Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review of Daughters of Earth and Sky by Kaitlin Bevis and International Giveaway

Daughter of the Earth and Sky (Daughters of Zeus, #2) Goodreads Book Description: Some vows can never be broken.

Persephone thought she could go back to her normal life after returning from the Underworld. She was wrong. The goddess Aphrodite is born among the waves with more charm than she can control. Zeus is stalking Persephone and her loved ones, and Thanatos is no longer content with Persephone’s silence.

He wants her soul.

Persephone can’t tell anyone about Thanatos’ betrayal, and it drives a wedge between her and Hades. Her mother is still keeping secrets, and Melissa’s jealousy of Aphrodite threatens to tear their friendship apart.

Alone, Persephone turns to a human boy for comfort. But will their relationship put him in danger?
Sacrifices must be made, and Persephone must choose between her human life and her responsibilities as a goddess. If she doesn’t, she could lose them both.
But will either life be worth choosing once Zeus is through with her?

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Review:  I was given this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was thrilled to be given the second installment in the Persephone trilogy, as I absolutely loved the first book for the terrific, quirky characters, plays on mythology, and wonderful plots twists. I wasn't let down by the sequel. We start back off where we left off in Persephone, with a really big reveal (which I won't talk about to not spoil people). We get more of smoky, sexy, Hades (can always get more of him!) and a slinky, evil mastermind (again, which I will not name). But Persephone is bound by a promise, and she cannot reveal this evil to her husband. Not to mention, she's still a teenaged girl and has to navigate mortal things such as high school and jealous friends, and whoa, Aphrodite! Persephone's also personally under attack for unknown reasons, and we figure out a lot more of why in this installment.

All the strengths of the first novel remain. I don't have fictional crushes often, but I have to say, Hades is one sexy man. I do like that Bevis talks about the issues of him being WAY older and having more relationships (you may have more than one squick moment as I did reading about some of this) than Persephone ever has. I love that Persephone would actually communicate with her husband if she COULD, which is always my big beef when two young people could have staved off very tragic consequences if they just sat in the same room for half an hour and talked to each other.

As usual, I have one issue with this book. And that is, I still don't get the combination of people knowing about the Greek myths, but not really knowing about the Greek myths. I mean, Persephone seems to understand the allusions to Orpheus, Demeter, Hades, and her own name, so why was the creation of Aphrodite such a surprise?

Overall, a terrific addition to the series, and I can't wait to see the final chapter of this great trilogy!

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  1. notjoining the giveaway but everyone is loving this series.

  2. I LOVED the first book in this series! After the Percy Jackson series, this one is my favorite Greek Myth retelling. After reading some Persephone retelling duds, this one was so good!