She knows what it's like to die. Now Death wants her back.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce knows what happens to us when we die.
That's how she met John Hayden, the mysterious stranger who's made returning to normal life—or at least life as Pierce knew it before the accident—next to... read more
A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida have turned seventeen-year-old Pierce's life upside-down, but when she needs him most John Hayden is always there, helping but reminding her of her visit to the Underworld.
“As a death deity, Hades was, of course, disliked by the spirits of a good many souls who weren't satisfied with where they ended up after they passed through the Underworld. The Furies -- this is what the spirits who disliked him so much were called.”Richard Smith
“Personally, I've never been a fan of the Hades/Persephone myth. So much drama, with him kidnapping the poor girl in that distasteful manner and forcing her to live with him down in the Underworld against her will, and then Persephone's mother having to intervene . . . I never enjoy stories where the mother gets too involved. Let the kids work it out for themselves, I always say.”Richard Smith
“The five rivers of the Underworld. Acheron, Cocytus, Phlegethon, Lethe, the river Styx. Good Lord, girl. Do they teach children nothing useful in school these days? The Underworld.”Richard Smith
“Because no life -- if it was led by a decent person -- should go unremembered. So if, for instance, a soldier was betrayed by people he thought were friends, his body tossed from a ship and abandoned to the waves, his family left to wonder forever what had happened to him, never knowing if he was alive, if he was well . . . That is a certain kind of hell all its own.”Richard Smith
“Who's Homer?”Pierce Oliviera
“Have you ever heard of hyperbole? I highly suggest you look up the word, Miss Oliviera if you intend to pursue a relationship with a death deity.”Richard Smith
“My death had been no one's fault but my own.”Pierce
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