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 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.
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I've had a strange fascination with Hades and Persephone ever since I read the Greek myth way back when I was a teenager. No, I haven't, I think, read any other re-tellings based on that myth. So when I saw "Persephone", a name which I also love, on the cover of the book, I knew I had to read it.
Now having said that...
The story was average. There were no unexpected turn of events and there were no "Oh, my goose!" moments for me. I like my "Oh, my goose!" moments. The writing was awkward at times and there were even moments when it was contradictory, like when the concept of lying is brought in the book up a few times. I won't say more about that because I don't want to spoil anyone. The pace at which the story moved was slow and sometimes it felt like not a thing was happening, but, oddly enough, I was never bored.
The characters didn't really pop and they are pretty much what you'd find on most YA books. If I had to make a comparison, I would say they were like white rice. I love white rice, but sometimes I get tired of it eating it every day and I want yellow rice with beans. We, Puerto Ricans, love our rice.
Persephone was alright. I didn't find her overly annoying, but she would not make my top five favorite "heroines" list.
Hades. Well, he can do no wrong. I'm just kidding. I've always had this idea of Hades being an imposing and terrifying god, but in the through most of the book he's more kitty than tiger. Although, there were moments when I did like him.
I see insta-love! It probably wasn't, and that's a big probably, but the way it's written it looks like it. If there were clearer transitions to show the passage of time, it probably wouldn't have felt that much like insta-love. Luckily in this installment, there was no clear dreaded love triangle, but I can't help but wonder because of the way one of the other male gods was acting.
Basically, the book is a quick read and it had its moments, but it's mostly very... uneventful. Still, I got some level of enjoyment from it and wasn't bored, although I did wish more happened. Also, the ending... I had to raise my eyebrows since there are loopholes to go around that little problem.
2.7 to 3 out of 5
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Don't forget to look for Daughter of Earth and Sky, book 2 in the series, which comes out in December 21st, 2012. To get a sneak peek of it, click HERE.
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