Thursday, 20 December 2012

Book Review (188): Daughter Of The Earth And Sky (Persephone #2) - Kaitlin Bevis And Guest Post

Daughter of the Earth and Sky (Persephone, #2)

Publication: 21st December 2012
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Pages: 267
Genre: Mythology
Age Appropriate: Young Adult
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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...
OMG! Kaitlin how can you do this to me?
That ending was was so good/bad, good in the sense that it was a bloody fantastic cliffhanger and bad because well it's a cliffhanger and we have to wait till Spring 2013 to be able to find out what happens!
 This book is in my opinion definitely better than the first book Persephone, I loved it, loved it, loved it, but jeez I will not sit here and wallow in the fact that 2013 still feels like years away when you're waiting to find out how this ending will resolve itself, ok so maybe I'll wallow a little.
God how I love Hades character, and although he was in the book quite a bit, I still wanted more, I can never read too much of him and his gorgeousness, but I'm also a fan of Persephone as well and life didn't exactly go so well for her this time, in the first book she found out who she was in this one she lost herself through the interference of Zeus, Thanatos, The Reapers and even Aphrodite.
Through the oath that Persephone made to Thanatos in the previous book, she cannot tell anyone, especially Hades, about his dealings and betrayal of secretly working with Zeus to bring down Hades, knowing this secret and not being able to tell Hades drives a wedge between the two of them, Hades knows that she's hiding something from him but he can't figure out what.
Persephone is effectively alone in this book, she's not talking to her mother Demeter, her best friend/priestess Melissa or Hades, and this is what Zeus wants, and he uses it to his advantage, but can Persephone and Hades defeat Zeus?
And will Hades find out about Thanatos and his intentions before it's too late?
I cannot explain how much I loved this book, Kaitlin you've got another winner on your hands.
A fast-paced, unputdownable series that gets better with every book, definitely pick this one up.
I give this 5/5.

Guest Post...
Which authors have influenced my work? That's a tough question because I feel like everything you read plays a part in how you end up writing. But I would have to say my biggest influence is L.J Smith.

I read everything by her (written prior to the year 2000) repeatedly while I was in middle school. I've always enjoyed reading, but her books were the first books that allowed me to escape into a magical world when I was reading them. Everything else was either too far fetched or too preachy to put myself into. Through L.J Smith, I discovered the young adult genre.

Her books were set in this world (mostly) and featured typical teenagers discovering that the world around them wasn't what they thought. It was magic. Sometimes the teen themselves were or became something supernatural, but sometimes they were just normal. Well, no matter what they were they were always possessors of "unearthly beauty."

I  have no idea how much of her work influence mine, but it's there. And I'm not the only one. Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" has several scenes that I'm pretty sure were put there to pay homage to L.J Smith's work. I know reading over her stuff now, it doesn't look like much, but here's what you have to understand, she set precedence. I'm willing to wager pretty much any urban fantasy writer that grew up in the eighties or nineties read her work because there wasn't much else out there. The young adult section didn't used to take up half the book store. There was L.J Smith, R.L Stine, Christopher Pike, and Sweet Valley Twins,  Babysitters Club, and random books by Caroline B Cooney. If I close my eyes and picture a bookstore I see that one to three shelves with those books on it.  It wasn't until I hit High School that Harry Potter came around and transformed young adult literature. Now it's half the book store and the genre is thriving!

All young adult writers owe early young adult books a debt. I know I do. They made me love reading, and planted a spark that grew into a love of writing. I never even considered writing a "grown up" book.:)

About This Author

I spent my childhood curled up with a book, and a pen. If the ending didn’t agree with me, I rewrote it. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I spent high school and college learning everything I could so that one day I could achieve that goal. I graduated college with my BFA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and am pursuing my masters at the University of Georgia.
My young adult fiction novel “Persephone,” will be released this summer. I also write for Athens Parent Magazine, and I have also published several short stories, my latest, Siren Song, is available on

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1 comment:

  1. Fabulous review!!! I can't wait to read this book! :) I loved the first one, so to hear that this one is even better... OMG!! Can't wait!