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A Baker’s Dozen of Book Recommendations if You Love Hades and Peresphone Retellings

I firmly believe that Hades and Persephone were in love, and Demeter orchestrated a smear campaign because she was annoyed that her daughter left home. The Greek gods can be petty because immortality is long, and boring sometimes. Apparently, I am not alone in this interpretation of Greek mythology because several YA authors have written novels in support of Hades and Persephone's romance. However, I want to take it a step further and say that I believe that the Hades and Persephone coupling transcend Greek mythology retellings. Their story is broader than one trope, and can be found in every culture's literary canon. In American popular culture, the tale takes the form of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; in Norwegian folklore, it is East of the Sun West of the Moon. Readers are irresistibly drawn to the dark, brooding bad boy with a heart of gold and his quest to win over the intelligent, moral female protagonist, who stands on her own and shows her dark hero how to be a better person.

1. Abandon series by Meg Cabot

2. The Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter

3. The Everneath series by Brodi Ashton

4. Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

6. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

7. A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

8. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

9. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

10. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

11. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

12. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

13. The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi




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