Kate's mother is dying. Every year since her freshman year, the doctors have told Kate that her mother has only months left to live. She has miraculou...moreKate's mother is dying. Every year since her freshman year, the doctors have told Kate that her mother has only months left to live. She has miraculously hung on, but this year, Kate can tell it's time for her mother to go. To please her mother, they move from NYC to small-town Eden, Michigan, where her mother grew up. After being tricked by a new "friend", Kate strikes a deal with a mysterious man named Henry. He promises that if Kate upholds her end of the bargain, he can keep her mother alive. Alll he wants from her is six months out of the year, she comes to live with him. No big deal, right? Well, he's sort of the Lord of the Dead and Kate's his last hope for finding a suitable queen and pleasing the Olympian counsel.
Carter's debut 2011 novel is a fresh retelling of the Persephone myth that will draw you in and keep you interested until the very end.
Gretchen, Grace, and Greer live very different lives. Gretchen is a school girl by day, silent savior by nigh...moreOriginal review from Emiri's main account
Gretchen, Grace, and Greer live very different lives. Gretchen is a school girl by day, silent savior by night. Grace is the new geeky girl at an elite prep school on a scholarship. Greer is the rich girl who's got it all from new Jimmy Choos to a full schedule. Much to their surprise, they have much more in common than they think. Unfortunately for them, this includes slaying mythological creatures and being hunted for a bounty. Time for life to get a little more complicated.
Sweet Vemon is a book that I've been wanted to read for a while now. Luckily, I can say it didn't disappoint! It's true that the writing wasn't the best, but the vibrant characters and unique twist on an ancient myth is enough to make up for it(less)
Gwen Frost isn't normal. She can feel peoples emotions by touching them or their...more Original review from Emiri's main account
Actual rating: 3.75/5 stars
Gwen Frost isn't normal. She can feel peoples emotions by touching them or their possessions. But after she's swept off to Mythos Academy, the people she meets there make her look normal. Valkyries, Spartans, Amazons, oh my! After two months of living at Mythos, Gwen still doesn't believe everything about the place, but after the murder of the Valkyrie queen bee, Jasmine, Gwen begins to find out just how real the myths and legends are - the hard way.
I was super excited to order this book, but after reading so many 3 or 2 star reviews, I lowered my expectations. While Touch of Frost doesn't make it onto my favorites shelf, it was still a good read.
The characters are well written. I can feel a distinct personality from all of them. Except for Gwen, but I'll deal with that later. The incorporation of all different mythologies. So cool!
But of course, there were things I didn't quite like. I couldn't quite connect with Gwen. Sometimes, it felt like I could, but then it would disappear. I don't blame the author for this. I think it was my own personality getting in the way. -.25 stars The redundancy of the writing. Example A: Gwen repeating to herself/others that she didn't believe in any of this stuff. Example B: Gwen complaining/whining about her mom's death every chapter. While I can understand it's painful to lose a loved one, whining about it won't get you anywhere. Especially when you are the main character I have to put up with throughout the whole novel. -1 star
I will be picking up the next volume. Maybe not anytime soon, but I am intrigued enough to give this series another go.(less)