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 now 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.
If she fails...
Heads up! some spoilers ahead!
At first I was all : )
Now, I'm all, "No. just no." :(
There’s a lot that was either too convenient, suspicious or implausible. When Henry said, “There is always a rational explanation, but sometimes things may seem irrational or impossible if you don’t know all the rules,” I took it as a dig because this line came in the heels of me trying to make sense of a couple of things that made little sense to me.
The prologue had me interested; the first chapter has me nodding along and tut-tutting Kate’s sad circumstance. The next ones had me raising an eyebrow, but I plodded on. After a while, I noticed I had paused quite a number of times already. This did not bode well for Kate’s story.
My main complaints come about because of the MC’s, Kate and Henry. First, Kate. At the beginning of the book, she had decided not to bother making friends in an attempt to protect herself from more hurt. Despite her prickly exterior, she managed to snag not one but two friends! The suddenness of these friendships had me thinking of my number one pet peeve in YA’s: INSTANT LOVE ala any YA pair. How does this relate to Kate and her new found friends? Well, wasn’t she suspicious that in a space of 15 or so pages she found herself precisely where she didn’t want to be in the first place--- with friends? These instant friends made me suspicious, ESPECIALLY JAMES! I can understand why Ava had made an such an abrupt about face. Maybe it’s just that they were in a friendly town? *At this point, I’m thinking to myself, Am I over thinking this?*
With Henry in the picture, I was a little more confused. His appearance was rather abrupt and the story he was giving her was a rather big thing to take at face value. And once I found out who he was and what he could do (and didn’t do)… honestly? I couldn’t see what she saw in him.
So there Kate was, going from outright doubting him, to tentatively being curious, to completely accepting what he had to say, in the blink of an eye.. and for what again? Once she knew what was what, she surprised me by accepting her situation too quickly and easily. I could not fathom why she would do what she did for someone who was not really good! Wow! Kate must be a goddess to be able to rise above all of that! She just sounded too good to be true.
*To be released: April 26, 2011
**ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley. No consideration, monetary or otherwise, was given in exchange for this review.