Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Page Count: 293
Chapter Count: 20
Named Chapters: Yes
EVERY GIRL who has taken the test
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 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...
Opening Sentence: "How did it happen this time?"
I had such high expectations for this book. I had read glowing reviews for it and I absolutely LOVE Greek mythology. Especially the mythology of Persephone....
It.... just wasn't meant to be though....
*Sigh* Don't get me wrong, this book, in an overall point of view, was an okay easy read. But that's all it really was for me. Okay... There was nothing that blew me away about this book. But.... It was just, SO predictable. I must say this was the most predictable book I have ever read. I could see exactly what was going on in this book (and exactly how it would end) from like chapter 3.
I could tell what person was what god/goddess. What their goal was for Kate. What the "tests" were that she was trying to pass. Who her mother really was. Who the killer was. What it was James wanted.
It didn't help the book any, that the tests Kate had to pass, made ABSOLUTELY no sense. Especially not to Greek Mythology. And the #1 one test that she almost failed on (or that the god's/goddess's) freaked out the most on.... Lust... LUST!!! Really!!! Lust happens in practically every story in Greek Mythology. Have you ever tried to count how many children Zeus has (outside of his marriage, even worse). And you are going to try and say she fails because she lusted after Henry. Oh good gracious. I don't want to reveal what it was that she was being tested on, because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who still needs or wants to read this book, but the test's in the end, made absolutely no sense (at least not in correlation to Greek Mythology).
In the end, this book was simply, Okay. There was nothing that got me overly excited about it. The characters were okay, the plot line was okay, the tests.... were okay. Just okay....