Friday, December 21, 2012

Review: Daughter of Earth and Sky by Kaitlin Bevis

Daughter of Earth and Sky
(Persephone #2)

Author: Kaitlin Bevis

Publication Date: December 21, 2012

Publisher: Musa Publishing
Thank you Musa Publishing for the review copy

Genre: Mythology



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 Thoughts: I love the first book in this series and I was ecstatic when I received Daughter of Earth and Sky to review.  If you follow my reviews at all, you know that I am a big fan of mythology and a huge fan of Hades.  So, safe to say that this book is right up my alley.

A lot of things that were started in the first book (Persephone) came to a head in Daughter of Earth and Sky, things that I was really excited to see the resolution to and Bevis didn't disappoint.  This novel is full of emotional highs and lows .  It was a roller-coaster of emotion that I just didn't want to get off of... and I didn't until it was finished. In fact, once I opened the book I very rarely strayed away from it.

I enjoyed the character development in this book. We get to see more sides of Hades than we did in the first book and Persephone seems to grow into herself and her new roles.  Hades is more willing to drop his guard around his wife (most of the time) and he is put through situations that really show his character.  Persephone seems to have come to terms with being a Goddess and Queen of the Underworld... well, a lot more than she had before.  By the end of the novel, she really has a better understanding of who she is, what she wants, what she doesn't and some of her (im)mortal flaws.

I think that the villains in this novel were spectacularly done.  I mean, I hated them.  Some of the things that they put Persephone and Hades through were enough to make me scream.  Just typing about them now is enough to make me super mad when I think about them!

All in all, I think I may have liked this book more than the first one - which is saying something.  This is an excellent series and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for their next read.

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