Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
Release Date: April 26th, 2011.
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.I tend to avoid books that focus on Greek mythology. I’ve had bad experiences with them, being left confused and bored and dizzy with the information overload that the authors unleashed. Admittedly, I even slept through Greek mythology in high school classes as well. I just never got into it.
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.
So imagine my surprise when I found myself completely wrapped up in The Goddess Test. I think part of the reason was because Aimee Carter didn’t throw information at us left and right. I didn’t have to backtrack to remember what had been said to follow the storyline. Another part was probably the developing relationship between Kate and Henry. Of course, Kate acknowledged right off the bat that he was handsome, but that didn’t really alter her opinion of him. I loved how it grew. And another reason why I loved this was because amidst the tests and mythology and romance, this is partly a murder mystery. It’s set up differently from the conventional whodunit, but it’s still a guessing game to keep you on the edge of your seat.
If I had one tiny complaint about this novel, it’d be how quickly Kate eases in to her surroundings and the situation she‘s placed in. She’s somewhat skeptical, but I think I would’ve appreciated a bit more disbelief to really make the story authentic to me.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Goddess Test! It’s intense and romantic and informative without shoving the knowledge down your throat. I definitely recommend this to fans of Greek mythology and even to those, like me, who cower and hide at the very thought of it - give this one a chance!
Other reviews for The Goddess Test:
Flipping Pages For All Ages.
Nice Girls Read Books.
The Reader Bee.