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!