Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Gatekeeper's Sons

ISBN: 061568596X 
Pages: 384

Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She thinks she's manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world. 
Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese's heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her. 
The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

Hi everybody! Welcome back! Today I have the review of Eva Pohler's The Gatekeeper's Sons. This is a YA fictional romance with a ton of Greek mythology woven into it and super interesting. So let's get into it!

So at the beginning it is a bit confusing because a lot happens. Therese is reflecting on her mother's sort of dazed behavior recently and there are all these flashbacks and thoughts when all of a sudden, her mother is shot and they're run off the road into the river. Then there's a whole scene that you typically find in a car drowning scene, think of that robot movie with Will Smith (?) except no robot comes to save them. Therese is pulled out and while she meets Hypnos and Thanatos, the twin sons of Hades. Hypnos views her with a sort of fascination that she can control and manipulate her dreams to show her what she wants and Thanatos is head over heels because when they first meet, she hugs and kisses him, and tells him that he's beautiful. The only girl ever to do that because hey, he's the god of death. 

To pursue the girl he has fallen head over heels for, Than asks his dad aka Hades for permission to take on human form and try to win Therese's heart. He disguises himself as a visiting Southerner and takes a job at Therese's best friend's horse farm. When they first meet it is instant fireworks as it always is with people who are just meant to be. Reading about how Than learned how to use modern day technology, ate sugar and chocolate for the first time, swam in a river, was so fun and interesting. I seriously need to appreciate everything a lot better and I have a new look towards chocolate. ;) Winning over Therese isn't that hard because she is pretty much head over heels as well, for lack of a better term.

Of course, a romance can't be complete without some problems right? Therese's parents were killed or at least intentionally shot at because her mother was part of a program that was developing something explosive and potentially dangerous. Some bad guys wanted the info and they were stopping at nothing to get it. The head of this operation is pretty much planning World War III and surprise surprise, he's support by Ares, the god of war himself. This causes a rift between the Olympians as Than and his kickass awesome Fury sisters are trying to destroy the head guy to avenge Therese. To settle things, Therese and head guy (is it obvious that I forgot his name?) have to battle each other to the death. If Therese wins, she becomes the goddess of death and Than's wife and they live happily ever after. If head guy wins, she returns home mortal and he goes on destroying the world.

Their battle is super action packed and intense and you'll definitely enjoy. Well, I hope you do because it was pretty great. Everything all spirals down to the end and things happen. I was proud of Therese for her decision, but I freaking hate Hades for his cold and cruel shoulder that he gives her after the battle. Can I spoil it? Yes, head man dies, but it is not by Therese's hand. This is also controversial because the gods swore to not interfere. To settle this...this interference, things have to happen and it's not the beautiful happy ending I wanted. How can it be? There are like a bunch of other books in the series.

Last thing to mention, I loved the detailed writing and creation of the different gods and goddesses personalities. It was awesome, epic, and awesome. :) I would definitely recommend this book because it's got a great mythology twist to it and it's really really awesome. Third time I've used that word in this paragraph. ;)

3.5 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

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