The Gatekeeper's Challenge by Eva Pohler

The Gatekeeper's Challenge (The Gatekeeper's Trilogy, #2)Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete’s affections even though her heart aches for the god of death, but when Than shows up to take her hamster’s soul, she becomes infuriated when he says he’s “been busy.” In cahoots with her new friend, who's gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong.

Eventually she learns Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.


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                                                              Rating: 4 out of 5
                                                              Series book: Yes
                                                    Will I read the next book: Yes
This was so much better that the first one. And the length is perfect for this series. Not to long but not to short. I was a little tentative going into this book, because the last book left me so dissatisfied. I was pleasantly surprised with the fast pace of the plot that was just exciting enough to put you on the edge of your seat but not be overwhelmed.
This book was way easier to understand than the first one, and I could actually tell when reality started and the dreams started. I also found the characters language much more consistent in the way that they were modern but still regal. I also loved how the challenges made the story quick, but not too quick.
The plot couldn't have been uninteresting because there wasn't a boring moment in the quests Therese had to complete. I found it refreshing that she had to complete the quest on her own and that she didn't completely depend on the guy she loved to solve her problems. Her normal life wasn't very well balanced with this supernatural one she was trying to set up for herself, but that was easy to ignore once you got into the story. 
I loved how the supporting characters in this book had problems and back stories just like the main ones. The Holts had to deal with personal problems that Therese had to keep up with in order to be a good friend to Jen, and this helped you get to know that family. And of course Therese's legal guardians, her aunt and uncle, had to be in this book. I liked there personalities, what little you saw of them. My biggest problem with the characters was how bad a friend Jen was.
The romance was way more intense, even if nothing really happened (by "nothing" I mean nothing unsuitable for young viewers). It was definitely a Twilight type of romance, though. You know what I mean, "Don't leave me! I'll do anything for you! I'd die for you! If you leave, I will literally kill myself." Yeah, that last part makes the relationship seem particularly unhealthy. But if that's how you guys like it...
SUMMARY OF REVIEW(In case you don't actually feel like reading the review):
Writing: 4 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5 
Characters: 4 out of 5   
Romance: 3 out of 5 
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 
Rated PG Some kissing/making out, violence, sexual comments.