Goodreads rating: 3.87
Paperback, 293 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Harlequin
0373210264 (ISBN13: 9780373210268)
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.
I think a lot of people's problem with this book is that it's not exactly historically accurate. And they're right, it's not. Hades wouldn't be a virgin, obviously. But that's the point of a re-telling people. It's not exactly the same. There's truths and there's twists, but it's the author's ultimate vision. It doesn't have to be accurate if it comes from a myth in the first place. I also think that what the gods can do wasn't exactly delved into, but it's been set up for a lot more mythology in the next one. The writing seemed a little distant at times in the beginning and I didn't exactly like Kate at first, but by the end I cared what happened with her and Henry. I can't wait to see what happens in the next one, and I want more Kate and Henry moments ;)
And to be honest, I may be a little biased. I met Aimee at Schuler's in Lansing, MI (check out my post about it). I had dinner with her and all the other authors and really got to know her. It's different when you know the person the book is coming from, but this review is my honest opinion. The main thing about mythology is that it's not even accurate in the first place, and should always be open for interpretation. Besides, it's a young adult book with Greek mythology, which is hard enough. You can't make it too innocent because then it would be middle grade and be branded as a Percy Jackson look-alike, but if you sex it up too much, you hit above the audience you're targeting. Carter seems to have found the right balance with that. I cannot wait until Goddess Interrupted!
*SPOILERS*I loved Kate and Henry. I still think he might be a little hung up on Persephone still, but it's obvious he loves Kate. I can't believe Calliope was the god who's been killing off all the girls he's tried to replace Persephone with. I never thought it was Ava (aka Aphrodite), but I had no idea it was Calliope. And Kate's mother was a goddess, Demeter. Didn't see that coming.
Ahem, back to Henry and Kate. Usually, marriage in the first book is a little quick, but it makes sense here. Also, them sleeping together made sense too. I think this is where it was most like the Greek stories. Lying, deceit and sex. I wish it hadn't been aphrodisiac-induced, but it sure as heck helped that she loves him instead of it being lust. I was waiting for them to get to the tests, when it turns out the whole time she was staying there was one big test. Sneaky sneaky!
I can't wait to see what happens in the next one. It'll be interesting to see what happens when good ol' Persephone shows up to help Kate. February is too far away!