Cover Factor: Pretty sweet
Rating: PG-13 for closed-door sex and some violence
Coffee Beans: 1.5 (And only that high because I liked the cover)
Favorite line: Ha! None
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for this honest review.
Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it.
Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry's first wife, Persephone.
"Oh, Kate!" Get over yourself, please.
I'm sorry to anyone who liked this book, but this review is going to be somewhat harsh, so, if you don't want to be a witness to my forthcoming opinion, my feelings won't be hurt if you mosey along.
Okay. Where do I begin?
Is it the fact that Kate is the WEAKEST female character I've seen in a YA book (yeah, I've seen plenty, but she's near the top)? Is it the fact that….omg….I can't even finish that sentence, there are just so many options to choose from.
Here's my summary:
- A heavy-handed "theme" of, "It's not your fault she got in trouble; she made her own decisions and these are the consequences" and while that is a positive theme, saying it (exactly like that, btw) five different times in the book makes me feel like you think I sit in the corner with a dunce hat on my head.
- Kate asking EVERYONE "Does he love me? I don't think he loves me. I mean, he loves me, doesn't he?" every two seconds is soooo tiresome! If you're that insecure in your relationship, THEN MAYBE IT'S NOT THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU. Let's not even address the fact that this is her husband from the first book in the series (I think it's called The Goddess Test?). Her insecurities voices every. Single. Moment was such a distraction from the plot. Which was trying to prevent Chronus from escaping his prison in Hades and Calliope
- Kate's relationship with her "husband". Talk about codependent in the worst way possible. Constantly think about what she did to make him mad, what she could do to make him like her more, pay attention to her, and whatever else she needed to feel validated. (Ugh!!)
- Oh wait, and then there's the insecurities/jealousy regarding her husband's ex-wife, Persephone, and the fact that Henry cheats on Kate with Persephone while they're married. I guess I can see here why Kate would question if Henry really did love her. I mean, he normally treats her like she's some obscure painting on the wall, but this really says, "Eh, I don't really care."
I like stories about Greek mythology and I kind of like Carter's spin on it (although, I didn't get all of it in Book 2, since most of it was set in Book 1 and I am now refusing to read it). So I guess it would be a "positive" that this book was loosely based on that. Kind of.
Anyway. That's all I'm going to say. I know this is A LOT shorter of a review than I normally post, but anything else I would have to say would just be beating a dead horse, and I love horses. Dead or alive. So I refuse that.
Usual disclaimer: pick it up and read it for yourself. You may feel differently than I do. But I doubt it.
I really, really doubt it.