Author: Meg Cabot
Published: 26th April 2012
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit, Mystery, Young Adult
Rating: **** (4 Stars)
About: Last year, Pierce died – just for a moment.
And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John. Tall dark and terrifying, it’s his job to usher souls from one realm to the next.
There’s a fierce attraction between them, which Pierce carries back into our world. But she knows that if she allows herself to fall for John she will be doomed to a life of shadows and loneliness in the Underworld. When things get dangerous for her, her only hope is to do exactly what John says. Can she trust a guy who lives for the dead?
Review: A timeless Greek myth brought to modern times with a unique slant that titillates the heart – what’s not to love about that?
I really enjoyed the story idea that Meg Cabot came up with for this book, it’s something which really interests me, so naturally I really enjoyed reading it. And YET Cabot manages to only loosely base this story on the Greek myth and creates an entirely new and different story.
It did at some points feel as though the story was beginning to become a little bit too long. I also had a bit of an issue with the writing style at the very start of the book, but I soon got used to it so it didn’t bug me that much.
My last issue with this book is how the love interest is named John. Any people who are called John in real life please don’t get offended by this. It’s just that John didn’t really seem to fit with his character. Particularly, as the girl is called Pierce – the two names seem like they come from two different places, but maybe that’s why Cabot did it because John is from the underworld and Pierce is not – they come from two different places.
Anyway, those are the only real faults I could find with this book and saying that I did really like reading it. I’m fairly certainly that I read this in one sitting because I just wanted to know what the ending was going to be and how it would play out.
There wasn’t as much romance as I expected but there sure was chemistry between John and Pierce.
It is easy to see why Cabot made this into a trilogy because this first book is only a taste of what is to come and I quite like that. It only scratches the surface which for some people may not be that great, but if you want a book trilogy to completely engross yourself in than this is it.