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Persephone the Phony by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Series: Goddess Girls #2
Series: Goddess Girls #2
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
AS PERSEPHONE'S MOTHER ENCOURAGES HER to do, she often "goes along to get along" instead of doing what she really wants. But when she meets Mount Olympus Academy bad-boy Hades, she finally feels she has found someone with whom she can be herself. He's the first person who actually listens to her, and she finds herself liking him, despite the fact that the other goddessgirls think he's bad news. But if he makes her feel so special -- and so comfortable -- can he really be all that bad?
Authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams put a modern spin on classic myths with the Goddess Girls series. Follow the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus Academy, where the most privileged godboys and goddessgirls in the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills.
This is the second Goddess Girls book I’ve read and the second book in the (still on-going) series. The first book followed Athena and was a self-contained story. This second book follows, perhaps obviously, the character Persephone. I don’t think it is necessary to have read these books in order and Persephone ends completely and without any cliffhangers.
Everything I loved about the first book (Athena the Brain) is present here as well. Greek myths are continually referenced in both the overarching story arc and in little cameo appearances throughout the book. Knowing the myths already makes these references hugely fun to spot, but they won’t seem confusing or out of place for readers unfamiliar with the originals.
My other favorite thing about these books are the characters. Their voices ring so true. In each book the main character struggles with some issue most people have probably experienced at one point or another. In Persephone’s case, she grapples with finding her true self and worrying whether her friends will like her if her honesty isn’t always placid and agreeable.
I wish I had the opportunity to read these books when I was younger. I think I would have gained much comfort and good advice. The characters feel like good friends and confidants. As it is, I still enjoy them now despite the fact that I am well outside the target age.
I currently have the next book, Aphrodite the Beauty on my library TBR and fully plan on continuing with this excellent series.