Format: Online Galley (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Summary (from Goodreads): 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...
My Summary: Kate's been taking care of her mother since she was diagnosed with cancer four years ago. Sacrificing everything she enjoys to do so, Kate's life is pretty lonely - the only person she has in the world is her mom, who's not going to make it past the next couple of months. Kate can't stand knowing that her best friend in the entire world is about to die, but she refuses to talk about it, instead choosing to live in denial.
Then, during the summer after her 18th birthday, Kate's mom makes a request: she wants them to pack up and move back to her hometown of Eden, Michigan. Kate's reluctant to leave her hometown - who would dream of leaving New York? - but she wants her mom to be happy, so she agrees to the move.
Eden is a small town, though, and people have mixed reactions to Kate's arrival - some people, like Ava (the gorgeous head cheerleader), want her gone. But Kate sticks it out, not wanting to upset her mom.
Then one night something terrible happens, and someone dies. But before Kate can even call 911, a gorgeous guy appears and makes her a deal: he'll save her friend if she agrees to a deal. Without knowing what she's agreeing to do, Kate accepts, and her friend wakes up good as new...
My Thoughts: I loved the premise of this book - great mythology, romance, a dying parent, and seven test... It had everything you could ask for in a YA novel. It was fast-paced as well, and there were never any long, pointless passages. Kate's feelings about her mom and thinking she's letting everyone down by failing were really believable.
I really liked Aime Carter's writing style - it was smooth and easy to follow, and I never had to read a passage twice to understand what had happened. I also loved Kate - she was a really deep, developed character, and she had a strong personality and a real sense of loyalty towards her family and friends. Her and Henry's interactions were really cute as well.
The only thing that threw me off and kept me from giving the book 5 out of 5 was the fact that the 'tests' were not really explained - I knew Kate wasn't supposed to know what they were, but I was under the impression that the tests would be similar to the 'impossible tasks' that Hercules had to face.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one, and I definitely recommend you check it out if you love mythology (like me) and have always wanted to know more about the myth of Hades and Persephone. There were plenty of plot twists and turns, and it was really easy to read.