Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mythology
Publication Date: April 19, 2011
Every 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…
Just wow… It’s a great modern take on Greek mythology with a little bit of romance. The writing style was great, yet at some part of the story I thought it was kind of slow but the hype of the story lived up to the point where I was expecting it to be. I really liked how the whole Greek gods and goddess was characterized in this book. The plot twist was so unbelievable, I myself thought that I was being betrayed or something.
When I was reading this I noticed that it somehow resembles to Rick Riordan’s novel “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” series minus all the adventure and monsters. But in this story the main character was a girl and she was destined or should I say challenged to pass the test in order for her to be a goddess and be a part of the Olympians. The tests, I thought it would be like an adventure and she would fight monsters and stuff like that but I was wrong. I didn’t expect that those tests where really deadly.
Henry (Hades) isn’t really your typical prince charming but for Kate he’s the only guy she ever laid eyes on. Being in love with the God of the Underworld was the worse thing that you can ever imagine but she doesn’t even care who he was. She’s there because she loves him. I really liked how their affection for each other was not too much. Henry’s a little bit scared to show Kate how he feels towards her… He frustrates me but I still like his character.
Flaw for this book: Let’s see, I shouldn’t put this as a part of my review but I have to. For those who are avid readers of Greek mythology you would notice some misleading information about the characters (The Olympians). I guess that’s the main point of the author. She wants to introduce the modernize version of the myths, I think that’s the thing that I liked with her novel. It’s fresh, it’s new and definitely worth the read for me.
I enjoyed it a lot that I finished it in just one sitting. It’s great, when I started reading it I couldn’t stop. I definitely recommend this novel!