Best Young Adult Persephone and Hades Retellings

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There are a lot of Persephone and Hades retellings out there. Believe it or not, that wasn’t the case back when I wrote Persephone. In the year I worked on Persephone, so did several other completely unconnected authors. I’ve been told this is a common phenomenon in publishing. An idea gets in the air, and several different people catch it.

My version is a bit different than most of these in that it’s a truly modern day retelling of the myth. My Persephone is THE Persephone. Not Persephone reincarnated. Not a girl living through a similar story. Some of the myths have already happened in my world, but the majority are still unfolding in new and interesting ways.

Here are some of my favorite retellings out there. If I miss any, go ahead and add them to the list in the comments below.

The Abandon Series by Meg Cabot 


A modern day retelling that reincarnates the Persephone myth in a new generation.

The Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter


In this series, the Persephone myth happened in the past, and now Hades is searching for a new bride.


The Everneath Series by Brodi Ashton


Aren’t those covers amazing? Ashton weaves in several myths in a modern day almost retelling. Like many of the other series, this protagonist isn’t THE Persephone, but a person from modern times thrust into a similar role.

The Blooming Goddess Series by Tellulah Darling


A hysterical take on the Persephone myth. This book is so much fun, give it a try.

Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman


This book predates mine, and it’s amazing. It’s a retelling of the original Persephone myth set in ancient times.

The Crysomelia Series by Molly Ringle


More of a new adult novel, but still a faithful retelling of the Persephone myth. This version features a Persephone and Hades who are frequently reincarnated and find each other over multiple lifetimes. Check out my review here.

The Forbidden Games  Series by L.J Smith


An oldie but goody. Definitely captures the spirit of the Persephone myth in Jenny and Julian.

If I’ve forgotten any YA versions of Persephone, add them to the list in the comments OR on the Goodreads list I’ve created for Young adult Persephone retellings here.



7 thoughts on “Best Young Adult Persephone and Hades Retellings

  1. It’s technically not a series, but the second book ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J Maas is loosely based on the Persephone/Hades myth (which was mind blowing when I found out!)

    Also thank you for writing this post (I know it was a while ago), this has just helped my dissertation so much! Also I loved your Persephone series! 🙂

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