Every other girl who had taken the test has died.
Now it's Kate's turn.
It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
If she fails...
Genre: Young Adult / Romance / Greek Mythology
Review: I loved the beginning! The opening sentence was fantastic and it draws you in from the very start.
I liked Kate a lot, but by the end of the novel I still felt like I didn't know her. Do you know what I mean? I felt this way about Henry too. I would have liked some more insight into her character and much more interaction between her and Henry.
Henry was odd throughout much of the story, which was fine. The lord of the Underworld would be odd to say the least
I did find Eden to be very unrealistic. James' behavior is very odd and the reason behind it is not given until far into the novel. I found it hard to believe that he would randomly befriend Kate, but then again books are fantasy and wouldn't we all love to start a new school and have instant life-long friends?
I think it's important to remember that this is one authors version of a story involving the Greek Gods. It is not meant to be a guide to legends made up a thousand years ago nor is it meant to copy everything you learned in eleventh grade mythology. I found Miss Carter's take on Greek mythology interesting and was pleased to find that the 'gods' were quite human.
*Thar be spoilers ahead!* Highlight to read.
Everything ends up being an elaborate set-up orchestrated by Demeter, Hades and the council. Her mother technically never really died because, oh yeah, she's a Goddess, too. Their moving to Eden was planned, and Eden never really existed in the first place. And that dear penners (do you like the nickname...no, that's okay we're still working on it ;) is what sort of ruined the book for me. I still give it five stars, it's definitely one of the best YA books I've read this year. But it everything felt fake and unromantic after I learned it was a set-up.
I think the idea that he loves her from afar and believes she is the one for him would be better. It also got weird, awkward and uncomfortable when his friend offered to have a daughter just so Hades/Henry could have a Queen. Creeeepy.
I think like many readers I was looking forward to something very similar to the myth, like twin similar to the Hades/Persephone myth. And this book isn't that. It's certainly a good read but the likeness to the myth evaporates quickly and is replaced by Carter's unique voice as she blends an entirely new tale. The story of Henry and Kate.
About the Reviewer:
M. A. Bronson is a 17-year-old author and book reviewer. She is
currently editing her next release, a YA Paranormal Romance novella.
. Her debut, Ashes, Ashes is now available on amazon and smashwords! :)