The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 19th 2011
Page Count: 293
Source: Harlequin Teen Pannel
Genre: Mythology, Romance
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.
This is a modern day take on the Persephone myth in greek mythology where a modern girl, Kate finder herself making a deal with Hades to keep those she loves alive.
I have heard many bloggers say that this book has a very… pessimistic main character, and I do see that throughout the beginning of the book. During the first half of the book I was not happy with the character’s reactions with other people, though as the book went on, I found myself liking the book more and more.
I love Greek Mythology, and I really like the plot of this story. Persephone and Demeter’s story is one of my personal favorites and I love how the greek gods are used throughout the story.
Romance! This is probably one of the last books I would suspect there to be romance in. When it came into play, it was very gradual and I like that. My only issue with it was that I feel like you didn’t get to know the boy- Henry, before Kate begins to fall for him.