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Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  2,062 ratings  ·  310 reviews
Daughters of Zeus, Book One

One day Persephone is an ordinary high school senior 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
Paperback, 194 pages
Published April 24th 2015 by BelleBooks Publishing (first published July 5th 2012)
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Aug 14, 2012 Persephone rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of Greek mythology
Recommended to Persephone by: Myself
As you might have guessed by my nickname, I love mythology and I am especially fascinated by Hades and Persephone's myth. Therefore I was really, really excited about this book but at the same time, wary because I've already read a few modern rewritings of this myth and they were downright terrible (The Goddess Test, anyone? Diddn't think a book could make me feel that angry).
And this is undoubtedly the best rewriting I've read so far.

The characters were well-written.
Persephone doesn't care f
Summer the bummer
It seems like I've been constantly let-down with all the attempts of Greek mythology retellings. Namely, The Goddess Test series, Everbound, and now, Persephone.

I'm not exactly sure what made me dislike this book. It was either the stupidly simple plot, the characters, or even the absence of anything remotely interesting. It was likely a combination of the above, and along with the mediocre writing, leading to my disliking of this book.

Generally, it never really felt like anything was at stake.
S.G. Rogers
This book is a contemporary, re-imagined take on the Persephone mythology. Beautiful Persephone is raised on Earth, without any idea who she is. When she's about to turn seventeen, strange things begin to happen. I enjoyed the developing relationship between her and Hades, who is much more the good guy here than in most other literary depictions I've read. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the Underworld. I'm looking forward to the sequel, to see what Persephone is really capable of!
I love retellings of stories and especially about mythology so I was extremely excited to read this. I wasn’t disappointed!

I loved the characters. Persephone’s voice really shows through and her own personality was able to shine through. Hades personality was surprising in a good way; he has his own reasons for doing what he did. Hades did not do everything right but it was for the right reasons. I like the build up of the love story and not having it happen all at once in a love-at-first-sight
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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You've all heard about ancient myths, yeah I did to. I've heard about them a lot but about Persephone I haven't heard of before. So I should start this with thank you note, cause today I've learned something new and I'm grateful for that.

I, as a real geek, did my research so it took me by surprise how the author did really good job by creating the story out of it. Just so you know the myth has some similarities but here the story fits better in out time. Here the
Roxanne Sukhan
OMG!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. 6 stars out of 5 for sure! I can hardly wait for the second book in this series!!!!

How can I write a review that does justice to this book? I LOVE this book. It grabbed me from the first page and did not let go. Actually, it still hasn't, since now I'm pining away for the sequel! Thru this book, Kaitlin Bevis has taken the epic and sometimes far-removed stories of Greek Mythology and transformed it into a Young Adult novel that has wide appeal.

Well written,
I have so many books that i loved, but never actully took the time to review. This book however is different, this book is by far the most amazing, well writen and exciting books i have ever read! I highly reccomend this book to anyone who likes romance, action, bad boys or even adventure.
There’s something so compelling and timeless about the Persephone/Hades romance – the beauty falling in love with the beast – as I choose to read the story as though she did end up falling for him over time. You know, despite the whole caveman club-her-over-the-head-and-drag-her-back-to-his-hovel/palace/Underworld-and-force-her-to-stay-there bit. Perhaps it’s the idea of such polar opposites attracting, of finding redemption in another’s love, of compromise, of coming to a deeper understanding o ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis is one of the most refreshing indie books that I've read in a while. It stars Persephone, unsurprisingly, who believes that she is just any other 16 year old girl until she finds out that she is actually a goddess! If you have read Greek myths at all, you will recognize characters from Hades to Charon. My favorites include Thanathos, Cassandra, and Helen. Persephone gets attacked by a fellow with win
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I absolutely love Greek mythology, I always have so of course I jumped at the chance to read a story about one of my most favorite stories, Persephone and Hades.

Who doesn't love a story about star crossed lovers?

I love the way Bevis put a modern spin on this story while still very much sticking to it's Greek roots. It really turned out wonderfully.

I loved the main character Persephone, she was strong and a little feisty and very much didn't want to be a goddess, at least at first. She did not w
Teresa Mary Rose
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I don’t think it is a secret that I am a sucker for anything with Greek mythology in it and I take a special liking to the Persephone and Hades myth. So it is really no surprise that I would be drawn to this book. I love a good twist on a great Greek myth and that is exactly what Persephone is.

Here is the premise. Imagine Persephone wasn’t born back in the time of the Greek gods but in modern day. That is this story and it made for a great one. Pe
Cocktails and Books
Being on a mythology kick this week, I decided to try another story dealing with Hades. I have to say, this retelling of Persephone and Hades story had me hooked from the very beginning.

Persephone was a sixteen year old girl, none the wiser to anything pertaining to Greek mythology (other than school) when her whole world turned upside down. Suddenly she discovers her mother is Demeter, she's a daughter of Zeus and Hades, Lord of the Underworld, has married her to protect her from the Winter God
Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis is a wonderful re-telling of one of my favorite myths. Persephone (aka Kora) has lived on earth as a normal high school girl with no knowledge of her heritage. However, when weird things start happening, her mom finally tells her the truth about being a goddess, which she doesn't take happily.

Running away, she ends up in trouble. But luckily, she is saved by the dark and heroic Hades, God of the Underworld.

I loved Persephone and Hades. They had chemistry and I liked
Greek mythology is by far one of my favorites. Persephone is a young adult novel which forces the emphasis to be on the character development and story line more so than erotic novels. I have to say I've never read anything by Kaitlin Bevis before but I will continue to read this series because she's wowed me. Persephone, the first book in the Daughters of Zeus series, gets a blossoming four stars from me.

Persephone grew up believing she was a mortal until her world crumbles due to an attack an

One of my favorite things to read is a modern day telling of an old story or myth and Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis did not disappoint me. Persephone is living in the modern day world with her Mother attending school, working, and oh yeah, being stalked by some kind of mystical force. Time isn’t on her side and if that wasn’t enough Persephone has absolutely no inkling of who or what she truly is.

I love, love, love that Persephone is a teenage goddess, well technically she doesn’t even k
This was a really quick read for me, mainly because I did skimmed through it.
I adore stories that have to do with greek mythology but unfortunately, this book just wasn't for me. I think it partly has to do with the fact that I got too excited at all the high ratings and got my hopes up.

Normally, I would forgive a cliched storyline if the characters are endearing and lovable enough, or if the book has amazing prose but this book lacked both. The writing was bordering on average and I was less th
Leigh (Little Book Star)

I’ve always been a big fan of Greek mythology ever since I studied and read stories about them in my English class during freshmen year high school. It fascinates and interests me so much so when the author was looking for reviewers, I just had to say yes! This book will not disappoint you, and you will literally keep turning the page until the very last. I brought this book everywhere! While I was shopping with my mom at Big Lots, having lunch at a restauran
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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 aro
Retellings of the Hades and Persephone myth are quite prevalent in today's YA market. You have Everneath, Abandon, and The Goddess Test, just to name a few. Because of this, it's quite difficult to come up with new and fresh ways to tell the story of these two immortal beings. But that's exactly what Kaitlin Bevis has done in Persephone. While the general gist of the story stays the same, I found myself enchanted by the changes she made in the circumstances surrounding Persephone's abduction to ...more
Marilyn Phillips
I’m not very familiar with Greek Mythology so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I started to read this book. However, despite my lack of knowledge, I found it to be very entertaining. It is well written. The characters and scenes are described clearly making it easy for the reader to follow the story.

As mentioned in the blurb, it is a tale about a young girl, Persephone (also referred to as Kora) whose world is suddenly turned upside down when she discovers that she is not human, but the
4 stars, maybe even 4.5. Loved this book more than I was expecting ! Can't wait to read the next one and warmly recommend it. Quite a quick and easy read as well. And, as I had read in some of the other reviews, this take on Persephone’s myth felt fresh. (Warning : long review ahead !)

Don't get me wrong, there were some commonly used YA clichés in the mix, particularly regarding the main characters :

- the heroine, Persephone, always thought she was just a normal girl but she turned out to be v
I got this book through NetGalley to review. This is the first book in the Daughters of Zeus trilogy. It was a fun and light young adult paranormal fantasy read with a lot of mythology in it. This is basically a retelling of the Persephone mythos.

Persephone is just a normal teenage girl who goes to high school and works at her mother’s flower shop. That is until one day she finds herself fighting off an attack from Boreas, the God of Winter. She survives the attack but ends up forced to seek she
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I have always had a taste for Greek mythology, so when the opportunity arose for me to read a book based on it, I was excited!

Persephone was a fantastic new twist on many great classic Greek myths, but it specifically focused on that of the myth of Hades and Persephone (of course). Persephone is not
4.5 al empezar el libro tenia como un poquito de miedo que no me gustara, ya que he leído mas que algunos libros con esta temática de Persephone y Hades (que es una me mis parejas favoritas y me obsesiona un poquito)pero me ha encantando, es una Hades diferente el que nos pintan en este libro un poco mas juguetón al frió y distante Hades que conozco y justo eso es lo que me fascino. Y que Persephone mas valiente, si tuvo sus momentos de debilidad pero hay que entenderla un poco,me gusto aunque a ...more
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
Reread number one: September 2014: I think the mark of a truly great book is if it not only remains ENJOYABLE.but gets even better with each read. Persephone is a truly great book. Even knowing -.especially knowing-.what was going to happen I was still emotionally involved and on edge. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

First read: November 2013: Read my FULL review here: http://escapingrealitybookreviews.wor...

I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely ADORED this book! I
When the author contacted me and asked me to consider reviewing her book, I almost said no. I rarely read books by small publishers who publish in ebook only. Thankfully, I reconsidered, because that would have been a huge mistake and I would have missed out on a great book, and a great retelling of a myth I always felt a little bit uncomfortable liking.
Gone, in this retelling, is the passive Persephone who is kidnapped by Hades and forced to return every year because she unknowingly ate some po
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
When I won this book recently I was really happy because I love reading anything involving Greek mythology. I'm a huge fan of the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and the Oracle of Delphi series by Diantha Jones, so I was really excited to read Persephone. The only retelling I've read about her and Hades's story was Everneath by Brodi Ashton but still I can't quite compare all.

I really liked this book when I started it. I liked Persephone's voice and was excited to see what's going on
Valette M.
Persephone was very easy to identify with, despite how *Ahem* unusual her circumstances were. When I started reading, I was a bit apprehensive that this book would turn into another pile of disgustingly artificial mush, with another teenage girl battling angst and hormones as she takes on problems. And there's nothing wrong with that once in a while, but this book was so much more enjoyable for having emotionally grounded characters. Persephone was believable and likable as she struggled with co ...more
Jennifer Bielman (Bad Bird Reads)
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3.5 stars

At A Glance
I loved the concept and characters but I felt like I was waiting forever for something to happen.

The Good
The last thing Persephone expected her mother to reveal was that Persephone is actually a goddess. But that sure explains all the weird things that has been happening to her lately. When Boreas, god of winter, tries to capture Persephone for nefarious reasons, Hades comes to her rescue. To keep Persephone safe, Hades marks her

This is the 3rd Persephone and Hades retelling I've read. Let's face it, the others sucked royally and I had all but given up hope for this particular myth retelling. BUT I've heard that the third time's the charm..right???

RIGHT! FINALLY! A myth retelling done well. Very well. I loved it. I read it in a couple hours. You should read it too.

Like I already said, this is a retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades. The author did a fantastic job of putting her own unique spin on a classi
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I spent my childhood curled up with a book, and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with me, I rewrote it. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I spent high school and college learning everything I could so that one day I could achieve that goal. I graduated college with my BFA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and am pursuing my masters at the University of Georgia.
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“Charm me into giving you the red M&Ms. They’re my favorite.'
I looked Hades in the eyes. 'Give me the red M&Ms.'
'Still not good enough.'
'Give me the damn M&Ms,"'I snapped.
He snickered. 'That wasn’t very charming.”
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