Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Retellings, Paranormal
Date of Release: April 26, 2011
Summary: 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. - Goodreads
The ironic thing is that, every time I walked by this book in the library I didn't pick it up. Until, my sister got it and demanded I read it. Let's just say I should have picked it up a long time ago:)
Pierce Oliviera died, went to the underworld, met the handsome guy in charge and came back... alive.
Pierce would be happy about being alive, if it wasn't for John Hayden, the guy in charge of the underworld. John keeps reappearing in Pierce's life - every time she is in danger, he comes in then disappears. But that is not the only reason he comes back, Pierce is the one he wants and will keep waiting until she comes back with him... whether she likes it or not.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Meg Cabot has always been one of my favourite authors, but I was blown away by this book. I should be getting bad karma for not picking this book up sooner. Let's talk about the story behind the book first. It's obviously about the myth of Persephone and Hades. But, Meg Cabot has put such a twist on it, that it seems like a whole different kind of story. For example, the ruler of the Underworld isn't a god named Hades, it's a regular guy who died at sea. It's not Persephone being taken to the underworld, it's a girl who has already died once and is still alive. Meg Cabot sure has a way with stories!
John Hayden is the most interesting character out of his whole book. Abandon, doesn't give a lot of info on what happened to him or why he chose to give Pierce the necklace but he still pulls you in. Pierce is a weird girl... in a good way. She dies, goes back to the Underworld, escapes it and tries to live normally for the next couple of years. Her cousin confuses me though. Why is Alex, so defencive against the popular kids at school? Hope to figure that out.
Another thing I think was perfect, was how there are parts in the book where Pierce slips back into a memory. Those parts, I think, gave us an insight on how life was for Pierce after she came back to life. It was really interesting, learning about the present, but also reading about the past, which made the present. It fit so well with the character of the book. Do books have characters? Well, they do now! I don't have anything negative to say about this book, it is soooooo goooood *tears of joy* Make sure you check out the sequel, Underworld, coming out this month!!!!
"But Alex's dad did kind of scare me in one way: He had the
saddest eyes of anyone I had ever seen.
Except maybe one other person.
But I was trying hard not to think about him. Just like I tried
never to think about when I died.
Some people, however, were making both those things extremely difficult."