Sunday, November 3, 2013

National Pomegranate Month: books about Persephone

November is National Pomegranate Month! I don't know many books about pomegranates, but they play a pretty large role in the Persephone myth, and there are several books about that, so here are some...


Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman. In this retelling of Persephone, she's never allowed to leave her mother's garden for Demeter refuses to see that she's growing up and is no longer a child. Hades courts her and Persephone runs away by choice--frankly rather surprised when her mother even notices. I also like this one for remembering that Hades rules the underworld, but in Greek mythology, Elysium is there, too. It's not all torture and torment.

Abandon by Meg Cabot. When Pierce and her mother move to her mother's hometown on Isla Huesos in the Florida Keys, she discovers that ever since she technically died and came back, she's been living in the Persephone story. It started with a hurricane, and it looks like it will end with one, too. The first in a trilogy, follow it with Underworld.

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber. The albino beauty who has come to study at Victorian Londons Athens Academy will learn not only to deal with the ghosts that she can see, but her own part in the puzzling prophecy that threatens the known world. Jennie adds: Yes, this is technically an adult romance novel, but it's very clean (a bit disappointing if you're actually looking for an adult romance). Follow it with The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker.


Everneath by Brodi Ashton. Nikki disappeared for six months, enticed to the Everneath, an underworld where immortals survive by feeding off the energy of humans. Now she's back home, but she has to go back there. This modern retelling of Persephone also includes elements of Orpheus. The first in a trilogy, follow it with Everbound.

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter. When Kate's mother gets sick, she moves them back to her childhood home, where Kate has to start a new school while watching her mother die. But then she meets bad boy Henry. He claims to be Hades and will keep Kate's mom alive if she can pass his tests. The first in a series, follow it with Goddess Interrupted.

Solstice by PJ Hoover. In a global warming apocalyptic future, Piper lives with her controlling mother. Her boyfriend Hades, is keeping secrets, but when Piper escapes her mother's grasp, she finds a world of monsters she never could have imagined.

What are your must-reads about Persephone?

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