I fell in love with this retelling of the Persephone story set in the modern day!
Kate’s mother is dying of cancer, so Kate makes a deal with Henry (Hades) that she will undergo seven tests and stay with him in the Underworld for 6 months out of the year as Persephone did, and in return he will keep her mother alive. But some of the gods don’t want her to succeed, and every second she spends in the Underworld, her life is in danger.
I liked Kate’s character immediately. She is a caring and generous person, but she also has a no-nonsense attitude that makes her gutsy and edgy! Her interactions with people were full of humor and just… a realness. She is surrounded by the supernatural, and she has this beautiful raw humanity. She is frail. She is confused. She is awkward at times. Discovering the world of the Greek gods through her eyes, and seeing her develop slowly into a more confident and connected person was simply fascinating.
I really loved trying to figure out Henry’s character. He’s mysterious and enigmatic with some dark moments, but he’s also an accessible character. Although everything is told from Kate’s POV, I could also imagine Henry’s inner thoughts and emotions from his dialogue and expressions. I love it when characters are complex, and you spend half the book figuring out what makes them tick! Henry is just marvelous that way. He doubts himself. He feels guilty. He tries to hide his emotions, but it is evident through the whole book that he truly cares for Kate.
I was pleasantly surprised that there’s quite a bit of action in the plot; dare-devil stuff, murders, poison, betrayal, and drama! I loved it all! The romance was sweet and believable, and I liked that it didn’t feel separate from the main plot; it blended in with the rest of the action. A big part of the suspense was that you never know when Kate is being tested, or who is lying or setting her up for failure. I kept analyzing all the things that happened, wondering what was a test and what was a red herring. I loved it!
The writing is excellent. Good pacing, easy to read, and it definitely kept my interest. I read most of the book in two sittings. It’s easy to get caught up in the story and lose track of time!