REVIEW: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

I seem to be on a roll lately with mythological beings! Last it was trolls and now its Greek gods and goddesses!

I ADORED The Goddess Test! I’ve always loved Greek mythology, ancient history was one of my favorite subjects in high school and I just loved learning about each of the gods and goddesses. The Goddess Test took a different take than I’ve ever seen done and I loved it!

When cancer is about to take over Kate’s mom they move back to her mother’s hometown of Eden. Kate struggles to fit in, has her worst enemy turn into her best friend when she saves her life and makes a deal with “Henry” to do so. In exchange all she has to do is spend half of the year with him in his mansion.

I loved the development of the relationship between Kate and Henry. It felt believable. It wasn’t rushed. And Kate’s character was really wonderfully developed. I felt connected to her like I haven’t felt with another character in a very long time. I felt the emotions she felt, wanted to cry when she wanted to cry, and my heart broke for her everything something unfair happened to her.

But I think my favorite part about this book was the plain and simple fact of how good of a person Kate was. She had her faults, she wasn’t perfect. But she cared about people. Rarely do you see a character that so simply portrays just a plainly good person. I wanted to cheer for her just for how selfless she really was.

I highly recommend The Goddess Test and will be buying a hard copy when it is released!

5 out of 5 stars!


Source: ARC received from publisher for honest review via NetGalley
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 297 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 26, 2011


Heather Anastasiu said...

I really enjoyed this book too! I'm a sucker for any Hades/Persephone retellings, but I really liked the way Carter handled it here.

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