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Persephone's Orchard (The Chrysomelia Stories #1)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  628 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she's pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate.

Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding wi
Paperback, 370 pages
Published June 28th 2013 by Central Avenue Publishing (first published June 25th 2013)
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Nevaeh Lee
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, so when you think of Hades, the Greek god of the Underworld, you might picture someone like this:

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Or this.....

hades percy jackson photo: Hades chat-percy-jackson-cast-friday-04.jpg

Or even this....

hades clash of titans photo: Hades Hades-3.jpg

But what if Hades looked more like this?

adrian grenier photo: Adrian Grenier adrian_grenier.jpg

Mm, hmm...that's what I thought. Being above ground is overrated, right? ;o)

Anyone who is fond of Greek mythology will absolutely love Persephone's Orchard, but you definitely do not have to be to enjoy this book, which definitely puts a different spin on the story of Hades and Persephone than you have ever come across or
Going off to some inaccessible place with a guy she barely knew? It was not her usual style and not an activity she'd recommend to anyone she cared about. Then again, several people at tonight's campus parties were probably hooking up with strangers too- though in more sexual and less supernatural fashion.

Apparently having casual sex poses the same risk as going off with some creeper who has already kidnapped you once without telling anyone.


This book is just a giant mixture of shitloads o
Kaitlin Bevis
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I actually really liked this book! When I first realized that this was one of those "Persephone reincarnated into the modern day" things I have to admit, I was nervous. I've read a lot of versions of Persephone (though I waited until my first book was completely drafted and in queries until I did, just to be safe with the exception of L.J Smith's Forbidden Games that was my favorite book when I was twelve, seriously, read it.), and I've seen that done several times without it ever actually seemi
Rachel Alexander
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“It had to unleash some invisible magic, he thought; Hades and Persephone, joining together again within these black and holy stone walls, for the first time in millennia. As they indulged in enjoying one another, how could they not be reactivating some power within the Earth itself? Surely they were at least bringing autumn storm clouds rolling and thundering over the Mediterranean.

But probably every boy felt that way when finally in bed caressing the girl he loved.”

I quoted the excerpt abov
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY
Where is the sequel? I need the sequel!!!

To me, this book deserves a lot more recognition than what it currently gets. It is... marvellous, and this is coming from a history/mythology geek. From the moment I picked up the book with the intention to read a first few pages before going to bed... I couldn't put it down. I got wrapped up in the story and couldn't do anything but read this amazing book.

Molly did an amazing job with the memories from previous lives. I read a couple of stories attempt
Molly Ringle
Apr 10, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Want an origin story for this book? Sure! I knew you did!

Long, long ago, when I had a dial-up modem, and Goodreads wasn't even a thing yet, I wrote a novel called Letters from Hades, about a young woman named Sophie who is seized and taken to the Underworld by, well, Hades. I had read D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths a zillion times since childhood, and knew that this was a traumatic event for poor Persephone, but even so, that Underworld sure fascinated me. Plus, Persephone ended up QUEEN of the
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-read
First I would like to mention I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing that comes to mind is Holy Wow batman! I loved this book!! I am a huge fan of Greek Mythology and reading Persephone's Orchard put a whole new spin on it for me.

I'm also a huge believer in reincarnation a and have taken my own past lives test. Reading Hades's and Persephone's story going back and forth between realms was totally cool. Hades was just so loveable too in this story and I ju
Carla D.
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I received a digital arc from the author through "Fangirls and Fanboys" group from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

I need to start this review by stating that I’m a huge Ancient Culture lover, especially Greek Culture – chiefly about its mythology. Therefore, while I was taking my degree I took several classes about this theme, even though the main focus of my degree was performing arts and cinema. Hav
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Darrow has left her family's produce farm to start her freshman year at the University of Oregon. She's trying to turn over a new leaf, far from her old boyfriend and the tension she senses in her parents' relationship. The last thing she expects is to be drawn into the peculiar but intriguing world of a mysterious boy, Adrian, who keeps showing up in rather unlikely places and ways.

The story begins "in media res," a phrase I have loved since my high school Latin class, where I learned to
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance
An absolutely enthralling read. It was all-consuming while I was reading.

I have always been fascinated with the myth of Hades and Persephone and this was such a sweet and fun twist on the story. I also really appreciated the way that Molly Ringle slowly introduced the complicated parts of the story (i.e., reincarnation, gaining memories of past lives, becoming immortal, tracking other people through magic, and more). Fantasy can be difficult to read if the author assumes you come in knowing mor
Ellen Ekstrom
Wow. Just wow. Did I say wow?

"Persephone's Orchard" is amazing. Ms. Ringle gives us a clever and new retelling of the myth of Persephone and Hades and in addition, gives us their modern counterparts in two very real, very likable characters. Books like this and Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" turned me on to YA books. I wish they'd been around when I was reading "B is for Betsy" and "The Pink Dress," I wouldn't have had to read those books, because "Persephone's Orchard" is my kind of story: ro
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 10, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: top-tbr
Ok, this seems different than my usual but still potentially awesome. It's a modern retelling of Hades & Persephone's story... I'm totally intrigued!

The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she's pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate.

Soon, though she returns to her regular lif
Abbie Williams
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I crave intense books, and Persephone's Orchard is INTENSE from the start. Immediate exciting action. Intricately detailed stories within stories. Complex characters. Mystery and danger. Ghosts. Reincarnation. True love so strong that not even millennia can destroy it. I knew I was in for it (meaning, I would have to read non-stop until I finished) after Adrian's statement at the end of chapter two.

There are truly two sets of main characters (though they are very much connected), and both are f
Jul 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
I don't know why there is a hype about this. I couldn't even finish it. The writing is terrible. The characters unrealistic and unlikable and the complete story is out of whack. Phones in other dimensions???!?!? Was this not researched at all. Texts and calls work because of PHONE TOWERS, not radio frequencies and would absolutely NOT work in another dimension. And since when do those from the underworld have smart phones anyway. The whole plot is unrealistic and unbelievable. There is no scient ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I've fought my way through half this book and I am just bored to tears! I love Greek mythology, especially the retellings of Hades and Persephone into a love story...but not here. The characters are boring, their romance is boring, the secret evil organization hardly comes into play and I give up.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Greek Mythology fan. Like, huuuge. And chief among my Greek mythology obsessions is the tale of Hades and Persephone; I snap up every piece of written work I can written about this interesting couple. I don't know why it's my favorite myth, but it just is. I'm always looking for new things about them and go into these novels hoping against hope they don't fall back on the same tropes that tend to fill even the worst Hades and Persephone fanfiction that can be found on the internet. ( ...more
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Come see my author spotlight and interview, along with a giveaway of one signed copy June 20-27, 2013 at Such A Novel Idea!

Why You Should Buy It

This reinvention of Hades, Persephone, and the rest of the Greek gods is fascinating, creative, and breath-taking. A perfect blend of the old myth and the present day. And the love between the two main characters is aww-worthy. You will laugh, cry, and wish for more.

My Thoughts

*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review.*

As you all know, I’m
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I have so much fun reading books about mythology. This one being about Persephone and Hades was the best!

It starts when Sophie is kidnapped but ends up being taken to another dimension. There she meets Adrian. He's sexy and mysterious. He tells her that there are secrets about them but can't yet explain them to her. "You have to discover the answers on your own." Finally, memories begin, she dreams of all her past lives until she remembers her first. Sophie and Adrian were orig
Kat Nicholson
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sophie Darrow (A wonderful name), is an average college freshman, nervous about moving into her dorm and leaving her family and trying to decide what to do about her boyfriend who is away at a different college. She doesn't put much stock in stories about the ancient gods, who does? Imagine her surprise when she is kidnapped and whisked into the spirit realm her very first day at college! Soon she learns the secrets
Rich Mulvey
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Persephone's Orchard is an intriguing and fun re-interpretation of the classic Greek story. The author builds a world in which the mythic elements are grounded in a logical, self-consistent framework that propels the story from what at first seems to be a simple romance to a full-blown tale of mystery and drama. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Mar 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hades
Strictly a YA book -- characters did not mature despite having centuries of memeories -- rather boring, would not read next book
Darlene Foster
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Persephone's Orchard is the first in a trilogy by one of my favourite authors. Based on familiar Greek mythology, it comes with a clever twist. The author has created cool modern day Hades and Peresphone characters. Sarah is a confused college student caught up in the underworld. Adrian is a young man trying to recapture the love of his life at the same time avoiding those who would like to see all immortals eliminated. Other familiar characters appear, such as Hermes, Aphrodite, Demeter, Adonis ...more
RO Mejia
Persephone's Orchard is about Sophie Darrow, a curvaceous beauty, that has just been delivered to her dorm on Oregon State University campus. Out of nowhere, Sophie comes face to face with this odd fellow named, Nikolaos, who acted as though he was lost. He asked for Sophie's help with his Greek accent, looking helpless, and when she says "yes," he puts his arms around her, and they vanish in to another realm. She has been kidnapped by this odd character. When they land in a golden field somewhe ...more
Oct 11, 2016 marked it as to-read
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* An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.

4.5 Stars

I’ve had some very good luck with mythology retellings lately, and that streak continues with Persephone’s Orchard. I absolutely loved Molly Ringle’s inventive reimagining of Greek mythology, in which deities are reborn into new lives throughout time, and the Underworld isn’t that scary a place (and neither is the god usually associated with it, Hades). I really liked the idea of the gods and god
Nay Denise
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I received this book in exchange for an honest review**

OMG. I've always read books on Greek mythology in modern times, but Persephone's Orchard is hot, intense and gripping in many ways. Molly Ringle has created something so profound that my interest in Greek mythology has increased.

Persephone's Orchad is a something of a retelling of the story of Persephone and Hades. Usually when hearing about Hades you think of an evil, ugly guy, but this spin made Hades a hot, early twenties man. I feel in
WTF Are You Reading?
Persephone's Orchard is the perfect blend of mythology, action, mystery, suspense, and New Adult romance.
Sophie Darrow knew that going away to study at the University of Oregon would change her life, but she had no idea that change would happen as soon as her first day. Or that the life she has been so anxious to start will lead her to a love and a destiny that she had known forever.

The stories told within Presephone's Orchard (and yes, there are many) come together to form a complete saga/love
Cocktails and Books
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
New Adult novels are somewhat new to me as a reader. I’ve read only one other and was surprised at how well I enjoyed it. So when I found out that this book was in the same genre, I had high hopes. And let me just say, it was so much more than I expected.

Persephone’s Orchard is a wonderful modern take on the centuries old mythological romance between Hades and Persephone. The author’s beautiful blend of contemporary romance with the legendary story of the Greek God and Goddess is artfully done,
Wendy Hines
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

If you enjoy stories based on mythology, you will want to read Persephone's Orchard. On Sophie's first day at college, a day that already has her flummoxed missing her boyfriend and family, she meets a cute, but strange boy. He needs some help, so she decides to show him where he is wanting to go, but instead, everything goes wonky and Sophie finds herself in a field in a different world.

There, Adrian beseeches her to try a pomegranate. It's said to bring forth all of your old lives and memories

This is one of the best re-tellings I've ever read and I've read Bitter Greens.

Sophie Darrow is a sheer pleasure to read, an excellent heroine who makes smart, logical decisions. Sophie and Adrian are such brilliant characters that that this book would have won rave reviews just for them.

Thankfully, the plot also holds up! I am curious to know what went on(how the immortals died etc., Demeter's reaction), how they're going to take down Thanatos etc.

When I was finished with this book, the only th
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Molly Ringle was one of the quiet, weird kids in school, and is now one of the quiet, weird writers of the world. She likes thinking up innovative romantic obstacles and mixing them with topics like Greek mythology, ghost stories, fairy tales, or regular-world scandalous gossip. She's into mild rainy climates, gardens, '80s new wave music, chocolate, tea, and perfume (or really anything that smell ...more
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“Hermes visited him in the Underworld a few days before the spring equinox festival, cajoling Hades to come to it.

Hades wandered across the fields with him, Kerberos limping along at his side. “No one wants the god of death at their fertility festival.”

“Sure they do. I’ve heard plenty of girls sighing over your tasty darkness.”

“Tasty darkness. Really.”
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