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 mo..Show More »m, 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.
This was a fun little follow up to the first book, and while it wasn't a full story it was a fun in-between tale that lead to a little more character ..Show More »building before moving on to the second book in the series. It was really great to get a little more background on Zeus' character, and follow along in the twists of Kate and James, even though you still want Kate to be with Henry the whole time.
This was another audio book finish for me, but I listened to it so consecutively that I'm sure I finished it in less than a day.
Following the first and "Second" (the 1.5 book) I devoured this audio book as well. I think I listened to the entire series in less than a week, and t..Show More »his book in about a day, maybe a day and a half, since I was listening to it all of the time. I was so enthralled with Kate's story and the mythology behind it that I just had to keep listening and see where it went, and this book provided the fun interaction between Kate and Persephone.
When I first started listening to this audio book I thought it would be my least favorite in the series, probably because it starts out with Hera who ..Show More »is just a character you can't feel much sympathy for at all because she's so... Whiny? I just dislike Hera, even though the background is supposed to make you feel a little bad about the way she was treated by Zeus (going off quite a bit of history here) and there was nothing the author could do to make me feel bad for her at all-she was that unlikeable.
However, I enjoyed all of the other stories and listening to the background on some of the other characters-it was a fun little addition to the series!