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I probably don't need to say this at this point, but I did not like the way Greek Mythology was handled in this book. The traditional myths were undermined and pussified.
I was really excited when I first received a galley of this book, as I love it when an author takes old mythology and twists it in a new way. Carter managed to take every interesting about the Greek myths -the lust, violence, cruelty, and romance- and stomp on it, turning it into melodrama soup. Vindictively, I might imagine.
There was really no trace of the old mythology besides the fact that Henry was supposedly Hades, and Kate was his new Persephone she crapped on that myth too, by the way. What kind of name is Henry for a god anyway? It's a name for 19th century carriage boys. And don't get me started on the name Walter.
She gave, Zeus, the King of the Gods, the name Walter. Just uuuuggggggghhhhh. And the book was boring too. Kate did nothing.
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Nothing happened to her. She sat around, was fed and clothed by servants, and flirted with an attractive man. That was it. The tests that supposedly verify her worth as an immortal being were a joke.
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But instead the tests happen very boringly without the reader's knowledge. So apparently, if you give away clothes you didn't even want in the first place, you are goddess material. Hey, I gave my favorite pen to Amanda Lukevitch last week, does this qualify me for immortal life? Come on, at least make me a nymph or something!!
Kate's best character trait not that she has many, the boring lump that she is is that she is selfless, willing to sacrifice her life for others. And the romance between Emo McWhiney and Kate was as dull as the tines of a spork. No spark or anything. Not the slightest bit of tension. This could be because all of the characters were as flat and dry as cardboard. And I just love how Kate wasn't tested on things like intelligence, judgement, or leadership ability She's chaste, isn't that all what matters? View all 72 comments. Mar 01, Cory added it.
This explains a lot. View all 11 comments. May 17, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it did not like it Shelves: high-school , tstl , boring-main-character , mythology , ya , why-do-i-hate-myself. This was a truly terrible book, but I feel so bad giving it such a low rating. It's like I just kicked a puppy. A really stupid puppy that's wet my bed for the 47th time, but still I've read a lot of unrealistic heroines in my day, but Kate tops the list. She's not all that terrible: I'll give her some points.
She is kind, caring, with a soft spot bigger and more tender than a newborn's head. The first sentence of the story gives us a preview of her character: "I spent my eighte This was a truly terrible book, but I feel so bad giving it such a low rating. The first sentence of the story gives us a preview of her character: "I spent my eighteenth birthday driving from New York City to Eden, Michigan, so my mother could die in the town where she was born. No father, and her mother has been terminally ill from cancer for the last four years.
She's known suffering, and she is kind, compassionate, and caring; she will forgive just about anything. Kate is endlessly supportive, endlessly optimistic, even while she's scared that she'll fail and let everyone down. She just doesn't give up. If I wanted to read about saints, I'd go read the Bible. Enough with the martyrdom already. The key to writing a good character is for them to have flaws. Believable flaws. Kate's flaws aren't so much flaws as they are embellishments of her oh-so-perfect personality. Even her flaws are good ones. It's like going to a job interview.
When the interviewer asks "What is your biggest weakness? That sums up my feelings about Kate. She's just too perfect to be a good, believable character. Her friendship with Ava I didn't feel like Ava added anything to the story besides making Kate look good in comparison. Ava's existence seems to serve the purpose of highlighting Kate's good nature and willingness to forgive. So in the beginning, Ava fakes friendship, only to abandon Kate with no choice but to cross a river, knowing full well she is afraid of water.
Despite the cruel trick, Kate becomes her best friend anyway, no matter what kind of idiocy Ava gets herself into. There is very thinly veiled slut-shaming here. Kate assumes fault for everything. Someone dies? It's her fault. She saves someone's life, only to have them die again? Her fault. Because of me. That phrase is repeated by Kate throughout the book and I became sick of it.
You're not a serial killer, Kate. Nobody died because of you. Stop assuming fault for everything bad that happens! Even if something is clearly not her fault, it's still her fault because she trusted the wrong person Regardless, she is so sympathetic, which is why I feel like I'm kicking a helpless animal every time I criticize her character.
It sucks to know that you're a replacement. The other female characters in the book seems also to serve the purpose of highlighting Kate's godliness. They fight. Screeching, yelling at each other, everything short of hair-pulling. I am so sick of the trend that only one single female character can be truly good, and all other females in the story serve as bitchy foils, be they friends of the main character or not. Henry himself didn't register on my radar much. He spends the majority of his time moping about and being depressed, despondent, and feeling hopeless.
I can't imagine he's any use as a god, he doesn't seem capable of anything besides pouting and sulking. The plot itself is absurd. The land of the dead, in Michigan. Random residents of town are inhabitants of Henry's little kingdom. The pantheon of gods, which includes Zeus, Apollo, etc Somehow, my copy of Bullfinch's Mythology made the glaring error of omitting Henry from its list of inhabitants of Zeus' marbled halls. This is one instance when things would have gone better unexplained What I thought was the major plotline, the tests, were weakly glossed over.
They seemed to be put together in a rush when the author realized she completely forgot the major plotline, and I didn't find the result any more credible than the rest of the book and its characters. View all 23 comments. May 07, Anna Pravdica rated it liked it Shelves: mythology , could-be-better-could-be-worse , mixed-feelings.
Not nearly as good as what I was hoping for, but decent. Now, I have been in the midst of a passionate love affair with Greek mythology since the 2nd grade. I am perpetually in the throes of a burning passion, you may say. I love it all - it's like a soap opera times Greek mythology contains some of the most entertaining and delightfully sinful stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading, telling, reenacting Anyway, did 2.
Anyway, did you hear that, Ms. Sinful was the key word, there. And here leads to what I didn't like about this book. Literally, if you catch my drift. Sorry, children. Look, I understand - and appreciate - artistic license. You can bend your material a bit. But when you have ZEUS - the king haha, pun! You know you've done something wrong. You made a wrong turn somewhere, Ms. Let us ponder. I think I know.
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But do you realize that Greek mythology came about before Jesus was even a twinkle in the great God's eye? Zeus was fucking his sister in peace thousands of years before that, Ms. Shall I draw you a time line? I think I shall! Was that skillfully crude time line enlightening? I really hope so. Wanna know why?
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Because I actually have some hopes for this trilogy. And here is where I talk about what I actually kinda liked about this book and why I gave it almost three stars. It felt real and Kate's motivations and feelings behind it were probably her most redeemable and interesting qualities. The relationship between Kate and her mother was probably the strongest in the book.
That's just depressing. Especially 'cause he's Hades, and I've always had a soft spot for him. However, his character portrayal was A virgin , I tell you. I'm really tired of these immortal and supposedly drop-dead sexy and yet another pun men in these YA books who never manage to get laid.
Oh, I know! Maybe he's saving it for the Lord. You got me there, Ms. Carter, I'll admit it. It was a fairly decent twist. Kate held my attention well enough. I don't hate her. I don't love her, but I don't hate her. She's kind of on the fence for me right now.
We'll see how the second book goes. And so, if Ms. Carter can pull her shit together and stop talking down to us good readers, and cut it out with that Seven Sins bullshit, and let Henry fuck I will enjoy the second book. I really will, Ms. Overall, you had a good idea. So please, please, grant my wishes and don't let me down like most books I read nowadays. PS - I feel I should add this in: Look at that cover. That is one beautiful cover.
I am a binding whore, admittedly.
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I know that that sounds wrong, don't feel the need to point out the poor word choice as an attempt to save me from future word vomit. View all 28 comments. May 09, leni rated it did not like it Shelves: no-thanks , fantasy , big-fat-nope , lol-no. View all 5 comments. Jul 05, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: mythology , sweet , aaahhhhh , action , omg , very-good , amazing , suspense , wow. And you know what it's like when you finally have access to the book you've always wanted Seems like Carter is a little famous in the book world!!
We're getting serious. As in- "when I was a 10 year old, I liked every single book there was out there!! Just warning ya, folks. However, her only hopes are to save her mother. So, obviously, in this action packed book, Carter makes this a life or death scenario. I mean, what did you expect?? Unicorns and rainbows?? A f-ing hot dude who gets a girl to take a test and marry him Should you read it??
Totally your choice. View all 6 comments. Feb 26, Steph Su rated it did not like it Shelves: united-states-of-wonderbreadland , debs11 , your-feminism-is-questionable , did-not-finish. Um…did I read a different book than many others? After reading rave reviews all over Goodreads and the Internet, I was expecting something swooningly romantic and highly inventive.
She dies. Now I must go and save again the life of this girl who treats me like shit. They are tropes. Kate is a total Bella Swan, the new girl whom guys are falling over to accommodate for no good reason. And Ava. Oh God, Ava. So unnatural. View all 9 comments. Jun 21, Savina M. It's official. Aimee Carter is now on my list of Authors who are fucking idiots didn't do enough research, right next to the Casts and dear Alexandra Adornetto. How can someone fuck up Greek Mythology that bad?
Even my twelve-year-old cousin, whose only knowledge of Greek Mythology is from The Lightning Thief , knows that there are twelve Olympians, not thirteen, and mortals can't dole out punishments to gods. Okay, I've calmed down a little. Now on to the rest of the review. Summary Kath It's official. Summary Katherine "Kate" Winters, is your ordinary goody-two-shoes Mary Sue, who wants nothing but for her mother to live the remainder of her days happy. Annnnd out of the blue, Henry He's Hades, by the way.
A fucking stupid name invites Kate to his manor to be his new bride. It's way more romantic than how I just explained it. Trust me. But his eyes drew my attention. Even in the darkness, they shone brightly, and I had a hard time tearing myself away from his gaze. But it's not so simple. Henry is about to fade away, and unless he can find a new Persephone, his realm in the Underworld will be passed on to Hermes.
For some fucking reason. To determine whether Kate is suited for Henry or not, the fucking coucil has Kate go through several tests. They're not just any tests. Yes, testing whether Kate sins or not. Not the twelve labors. Not going on some heroic quest. You wanna know what the test for greed is? Kate's offered a pile of dresses, and since she offered to share it with someone else, she's not greedy.
Kate gets to spend time with her mom, slut-shames Aphrodite, has sex with Henry And they fucking celebrate Christmas. The fucking mythology Since this is the 1 thing that irked me, I will address this first. Look at this stupid list. Let's start off with this list. Zeus doesn't appear much in this book, and the only thing wrong is his name, so let's move on to Hera.
From Wikipedia: In Greek mythology, Calliope was the muse of epic poetry, daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, and is believed to be Homer's muse for the Iliad and the Odyssey. You hear that, Aimee? Calliope is a fucking muse. Why the fuck would Hera go ahead and name herself after a muse? God, at least bother to search up a fucking name next time you write a book. And get this. Hera is in love with Hades. Hera, the goddess of family, so in love with Hades she almost killed Kate for it.
Next on the list Doesn't appear in this book much. Moving on. She's actually Kate's mom in this book. Very motherly, very nice, yap yap yap. But wait. What's the name on the right of Demeter's? Wiki again: In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and birthing, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals.
She was equated with the Greek goddess Artemis, [ So pray tell, why the fuck would Demeter use Artemis' name? I remember Kate asking about it I just I can't. There are so many stupid inaccuracies about him that I can't list them all. Alright, fine. I'll try. So about the Underworld. For some reason, without Persephone, Hades can't rule by himself, and he's going to fade away. But why the fuck would the responsibility be passed on to Hermes?
He's already the god of messages, thieves, and I forget. He's one of the few that can go in and out of the Underworld freely, yeah, but why him? Why not Charon, or Thanatos?
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And the reason why Persephone left was pretty lame. Henry's expression was blank. I did not stop her. So the book says there are thirteen Olympians. Hestia was replaced by Dionysus. When Dionysus was made a god, the Olympians argued on who should give up their place, and Hestia offered to do so. Next, Ares. Not much to talk about. And Aphrodite. Ah, the target of slut-shaming. Of course, Aphrodite is portrayed as a bitchy slut here. Except for Henry, all of the guys eyed her everywhere she went. I wasn't sure what else she'd been expecting.
And when two guys, Apollo and Dionysus fought over Aphrodite Apollo, seriously? Yes, because when two guys get in a fistfight over a girl, it's the girl's fault when one of the guys get hurt. I don't have much to say about the rest of the list, because thank the gods, they don't play a large role. Kate I didn't find Kate to be selfless.
At all. She keeps droning on and on about how she wants her mother to be happy, how she wants her mother to stay longer. Seems selfless and filial, but in truth, she only wants her mother to stay longer because she "wasn't prepared to say goodbye". This was emphasized and mentioned many times in the book. So in truth, Kate is only saving her mother for herself, not actually wanting to buy time fore her mom. Kate is a Mary Sue cardboard cutout. It's not the worst part of the book, and I have read about worse heroines, so I'll leave it at there. Conclusion It's been a while since I was so enraged by a book.
It's not even a so-bad-that-it's-good book, it's a so-bad-that-it's-bad book. So if you have a working knowledge of Greek Mythology, stay well away. View all 14 comments. Jan 23, Rachel The Rest Is Still Unwritten rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , i-own , arc-s , publisher-sent , covers-to-die-for , harlequin-sent.
I loved it! Simply, completely, loved it. I can barely begin to say how much. From the very beginning I was caught. I love Greek Myth I always have. The story and characters were brilliant. I loved all the characters They were all so fabulous and entertaining. They were each so different and unique and I loved seeing them in the story. I think Kate was just brilliant! I think she reacted to things believably and naturally, and she was a wonderful person.
She was kind and considerate, while still being strong and brave. I found I really liked Henry. He was a kind, considerate person, and I think he was a great match for Kate. I really felt for Henry, and his history with Persephone. I like the way the author changed the tale and showed it in a different way, which actually allowed Hades to be the good guy in the picture. I liked the opportunity for him to be an actual person with feelings and a heart The relationship between Henry and Kate was excellent.
I really liked how it developed over time and how they got to know one another. Whenever that Gospel has been upon the earth it has been the same in every dispensation. The ordinances of the Gospel have never been changed from the days of Adam to the present time, and never will be to the end of time. While there were many sects and parties in existence in the early times, Jesus gave his disciples to understand that there was but one Gospel.
He told them what it was. Abel had been chosen to carry the responsibilities of the priesthood to succeeding generations. He was ordained when he was 69 years old and lived a total of years. This Adamic language, now unknown, was far superior to any tongue which is presently extant. For instance, the name of God the Father, in this original language, is Man of Holiness, signifying that he is a Holy Man and not a vague spiritual essence. Moses The Prophet Joseph Smith taught:. He obtained it in the Creation, before the world was formed.
The keys have to be brought from heaven whenever the Gospel is sent. There were twenty generations of the priesthood from Adam to Abraham, being passed from father to son. Eight generations are listed in Moses —25 from Adam to Methuselah ; in Moses —12 , three more generations Lamech, Noah, and Shem are given, and Genesis —26 records the nine generations from Shem to Abram Abraham. The Bible contains only a few verses about Enoch see Genesis — Enoch was the seventh generation from Adam.
An additional quotation from the prophecies of Enoch is found in Jude —15 , and more information on his life is found in Luke and Hebrews Because of the wickedness of the people in the days of Enoch, the Lord called upon Enoch to preach repentance. Enoch was not the only prophet who felt inadequate when the Lord called him. He perceives the meaning of that which seems obscure to others; therefore he is an interpreter and clarifier of eternal truth. He foresees the future from the past and the present. The good news of the plan of salvation is that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ all mankind will overcome physical death and can overcome spiritual death see Romans ; Mosiah —4 ; Alma —43 ; Helaman —18 ; Moses Moses ; Moroni — God gave us the great gift of agency in the day He created us see Moses Man cannot be saved without birth into mortality, nor can he return to his heavenly home without a birth into the realm of the Spirit.
They are water, blood, and spirit. Thus every mortal birth is a heaven-given reminder to prepare for the second birth. At the appointed time the spirit enters the body, and blood always flows in the veins of the new person. Otherwise, without each of these, there is no life, no birth, no mortality. Otherwise, without each of these, there is no Spirit-birth, no newness of life, no hope of eternal life.
He sweat great drops of blood in Gethsemane as he took upon himself the sins of all men on conditions of repentance. This same agony and suffering recurred on the cross. Jesus said a person must be born of water and of the Spirit John —5. When he sent the twelve apostles forth to teach the gospel he told them that whosoever believed and was baptized would be saved; and whosoever did not believe would be damned Mark To be justified is to be made just, or free from guilt and sin.
To be sanctified is to be holy and worthy of eternal life and immortal glory see Moroni — Through His perfect Atonement, Jesus Christ shed His blood and made it possible for all who have faith and repent to be sanctified see Mosiah , 18 ; Alma — Thus, we are ransomed and made holy by the blood of Christ. He had to be one who had life in himself, and therefore all power over death. No mortal man could make the atonement. Moreover, the atonement had to be made by the shedding of blood, for blood is the vitalizing force of the mortal body. Prophets have used these terms interchangeably.
Understanding gospel symbols requires the uniting of an earthly or concrete dimension with a transcendent, spiritual dimension. These things not only testify of the existence of a Supreme Being, but also that He is Jesus Christ, the Creator of all. The Lord taught His disciples to look upon the contents of the scriptures and see things concerning Himself see Luke — To search for and discover symbols of Christ in the scriptures is to open a wellspring of new thoughts and emotions relative to the Atonement.
Enoch showed how Adam set the example for all of us by exercising his faith in Christ through baptism by water and the Spirit. See the insights and commentary for Moses Enoch had an experience similar to that of Moses and Abraham see Moses ; Abraham Enoch was told at the beginning of his ministry that he would do great things see Moses Those people who were taken up into heaven without tasting death were translated.
Furthermore, in stark contrast to Satan and his angels, who laughed at the wickedness of mankind, Moses tells us that God wept over the wickedness of His children. The pronoun That refers to Jesus Christ. In the Pearl of Great Price, when Enoch is conversing with the Lord, he hears the earth crying for deliverance from the iniquity upon her face. The covenant that God made with Enoch was renewed with Noah.
Jesus Christ is the only way by which we return to the Father see John Enoch saw that the earth would mourn and groan and its rocks would be rent when Christ was crucified and resurrected. Enoch saw that the Saints who died before Christ would arise and be crowned at the right hand of God. Samuel the Lamanite also prophesied of a resurrection that would take place in America following the Resurrection of Christ see Helaman It cannot be overemphasized, nor can it be disregarded.
No, the ultimate triumph is in the ultimate miracle: for the first time in the history of mankind, one who was dead raised himself into living immortality. Enoch heard the earth asking when it could rest and be cleansed from the wickedness of its children see Moses The Lord called Enoch to be a preacher of righteousness see Moses — Enoch saw the Saints arise with resurrected bodies, receive crowns, and stand at the right hand of Christ see Moses He then foresaw his own glorious future see Moses God has promised all of His worthy children this same reward see Romans —17 ; Revelation Regarding grace, the Bible Dictionary states:.
This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts. We have seen the marvelous fulfillment of that prophecy in our generation. God has also sent down righteousness from heaven. The angel Moroni, John the Baptist, Peter, James, and numerous other angels were directed by heaven to restore the necessary powers to the kingdom.
This sacred volume of scripture needs to become more central in our preaching, our teaching, and our missionary work. I will answer. During the Millennium the earth will not be a celestial world. It will be in a terrestrial, or paradisiacal, condition, cleansed from wickedness. As the Millennium is ushered in, there will still be people of various religious beliefs residing on the earth.
President Joseph Fielding Smith wrote:. It is recorded in the Bible and other standard works of the Church that the earth will be cleansed of all its corruption and wickedness. Those who have lived virtuous lives, who have been honest in their dealings with their fellow man and have endeavored to do good to the best of their understanding, shall remain. Satan shall be bound so that he cannot tempt any man. Should any man refuse to repent and accept the gospel under those conditions then he would be accursed.
Through the revelations given to the prophets we learn that during the reign of Jesus Christ for a thousand years, eventually all people will embrace the truth. Many generations of prophets foresaw Noah as the prophet in the days of the cleansing of the earth by flood see Moses , 9. He became a preacher of righteousness, even as Enoch. He, his wife, and his sons—Japheth, Shem, and Ham—and their wives were the only people to survive the Flood.
Noah holds the keys of his dispensation and stands next to Adam in authority see History of the Church, Noah is the angel Gabriel see History of the Church, , who appeared to Zacharias to announce that he would be the father of John the Baptist and to Mary to announce that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ. Through his various appearances, Noah has performed both of these functions. President Joseph Fielding Smith applied the lessons from Moses —15 to our day, saying:.
Thus they were cutting themselves off from the blessings of the priesthood contrary to the teachings of Noah and the will of God. Father Adam taught these things to his own children. Moses — Petersen, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, wrote:. He was no eccentric, as many have supposed.
Neither was he a mythical figure created only in legend.