Thursday, June 20, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: THE GATEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER by Eva Pohler


THE GATEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER 
(GATEKEEPER'S TRILOGY #3)
BY: Eva Pohler

PUBLISHED: May 1, 2013 by Green Press/Eva Pohler
GENRES: YA • Greek Mythology • Contemporary • Romance • Action
SOURCE • Ebook copy from Author

 Technically 3.7 rounded to 4


OVERVIEW:
In The Gatekeeper's Sons, Therese and Thanatos, the god of death, met and fell in love. In The Gatekeeper's Challenge, they did everything they could to be together, even break an oath on the River Styx. But the Olympians don't tolerate oath-breakers. 

In this final book in the trilogy, The Gatekeeper's Daughter, Therese may have finally succeeded in becoming a goddess, but if she wants to remain one, she'll not only have to discover her unique purpose, but also make some allies among the gods. Artemis sends her on a seemingly impossible quest across the world, while Than searches for a way to appease Ares. To make matters worse, her baby sister's life depends on the outcome of her quest.

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NOTE! I apologize for any grammer mistakes in this review as I am writing it in my hotel room at 11pm after a 10 hour drive! My eyelids are propped up with toothpicks... lol...

Therese and Than may not have been angry at the gods at the start of the book, but they were fuming shortly after the start. They were however on fire... literally.


Therese had to be set on fire by Than to become a goddess. He couldn't let her go it alone so he doused and lit himself on fire. How touching.. and morbid. I am a fan of Greek mythology but sometimes I have trouble with the types of ideas of that style. Any Greek myth lovers would absolutely adore this book. It is CRAMMED with scenes reminiscent of THE ODYSSEY. 

Therese was on several missions in this book and nothing was going to stand in her way. Even Than. I felt that by the end of the book, she was taking control of her situations and feelings and not letting others dictate to her. 


The obstacles they had to overcome were epic in size. When Pohler wrote those scenes, they were rich, juicy and dynamic. Unfortunately, the other scenes, especially dealing with her human friends and family were more elementary. Those scenes seemed almost rudimentary, which hampered the flow. One other aspect that seemed too simplistic were the solutions. I felt several issues were dealt with too easily and explained away with the "I'm a god so that's why" attitude. (Eva... please don't hit me! I love you and your books! This is just constructive concerns! HUGS!) It was just sooooooo close to being a home run. If the writing style differences, grammar and spelling errors were corrected, this book would be a 5++. Frustrating. 


I couldn't get over just how daunting their tasks were in this final installment. Talk about going to the ends of the earth for love. But it seemed like they were on two different levels and the connection between the two was a little forced. I felt that Therese was a little too self centered in this book and Than just kept taking it and taking it. If it had been me in his place... my eyelids would have been twitching BIG time.


Some of the promises he was willing to make in this novel had me scratching my head. Is he serious? Really?  


You just had to feel bad for the guys. How many times he is going to have to face an epic challenge and bone crushing defeat? How he felt like he could keep going was beyond me sometimes. All the cards were stacked against him and Therese. How much strain could they take? The secondary characters all had serious issues to deal with as well. It seemed like everyone was cursed.


I will say some of the tasks were just beyond real. Hades was transformative in this last book. It was disappointing to not see Hip or the secondary god characters much. But we did get a few new personalities. Dione was my favorite. She was quirky, mysterious and a spitfire. I could not figure out her motives until the very end. She was an enigma.


Pohler answered a great many questions and left me content at the ending. My only concern was the difference in writing techniques when writing Greek mythology story scenes versus modern day contemporary scenes. Plus the grammar and spelling errors. Other than that and you had a marvelous story. This is one series that is a great summer read and is a great Greek mythology resource.  Thank you Eva for writing such a super series and providing a unique and intriguing series! ENJOY!