- Series: The Chrysomelia Stories
- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing (June 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1926760980
- ISBN-13: 978-1926760988
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Persephone's Orchard (The Chrysomelia Stories) Paperback – June 1, 2013
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"Being above ground is overrated, right? Anyone who is fond of mythology will absolutely love Persephone's Orchard." - Nevaeh's New Adult Book Blog
"Molly Ringle has crafted an excellent piece of fiction. ... one which encourages me to cuddle under the covers, knees up, and enjoy the spicy details." - Long and Short Reviews
"If you love Greek mythology, particularly the story of Hades and Persephone, then you should definitely add Persephone's Orchard to your TBR list. I was very impressed with Molly Ringle's reworking of the myth, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for the rest of the series." - Rally the Readers
"I felt a deep connection with this beautiful retelling of this Greek myth (which is my favorite), and how she has wound it all together into this delectable story. I believe Ms. Ringle's readers will be enthralled by this journey too!" - A Bookish Escape
"Molly’s artfulness in setting patterns of relationships and events in ways that illuminate each other, create foreshadowing and dramatic tension is an especially enjoyable element of the book." —Still Seeking Allies
From the Author
It doesn't take much research to find that there is no one "proper" way to tell any of the Greek myths. People developed their own favorite versions in different areas, with contradictory details cropping up between one story and another. Therefore, in taking a Greek myth and turning it on its ear, I figure I'm only adding to the longstanding tradition of creating a version of events I personally am fond of.
The ancient myths all tend to agree that Hades kidnapped Persephone, completely against her will, traumatizing her and breaking her mother Demeter's heart. But for reasons I can't fathom (maybe I simply wanted a prettier story?), ever since I was a teenager I wanted to see a version where Persephone loved Hades, and he loved her too. (It's possible he did in the original myth, and just had an unhealthy way of showing it. We don't get a lot of glances into Hades' mind in those old stories.) But in rewriting the myth that way, it became clear that if Hades wasn't the villain in the triangle, someone else would have to be.
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Top Customer Reviews
I went into this book with high hopes because of all the glowing five-star-across-the-board reviews, so I was probably even more disappointed when I found myself skimming most of the second half. I'm giving it 2.5 stars because it wasn't terrible, it had some interesting things going for it, but it wasn't for me and I was mostly bored through the whole thing.
I actually did like the author's take on mythology for this book, and thought it was clever to give them a more human backstory. However, I really didn't care for the reincarnation line. I thought it would have been a much better story without any modern day characters or rehashing of past lives. That could have been interesting, but it wasn't because she didn't go into any of them in depth, they were just used to string us along until the "big reveal." If only she had just told us the story of Hades and Persephone using her unique spin. Instead, we have these modern day characters who are supposedly the umpteenth reincarnation of some ancient gods, and "Persephone" spends most of the book trying to remember her previous lives so she can decide if she likes "Hades" or not. In order to do this, she has to sleep... a lot. She just kept sleeping so she could dream to find out what happened, and then they'd hug and visit his airstream trailer for some chaste studying or to throw a stick for his dog, then he'd take her home. There were some bad guys, who were not very scary, thrown in just to keep us on our toes too.
Overall, I just felt that the relationship between Aiden and.. I can't even remember her name.. felt like puppy love and I just didn't care about any of them. I didn't buy that these two people had been connected by a deep and lasting love through countless lifetimes.
I know that there have been several Hades and Persephone stories put out recently but I haven't read any of them, so this was my first chance to be wowed. I wanted to be, but I just... wasn't. Moving on.
The story begins "in media res," a phrase I have loved since my high school Latin class, where I learned to love both epic literary devices and the mythical stories they embellished. And yes, the story begins (literally) with a bang, eschewing those pesky expository explanations that so tediously try a reader's patience. There's an immediate, "what happened, what will happen" reaction, that persists even as the story shifts gears to the complex and tangled relationship that Sophie and Adrian share.
I was nervous when I saw Molly was using the story of Hades and Persephone as a framework, not gonna lie. Persephone has been one of the popular girls lately, and quite a few have taken her to the prom, including mega author Meg Cabot. How are you going to work around that, I worried. But one of the amazing things about myths (and Molly's literary skills) is their elasticity, their ability to be reimagined in ways that speak to our contemporary concerns and worldview. And so it is with this telling. Adrian and Sophie are amazingly real and contemporary feeling, with their vulnerability amid the swirling ghosts of the past entangling them and bringing them together. This feels like a new story, albeit one with echoes of a former life giving it added resonance and depth as it pleasurably unfolds. Molly's prose is, as always, luminous and lyrical, a true pleasure to read. I urge you to experience the pleasure of this fresh and real feeling NA PNR.