pub date: April 19, 2011
publisher: Harlequin Teen
source: LibraryThing Early Reviewer ebook
appeals: mythology, romance, family, contemporary
content: there is an off-page sex scene. nothing is described, you just know that it happened.
I enjoyed the beginning. It really pulled me in. New girl, new town, new friends. And then the mysterious boy makes her a deal she can't refuse and the adventure begins!
Kate has agreed to live on an estate with Henry for the next six months. Because she's on the estate, she doesn't go anywhere, and it seemed as if we were just treading time until the six months were up. Things happened, of course, but it wasn't as much adventurous as interpersonal. I didn't feel that it was slow, I just didn't get where the story was going. I kept expecting these obvious tests to happen, but they never did. Instead, they were more subtle tests that were hinted to near the end, and explained eventually.
I found it odd/interesting that the estate is full of dead people, there to garden and cook and clean, but they live like they're alive. They can eat, sleep, have sex. So they weren't really dead. Right? The ending does explain why--sorta. But while I was reading, I though it odd.
Anyway, I did enjoy the book. I thought the mythology was interesting. I loved how Carter updated the ancient mythology for today. I also really liked the characters, especially Kate. I liked Henry, but he was a little standoffish and I didn't get to know him well.
I will read the next in the series when it comes out. I'm intrigued about where this story is going. Though I'll be really annoyed if it turns into a love triangle. There are hints it might, but I really, really, hope not.
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.