Background: Greek mythology is reinvented and romanticized in Aimee Carter’s start to a new young adult trilogy. What if the Hades and Persephone story wasn’t as it appeared to history? Instead of stealing her from her mother, they had an arranged marriage. Hades loved Persephone, but Persephone didn’t love Hades. She falls in love with a mortal and asks Hades to take her immortality away so she could die to be with the mortal in the afterlife, leaving Hades without a wife and co-ruler.
Summary: Kate isn’t ready to say goodbye to her mom, a long time sufferer of cancer. The doctors and her mother feel that there isn’t much time left. At her mother’s behest, Kate moves them back to Eden, the mother’s childhood small town home. Kate isn’t worried about a new school or even making friends. She wants to spend all her time with her mother, but in an effort to please her mother she attends a party which ends with a deadly prank and a deal with a handsome devil.
Henry offers to keep her mother alive (not healed) in exchange for Kate’s agreement to live the winter with him in his home. The catch is that she also has to pass seven tests and it could get deadly. Eleven girls have tried to pass, but most end up dead before they can complete them. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's wife, and a goddess.
Review: I was surprised that the seven tests are hidden within the text. Kate is told she will be tested, but she’s not told how or even what these tests are. They’re designed to test her character. I wonder if you can spy them on your first read through the book. I know I didn’t. I also didn’t recognize the testers, which is the point. We, the readers, are like Kate in the story, clueless to these facts.
I adored how the relationship between Henry and Kate developed. It was slow, it was thorough, and it was delicious. I loved the Beauty and the Beast aspect to it and the Greek mythology reinterpretation. It’s young and fresh. Henry is a fabulous tortured hero. I can’t wait for the sequel, Goddess Interrupted.