Published: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 293 pages
Series: The Goddess Test, #1
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, ruler 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.
THE GODDESS TEST is a great re-telling of the Peresphone myth, but unfortunately, lacks in action.
Aimee Carter has an electric writing style. It sucked me into the story, which made me devour this book in about two days. She really captures the feelings of each chapter, especially Henry. Also, she has crafted together an original spin on a Greek myth that totally worked out and was successful in the end.
Kate was a great character. She really cared for her mom and would do anything to keep her alive (obviously, she did something huge just to do that). She had a back story, and it wasn't insta-love with her feelings for Henry. There were other great characters in THE GODD∑SS T∑ST, such as Ava, Henry (who really stole the show for me), Kate's mother Diana, among many more.
The only flaw in THE GODDESS TEST is that there is almost no action in the book. With a character-driven book, it takes awhile for me to get into the story until I fully understand the characters and their motives. Once you get about 70 pages into THE GODDESS TEST, it gets suspenseful and just awesome. Let's give a round of applause to Aimee Carter for making a great novel!