Publishing Date: April 19th, 2011
Pages: 304 pgs
Summary from 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 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 have to say that I requested this book from NetGalley because there has been so much hype on the blogosphere for this book. I don't usually buy into the hype but so many people had good things to say so since it was available I decided to give it a try. I am really glad that I did because this is an amazing book. The book centers around Kate who has been given the chance to become a goddess. She must stay at Henry's estate for 6 months of the year and must pass a series of tests in order to become a goddess. Kate is doing this mostly to keep her mother alive but in the end she ends up really enjoying her time in the estate and she falls in love with Henry. This book is centered around Greek mythology and I have to say that Carter does a very good job of integrating the mythology into the plotline. I have read books in the past that have Greek mythology in them and I have found that you can get lost very easily if you aren't familiar with the myths and the gods/goddesses in Greek folklore. Carter is able to keep her story going and integrate Greek mythology without going overboard. I really enjoyed her writing style I spent my day Saturday reading this book. I couldn't put it down and since it was the first nice spring day in Ottawa I was happy to be reading outside in the sun. I definitely recommend this book, you will love the characters and the story and you may learn something new about Greek mythology. This book made me want to do some more reading about the myths. I would definitely go out and buy this book as soon as you can.