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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.
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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.
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Would you try another book written by Aimée Carter or narrated by Brittany Pressley?
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*
What was most disappointing about Aimée Carter’s story?
*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?
How could the performance have been better?
The performance was fine. It was the book she was reading that let her down.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
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.
Any additional comments?
Please think carefully before buying this.