Source: Publisher, NetGalley
Short synopsis (Goodreads): 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 Underworl 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.
My Review: I ended up liking this book fairly well. It was a nice new take on an old myth…or history, depending on your perspective. However, this book took me a lot longer to finish than it should have. I started reading it and it wasn’t that exciting. For the first 6 chapters or so I was felt detached. I had hope though, the summary was intriguing so I kept going.
I ended up liking it well enough. Well enough, in fact, to be somewhat excited for the second installment to come out (that is one of the only downsides to reading ARCs, you have that much longer to wait for the next one to come…).
I liked Kate’s relationship with Henry. It was slow, it made sense, they worked on it and you could see it grow. Adorable.
The prologue was a little hard for me because my image of the Greek and Roman diety’s kind of has to do with a certain Disney movie by the name of Hercules. Hades isn’t so hot in that one (hot as in good looking or as in nice..), so trying to make him into a compassionate character took me a little bit.
If things hadn’t picked up in the middle, this book would have gotten a 2 star rating for me. Kate was kind of a brat, I couldn’t connect with her, and I really wasn’t understanding her immediate friendship and dependence on James (or Ava, but that gets more resolution). Having other characters introduced was a relief. She does grow, but kind of regresses the last few pages in my opinion. The ending 30 pages or so were not as good at the middle either. Again, the James thing. I can’t complain too much without giving things away….but you’ll probably understanding where I’m coming from when you read the book.
Glad I read it (it counts towards 2 challenges, the Debut Author Challenge and the Once Upon a Time Challenge)and overall it was good. Something worth reading but whether you want to add it permanently to your library is up to you.