PersephoneDaughters of Zeus Book #1By Kaitlin BevisGenre-YA ParanormalThere 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 to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.
"Persephone" is the first book in the Daughters of Zeus series by Kaitlin Bevis. The story is told from the perspective of Persephone, who is only sixteen-years old and hasn't come into her powers as a goddess yet--in fact, she doesn't even know she is a goddess. I loved the new take on the classic Greek myth of Persephone and Hades. Bevis did a wonderful job of taking a fairly-well-known story and turning it into something new and exciting! And let me say, I'm in love with Hades...there, I said it. I am completely in love with the lord of the underworld.
I loved the wit Bevis put into Persephone. She was funny and relatable, and her reaction to finding out she's a goddess is completely believable. No one could take that information seriously, let alone in stride. Her reactions to her mother and best friend just stating things so simply had me in stitches. It was very easy to get into the story, feel like you were right there with Persephone, and you feel all her fear, doubt, humor, pain--this book is by far an excellent read! I loved every minute of it.
Now, as for the audiobook review portion of this post. Bevis herself is the one to narrate the story. In the beginning she was little shaky and nervous, and I really had to pay attention to keep my footing in the book. But once she hit chapter 3, she got her confidence going and really took Persephone on as her own (which, obviously, she is). And the way she read the dialogue was hysterical. Every shift in her tone made it easy to understand who was speaking and how they were feeling--a feat sometimes unaccomplished in audiobooks. I'm very impressed with how she did her narrations. I know for a fact I couldn't do it, so I tip my hat to you, Ms. Bevis! Cannot wait to read/hear more.
Her young adult series "Daughters of Zeus" is available wherever ebooks are sold. She also writes for truuconfessions.com and Athens Parent Magazine.
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