Mol (mollyringle) wrote,

Book reviews: Daughters of Zeus series

Following up on Kaitlin Bevis' post, here's the guest post I wrote on Adonis for her blog! Come have a read.

And since I just finished reading Aphrodite, her latest, here is a roundup of my reviews of Kaitlin's Daughters of Zeus series:

Book 1: Persephone

Persephone is a fun, imaginative, smart retelling of my favorite myth, fusing modern culture with a rich world of magic. I had such a great time reading this. I ate it up in just a few days. With its irreverent sense of humor and its intelligent references, it reminds me most of Joss Whedon, in particular the livelier, funnier seasons of "Buffy" or "Angel."
Read my whole review here

Book 2: Daughter of the Earth and Sky

A satisfying continuation of this series, and I remain fully infatuated with Hades, who is so adorable here (but in a dark and rather dangerous kind of way, of course). The magic/gods system in this one includes globally big powers and equally big problems, so young Persephone has her hands full, especially since she's tangled up in one of those really nasty "under a spell where I can't talk about being under a spell" kind of spells. Plus the genuinely scary Reapers are torturing her for fun. And it doesn't help that Aphrodite has shown up and is sometimes talking her into some questionable activities...
Read my whole review here

Book 3: The Iron Queen

The adventure continues, and it's big stuff! The Greek deities, often at odds with each other, now have to band together for the task of taking on Zeus, who's holding Persephone captive in a bid to acquire the power of the Underworld. Zeus, whom you might know as some heroic leader of gods from other sources (*cough*DisneyHercules*cough*), is in this series more like his actual self from mythology, which is to say, a dangerous, selfish, devious sociopath.
Read my whole review here

Book 4: Aphrodite
It’d be easy to dislike the “Barbie Goddess,” as one character calls her—she’s physically perfect, she’s occasionally clueless, she may often come off as shallow and self-serving...she’s, well, Aphrodite. But I thought Kaitlin Bevis did a marvelous job with the character, showing us her suffering and fears, all of which are inseparable from her recent origin as a creation of Zeus’, made specifically to do his bidding. Now Zeus is gone, but Aphrodite’s left with the nightmares. She’s unbalanced, and unsure what to do with her freedom.

To get the other gods to trust and like her a little better, which they haven’t entirely so far, she volunteers to help solve the latest divine mystery: namely, why some demigods have been disappearing. The mission takes her onto a cruise ship, where she winds up sharing a room with the demigod Adonis, and as you can guess, there the fun begins!
Read my whole review here
Tags: books, linkage, mythology

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