Author: Bree Despain.
Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Egmont
Sort: Part one of ‘Into the dark.’
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race. Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong. Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.
This book is narrated from two POV’s and that works perfect. It gives us the opportunity to connect with both characters and it makes it easy to understand what’s going on. I think it was fundamental to see both of their stories and I’m happy it worked out.
The first POV is about Haden. He is the disgraced prince of the Underrealm and he is picked by the Oracle to go to the mortal world to find his Boon. He must find Daphne and save his world. This girl is the Cypher and the only one who can find the Key to stop the possible destruction of the Underrealm and Mortal world. It’s a huge responsibility for Haden and this is the way to prove to his father that he is worthy of his title as Prince, next to his twin brother.
Haden is an interesting character. I liked to see how he tries to adjust to his life in the Mortal ream. There are new rules he has to follow and some things that were forbidden are now easy to access, like music and emotions. I couldn’t wait to find out what exactly happened when his father discarded him. Haden had a nice development and he went from an arrogant, egoistic boy into someone who starts to care about other people. He starts to take more responsibility.
The second POV is of course about Daphne. She lives all her life in a tiny city with her mother, uncle and strays her mother brought into her house. Daphne is dreaming of something more and a talent show feels like her way out. Before she can apply, she is swept away by her father – who left them years ago - into a music program in Olympus Hills High. It’s hard for Daphne to adjust to her new life, especially when she is stalked by Haden. She has a gift for music, especially singing, and it was great to have a character with such passion and perseverance.
When their characters meet, it was fun to see the story coming together. The mythology was subtle and I liked that we get to know Haden through Daphne’s eyes. It made sure that we get to understand the real background story without an information dump. And seeing Daphne through Haden’s eyes ensures that we understand his actions. The feelings between them are cute, although a bit insta-loveish, and the ending was satisfying.
The reasons I gave this book 3 stars is that it can be a bit slow sometimes, the characters aren't the most memorable and there are cliches, but despite this all I found myself enjoying this story. Perhaps a few pages less would benefit the pace, because this book has a whopping amount of 512 pages. I'm definitely looking forward to more.