I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Daughters of Zeus #1
Published by Musa Publishing on 2012-07-06
Genres: Greek Mythology, Retelling, Young Adult
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.
A few weeks ago when we first started our blog, we were contacted on our Facebook page by Katilin Bevis about reading (or rather listening to) and reviewing her book – Persephone. (If you followed my old blog, you’d know that I LOVE Persephone. I’m a huge Greek Mythology nerd, and Persephone is my absolute favorite! She’s also my cat…) So I was both excited and nervous – retelling can go two ways. Really, really good. Or just plain horrible. Luckily? This one is the former!
Persephone, who goes by Cora, is a modern teen who knows little about Greek Myths, beyond what she’s learned in school. So one day, her life is flipped totally upside down when she learns that not only are they real? That she is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter! Her character was great, and she felt pretty realistic to me. (As realistic as I can imagine one would be in her situation!)I have to admit I was a bit bummed that there wasn’t more freaking out over this whole “Daughter of Zeus” thing. But that’s ok, the rest of the story was so great I could overlook that. My other disappointment? I wanted more Hades!! They seemed a bit insta-love to me, but they did take a ton of time developing their relationship, and it’s clear that their story isn’t finished!
So I’ve said this book is great, but one of the things that makes it great? The relationships between Cora/Persephone and her friends. Especially with Cassandra in the Underworld! I can’t wait to see that develop over the next two books.
I think the biggest downfall of this book (given my Greek mythology geekiness) is the horrible mispronunciation of a lot of the names. Examples? Cally-ope Instead of kah-lie-oh-pee! Heh-Kate instead of heh-ka-Tay.
I am half surprised she didn’t call her Purse-a-phone instead of Per-Sef-oh-knee! In the end? I really enjoyed this story, despite the minor annoyances. And I would recommend it to fans of Greek Mythology! I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series. A huge thank you to Kaitlin Bevis for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Last year, I had the privilege of reading and reviewing My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling, which is another Persephone retelling, and it made me realize that not only do I like Greek Mythology retellings in general (such as Percy Jackson), but that I really like the Persephone retellings! So when Kaitlin Bevis messaged us about reviewing Persephone, I jumped at the chance!
The story itself was pretty good. I really liked Persephone/Cora and her best friend Melissa. But moreso, I loved her time in the Underworld. There was something really fascinating about her interactions with all of the gods and souls, but mostly Hades. I found myself smiling every time they were together!
The story did have some problems. While it was mostly enjoyable, I sometimes found that things were rushed. Time jumped a little, and some things just resolved themselves a little too quickly. But this was easily overlooked. My biggest problems were with the audio book itself. I’d say that based on storyline alone, I’d probably give Persephone 4 stars. However, since I was listening to the audio, I have to judge on that, too, because some of the aspects affected my enjoyment of the story. The ending was a little abrupt, but it was good. It left enough opening that I am definitely going to keep reading the series!
My main gripe on the audio book is the same as Jac’s. There were a LOT of mispronunciations: Eurydice, chthonic, Thanatos, Hecate, Calliope. It may be nitpicky, but if you’re going to write about Greek Mythology and then narrate your own audio book, you should probably know how to pronounce the names and words you’re going to use. The other things were a little minor: She spoke a little too quickly for my liking. I’m still fairly new to audio books, so I tend to listen to them on 1x speed still, and she talked faster than that. I’d find myself missing things sometimes. Also, I sometimes felt like she didn’t end chapters well. I kept waiting for another sentence, only to realize the chapter was over. It was a little confusing at times. Like I said, though, these were minor. The pronunciations really bothered me. I feel bad that they’re affecting my rating, but they really pulled me out of the story. I even had to stop and text Jac at one point! lol
Overall, I thought that Persephone was a quick, fun read, but if you’re a stickler for pronunciation, go with the e-book.