The Goddess Test by Aimee CarterPublisher: HarlequinTEENPages: 293Received: bought
It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.
I had seen this cover around for ages and finally broke down and bought myself a copy while on vacation. I started reading this on the plane ride home and simply could not put it down. I know that there are many out there who either enjoyed it or did not. I didn't really know the story of Persephone before, so all of this information was new to me. I know of the Greek Gods and Goddesses, but have never immersed myself in mythology to the point of picking apart a novel - thank goodness.
That being said, I really enjoyed the story of Kate and Henry. It was a slow story at first only because the background had to be built up so that Kate's character could be established and the second half of the novel could work with the understanding of who Kate is. And Henry was quite distant and full of sadness for much of the book, but considering he is Hades, I suppose that is to be expected? I liked that any kind of romance between Kate and Henry was not rushed and that Kate let herself figure things out at her own pace.
"Everything changes with time, one must simply be patient."
-Henry/Hades (The Goddess Test)
The tests that Kate needed to pass in order to keep her mother alive are not what you would expect and there are a few twists here and there, though a few things I figured out well ahead of time. There were, however, a few surprises at the end of this book that go along with the explaining of the tests.
I think I am going to like reading spins on mythology and I am actually looking forward to reading Goddess Interrupted, which comes out at the end of this month! And for those of you that enjoyed The Goddess Test, there is an e-novella available called The Goddess Hunt that you can find pretty much anywhere you can buy an ebook (for ereaders of all kinds).