by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman
Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when the fashionistas find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes-with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades, Lord of the Underworld himself. To make them atone for what they've done, Hades forces the teens to become special-assignment Sirens, luring to the Underworld an individual whose unholy contract is up.
Finding that delicate balance between their fashion addiction and their new part-time job in the eternal hellfire biz turns out to be harder than Meg and Shar expected, especially when an entire pantheon of Greek deities decides to get involved. Then there's the matter of the fine print in their own contracts...
Well after almost six months of sitting on my shelf, I finally got around to reading this novel. It wasn't one I couldn't put down, not a thriller where I had to find out what happened, but it was entertaining. I love pretty much anything that has to do with Greek mythology, funny, realistic, tragic or farce. I'm up for it! So you give me two shopping girls and Hades and I'm really going to want to read it!
First, the characters. Shar is the pink loving, fashionista who all the boys look at and who is used to all the attention. She doesn't share it easily. Then there is Meg, all black wearing, vegan, music loving, could care less about makeup, fashion or her appearance. She's not used to attention. They're roommates and not a good match. Then there's Sweet Jeans! He actually has a name - Jeremy. And he's gorgeous, kind, helpful and interested in one of the girls.
Then we have the Gods and Goddesses. There's Hades, looking oh so hot and fine and offering deals that seemingly can't be refused. He really is a sneaky devil. Then there's Demeter messing things up for Shar and Meg trying to thwart their plans. She's nasty and constantly a pain in their necks. And even Persephone makes an appearance though briefly.
Though the Gods and Goddesses don't make any kind of changes in their characters, Shar and Meg grow greatly through the course of the book. It's a lot of fun reading about what happens to them as they try to complete their task. They have each other's backs and work together as a team to stay one step ahead of the God's.
The story. It was a good story. Funny plot and some great surprises I never expected. I think some of them could have been funnier if they carried it a little further. But the twists and turns and roadblocks that the girls came up against were funny and the side effects of their "gifts" were interesting.
I'm pretty sure there is a follow up book. The ending definitely closes everything up, but it also leaves things questionable enough to leave room for a sequel.
Favorite line in the book: "He was so anal he probably squeaked when he ran." (p. 148)
I would recommend this book to lovers of Greek mythology, though it only loosely follows the story of Persephone and Hades, that's not what the story is about, as the title tells you.
Anyone that loves YA paranormal with a touch of humor, will enjoy this one. It is a light, enjoyable read and I'll definitely pick up the next one when it comes out.