Friday, December 7, 2012

Review- The Gatekeeper's Sons by Eva Pohler

The Gatekeeper's Sons by Eva Pohler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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.

Review: First of all, I would like to thank Eva Pohler for providing me a hard-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. :)

The Gatekeeper's Sons was on ok-ok read for me. There were some things in this book which I really enjoyed, like-

1.) The starting was interesting. It made me instantly curious about what might happen next. I'm not a big fan of mystery, but reading the first chapter made me instantly interested. :)

2.) The writing style of the author was quite simple. As a debut novel, I would say she did a nice job. :D

3.) The human characters were pretty likeable. Therese was sweet and nice throughout the story. She didn't throw away her morals for Than. She was compassionate and pretty easy to like. :D

I liked how it began, but somewhere in the middle of it, I lost interest. It took me almost 2-3 weeks to finish it, just because......

1.) The Gods just seemed so...mundane. I mean, the first thing which you expect a story with gods is for it to be at least godly. With lots of magic. Sadly, there was no magic here. From the slang the gods used to the way they acted throughout the story was just a bit too lame for me. I expected them to be a lot more grander. And by grand, I don't mean rich, though that was well-shown in this book.

2.) The speed and the direction of the story wavered A LOT. Sometimes it was incredibly fast like in the beginning and in the end and sometimes it was just too painfully slow.

3.) The romance bit was very hurried for my taste. Love at first sight is possible but I think most of the readers would agree that a steady build-up of the relationship is more interesting to read than instant "I LOVE YOU"s. Especially when the romance includes a god who's been alive since ever.

Overall, I would've really appreciated a bit more..spunk in the novel. There were moments where I did get excited but they weren't enough for me to entirely love the book. The slow pace which the story took at one point was quite irritating but the ending was good enough. :)


  1. Aww. That's just too bad. I kind of like the blurb. Oh well. Would there be any other myth inspired books you could recommend me? :)

    1. You should definitely try it. You might end up liking it more than I did. :)
      I've heard many praises of this book, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. I haven't been able to read it yet, but you should check it out! :D

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    1. Sandeelovesbooks, I hope you will give it a try. Josheka's is the only semi-negative review the book has received so far. Most have rated it 4 and 5 stars and have gone on to read the second book, which has received even better praise.

      In the deleted post, I referred to Josheka by the wrong name. My apologies.


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