In a modern-day take on the myth of Persephone, 18-year-old Kate Winters is thrust into a mythical world, where she must pass seven impossible tests and outsmart a spiteful god in order to save the life of not just her mother but of her captor as well.
I will start by saying that I have mixed emotions about this book. Part of me felt things were extremely rushed, and therefore unrealistic. (Of course I understand it is a re-telling of a Greek Mythology, but a good book still has an element of reality; fantasy or not.) The other part of me, though, continued to read because I was very curious as to what would happen in the end.
I was pretty disappointed with this book over all. Of course, I will explain why I felt this way in a bit. On the other hand, I will also be telling you the good things about this book, because it wasn't all bad! Then you can take my opinion and form your own, because I know not everyone will agree with me.
I felt that the main character, Kate, was underdeveloped. Therefore I can't tell you if I liked her or not. I would have loved to have gotten a better feel for who she was. I can't pinpoint a certain "thing" about her that makes her underdeveloped, but on the bright side, I didn't hate her.
In the beginning of the story, Kate moves to a new town full of people she has never met. But she quickly befriends two new people; too quickly in my opinion; Ava and James. Ava was annoying from the start, and truthfully, that never changed for me.
James was a pretty cool guy, but I felt like one second Kate wasn't too fond of him, and the next second she was calling him her best friend.
Every friendship and relationship in this book felt extremely forced and rushed. This is the part that lost touch with reality for me. I cannot go into detail because of spoilers, but if you choose to read this book you will understand where I am coming from.
I have one more negative thing to say, and I promise I am finished being impossibly picky. This book was painfully predictable. I love a story that can suprise me, and throw me a curve-ball at every turn. I saw the attempts at that in this story, but for me, it just didn't work. I guessed every twist in the story from the very beginning, and that's no fun.
Whew, I feel much better now that I have gotten out all of my complaining. I am happy to now tell you a bit of good news. The book was still enjoyable! The romance was cute, a little cliche (darn, there I go again with the negativity), but cute. I liked that the story was definitely true to the Greek Mythology aspect. I didn't really know too much about the story of Persephone before reading the book, and I am glad to say it was not necessary. The book keeps losers like me who don't know thier Greek Mythology into the loop.
Like I said before, I did have the desire to keep reading, so that at least is a plus.
Do I recommend it? Not particularly.
Do I say NEVER read it? No.
If you are interested, pick it up! You just might like it. I guess my advice is, just don't go out of your way to read it.
I gave this book 3 Togas
(even though togas are rarely involved in this book)