Persephone [NOOK Book]

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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. ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Reese's Reviews - Nazarea Reviewer
I loved this book. I fell in love with the story line, and the characters right away. Kaitlin Bevis did a really great job describing everything while making the story interesting and not lag with large sums of detail, just how I like it. Persephone (the book) also had a lot of humor in it so that was especially delightful. I could not put this book down once I started it.
Night Owl Review - Kyuu Satsui
From the moment that I could read, I’ve loved stories of the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece and Rome. The second I saw this book title, I knew that I had to read it. Persephone’s story is one of my very favorites. I’m one of the few that never bought the story of Hades kidnapping her and since this book is on my side of the fence where Hades isn’t such a bad guy, I can’t express how much I enjoyed this book.
Long and Short of It - Poinsettia Reviewer
’m so glad I had the opportunity to read Persephone. I loved getting to know Persephone and Hades, and I’m craving the next installment in the series. Fans of young adult romance and Greek mythology definitely need to check out Persephone today.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148132981
  • Publisher: Musa Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/31/2014
  • Series: Daughters of Zeus , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 136,836
  • File size: 485 KB

Meet the Author

Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with her, she rewrote it. Because she's always wanted to be a writer, she spent high school and college learning everything she could to achieve that goal. After graduating college with a BFA and Master's in English, Kaitlin went on to write The Daughters of Zeus series. In addition to her fiction writing, she also writes for truuconfessions.com and Athens Parent Magazine.
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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    This book was amazing! I always love books on greek mythology be

    This book was amazing! I always love books on greek mythology because really its just one big soap opera but they all have magical powers. Now this book puts a new spin on it with many of the gods dead from the lack of belief among the world. There are only so many gods alive.

    We begin the story with Persephone who is a average high schooler, or so she thinks until she is attacked by a customer claiming that she is a daughter of Zeus. When her mother Demeter finds out she spills out the secrets, that she is a goddess and that her best friend is her priestess, which Persephone thinks her mother is crazy. So when her best friend confirms everything she runs away to a park where she is again attacked but rescued by a stranger on horseback coming from the ground. Once shes safe she ends up being the Bride to Hades, God of the underworld, who is nothing like he seems and neither is the underworld. So to stay safe from the evil trying to take her she stays in the underworld making a life for herself.

    This book has it all humor, action, suspense, friendship and betrayal. So all in all a must read!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

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    I'm not at all surprised I liked this book. I love that authors

    I'm not at all surprised I liked this book. I love that authors are taking old mythology and giving it a fresh start. From Greek deities to the Nordic & Egyptian gods; they all seem to be awakening from their historic slumbers to ignite the imagination of another generation. (That rhyme was really not intended)
    Persephone "Kora" is a wonderfully written character. I liked that her reactions to her circumstances were realistic. So often I find that the characters act too blase' about the crazy things happening in their lives. Persephone does the proper amount of "freaking out" in my opinion. What makes this story so unique is the portrayal of Hades as the good guy. Hades always gets the short end of the stick as the heartless Lord of the Underworld. Bevis has shown him in a new light and I loved it. This book takes the usual heroes and villains and mixes it all up! Then once you think the culprit has been flushed out...BOOM...a fantastic twist at the end! I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Great read!

    I really enjoyed this book by Kaitlin Bevis. It has a youthful feel to it, but will be enjoyed by all ages. It is about the Greek goddess Persephone as she finds out that she is not a normal high school teenager, but instead a being with powers (eventually) and gifts. Her life is threatened so she must hide out in the underworld where she meets Hades and other characters from mythology. It is a fun take on the Greek mythological stories. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Great first book by a new author!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    Owlnestly Book Reviews I was given this book in exchange for an

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    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from the author. I am starting to find that I enjoy Greek mythology books a lot. In fact, they are starting to become my favorite sub genre in Young Adult literature. This book was no exception. I loved the modern day spin on the tale of Persephone and Hades. I loved it even more that Hades is displayed as the good guy with the handsome looks and the mysterious qualities. I honestly think that Hades gets a bad rap, so I was thrilled that he was seen as a "swoon worthy" character in this novel.

    At the beginning of the story, I found Persephone to be a bit whiny and somewhat annoying, but throughout the course of the book her character was very dynamic and her attitude and actions of the end of the story were heroic. She really did become a Goddess at the end. There were so many Greek characters in the story that I would have found myself lost if I didn't have my handy dandy kindle with it's own built in dictionary. I think that I found myself caught up in the story and enjoying it more because I was able to look up the Gods and Goddesses. I am not sure how I would have felt about the story without these handy tools.  

    One of the difficult things that the writer faces in telling the story of Hades and Persephone is that she cannot make it as much of her own as I would have liked. Because Persephone is such a popular Greek Goddess her myth can only be so creative. I think that Bevis did meet this challenge in a satisfactory way. Overall, I did like this book and I will more than likely read the sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    From the first paragraph, I was enthralled with this story. I re

    From the first paragraph, I was enthralled with this story. I read it all in one sitting and enjoyed every minute of it. What a great spin on a Greek myth! Move over Rick Riordan!


    She did an awesome job threading many of my favorite myths throughout the story without bogging it down and still seamlessly intertwining it with the modern day.


    The vivid description of Persephone’s Underworld reminded me much of The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell, and it felt much like greeting an old friend. However, the Underworld in Persephone is much more grown up. The stakes are higher. The danger more real. And full of people from Ancient Greece to meet.


    Oh geez, that’s really sad. I just called the Underworld an old friend.


    Characters!!! Persephone Kora is such an awesome character! She has all my favorite qualities: caring, friendly, stubborn, gutsy, an independent thinker. She winds up in the Underworld to hide from Boreas, the god of winter, and turns a bad situation into a good one—she makes friends and finds a place for herself in this world without a sun.


    And Hades was . . . everything a god should be: temperamental, egotistical, handsome, and with just enough caring and thoughtfulness to make him still likable.


    The plot is very similar to the traditional story of Hades and Persephone, but author Kaitlin Bevis has so much personality and witty writing that it seems fresh and new. Especially with a few twists she adds.


    The ending was perfect, and I can't wait until I get my hands on the next book! Thankfully, it is already out.


    Love, love, love this story. Check it out!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

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    Rated 3.5 stars I fully admit to being considerably older than


    Rated 3.5 stars

    I fully admit to being considerably older than most people who read and review young adult fiction. OK, lots older. That hasn’t mattered usually and I think I have a little bit of an advantage sometimes. My reading experience perhaps allows me to more easily recognize especially strong writing in both characterization and plot development and to spot the real gems. I’ve come to love YA and I probably read more of it now than anything else. One of the true pleasures for me is in feeling as though I’m witnessing the early times of a truly promising author’s career.

    On the other hand, my age can get in the way every now and then and that has happened with Persephone. Somehow, the very modern language juxtaposed with an ancient cast of characters just didn’t quite work for me and I frequently found myself pulled out of the story by the manner in which these characters speak to each other and to Persephone. Her speaking in such a modern tone is natural; it doesn’t seem natural for the gods, goddesses, reapers, etc., and it artificially lightens what is actually a fairly somber myth.

    The premise of the story is a good one, quite creative, and I do understand that the author’s point was to offer a modern take on a very old tale. In some ways, I found the novel refreshing and Cassandra, in particular, was very appealing while Persephone was a bit annoying and seemed to have a sense of entitlement that had more to do with being a teenager who wants her own way than with being a goddess. Hades, on the other hand, had his charming moments but is pretty clueless despite his great age when it comes to relating to Persephone.

    In spite of these shortcomings, I do think Persephone is enjoyable and Ms. Bevis has a bright future as an author. I’ll be interested to see what she does with the sequel, Daughter of Earth and Sky.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    Persephone isn't an easily relatable narrator. I understand that

    Persephone isn't an easily relatable narrator. I understand that being told she's a goddess must be shocking--I'd also think that my mom was crazy. However, it doesn't justify running away from everyone, especially when whacky things have been going on around her recently and her life is in danger. When she does finally accept that she's a goddess among other immortals and legends, she still tries to impose her narrow views on her mother and Hades, trying to guilt trip her mother for hiding the truth from her for so long even if her mother believed it was for her own good. She doesn't seem to take everything seriously and constantly misjudges people. She also talks back at Hades even though he saved her life and is the only protection she has from Boreas. Any time her life gets in danger, it is because of her naivety, and some greater power saves her.

    She's an extremely naive character. Honestly, I don't know why Hades calls her brave and everything. Mostly, she bull heads her way through things without thinking about the consequences. She's overly optimistic and wants to save the world; however, it feels mostly like a moral principle she learned from her time with humans. She hasn't attempted to try and see things from the point of view of the gods. Even then, he doesn't really know about human sufferings. Her mom has given her an overly sheltered life. And if she really cared about human suffering, why doesn't she think about having those sent to Tartarus drink from the Lethe to give them a blank slate?

    Hades too is not relatable. He does have a grip on reality and accepts suffering as a part of life. As a ruler, he looks after his people as best as he can and honestly does a good job of it. It's his relationship with Persephone that I find lacking. He's alternately hot and cold towards Persephone, and I don't understand how he could have fallen in love with her at first sight. Personality-wise, they don't match up, and she's like a child compared to the years he has on him. My favorite character is Cassandra. She has quite the personality and is a bundle of sharp wit and joy.

    Writing-wise, some things are overelaborated while others don't have enough context backing them up. The whole Persephone thing is overdone. Everything she owns is described as wildflower-patterened. It's quaint the first couple times, but afterwards it gets annoying. (Fortunately, this only happens in the beginning.) On the other hand, it takes a while for names of several characters to be introduced and I still don't know much about their relationship to Persephone. There are also an overwhelming number of characters named after Greek legends while others like Melissa are given ordinary names, but the characters don't think anything of them.

    The plot is the typical heroine discovers her abilities and gets into trouble. I don't mind reading this kind of book as long as it's done well, but for this one, the characters weren't relatable and Persephone's abilities were too overdone. Maybe I would have liked this one if the context was better developed and Persephone not so whiny and self-righteous. As it is, this book wasn't for me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    I always find at least one YA book a year that keeps me entrance

    I always find at least one YA book a year that keeps me entranced...and this was definitely one of them. I would have finished the book in one day, but having a teething baby girl who only wanted her Mama...well let's just say reading went on hold.
    Persephone or aka Kora because she rather go by her middle name, has been hearing someone call her name in the wind. She also has been having some mysterious things happen to her. She had her car almost blown around and a guy who came into her Mom's store who tried everything to grab her. He kept talking nonsense to Persephone when he was trying to grab her. Until...her Mom finally lets her know what she really is. She's a Goddess and her father happens to be none other than Zeus himself. Her best friend is also her priestess.
    There is only so much a girl can take, so Persephone runs away for awhile to collect her thoughts, instead...something is happening around her. The weather is turning chilly and the ground is turning to ice. A mysterious man walks into her life and saves her before something can really happen to her. The man...turns out to be Hades who is the God of the Underworld. He marks her as his bride to save her from whoever is trying to harm her. It is up to Hades and his minions to keep Persephone safe...but in the mean time Persephone is starting to feel towards Hades and Hades is keeping something from her. Can she really trust him?
    What are my thoughts on "Persephone" by Kaitlin Bevis...well...I had a hard time putting it down. A book where there is mythology, fantasy, and mystery. I have a weakness for the Gods and Goddesses. Loved studying them in school...and I hope I get a chance to go back to studying them in college.
    I loved Kaitlin's writing style and how she brought the Gods and Goddesses into the modern day.
    The story between Hades and Persephone is definitely a different take on what you are told as a kid, which is another reason why I loved reading this book. I actually adored Hades in this book.
    I loved how strong the character Persephone was when she was in underworld and how she helped out her friend at the end.
    I was surprised to find out who was helping the bad guy though. I was in shock when I learned it was a person that Persephone had grown to trust.
    I'm really looking forward to the next book now. =) I can't wait to find out what happens next.
    I recommend this book to YA readers out there and readers who have a fascination with mythology.
    This book will have you wanting more after you finish the last page (or in my case...my Ipad).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Greek mythilogy has always been a huge interest for me since we

    Greek mythilogy has always been a huge interest for me since we first started talking about it in 6th grade. I think it was all the gods and their powers and the fact that they were portrayed as mean gods who wouldn't even help mortals when they really needed it or they were portrayed as the gods who did too much for mortals.



    Persephone is a bit of both (and I mean the story itself not the MC). The MC, Persephone, is a very sweet and caring character who just happens to be a goddess. Her being a goddess becomes a problem becasue the evil Boreas is after her! Which is where Hades, the Lord of the Underworld steps in and makes her his wife so that she isn't captured. That is where all the advetures begin!



    Persephone I found to be soooo realisitc in her personality. She reminded me of my younger sister, Lucia, in almost every way (which kind of freaked me out a bit because now I'm keeping an eye on the boys she's talking to hoping they aren't Hades!). I could see that she would go above and beyond for people and that is quality that a lot of the gods are sorely lacking! Now Hades on the other side, I, as well as Persephone, many times wanted to shake a little. I think I might have developed a little crush on him (even though I did want to shake!). He is a SOMEWHAT caring god and will actually listen even if he can't do anything about your situation.



    The story takes us through Persephone finding out she's a goddess, geting married and dealing with the Underworld and everything that comes with these three. At times I felt as though I was a ghost seeing everything develop around me with all the character and the issues they face and sympathizing and empathizing. This beginning is the perfect setting for whatever is to come next and let me tell ya, I AM EXCITED

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

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    'Persephone' is a wonderful young adult book that is a modern ad

    'Persephone' is a wonderful young adult book that is a modern adaptation of Greek mythology. The heroine is named Persephone, who believes she is just a normal high school girl, until one day her world is turned upside down and her mother tells her she is actually a goddess - an actual daughter of Zeus. After this revelation, Persephone begins on a strange and dangerous journey of fighting her way out of the Underworld and defeating Boreas, the god of winter.

    I found this book to be a fun and fast paced adventure through Greek mythology with a modern twist. The characters were realistic and believable, so it was easy to connect with them - especially Persephone. The narrative is well written and has excellent descriptions and story building. I loved the idea of Greek gods and goddesses facing issues that people today would - especially Persephone and her issues of learning she's a goddess while trying to navigate high school and the normal trials of teenage life. The author did a great job with this first novel, which I'm hoping will be a series. I'm eagerly waiting for the next installment to see what will happen next.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Correction

    In the real myth, Boreas had nothing to do with anything. He was just doing his North Wind god thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Kaitlin Bevis is completely and utterly amazing. This woman deli

    Kaitlin Bevis is completely and utterly amazing. This woman delivered the love of Persephone and Hades to the extreme with roller coaster action, nail biting anticipation, and jaw dropping plots, including the individualized characters and their dialogue that was honest truth(gods cannot lie). I love mythology and although there are good authors and their novels out there, Ms. Bevis is the best!
    Not only did I get hooked reading Persephone in one day, I got flipping pages after pages after pages of the second book and finished the third book within two days! I just couldn't put it down and when I tried, I had the nagging sensation of needing and wanting to know what's going to happen.
    So I'm a fan and I'm totally making a recommendation, which I don't care to do often, but I love the books and her writing style so much.
    If you're like me, where you can guess the usual typical plot again and again and usually get it right, then you really need this book. I guessed and figured what the plot would be but never was I right and I'm beyond happy about. So please, please, please READ THIS BOOK!!! You WILL LOVE it.
    -Summer. (19)

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

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    This was the first re-telling of Persephone and Hades that I've

    This was the first re-telling of Persephone and Hades that I've read, and I enjoyed it greatly. It is told in a present day setting as if the events of the original myth had never been known about. Persephone seems like your normal teenager for the most part. I guess that's because she never knew she was anything but a normal teenager until now. He character grows in many ways through this story. While she's not the same Persephone in the end as she was in the beginning, she stays strong and true to herself. Hades is not what I expected. Sure, he has some of the same aspects of his dark side we've all read in the myths, but he is different in many ways too. He's still the stern ruler I always imagined, but he seems to have a softer side too. Though many things were changed, I felt like this story kept the spirit of the gods and Persephone and Hades' story alive. Their romance wasn't easy, and I'm still not entirely sure where this series will take them. I'm a huge fan of Greek Mythology, so I enjoyed this book tremendously. Whether you enjoy the myths or not, I think fans of paranormal romances will enjoy this engaging and highly entertaining story. Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis gave us some fun and creative twists to the story of Persephone and Hades, and it sure has me anxious to read more.

    Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis was provided to me by YA Bound for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Presapone is awsome!!!

    Presapone is the best book i have ever read i love the part when she kissed someone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Awsam

    I read the sampel and had to by it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Nicko

    I smile

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Ember

    I gtg..ttyl

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  • Posted December 4, 2013

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    Let it be known that I'm pretty sure I have never disliked Greek

    Let it be known that I'm pretty sure I have never disliked Greek myth or retelling. Persephone is a modern retelling of just that, the story of Persephone and Hades and how she became the Queen of the Underworld, however give me a chance to tell you why I think you will love this story too. This isn't your ancient story about a grumpy old God who is just bitter that he doesn't rule Olympus. In fact at this point Olympus has fallen and I don't mean some B movie involving Gerard Butler, a lot of the gods died long before Persephone was born and even longer before she knows who she is really becoming.




    Surprised by her mother Demeter that she is, in fact, a goddess and going to be coming into her powers as she reaches the age of adulthood, you can imagine the roller coaster of emotions that she has to deal with and then she gets attacked, only to be saved by the Lord of Darkness himself, Hades. The only way to do that, however, is to marry her and make her the Queen. Goddess, powers, attack and now queen, happy birthday to you, Persephone. All of this can understandably by a little overwhelming for a 17 year old but she actually takes it very well, which surprisingly felt alright reading it. I guess that's what made me like her so much, the fact that she found things out, processed them like a normal person and then accepted what was going on and found a way to deal. That isn't easy to do with a character and in this case it is successful. She is a goddess but Persephone feels like you and me. She isn't over the top or unapproachable and that's what made this story great. However, aking a great lead and mixing them with an awesome ensemble makes a story even better.




    Hades for me was the greatest part of the other characters. He is so different than other recreations I have read of him that he was interesting from the start. As we get to know him more, however, is where he really shines. Really all of the Underworld characters where great from Cassandra, Thanatos and Charon to even just the structure of the place itself made for a great place for the main characters to interact and definitely helped the story. It had lots of action and fun just like some popular series like Percy Jackson but this brought an element of both romance and realness to the Gods themselves that it made it a complete package for me. I am really looking forward to book 2!

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis is an awesome modern day mythology b

    Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis is an awesome modern day mythology book. The story line is very interesting and had my attention right from the very beginning. 

    Persephone aka Kora, is a 16 year old high school girl living with her mother and working in the floral shop. Persephone is experiencing some strange occurrences in her life that she doesn’t understand. She sees things and has feelings of being watched and followed. While at the floral shop helping her mother, something bad happens to Persephone, and her mother tells her something that she didn’t know anything about before, that will change her life for good. How will Persephone react to what her mother tells her? Will she be able to accept whatever it is? 

    Persephone’s journey has begun. She had no choice but to leave her home and go to a very strange place far away that she didn’t know really existed but will be safe there. While there, Persephone will have to adjust to her new surroundings, the people and strange things. She will find out more things that her mom didn’t mention about her family and herself. What will Persephone think about the strange place? Will she be able to accept it and stay there?

    Kaitlin Bevis has done a fabulous job writing Persephone. It is book 1 in the Daughters of Zeus Series. I am looking forward to reading the sequels in the series and more of Kaitlin’s other books soon. Persephone is a must read so I definitely recommend this book to my friends.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis is a wonderful twist on the story of

    Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis is a wonderful twist on the story of Hades and Persephone.  I delved in head first into the book and found myself down the rabbit hold to speak, and couldn’t stop till I was done.  The author shows you a different idea of the possibility of what the underworld may look like.  The characters are well likeable and I went on a whirlwind ride through the life of the gods.  I begged for more and look forward to the next installment.  Kudos great job Kaitln.   




     *DISCLAIMER* I was given this book as a free ACR copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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