There are always some books that read so smoothly, and that are so enjoyable that you can't believe it when you reach the last page. You know those ones. The ones that make you say "Noooooo!!" Persephone does just that, even though there were some mistakes.
Bevis' account of the Greek god Persephone isn't far from the actual myth. Persephone is kept far away from the other deities, she is the daughter of the harvest-goddess Demeter, and she does become the queen of the underworld. But it's the way Bevis describes the tale that makes it that much more fun to read.
Sixteen year-old Persephone is living a pretty normal life in Athens, Georgia. Having tried to just blend in and stay unnoticed, she is caught off-guard when suddenly things begin to change. Boys seem to become enamored with her. Even Professor Homer. She also keeps hearing her name whispered on the wind and has the feeling that someone is always watching her. It's not until she is attacked by a man named Pirithous that she realizes who and what she really is.
Not willing to believe that she is a goddess, Persephone leaves her mother and rushes over to her best friends house only to find that she too knows about Persephone's true heritage and that she sworn to keep it secret.
Someone is after Persephone and it's Hades, the god of the Underworld who saves her from Boreas by coming up through a crevice in the earth riding his crepuscular horse drawn black chariot. He not only saves her from Boreas, but by pressing his lips against hers he has made her is wife and Queen of the Underworld.
Persephone is a wonderful story of danger and love. It even makes ME want to meet Hades! I'll be sitting on the edge of my seat until the sequel, Daughter of Earth and Sky, comes out.
4 of 5 stars
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