Published: April 19, 2011
Goodreads blurb: 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 suceeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.
IF SHE FAILS…
It took me far too long to pick this book up. I could not put it down. I love Greek mythology, and I had all I could soak up while reading.
I remember seeing a cartoon about Persephone when I was about 5. It was on a Christmas/winter themed video my brother and I watched every year. It explained that winter happened because she wasn’t in our realm. I’m beginning to think that short cartoon is what spawned my curiosity in Greek mythology.
I felt miserable for Henry. All he wanted was the girl he loved to love him back. Instead, she chose a different fate. Kate is his last hope of keeping his position.
Aimee Carter’s writing is so easy to lose yourself in. I found myself standing in Eden Manor among the characters. Ava is awesome. Everyone has a friend like her. Wild, carefree, and will not be told no. Henry was a mess. Not in a bad way, just emotionally. I was so happy to finally see him open up and show that he is not devoid of emotion.
My other favorite aspect of this book is there is not any insta-love. The relationship build at a slow pace, and you really understand the characters.
I can’t wait to read the sequel. If you love mythology as much as I do, definitely pick this up. But be careful, every one is who they seem to be.