Author: Aimee Carter
Series: The Goddess Test #1
Date of UK Publication: 19th April 2011
Source: NetGalley and Harlequin Teen
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 now 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 enjoyed this book. It was completely different to anything else I'd ever read, but it was a good retelling of Persephone's myth.
Kate's mother is dying, and when they move to Eden, things get weird. So when she meets Henry, who magically brought her friend back from the dead, she finds out that she has to spend six months of every year in Henry's huge mansion, as his wife. Of course, she says no. At first. When she finds out her mother may live for a little longer, she jumps at the opportunity. The only thing is, she has to pass a test. All the other girls who took the test have died. If she succeeds though, she'll become immortal in the form of a goddess.
Kate was a good main character, and she told the story well. She was smart, and very selfless, giving up half her life for her mother and friend. I admire her for that. I'm not sure I would be able to spend six months of every year in a huge house with a strange man who has told me that I will be his wife... My only complaint it that while I admire her for it, I think her decision was more than a little silly. She's just met him, yet she goes to live with him? He could be a murderer or rapist... Anyway, though it was unbelievable and silly, I admire her for it. What does that say about me? :P
Henry was one of my favourite characters. He was mysterious and strange, and then all of a sudden, he began to spend time with Kate, and I quickly began to like him. He and Kate were a really good match, and I'm interested to see how their relationship grows in the next book.
The story was well written, and I had no idea who was trying to kill Kate and who had killed all the other girls who tried to pass the tests, and when I read it, I was really surprised! I would never have guessed them, they were so nice and kind...
Anyway, overall, The Goddess Test was a very good debut novel, and I'm sure Goddess Interrupted which is the second book in the series will be just as good, if not better.
I give it 4 Feet!
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