"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." (from Goodreads)
This was such a cute book! It took me a little while to get into it, but by the middle I was curious as to what exactly Kate's tests were and how she was doing with them. And I must say, I love the way everything tied up at the end. It was one of those endings where I had guessed some of it, but not all of it, and definitely not how it all tied together. I was definitely like, "OMG, that's...." and "Oh! That was that test?!" (At one point as I was reading it, I was definitely shunning, you know, my life and responsibilities. I tweeted Aimee Carter that I blamed her for the neglect and she cheerfully tweeted back that she was glad I liked I the book. :)
What I liked best about the book was Henry. Carter's personification of Hades, Lord of the Underworld, is probably the best one I've read. We see a man who has been deeply hurt, yet still does not want to hurt Kate. He definitely has darkness, but he also has feelings. I loved seeing the relationship between him and Kate grow.
The next book in the trilogy, Goddess Interrupted, comes out in April 2012 and I want it already!
An advanced reader copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley.