Genres: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Goddess Test #1
Published by Harlequin, Harlequin Teen on April 19, 2011
Also by this author: Goddess Interrupted, The Goddess Legacy, The Goddess Inheritance
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’ve been seeing the sequel to this book posted a bit everywhere in the book blogverse so I decided to join in and see what the hype was all about. When I read the synopsis, I thought to myself, “Oh no! Not another Greek mythology retelling…” But I decided to give it a try. I love Greek Mythology and I actually have a few university credits to prove how much it interests me. So many great novels and stories are based on themes and images from myths so I hoped The Goddess Test would live up to the great storytellers of ancient Greece. And I truly hoped that the Persephone myth wouldn’t be ruined for me. Aimee Carter did a good job, especially since the story is only based on the themes of the myth and not an actual retelling.
At first, I found the main character Kate, a bit flat and without personality. At the beginning of the novel, that was probably the author’s goal since Kate didn’t have much to live for. She was caring for her dying mother, the only person in the world that matters to Kate, and that alone can takes the life out of someone. With time, she became a bit more interesting and engaging but still, she didn’t seem thrilled about becoming an immortal, nor was she glad to be with someone as gorgeous as Henry. She lacked a bit of spark. A bit of life. Now, Henry, also known as Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, has a right to be moody and broody. For a centuries, he’s been mourning the loss of his wife Persephone, and for about 100 years, he’s been trying to replace her without any success. Kate is his last option and if she fails the Gods’ tests, he will simply cease to exist. If my immortality was about to be taken away from me, I think I would be as moody as Henry.
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