First Lines: “Persephone…” I hunched over, doing my best to ignore the sound of my name being whispered on the wind. It curled around me in a sensuous breeze. Once I would have turned around, tried to find whoever said my name. Now I knew better. There was no one there. There was never anyone there.
A BIG thank you to Kaitlin Bevis for hooking me up with a copy of this. One of my Goodreads friends found this months ago and it was an immediate add to my to-read list. Then Bevis contacted me about reading it and I jumped all over that like it was a rich piece of red velvet cake.
Persephone (or Kora, as she prefers) keeps feeling like she’s being watched. When she never finds anyone there, she can’t help but feel like she’s going crazy. It all gets worse when her mom reveals that she is the goddess Demeter, making Persephone a goddess as well. But when the winter god Boreas attempts to kidnap Persephone, she realizes it’s all true. She’s rescued by Hades, who marks her as his bride in order to get her to the Underworld alive. But no matter how safe she is with Hades, Boreas will stop at nothing to get her. And the closer she gets to Hades, the more she knows she has to return to the world of the living. But where does she truly belong anymore?
As most of you know, I’m hugely into Greek mythology, especially that of Persephone and Hades. It’s an interesting story in its own right. And this is a very modern retelling of the myth.
Actually, it was more of a retelling of multiple myths, though I’ll leave you in suspense about who else’s story gets told. I actually thought that aspect of the story was incredibly well-written. Not that the other parts were bad either. The myths are carefully woven into and around the modern setting in a clever way. I very much enjoyed trying to spot the next subtle reference to a myth.
So while I enjoyed all of that, I did have a little problem with the story. I had a really hard time feeling any sympathy for the characters. I just didn’t feel what they were feeling. I actually realized the level of apathy I reached when something bad happened to Persephone and I went, “Well, that sucks.” Yeah. That was a pretty clear hint that I wasn’t connecting with the characters. It also made the love story lacking.
Really though, it’s a beautifully written story. I just didn’t connect with the characters much. I still managed to enjoy the story, however that happened.