Saturday, September 22, 2012

For Autumn 2012, Even More Books About Persephone

In 2011, I wrote THIS POST about books starring the ancient Greek goddess Persephone, goddess of the Underworld, as a character. Since then, a new crop of YA books has featured Persephone. (I haven't read any of these yet.) These include:

Abandon by Meg Cabot. Cabot, the Bloomington, IN-born author of The Princess Diaries brings us this tale of Pierce, a young woman who came back from the dead after an accident. Abandon is the first book in a trilogy; the second book is called Underworld.

Asphodel by Lauren Hammond is another first book in a trilogy; Hammond calls hers the Underworld Trilogy. This Persephone at first fears the Underworld and Hades, but then falls in love with the Underworld lord. Forcibly returned to the land of the living by Zeus, who has also destroyed the world's pomegranate trees, Persephone searches for a pomegranate seed that can reunite her with her beloved.

Persephone the Phony (Goddess Girls Series) by Joanne Holub and Susan Williams. The second book in this series (after Athena the Brain) aimed at readers aged 8-12, Persephone the Phony encourages its readers to be true to themselves. Persephone falls for "bad boy" Hades despite her friends' warnings that he's bad news and her mother's fears. Hades could be the best thing that ever happened to Persephone, though - he helps her find her voice.

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter. There are at least four books in the Goddess Test series. After the original comes The Goddess Hunt (Book 1.5), Goddess Interrupted (2), The Goddess Legacy (2.5) and The Goddess Inheritance (3, due out in February 2013). This series focuses on Kate, a teen whose mother is dying. When Kate meets Henry, she thinks he's insane - Henry claims to be Hades. Then Henry brings a girl back from the dead, and Kate questions whether he might not be crazy after all.

Have you read any of these? Were they good?


Angel said...

I haven't read any of the first books, but I have read 3 of the Goddess Test series books, I LOVED them. I really liked Kate as a character and I liked how they worked the mythology in, although it doesn't stay to close to the actual original myth they are still very good reads

Erin O'Riordan said...

Good to know, Angel!

Wren Doloro said...

I love Persephone, let me know if you run into some for adult readers :p

Erin O'Riordan said...

Wren, the books I talked about in last year's post (linked at the top of this one) was all about books for adults featuring Persephone.