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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...more
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Published July 6th 2012 by Musa 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...more
Summer {is puntastic}
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....more
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...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Review posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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

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...more
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...more
Stephanie ♥Loves Adrian Ivashkov♥
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...more
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...more
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...more

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...more
Gushing point of review. I loved it. I have been wanting to try out the whole Greek Gods retellings and i tried the Goddess Test but i just wasn't interested in it. So when i found this little treasure i was beyond excited! I read this in less than a day, sooo good. Okay now for the actual reviewin'.

The story starts off strong, and right off the bat there is something unique about Kora (its her middle name - and i first i was like...well okay i enjoy the fact that you are changing the names but...more
Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis - Danger, romance, betrayal

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4.5 stars

Wow, this book was absolutely awesome! It was everything I hoped it would be. Persephone is perfect for all fans of Greek mythology. It's a really unique take on the story of Persephone, and the book itself was un-put-down-able!

I will admit that Persephone wasn't always the most likeable character. When she first learns that she's a goddess, I kind of wanted to bash her head against the wall. Despite all the evidence to support the claim, she was con...more
Oh! I really liked this one! As a big fan of Persephone and Hades, I couldn't let this one go by without giving a try and let me tell you something: I wasn't disappointed at all!

Overall, as the blurb mentioned it, Persephone learns that she's a Goddess (one of many other Zeus's daughters). At first she doesn't believe her mother (Demeter), but when the God of Winter (Boreas) tries to abduct you and Hades, the God of the Underworld barely save you from this horrible fate, you have no other choice...more
Wow two awesome books in a row. I am on such a great book streak. Persephone was fantastic. It is no secret that I love mythology books, and I am super excited that there seem to be more and more of them popping up in the young adult age group. But Persephone, while staying very true to the original myths and stories of the gods, gave a modern spin on the description of the underworld. The whole setting just seemed revamped, and I think it is my favorite layout and concept of the underworld and...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
I cannot put into words how much I loved this book, I never wanted it to end, I loved everything about it, I struggled to put it down, what Bevis has written is one of my favourite books of the year!
I've never read a book before based around the Hades and Persephone myth and I couldn't have picked a better book to start me off, I will definitely be seeking out the sequel to this, I had an inkling when I was getting towards the end that this is part of a series but a little part of me was hoping...more
Ah Greek and all things goddesses. Love these types of books. These two subjects are hard to combine and have a really good book at the end.

Kaitlin, has managed to grab me and make me fall in love with her writing. Everyone needs to read this book! This book is a best seller type of read. Things like the Goddess Test by Aimee Cart and Everneath by Brodi Ashton. Those are two other authors that have managed to get a great idea of the Persephone and Hades myth and make it amazing.

So now onto the...more
Lee (Rally the Readers)
Also posted on Rally the Readers.

* A copy was provided by the author for review.

4.5 Stars

When I began reading Persephone, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. The signs pointing to Persephone’s goddess-ness, like having a professor named Homer, living in Athens, Georgia, and attending a concert by a rock star named Orpheus were a little less than subtle. Once Hades rescued her from Boreas and whisked her away to the Underworld, however, I started loving this. The characterizations of the fi...more
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Favorite Lines “Is this a god thing?” I asked, growing annoyed. “Talking about people like they aren’t standing right there?”

“Life isn’t fair! Why should death be any different?”
“Did you ever stop and wonder if maybe that attitude is why the gods are dead?” I asked. “People don’t believe in gods because they can’t wrap their minds around the idea of someone allowing all the terrible things in the world to happen.”
“Reality has teeth and claws. It’s rarely pretty and never fair. Haven’t you figure
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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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