Novel Information (Taken from GoodReads)
Country: United States
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: September 29, 2013
Narration: First Person
This book was one that I really wanted to enjoy. That sentence says a lot doesn’t it? Okay, let’s try to break this down starting with the premise of the story; which in itself wasn’t bad.
Callista Saunders is a homicide detective who was promoted after only 2 years after graduating. On one of her days off she sees a bus about to hit a little girl and takes her place instead – something that wasn’t supposed to happen. In the afterlife she learns that she’s not quite dead, but instead she’s in a coma. Hades, lord of the underworld offers her a deal. If she protects his son and finds out who is trying to kill him, he’ll return her to her comatose body and she’ll no longer be in the underworld.
So, Callista starts off her investigation and meets the people she’ll be working closest with. Namely Tisiphone (a fury), and Plutus (Hades’ son and the God of Wealth).
Alright, so there’s the story and the overall plot. Sounds decent right? That’s what I thought, only it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. I was hoping, really hoping, that it would be better. Plutus’ character was fine, I had no problems with him, but that was about it. All the other characters weren’t solidified enough for me to connect with. Callista in particular was especially frustrating and annoying. For someone who was supposed to be great at her job, she had a lot of problems finding answers, and didn’t seem to know where to go or where to look. Additionally, she has a temper that flares up and dies down at strange and irregular moments. Someone who is supposed to be a cop should have a much better handle on her anger. It felt like I was reading a story about a 14 year-old girl trapped in an adult body. Further to that, for the moments where her police skill was lacking, she came up with excuses. Reasons why she hadn’t thought to do it before, or was too busy to look into it at the time. None of them were believable and I think that the author’s lack of knowledge of the police force really hindered Callista’s credibility.
The plot moved at a good pace, and things didn’t seem to come too easy for Callista until near the end. As a reader, I was ready for the book to end when she finally confronted the villain and protected Plutus at the same time. That would have been perfect. However, Erin Hayes decided that instead of having the villain defeated, she simply injures him so that our two heroes now find themselves in the mortal realm trying to escape him yet again. Here is where the story just became utterly unbelievable – and that’s saying something for a book about the Underworld and Greek Gods.
Callista’s and Plutus’ faces are shown on the news but whenever they enter a store the clerk is too distracted to actually notice them and what they look like, how fortunate! Sure, Erin Hayes comes up with a reason as to why they are having so much luck, but there is luck and there is … well… this.
The ending wasn’t surprising, I wasn’t blown away, and although I wasn’t angry at having paid for this book, I wasn’t thrilled with it either. I was just left with a feeling of disappointment for a book that could have been so much better.