THE GODDESS TEST
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 19th, 2011
Source: Finished copy from Author
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.
In a world full of young-adult fiction, The Goddess Test is a debut that stands out amongst the rest. Aimée Carter weaves together Greek mythology and our modern world into a beautiful, fairytale-like must-read. I gulfed down its 304 pages before I realized I’ll have to wait quite a bit to journey into Kate Winters’s world once again.
When we first meet Kate Winters, she’s driving her dying mother to the small town of Eden – its so small, it isn’t even on the map. Her mother’s days are counted, and Kate would do anything to keep her in this world.
So when she meets Henry, who brings back the life of a girl who plays a prank on Kate, she gets a surge of hope. Maybe her mother can live after all. But Henry needs a favor in return – a big one.
And now, Kate’s pretty sure her mother will outlive her.
She has to pass seven tests, and at the same time, be wary of someone set to murder her, the same way that person had murdered the eleven girls before hee. While I guessed the murderer before Kate did, I still enjoyed the suspense building up to the reveal.
The Goddess Test is Beauty and the Beast meets Greek Mythology, plus a murderer and seven tests. I loved the story, the characters, and Kate’s realistic attitude – I know I’ll be visiting Kate Winters again soon.