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Persephone's Orchard (The Chrysomelia Stories #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  266 ratings  ·  76 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
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Published June 28th 2013 by Central Avenue Publishing (first published June 25th 2013)
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Nevaeh Lee
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.....

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Or even this....

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But what if Hades looked more like this?

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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
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
Kaitlin Bevis

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
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
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
Oct 25, 2013 Anne-Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Abbie Williams
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
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 10, 2013 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read
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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
Kat Nicholson
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
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
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
Lee (Rally the Readers)
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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
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

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
4.5 Stars. A brilliant adaptation of the Greek Myth of Hades and Persephone. Unlike any other retelling of this tale the author creates a unique, intriguing tale populated with exceptional characters and mature dialogue. This story was a joy to read, and although this tale continues in the next book,the story feels completed and doesn't leave any dissatisfaction or story hanging.
Rich Mulvey
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!
Nay Denise
**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
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
Wendy Hines

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 book was....amazing. when I first wanted to read it, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. But reading it, I was sucked into this world. new love, old love, betrayal. it was all there. the writing was perfect. the characters, for the first time I can say this, were all perfect. even the villains. the plot line was awesome, makes me want more. I cant wait to read the sequel. I will def read more from this author and I've already recommended this book to friends.
On Sophie's first day of school she learns that the Greek Gods did exists and they are coming back. She finds this out because she gets taken to the spiritual realm. There she meets Adrian who tries to explain where she is and what is going on. Leary at first back at college she begins to have dreams of past lives. Past lives that she once lived. Adrian knows all about her dreams because he was there with her. She begins to dream of Persephone and Hades and soon realizes she was Persephone. Now ...more
Sophie Lamontagne
I was truly impressed by this story! :)

It wasn't a typical love story and I really like the greek mythology part of it! I'm probably going to start Underworld's Daughter today!
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 7/5/13:

I was slightly leery of this one because I've read so many spins on the Hades and Persephone myth lately, but I love Molly Ringle's work, so I decided to give this one a try anyway. I found that this was an interesting take on mythology that I hadn't seen in previous stories. I truly enjoyed Ringle's twist on an old favorite; she takes characters we all know and breathes fresh life into them. It doesn't hurt that Hades
Nina (The Bookish Confections)
I've always been amazed by Mythology. Don't know why. But it totally amuses me in a lot of ways. So I was so happy that I was asked to review this! Actually, happy is an understatement. I was overjoyed!

Persephone's Orchard totally screamed mystery. It was present in every single chapter. There's always this something that needs to be revealed or there are clues that will help you unfold those mysteries. It was fascinating reading those things and the things that surround it. Even if I find this
Sometimes I hate reading.

Not because I actually hate it, but because
I am such a glutton. If I am reading something both new and good, I can’t stop until it’s over. Literally. Even if it means staying up all night to finish and going through the next day in semi-coma. I try to pace myself and only read for a sane amount of time, but it doesn’t work. I either end up looking at the clock guiltily (3 in the morning? I’ll just read for another hour, then go to bed) or I attempt to go to bed and e
Cocktails and Books
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,
Persephone's Orchard.......what a wonderful book. Molly Ringle builds a beautiful world of true love, wrapped up in Greek mythology. Sophie Darrow leaves home and goes to college where she is "kidnapped" and brought into the spirit realm to meet Adrian. Adrian has to convince he is not a crazy stalker and he has a purpose for bringing her into this spirit world. Adrian is an immortal and he has shared several lifetimes with Sophie as other people. In the spirit realm, Adrian wants Sophie to eat ...more
Frishawn Rasheed
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
I have been in love with the story Persephone and Hades for as long as I've loved Greek Mythology. Okay, I know that some of you are thinking..really? Okay the kidnapping part is wrong but I always thought that there was more to the story than others storytellers let on. Now, I would never compare authors, because I think each author is unique in their own way AND that is why I LOVE authors so much!! Not every story is the same. Sure, there are similarities but each is the author's take on the s ...more
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Molly Ringle has been writing fiction for over twenty years. With her intense devotion to silly humor, she was especially proud to win the grand prize in the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with one (intentionally) terrible sentence. Molly grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and lives in Seattle with her husband and children. Her studies include a bachelor of arts in anthropology and a master of ...more
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