Author: Meg Cabot
Review Rating: 2/4
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid. Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.
It took me a while to read this book. I had seen it on the shelf a few times, but because of previous experience with Meg Cabot's books, I was a little weary. And while I enjoyed it, it was the stereotypical Meg Cabot novel.
The thing about this story that I enjoyed wasn't the characters. It was the way Meg Cabot wove the story. I honestly was surprised with how it ended. The whole book is based on the mythology of Persephone and Hades. Original myth is that Hades fell in love with Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Because Demeter would not have accepted Hades as a suitable groom for Persephone, Hades decided to kidnap her. After Demeter learns of what Hades has done, she doom the planet to a forever winter if Hades does not return her. Eventually, after much coxing, Hades agrees to let her up for a season, but she must come back down to the Underworld to him. Demeter agreed to change the world back to summer when Persephone came back to her. And that was how the Greeks explained the changing of the seasons.
The way that Meg changed the story to fit today, morphed theology into a modern fairy tale was good. So Pierce dies and goes to the Underworld and there she meets John, the mysterious man from her past. It's pretty neat how Pierce and, in so doing, us, piece things together and figure everything out in the end.
While her characters are fairly stereotypical to a Meg Cabot book, I did enjoy it. If you are wanting something that has a lot of depth of character or storyline, pass up this one.