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.
©2011 Aimée Carter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The narrator was fine, not a bad voice. Easy to listen to. Not sure I would try another book by the author though. I am a big fan of Greek myths, this however was not my cup of tea. For example *spoiler start* the seven deadly sins? Are you serious? *spoiler end*
*Spoilers* Once I got passed my problems with the basic story (the idea that Persephone was able to die to spend the afterlife with her mortal love and Demeter a mortal child to marry off to Hades, oh wait I mean Henry) it was lacking depth. Kate has a dying mother (who cant really die as she is immortal but Kate doesn't know that) but she has no life outside this, she spends her teen years looking after a sick and dying Mum, who hangs on for years after being given only months to begin with. She says herself once her Mum dies she has nothing left to really live for.
Henry is stuck in a pit of misery because Persephone doesn't love him, and is going to Fade, and his duties as Lord of the Underworld are to much for him on his own. Hang on what?! Hades, Lord of the Underworld, King of the Dead, he cant manage his duties? He is a God!! He is the essence of death and the afterlife, and the Council (the Olympians) wants to pass it off to his Nephew, James, aka Hermes?! Yeah, okay. Hades/Henry cant manage it but the messenger of the gods can?
The performance was fine. It was the book she was reading that let her down.
It was easy to listen to whilst I was working. It didn't take much effort, and I didn't feel like I had to pay too much attention to keep up. I think the author, had she fleshed out the characters, and made it less misogynistic it could have been a good read.
Please think carefully before buying this.
"Really a 2.5 star!"
I've had my eye on this series for a while now and patiently waited for it to hit audible so when it did I snatched it up. First, the synopsis and cover grabbed my attention. I thought we would have this young girl struggling through grizzly unthinkable situations in order to save her mom, wrong! There are some bad things that happen to the main character (Kate) but the tests she was administered were ones she didn't even know she was taking. I was really looking for a nice angsty gritty read but got an overly super sappy sweet read instead.
The narrator did a really good job with the characters, but some parts in this book are just way too unbelievable for a person to go through what Kate went through and react the way she did to the situation and the characters that treated her a certain way, I just couldn't buy into the believability of the story. I know some people have said they have issues with the mythology being wrong and getting facts wrong but honestly it didn't bother me, I don't have a good knowledge base in mythology to know better anyway.
So my opinion is, it's a nice easy laid back read, don't get your hopes up for a bunch of ups and downs, it was mainly a very constant storyline, I never really felt any connection, emotion or believability towards any of the characters. That being said, I will try the next book ONLY because I bought this on the buy 3 for 2 sale and feel I should get my $$ worth.
"Twilight with Greeks instead of vampires"
This was SO VERY NOT my cup of tea. I went into this book thinking, like others before me, that it would be more about Kate's relationship with her mom, and learning to understand death and grieving loss, but no. Everything in this book is a set up to get Kate with Henry, who as far as I can tell has no redeeming qualities other than that he's very attractive, and approaches serious topics only to skirt around them with fluff and garbage. The characters are poorly portrayed as well; Kate comes across as a very bratty young girl with abandonment issues, Henry is an aloof controlling dick, Eva is a stereotypically ditzy cheerleader, and Kate's mom is a plot device.
Aside from the actual plot, Ms. Carter just has some really annoying literary habits. Like, items appearing "seemingly out of no where" because she needs them in the scene to move the story along but couldn't figure out how to integrate them into the prose any other way. Also, Henry is constantly being described as warm. Like, if he's on the same plane of existence as Kate she can "feel the warmth radiating off his body." It's a weird thing to repeat so many times over the course of the book, especially because all the other descriptions are pretty sparse.
Spoiler alert, but this book has some really weird attitudes towards sex. Kate is eighteen, and it's implied that Eva is about the same age as her (also a senior, and all), and in the chapter (fittingly) titled "Judgement," Kate slut-shames the crap out of Eva for sleeping with one of the guys at the manor while they're there for six months. In that very same chapter, Kate and Henry also engage in premarital sex, but Ms. Carter institutes the drugged-to-absolve-them-of-any-"blame" plot device! No one bothers to mention that this means that neither of them was able to consent to sleeping with the other, and Kate spent half the book saying she didn't date, didn't want to sleep with Henry, had no intentions of doing so, and was just there to save her mom. . . It didn't sit well with me at all.
In short, if you liked Twilight, you may like this book. If you are looking for strong female leads in a YA fiction book, you desperately need to hit the back button and keep looking.
Secrets, Olympians, Love
Well I would have to say the way you felt like you knew what was going on but in the end started to second guess yourself. It kept me on my toes.
She read with emotion.
The beginning in front of the river when she had to decide to jump in or not.
At first I thought I would only kind of enjoy the story, but now I cant wait to get through the rest of them.
"The First One is the Best One"
I listened to the audio book of this one and I quite enjoyed it! This is a fun YA novel that I became instantly hooked on and had to listen to it everywhere-in the car, at work, while doing the dishes, or even just laying in bed when I should have been sleeping.
I really enjoyed the way the author mixed in the Greek mythology and made it more modernized, the story was a really fun tale to follow and I got through the whole thing in only a day or two, which meant I instantly had to eat up all of the other books in the series because I was so involved in the interactions between Kate and all of the other characters that I had to know what happened with them as I went forward.
"Dead Valley Girls"
Where to begin? This book sounds like it was written in 1954. We have Kate, a heroine who is so fixated on her mother that she's never had a boyfriend and Ava, a dead girl who is slut shamed because one boyfriend kills another over her (even though they're both dead) and somehow it's all her fault. No wait! It's our heroine Kate's fault because she should have somehow known about it in advance and should have stopped it. But this is the same heroine who feels guilty because jealous Ava tricks her into going to a non-existent party and then breaks her neck jumping into a river while leaving Kate alone in the big woods. Of course this is all Kate's fault. I frankly get really tired of her continual pity-party. Then there is the control freak James. It just goes on and on. The characters occasionally talk about individual freedom and such, but actions speak much louder than words. I would hate a young girl to take in the lesson that female sexuality must be controlled, that they are responsible for others' mistakes, that having a boyfriend is so so important, and I'm not even finished with the book.
Tough book to read without sounding like a airhead.
Maybe if I were a lot younger I would have a different view but I hope not.
"Modern Mythological Romance"
Yes. It's an easy read involving something other than teenage vampires or werewolves.
It was a simple read with an interesting twist on classic Greek mythology.
When Calliope reveals herself.
"Fun concept, thin characters"
I really wanted to love this book but the characters were just too thin. I couldn't really feel for the characters or believe in their romance. This is a case where 'show, not tell' is missing. Having the main character say, "I fell for him more each day" is a statement, but doesn't make me feel or believe it it's true for these characters. That problem runs through the whole book.
A well written story. Great voice actress. It became "my dream" to look forward to. So many surprises but it all makes sense. hindsight will make you crazy.
"OK for Young Adult"
The characters are flat. The story is hard to swallow. I wish more time was given to character development.
"I was impressed until the end..."
I've always loved romances, and this one was sweet. I forgave the awful representation of the Greek gods, noting it as creative license.
Then I got to the end...
All the redeeming sweetness of the novel was washed away when it was revealed that even the poor girl's mother was in on her mass manipulation. She was basically bread to replace her sister... and put through psychological Hell for it.
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