"EVERY GIRL WHO HAS 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..." -from Goodreads.com
What I Thought:
First of all, I absolutely love the covers in this series. They are so pretty with her white dress and leafy backgrounds! It lured me in, I admit, I am a bit of a cover addict.
Kate is a teen who has been pretty much by her mother's side the last five years. Kate's mother is slowing dying of cancer, and has been in and out of the hospital for most of Kate's teenage years. I can respect a girl who sticks by her mother like this, that takes a lot of love and dedication. The thing that does bother me though, she doesn't even take the time to mingle and make friends. I mean, what teen living in NYC doesn't mingle and have a lot of friends? Even if they are an outcast.
so here we are now back in Michigan, where Kate's mother grew up and wanted to go back to before she dies. I live in Michigan, so I though that was pretty awesome. They go up to the UP, which I thought was pretty awesome too, and stay in a town called Eden.
Eden??? Spoilers my dear, spoilers.
Anyways. So there are a lot of places in Michigan with fun names. Kalamazoo, Mackinac, Ypsilanti Hell. Yes, Hell. That is a real place here, and it does in face freeze over. I was slightly saddened that they didn't stop in any cities on the way to Eden, since there are oh like hundreds of pit stops on the way.
Eden's a pretty small town, also normal for Michigan, and has the usual cliques in the school. Fast forward a bit and Kate is invited to a party by Ava. Except when they get there they discover there is no party, Ava dies, the god of the Underworld revives her, Kate now has to come back and live in his manor. Summed that up pretty fast huh?
The rest of the story is pretty much Kate flouncing about the manor, little incidents happening, and then judgement by the gods to see if she can be immortal.
Gods just make you immortal. they don't give you a judgement. THEY ARE GODS.
The gods in the book all called themselves brother and sister, when in fact only a few of them were actually related by blood. Technically Zeus is sort of related to EVERY SINGLE ONE by blood. Also, his wife is his sister. Yeah.
On that note, Hades aka Henry, in no way was ever the saintly type of person he is in this book. He would not have cared that the other girls died, he wouldn't have healed Ava, etc. Hades was just as bad as the rest of his family, incest and all. I know authors can take things and use their own creative intellect on it, but this stretches Greek mythology a bit too much for my taste.
I don't really know where else to go from here with this review. The writing was decent, there were some catch ups on the dialogue though. That's to be expected from a debut author I think. If you're OK with Greek mythology being taken and stretched a bit far, then by all means please read this book. If you like the myths the way they are, don't read this book. The choice is your's my friends.
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