*ARC provided by the publisher*
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.
What I thought:
One of my favorite things to read about is Greek Mythology. I loved this spin on one of my favorite tales of Demeter and Persephone. Kate, being an ordinary girl who just wants to take care of her ailing mother and finish high school, is thrown into a fairy tale but the happily ever after isn't guaranteed. She will face many trials and dangers and the outlook isn't so great that she will survived where many others have failed.
A modern twist on the old tale, it was clever and well written. Many things remain a mystery for the reader along the journey and it makes for a very enjoyable ride as we find out things at the same time as Kate. I loved that Aimee didn't spoil any surprises for the reader in the telling of this tale. And there were plenty that I didn't see coming!
Overall, it was fantastic. I was enthralled from the first sentence to the last. I was teary eyed as the emotions Kate went through and the sacrifices she was willing to make came to life. It's a fantastic start to a very promising series and I can't wait to read more about Henry and Kate!