Title: Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Kaitlin Bevis
Release Date: July 6, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: A decent retelling, but it didn’t hold my interest very well.
About the Book: 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.
It is so hard to find an amazing retelling these days and maybe I’m being hypercritical, but I have yet to find one that I really love unconditionally. Persephone falls under the “okay” category for me. While there were some points that I thought were unique, most of it didn’t really hold my interest. This was one of those instances where I never really connected with the characters, and even Hades wasn’t all that appealing to me. I did like Bevis’ take on the underworld and I liked how she incorporated the fall of Olympus and the current standings of gods in the modern world. I didn’t, however, care for how it was revealed that Persephone is a goddess and how she handled everything.
As far as the relationship between Hades and Persephone went, there were some sweet and tender moments, which I enjoyed, but overall, I felt like there was something lacking in them as a couple. I couldn’t really grasp why Hades fell for Persephone. Also, there were too many “hot and cold” moments throughout their relationship, which I’ve never been a fan of anyways.
I really wish I would’ve liked this more and I had high hopes for it. Unfortunately, it didn’t cause any sparks with me. I can’t what it was exactly that turned me off from this, but I suppose it has to do with the fact that nothing caught my attention, I didn’t connect with the characters, and the romance wasn’t all that enticing. Was it worth the read? I suppose so, if you’re into retellings and want a slightly different take on it, then you might actually enjoy this book. I know I’m kind of in the minority with not liking it to much, so if this sounds like your thing, you might actually love it.