persephone became the Queen of the Underworld or even her relationship with her mother Demeter, her father Zeus and then Hades. This book felt more like it was something that could happen now, instead of all those years ago, it made it relatable and very interesting.So basically in this book Persephone has no idea she is the daughter of Gods, she was raised to believe she was your normal teenage girl enjoying planning where she is going to go to college with her best friend Melissa. Things change for Persephone when she realizes that someone is after her, the God of Winter Boreas, this prompts her mother to explain to her that she is a Goddess, and that her father is Zeus.
To say that Persephone takes it well is an understatement. She finds out that Melissa’s mother is one of her mother, Demeter’s, priestesses, and that Melissa herself is now one of her own priestesses. This does change their friendship a little bit, and as Persephone finds out more about herself, she struggles with the fact that her mother has lied to her, her whole life.
While struggling with her newfound knowledge and trying to escape Boreas, Hades saves her, and in doing so marries her, bringing her into the Underworld. The down side of this is that Hades is much older than Persephone and while he married her to protect her, he keeps his distance from her.
I have to say that Katilin Bevis did an amazing job of creating the underworld in a way that the reader can believe they are there too. She also introduced the reader to an entire new group of characters in the underworld that not only gave Persephone companions and teachers while there, but gave you the chance to see a different side to Hades as well. My favorite part of the underworld, and something I wish we had in this world, was the ability to imagine anything you wanted and it would just appear. That would definitely be nice.
Also during the story you get to meet other Demi Gods, find out a little about what makes them tick, and the part I liked, you found out that at least in this story, Gods can’t lie. That would be an interesting ability to have.The ending, wow, what can I say about that ending, I guess I can say that it definitely left you wanting more. I wanted to see how Persephone and Hade’s relationship progressed, and what happened with Boreas.