The Persephone story is one of my favorites, and this was a very interesting take on it. I finished it in 24 hours, which is quite speedy for someone like me. There are times when it comes close to breaking the genre mold, but it falls back on trite dialogue or too familiar plot twists. (Also, why do all the underworld denizens--including Hades--talk like they're 17-year-old girls?) Still, Persephone is a unique take on the usual YA narrator--not only is she vegan and obsessed with daisies, but she goes through a strong maturation arc too. And Hades, well... all things considered, I can forgive his speech lapses.