Series: Goddess Test #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on April 19, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
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EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.
NOW IT'S KATE'S TURN.
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 that 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 suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
IF SHE FAILS...
The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
I LOVED The Goddess Test! I guess I should say that I am a sucker for anything related to Greek mythology so that automatically made this book awesome!
I loved Kate’s dedication to her mother. Her mother is dying and it was literally heart-wrenching to hear about Kate struggling to cope, taking care of her mother, etc. There were other times when I admired Kate as well. (NOTE: this isn’t a spoiler — it happens near the beginning of the book) At one point, one of Kate’s new schoolmates, Ava, pulls a horrible prank on her. When Ava is making her escape, she hits her head on a rock and is floating unconscious in the water. Despite what she had just done, Kate rushes into the water in an attempt to save her. I just sat there thinking, “If that were me, I would have said ‘fuck her!'” Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true, but seriously, Ava was being a major bitch! But Kate rushed in to save her anyway.
When Kate begins the tests to become Henry’s bride, it feels like not much is happening for a large portion of the book. But despite that fact, I didn’t get bored. I read through as much as I could (3/4 of the book) in one sitting. You basically just witness Kate going through her daily life, not even knowing what the tests are or when they’re taking place. In a way, that kind of makes the book frustrating. I really wanted to know what the tests were. Luckily you do get an explanation at the end (which is quite interesting) but it was still a little annoying at time! I guess in a way, it puts you in Kate’s shoes. You know nothing more than what she knows and you figure everything out when she does.
I had kind of a love-hate relationship with Kate and Henry’s relationship. Obviously they start getting close since she’s planning/hoping on becoming his wife, and it’s really nice to see their relationship progress. The annoying thing is that often times I felt like Kate was just Henry’s “sloppy seconds.” Sometimes it annoyed Kate too, but not nearly as much. Henry is still desperately in love with Persephone and he’s finding a replacement for her… but I just know that if I were in Kate’s shoes, I wouldn’t really be interested in getting close to a man who was still head-over-heels for another woman.
What I love about this book is that it gave Hades some attention. In most Greek mythology stories, he’s the creepy outcast. This book gives Hades a time to shine. It gives him character, feelings, and most surprisingly: a heart. Making Hades the main god is what made this story really unique. I’m super eager to start reading the second book!