Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WinterHaven Sleigh Tour Review: PERSEPHONE by Kaitlin Bevis

Today Living Fictitiously is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, we are posting our choice of a Winter Book Review. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.

Today, we have a review of Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis! I was trying to decide what winter themed book to feature for this Sleigh Tour, and as soon as I started reading Persephone I knew this was the book! So first, the cover and blurb.

Publisher: MUSA Publising
Ecopy provided by YA Bound for review.
Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1)
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.

Now, maybe you can tell from the beautiful cover and the blurb how Persephone fits the "winter" theme. How much better does it get than the god of winter?!

Moving along now. I really enjoyed this book. It is an ancient Greek myth brought to present day Georgia and Bevis has masterfully woven the past with the present. Many of the characters, events, and themes have been lifted from the original Greek myths. Some of them I was unfamiliar with but along with the contemporary spin and the creative alterations to account for the new time period the story flowed very well.

The relationship between Persephone and Hades was particularly interesting. There are elements that align with the traditional myth, but I like Bevis's characters much more. Persephone is more humble and kind and Hades, while he has his flaws, is not an evil, controlling, bastard. Bevis's characters are much appealing in this way and I rooted for them every step of the way. Even the minor characters were brought to life with insecurities, friendship, and emotion.

If you enjoy Greek mythology and like adaptions, this fresh spin on the Persephone myth should be on your TBR list. I can't wait for the next installment of the DAUGHTERS OF ZEUS! Daughter of the Earth and Sky will be out December 21st!


As part of the festivities, WinterHaven Books is hosting an international give-away that will include a copy of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Signed by Levithan and Cohn) and a copy of Let it Snow to four lucky winners. Good luck and happy holidays!

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  1. Oh, I love mythology books! Great choice! Thank you for participating in the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour!

  2. Ohh this really does sound interesting. Might have to pick this one up.