by Kaitlin Bevis


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The Daughters of Zeus, Book One

"Persephone is a fun, imaginative, smart retelling of my favorite myth, fusing modern culture with a rich world of magic." - Amazon Top Reviewer, Molly Ringle, Author of Persephone's Orchard.

One day Persephone is an ordinary high school junior 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 Boreas' schemes, they fall in love a little more. Will Hades ever admit his feelings for her?

Can she escape the grasp of the god of Winter's minions? The Underworld is a very nice 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.

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 Masters in English, Kaitlin went on to write The Daughters of Zeus series.

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ISBN-13: 9781611946222
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 04/23/2015
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 593,077
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Persephone 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Luna_Maxwell More than 1 year ago
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!
CAEK More than 1 year ago
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!
FranJessca More than 1 year ago
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 Ipad).
jwhitus524 More than 1 year ago
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.
funsiized08 More than 1 year ago
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
LitlBit More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of mythology, you will love this book. This poor girl has lived her whole life thinking someone is watching her and when she finds out someone actually is watching her, her whole life changes. From her mother who "lied" to her for 16 years to Hades who "kisses" her and she is now married to, there are twists and turns in this story that keep you reading. Persephone may only be 16 and has just found out her world is not what she thought, she is a strong-willed girl and that is what keeps the story going. Imagine a 16 year old girl smacking Hades! He had it coming! I loved this story and I will look for more stories from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a twist on the original story of Hades and Persephone. It was filled with cute little moments where Persephone first was recused by Hades and how he helped her adapt to being a goddess. Persephone never knew she was a goddess until she had demigods and the god of winter stalking her. Being the daughter of Demeter and Zeus made her a target. But Hades saved her on multiple occasions and married to make sure no one/ no god dare harm her. His love for Persephone was so innocent and so pure that it was touching. Once you start reading it's gonna be hard to put down. This book ended in a cliffhanger seamlessly bring you into the second book. This is one of the better teen paranormal love stories I've ever read! But here are some other recommendations hopefully you'll enjoy if you like these kind of books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Presapone is the best book i have ever read i love the part when she kissed someone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sampel and had to by it.
KathywithaK27 More than 1 year ago
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!
LenPhelps7 More than 1 year ago
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.
threedanes More than 1 year ago
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. 
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite Persephone is the exciting first book in the intriguing Daughters of Zeus series by Kaitlin Bevis. Other than living with her strange name, Persephone believes she lives a typical life for a teenager. She goes to school and spends her days with her best friend Melissa, daydreams about meeting her rock idol, Orpheus, and works after school in her mom’s flower shop. Her worst problems so far have been dealing with bullying from Rachel and the other popular girls at school. That is until she starts getting the feeling that someone is watching her and strange people start warning her of danger. Soon Persephone finds out that she is more important and different than she ever could have imagined. Her life is forever changed after she is inexplicably attacked by Boreas, the god of Winter. Hades, god of the Underworld, saves her by marking her as his wife and pulling her into his domain. In order to stay safe, Persephone must live out the winter months under the protection of Hades. Things may not be so bleak, however. The Underworld is a happier place than she ever could have imagined, and Hades is nothing like she thought he would be. Although dark and brooding, he is also kind, compassionate, and quite handsome. While marriage is little more than a contractual bond to most of the gods, Persephone can’t help wondering if there could be something more.  Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis is a delightful and entertaining young adult novel. Fans of classic mythology will be thrilled to see a plethora of recognizable characters — Cassandra, Charon, Thanatos, Orpheus, and many more. It was a wonderful reading experience for me as an avid reader of mythology to see the unique ways Bevis gives new life to these classic stories. There are many recognizable themes and plots with modern twists and lots of surprises. I highly recommend Persephone, and I am waiting impatiently for Kaitlin Bevis’s sequel to this tale.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
This book follows Persephone who is a typical teenage girl hanging out with her best friend Melissa. The main difference is people talk about Persephone behind her back and everyone seems to stumble all over themselves in her presence. When Persephone finds ice approaching time and again freak winter conditions in Georgia Persephone finds something is a miss. When she is attacked in her mother's store she finds out she is a goddess and that someone named Boreas is after her. First Persephone tries to run to her friend Melissa but finds out that Melissa knew all along and ends up in a park where she is attacked by someone else, Hades takes her to the Underworld to protect her from Boreas, there she learns alot about Gods and Goddesses. Where it is safe to go and unsafe to go. And what happened when Hades brought her there and how she is now married to Hades for eternity. This book reminds me of The Goddess Test Series by: Aimee Carter, and the relationship with Henry (Hades) and Kate Winters. Definitely the same type of book and a great read for anyone who loves mythology in their stories.
OwlnestlyReviews More than 1 year ago
Owlnestly Book Reviews 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.
RitaJWebb More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll have to cut this review short, on account of typing on mynook, but this book does deserve at least that. I lovedthis book. It is modern but doesn't damage the ancient aspect. It young, funny, and romantic... so much so that it has become a favorite of mine. Keep in mind I have at least ten ' favorites' and read dozens of books a month. I would read more but, well, being but fifteen can act as a hinderence. But I digress. The point is that this book isworth every cent spent. The wordchoice and tone are truly superb also.
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
Persephone has just found out that she is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter making her a Goddess. Yep that’s right, if this isn’t enough to turn your entire world upside down how about having the God of Winter, Boreas, try to kidnap you. Still not enough? When Persephone is rescued by Hades the God of the Underworld he has to take her as his bride to keep her safe. Oh yeah Nothing will ever be the same for Persephone again.  I had so much fun reading this book. This is actually an amazing take on a classical Greek Myth. Though you may think you know the characters that take part in this book the author completely surprises you as she takes each character and makes them her own, Hades for instance is nothing like I have ever imagined. Each character is absolutely unique and combining refreshing originality with excellent writing Kaitlin Bevis has created a story that is captivating with characters that come to life among the pages of this book. This is definitely a great read and I cannot wait to find out what happens next in the series.  I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review. 
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this retelling of Persephone. It was fresh, imaginative and modern. The story was appropriate for all ages and even had a bit of romance in it. The characters were well rounded and I liked seeing the softer side of Hades. The author made me want to root for Hades. He sounds so cute! This book had a great story line, complete with evil villians. The story unraveled at a great pace and it wasn't slow at all. It really reminded me of along the lines of The Goddess Test with all the romantic Greek mythology, which I also loved. Persephone is thrust into a world she knows nothing of and has to learn to cope with the hand she's dealt. Given the circumstances, she reacts as I would expect her to. This book left me wanting more. I can't wait until the second book is out! It should be pretty good, if this one was any indication. I give this book five glittery stars for rocking my socks off!
MCLesh More than 1 year ago
I'm one of those people who's never studied Greek and Romany mythology in depth at all -- I'm always asking my son or husband for clarification – who was so and so again? So this book was fun for me. Persephone doesn't know she's a daughter of Zeus until Boreas decides to pick on her one day. She's forced to seek refuge in the Underworld as a bride of the handsome enigmatic Hades. I think what I enjoyed most about this book was the world building and descriptions of the Underworld as a place a lot like ours but different, and the combining of the mortal and immortal worlds. As a reader/writer, I kept thinking, “How did she (the author) think of that? Where did she get that idea?” I also liked the main character's strength. I'm not a fan of weak female MCs. The story was very imaginative with romantic tension. And it's not over yet. We'll have to stay tuned for the next book.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'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.
uiseag More than 1 year ago
Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis is an exciting, imaginative, and modern retelling of the Persephone myth – no easy feat. Greek myths are steeped in tradition that defies retelling unless you are unafraid to turn the mythos on its head; Ms. Bevis does this masterfully. Born into our time, Persephone is a normal girl who loves her life. A townie from Athens, GA, she has friends and a routine that mimics that of many young adults until the day she learns she is a goddess – the capstone to a number of strange events that happen to or near the heroine. The description of Athens is spot-on, what would be a town like any to another author, Ms. Bevis makes into a character in its own right. She does the same with her description of the Underworld. Gone is the Dantesque darkness. Instead we meet an Underworld peopled with souls who are eager to make their afterlives as (or even more) fulfilling than their former lives on earth. The author lovingly treats her characters and takes pains to make them accessible to her readers. For instance Hades, an oft-misunderstood god in the Greek mythos, here is a delightful mixture of Heathcliff and Mr. Darcy – sarcastic, broody, and intelligent. Persephone is a smart cookie, but like a real teenager she makes rash decisions that make her identifiable to all readers. Other characters, Cassandra especially, are newly imagined and are much more interesting than their classical counterparts. Persephone is an exciting and thoughtful read, good for teens and adults alike. I look forward to seeing how Persephone grows into her goddess hood in future books.