So, I have seen these books for a couple of years and hadn't made any effort to read them. I was kind of running out of books, so I had the library order the four pack of the three books and the novella collection (even though I don't read novellas). And I am soooo glad I finally picked it up!
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.
Kate's mom is dying of cancer. She has been fighting it for four years and is finally giving up the battle. She has Kate move them to Eden, Michigan, where she grew up. She wanted to die in her hometown.
Kate finally starts her senior year of high school and immediately makes a friend in James, who she doesn't really want to befriend but he kind of wont go away. She makes an enemy in Ava, who thinks Kate wants to steal her jock boyfriend Dylan.
Ava invites Kate to a party and picks her up. Turns out to be a nasty prank where Ava leaves Kate in the woods on private property. Ava is injured, jumping into a river and konking her head. Kate jumps in to save her even though she is DEATHLY afraid of water. But Ava is dead. A lone figure appears and offers Kate the chance to save Ava. Henry, tall, dark, and obviously dangerous. All she has to do is, on the autumn equinox, read the story of Persephone and come to him. She agrees and Ava is alive again, and completely thankful to Kate for saving her life.
Moving on, two weeks later, Kate has realized that Henry wants her to live with him 6 months of the year, like some strange Greek myth. She decides not to go to him, to refuse his offer. The next morning she finds out Ava is dead. She rushes to Henry's and agrees to his offer.
Henry tells her she has 7 tests she has to pass for her to become his wife and take over helping him rule the Underworld. Wait.. what? He is Hades? This is soooo not real. However, Hades is able to keep Kate's mom alive, where they can visit in their dreams.
So, can Kate pass the tests when she has an enemy who has killed eleven past candidates? Can Henry get past his old love for Persephone and come to love Kate?
Yeah, I liked it! I read it in one evening. I will be starting book two today!