From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up—Whitman has cleverly fit an ancient story into a trendy modern formula—a beautiful, innocent, privileged girl (Persephone) meets a powerful, wealthy bad boy (Hades). In this retelling of the myth, Persephone falls head over heels for Hades and willingly leaves her overbearing mother to become queen of the underworld. Teens will likely relate to Persephone, who cannot stand the thought of spending eternity in the prison she feels her mother has constructed for her, and her transformation from girlish dreaminess to strong, thoughtful woman will resonate with them. Though the author perhaps tries a bit too hard to use metaphor and symbolism ensconced in flowery language, there is an interesting story here; the hints at Persephone's lusty relationship with Hades, combined with the contemporary tone of her first-person narrative, will capture some readers. An endnote gives an overview of the original tale, which may lead to exploration of this and other Greek myths. Purchase where alternative chick-lit is popular.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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“Whitman makes Hades and Persephone (Hadephone? Persades?) a glam celebrity couple that everyone will want to read about.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“A steamy coming-of-age novel laced with feminist sensibilities.” (ALA Booklist)
“Will satisfy fans of Libba Bray and Stephenie Meyer.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A terrific story of a girl on the edge of womanhood, caught between a mother who offers no reverence and a boy who offers worship.” (Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author)