Released: April 26, 2011
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.
I've read some mixed reviews about this going into the book. I found it enjoyable, but I haven't read any other Meg Cabot book to say if it is up to par with her other work. But I did like it. It was very intriguing. The Hades and Persephone story was always one of my favorites and I liked the spin on it.
The only thing I didn't really like about the book, which is mild, is that we had a ton of build up and more build up and tension and the story kept building... only to leave the book feeling like the critical point, the climax, is awaiting us in the next book. The moment that awaits us at the end doesn't seem to fit the bill, at least for me, for the conflict of the book. It does leave us with an interesting cliff hanger though.
John was an interesting character. I liked him more than Pierce. Pierce was okay, it just took me a bit to warm up to her. But her trials were interesting. It wasn't easy for her, to try and be social, but she did step up after a bit, even if it wasn't a smooth process.
The story was really interesting and it was an easy read. I know it's gotten quite a bit of mixed reviews, but I definitely think this is a book that should be read. A bit of a darker setting for a YA, but definitely not in a bad way.
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