Title: The Gatekeeper’s Challenge
Author: Eva Pohler
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy, Romance
Series: Gatekeeper’s Trilogy #2
Publisher: Green Press
Publication Date: December 1st 2012 (first published November 28th 2012)
Source: Ebook copy provided by author in exchange of honest review
Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete’s affections even though her heart aches for the god of death, but when Than shows up to take her hamster’s soul, she becomes infuriated when he says he’s “been busy.” In cahoots with her new friend, who’s gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong.
Eventually she learns Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.
I don’t know how to start with this. I had so many expectations for this book after having read the first one earlier this year.I had stated in my review of the first book that it was like a sexier version of Percy Jackson, but where did all that go here?
The story begins with Therese as she keeps waiting for Than to come back for her after having angered the gods ten months ago. But the more time goes by, she’s afraid of the hidden message: that she had to move on with her life, maybe even reciprocate Pete’s feelings for her. When he finally visits her while doing his job, she get mad at him for not caring enough for her, when in truth that’s the only thing he’s been doing this whole time. Thinking of revenge and spiting her thoughts to him once and for all, she joins one of her friends to test a drug that makes you have an almost-death experience, letting her visit the Underworld. Because of this, Therese gets into trouble. With this, and other successes happening, Therese has to go through a series of challenges if she still wants to be with Thanatos as a goddess, or live as a mortal and never be with him.
I didn’t like Therese. Not. One. Bit. I
hate dislike female characters that are so dependent of the love of their lives, the only exception being soul mates and even then maybe. She became this bitchy girl always thinking how Than didn’t love her, how she needed him, how she missed him. Yeah. And she’s 16-years-old. Is it really necessary to have a romantic relationship with someone that age, even if he’s a god? Gosh it was so annoying. And because of this, the story got dragged on.
The other characters were okay. I liked Than not because he’s hot, but because he’s a fighter and took the risk of being with Therese with all the consequences. At least that didn’t become annoying. I also liked the Minotaur and Ariadne, even if they didn’t appear much. The gods didn’t appear much either, but they were okay. One particular thing I like of Eva Pohler with the Greek gods is that she doesn’t portrait Hades as the bad god. Often he’s shown to be the villain in books and movies, but here he’s just like the other gods, and I really like him 🙂
The plot was interesting and had a lot of unexpected twists. But I felt that the end was a bit forced to go fast, not giving opportunity to process it. Or maybe it was something intentional given the situation in which in ended.
The writing style of the author was good and easy to understand without having confusion and so on.
Generally, I would have liked the book if it wasn’t because of Therese. She was so weird and different than in the previous book. I could still see how she was with animals and her natural helping-self, but she was complaining so much and bitching about Than, I disliked it. I can’t stand that kind of character.
Overall, it was okay. If you like Greek Mythology, then you might like this trilogy.
Rating: 2.5 stars